Need some new clothes for summer? Want to get rid of some stuff? The Munger Place United Methodist Church’s biannual clothing exchange is Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For every bag of clothes you donate, you can fill a bag with other donated clothes. Otherwise, you can pay $5 for a bag. Church volunteer Meredith Moore started the exchange a few years ago with students and teachers in mind. "I come from a big family of teachers, so it was a way to help them get new clothes at the end and beginning of the school year," she said. The exchange has since evolved to include anyone who wishes to participate.

Moore expects this year’s exchange to be bigger than ever. By the end of Monday, the first day to drop off donations, the church’s foyer had been filled with clothing. "With the bad economy and everything, I think more people are interested," Moore said. The leftover clothing is donated to five charities, and there usually are truckloads of it. "It’s really a clothing drive in disguise," Moore said. "That’s our big secret."

Highland Park UMC bought the church recently and has plans to close it soon for renovations. Moore said she doesn’t know whether the next exchange, which is scheduled for August, will take place at the church, but she intends to hold it somewhere. "We want to keep it going," she said.

More details on the clothing exchange are after the jump.

Donated clothing can be dropped off at the church’s office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You can also drop off clothing between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on the day of the exchange, but Moore recommends doing it before that. "You will avoid the long line if you get your donations in early," she said.


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