Swapping and shopping is all the rage at an upcoming Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel in Andover fundraiser.

Uncommon Threads of Lawrence, a project that helps low-income women look and feel better with a private styling session, benefits from the Accessory Swap and Shop event on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy drinks and appetizers, shop supporting vendors, and find new-to-you treasures, including jewelry, handbags, scarves, sunglasses, shoes, wallets, watches, blazers, jackets, capes, wraps and new beauty product gift sets. Earn a swap ticket for every accepted item you contribute.

Nothing to swap but you want to go home with more than you bring? No worries, says event organizer Rebecca Joyner of Andover.

"We'll accept swap tickets or $5 per item," she said.

Turn in your in-style (new or gently used) items Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. and on Oct. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event will be held at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. The cost is $20 for Sisterhood members and $25 for non-members.

To purchase tickets, click the Paypal link on the Sisterhood website (https://templeemanuel.net/community/sisterhood/) or buy tickets at the door.

Uncommon Threads takes an “outside-in/inside-out” approach to lifting women up by using clothes and style as tools for increasing self-worth. To access services clients must be low-income and referred by a social service or health professional. Clients include domestic violence survivors, disabled women, female veterans, homeless women, women in recovery, and the elderly.

Clients receive a private styling session with a volunteer stylist to learn their best styles and colors and how to dress to project a positive image. They receive up to four complete outfits. The goal is for women to feel nurtured, beautiful and confident by changing the way they view themselves and the way they are perceived by others.

Although Uncommon Threads can dress a woman for a job interview or the workplace, it can also style women who are not able to work due to emotional trauma, age or circumstances. The organization believes all women deserve to feel beautiful. Uncommon Threads' monthly self-esteem-focused workshops and groups provide women with information as well as a place to connect with other women (breaking the feeling of isolation). Future plans include a mentoring program (called Uncommon Friends), as well as stress management and beauty services.


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