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Big Star jeans at Wink run about $95. Swap a pair of old jeans and take these home for $76.

Most of us want to do the right thing. We want to give back, step up and change the world for the better. But face it: There are only so many hours in the day and a paycheck only stretches so far. Here’s the good news: Wink Heads and Threads (18 Brook St., Suite 103, Asheville, 277-4070) is making it easy to make a difference. The boutique and salon is hosting a denim swap to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters in celebration of the volunteer organization’s 25th anniversary. Now through Saturday, Sept. 29, shoppers can exchange a pair of gently worn jeans (call Wink for guidelines) for a 20 percent discount on a new pair. The used denim is donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ little sisters and their moms. Do good and get a little something for yourself. Easy.

• [left] Big Star jeans at Wink run about $95. Swap a pair of old jeans and take these home for $76.

• [right] New fall denim in stock at Wink.

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Looking for something different in autumnal attire? On Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, the fourth annual Blue-Gray Heritage Weekend in Mills River features, among other activities, an 1860s fashion show. Both men’s and women’s costumes will be represented at the Civil War living-history event. Info: 329-3433 or

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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