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Turn Your Rags to Riches

SWAP MIAMI makes its debut this Saturday

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    Turn Your Rags to Riches

    Does your closet look like a time capsule of your life, cluttered from top to bottom with clothes and furniture you will never use? Say no more. “SWAP MIAMI” has the solution.

    “SWAP MIAMI”, the brain child of Supermarket Creative Marketing Firm founder Michelle Leshem, encourages locals to simply trade their fashionable items they don’t use in exchange for fabulous items that they can use. You can't get much more eco-friendly than that.

    The “swapping” craze has already taken the UK and a handful of US cities by storm, and now Leshem is giving us a chance to take part in this one-of- a-kind opportunity.

    Leshem, who learned about this trend two years ago, tested the concept with friends at her home, who traded their possessions amongst each other. One successful night of swapping was all it took to inspire her to bring Miamians together and help them dust off and unload all of their stylish belongings.

    So if you find yourself drowning in a sea of stylish tagged items, the Cafeina Lounge is where you need to be this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

    “SWAP MIAMI” blends the allure of Miami’s Fashion District with a keen sense of thriftiness in the best way possible.

    And the chic outdoor lounge delivers the “young and fresh, yet corporate feel,” according to Leshem, making it the ideal site for this signature event.

    Leshem wants to host the event six times a year and is kicking off the inaugural swap with an array of special features.

    Furniture retailers and stylists will be on hand to appraise the lot and to tasty tapas courtesy of Guily Booth will keep your belly as full as your eyes as you look for that one item to complete your wardrobe of dining room ensemble.

    VeeV: Açaí Spirits will provide refreshing green friendly cocktails and stylists from Portfolio Salon will gladly touch up your French and hair style after a long day of swapping will be in full effect.

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    Never has bargaining been so glamorous and Leshem says that if this one’s a success she “would love to expand to other parts of South Florida.”