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Coronavirus swaps: Trading designer dresses for toilet paper and portraits for groceries

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEMarch 22, 2020, 5:16 PM UTCBy Mary PflumWhen Dalia MacPhee, a fashion designer based in Los Angeles, returned home from a trip to Canada last week, she discovered she was down to her last two rolls of toilet paper."I went to one store, then two, then 20," she said. "I even went to liquor and hardware stores. Nobody had toilet paper."Desperate, MacPhee called friends."Nobody wanted to give up their toilet paper," she said. "They were coveting their toilet paper like it was water in a desert."Eventually, MacPhee came up with an idea: She offered to swap one of her original designs, a dress that ordinarily ret ...