Bring something, take home something -- the art of swapping

Jody Simon carries bags of clothes in the back door of Bettieville for a clothing swap party. Customers arrive with items to give away in the swap and maybe find something they can take home.

If you go

› What: Bettieville Swap Night› Where: 804 Chickamauga Ave, Rossville, Ga.› When: 6-8 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month› Information: 706-419-8343 or› What: Children’s Orchard› Where: 291 Paul Huff Parkway NW, Cleveland, Tenn.› Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m Monday-Friday; 10 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.› Information: 423-472-3595 or

The stretch of Chickamauga Avenue in Rossville, Ga., seems an unlikely draw for fashionistas - bail bondsmen, muffler repair shops, used car lots, thrift stores, tattoo parlors and wig shops - then the eye drifts across a vintage stove colored the deep pink of cherry blossoms; it's sitting curbside next to an antique school desks - all are for sale.