Thursday June 07, 2012 | 10:36 AM
The seasons are changing, which means it's time to swap out those wool sweaters with sundresses and short sleeves.

During this closet exchange, a few things will happen:
1. You'll rediscover clothes that the long winter has made you forget.
2. You'll swear that being held captive in a bin under your bed for eight months has caused all your shorts to shrink.
3. You'll come face to face with a pile of attire you have never worn, haven't worn for years - or wore recently, to your own chagrin.

Some summer clothes will be reunited with the closet. The others - those still-awesome tees, jeans and dresses that just don't suit you anymore - should go straight to SWAPmaine.

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The third SWAPmaine event is taking place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Portland Flea-for All (125 Kennebec Street, Portland). Attendees bring a bag of clothes (or shoes or jewelry or accessories) that they no longer need and swap them for things they actually want. The cost to get in is $5 with a bag of clothing, $10 if you're not bringing anything to swap. Drop off your bag between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the day before and the entry fee is waived. And did we mention the raffles going on throughout?

Proceeds benefit Goodwill Industries of Northern New England - and any clothes not swapped away will go straight to the stores, too.

So go to the swap, and let your closet once again be a place of honor for the clothes you actually wear, not a storage facility for too-small pants and heels that haven't left the house in four years.

FMI: SWAPmaine.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

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