Fashionistas can swap stuff at Tega Cay ‘swishing’ event

Special to the Fort Mill TimesSeptember 4, 2013 

Christy Stucker organized a Sept. 7 swishing event.


  • Want to go? What: Tega Cay swish event, where participants can swap secondhand clothing. Where: Lake Ridge Clubhouse, in the new Lake Ridge community in Tega Cay. When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. What to Bring: New or gently used clothing items and accessories such as scarfs and purses, shoes and jewelry.

— Ladies, it’s time to clean out that closet and possibly get something even better. You can do that at Tega Cay’s first “swish” event Sept. 7 at Lake Ridge Clubhouse.

Swishing is the act of swapping secondhand clothing with friends or other people who enjoy gaining “new” fashion pieces, said organizer Christy Stucker said.

“Everyone has something in their closet that just doesn’t work for them,” she said.

After seeing how successful swishing was in England, where it originated, Stucker decided to bring the trend to her hometown in Kentucky.

“The response was usually very good,” she said. “Swish can work anywhere.”

After hosting successful events in other places, Stucker said she wanted to continue the trend in her new town, Tega Cay, where Stucker and her husband moved this summer.

Stucker said that Tega Cay residents seem interested in the concept. “People here are social, friendly and want to do good for a charity organization and have fun,” she said.

The swish is open to anyone who wishes to attend, she said. Attendees will enjoy sweets from Hey Sugar Shop while perusing the goods, Stucker said.

Stucker said she hopes to get local businesses involved in creating Swag Bags, or goodie bags, for the attendees. She needs coupons, promotional information and samples from local businesses.

Swish attendees can trade items they bring for items brought by other attendees in an auction-like part of the evening.

“It’s a chance to go home with something new to (you),” she said.

Any items that get left behind will be donated to Appalachian Children’s Home, a state-licensed institution and emergency shelter for boys and girls under 18, Stucker said.

“It’s an amazing group for kids,” she said. “(The donation) is like Christmas to them.”

Stucker, who said she is passionate about fashion, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a fashion merchandising degree.

She said fashion magazines, swishing and the new Stylebook app, which helps people organize their closet using an iPhone, iPad or other device, provide resources for people.

“I’m a fan of every element of (swishing),” she said. “It’s nice to have a lot of sources for making (fashion) decisions.”

Stucker hopes to make her new neighbors a fan of the trend as well.

“This is an event that is designed for you to improve the organization in your closet and meet new friends in the area with a kickback to charity,” she said. “I hope people enjoy it and want to do it again.”

Attendees can peruse items from 7 to 7:25 p.m., with the exchanges starting at 7:30 p.m. The swish is free and open to the public, but attendees must bring at least one item to exchange.

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