It's lame but true that the holidays are stressful as hell. And, of course, what with the Great Recession, it's even scarier to overspend on Christmas presents for your friends and family (no good deed will go unpunished on your credit card statement, I assure you), and spending money on yourself is practically verboten. Here's a salve: The PDXSwap Clothing Swap for Women is like a naked lady party that's open to the public, except that instead of just pawing through a bunch of random crap on a cheap-champagne high, it's organized by size, so you know which events you can attend and have everything at least theoretically fit you. You simply visit the site and subscribe to an email list tailored (ha!) to your size and eastside/westside preference (the swaps occur in the greater metropolitan area including Oregon City and Tigard, not just Portland Propa), and sit tight until you get notified of a swap for your size coming up. The ladies behind this system are firm believers in free fun, and the environmental and social responsibilities that come with reuse and avoiding wasteful consumption. If you want to check it out, the next swap is next Friday evening (the 19th) in the meeting room of People's Food Co-op, and is for size small (0-5). They try to limit attendance to around 35 for space considerations, so if you're interested RSVP quick-like to rae@pdxswap.com. Happy hunting...

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