A couple of weeks ago I received the above invitation from my friend (and next door neighbor) Michela. She throws the most creative parties I’ve ever seen; I couldn’t wait to see what she had up her sleeve this time! Upon reading the invite I knew I was in for a treat:

Before I have a PCS – Permanent Change of Station
Join me for a PCS – Potluck, Cocktails and Shopping
I’ve been going through my closets and cupboards and have a bunch of things to get rid of before I pack out!

Bring an appetizer or dessert to share,
I’ll supply the beverages.

One night only, shop till you drop for FREE in the following departments….
House Wares
Ladies Accessories
Jewelry Cosmetics & Fragrance
Special Occasion

Please note this is an exclusive shopping event, only those on the guest list may attend.
(teen daughters are welcome)

 WHAT A COOL IDEA! You know what it’s like preparing to PCS – going through cupboards, closets, cabinets – weeding through shoes, clothes, candles, etc. Great stuff that you loved enough to buy, but have decided to leave behind for one reason or another. With good intentions of donating to the thrift store, most of it gets stuffed into boxes and bags that we trip over for a couple of weeks before we finally set them out at the side of the road.

If you are anything like me, you probably have a wide range of clothing in your closet – everything from that favorite pair of jeans several sizes too small that “some day” will fit again to the collection of ball gowns in a rainbow of colors. Fabulous stuff in mint condition, too expensive to garage sale (insulting when someone offers a DOLLAR for a dress they know cost two hundred) but not very practical to be hauling around move after move.Which is what made Michela’s “PCS” idea so spactacular. She found a way to downsize without going through the heartache of seeing her treasures reduced to rubbish, and she blessed her friends in the process!

Take a look at some of the pictures from the party:

Arriving with food
P = potluck
Guests arriving with the food.


C = Cocktails
If your home has a stocked bar, this is the perfect way to polish off those half empty bottles.
Waiting with bags
S = Shopping!
Since Michela is known for her elegant and trendy style, we were all eager to see what she was sharing…


Tammy scored!
Tammy scores a great bag!
Audrey spots a cute purse
Audrey spots a cute purse


Everyone was happy with their loot, and we’ll all carry memories of this night with us forever. We’ll also think of Michela (bottom row center) every time we use one of her gifts!

You can bet I’ll be throwing a PCS party before my next move. How about you?


  1. Thanks Charity and Dasha. I had seen your pics before, Charity and I remember when I first saw them I thought, “Wow, everyone says the houses over there are small, but this looks quite spacious. As you can tell, I am at the point where I’m REALLY anxious. LOL! I’m usually not so high strung. LOL!

  2. Renee, I don’t know about it being “new” or not – our houses are mouldering concrete hulks that were recently painted on the outside… perhaps that classifies them as new? 🙂 But yes, it is senior SNCO, some have carpet (mine does) some do not – Michela’s has gorgeous wood floors. If you want more info (or pics!) send me an email

  3. Dasha, it would be awesome to see some pics. Looking at that kitchen with the tile on the walls I thought that it had to be in town housing. Is that the new housing? Is that the Senior SNCO housing? And does it have carpet? Sorry about the questions. We are coming in a month and I am so curious as to the housing.

  4. Renee, yes, that is Kishaba housing on Foster. I’ve been begging her to fill out the “To Live” questionnaire before she moves – her house is so gorgeous on the inside, it would inspire lots of people to give housing a try!

  5. Such an awesome idea! So gonna copycat! I was just gonna give stuff that i thought my friends would want but way better idea to let them pick….that way they arent having to get rid of my stuff later!

  6. Michela is so creative – she took a practical idea and made it fun while sharing it with her friends!!!! There are so many different ways you could approach this idea and I have heard of people doing clothes swap parties – you bring a bag of clothes and you leave with a bag of clothes. I would have never thought of doing it with kitchen and yard stuff though!!!

    I also got to see the end result of Michela’s great idea – both Dasha and her daughter looked fabulous yesterday in their “new” outfits!!! Michela truly does have grea taste!!!! Thanks for sharing this fun idea with us!!!!