Even though we’ve long known that creativity is the key to staying stylish and financially solvent, there was a time not so long ago that suggestions of frequenting thrift stores (Goodwill shout-out!) and holding clothing swapping parties were met by some with a resounding “meh”. The world has changed however, and the perception of “gently used” with it. According to a recent Bloomberg story , struggling retailers are fighting a new trend of frugality – yep, an old favorite of ours, the swap. Turns out the next generation, saddled with practically unprecedented economic challenges, are shopping less and swapping more.