I went to my first swap this past April. I had heard of swaps but didn’t find one in my area until a friend found this one on a MeetUp page and told me about it.
The organizer set up a few guidelines and the rest is history. She holds it once a month.
There were a few guidelines to follow:
- No money was allowed – this is all about the trade and bartering with what you have for what you want/need.
- Items should be sustainably-minded. Something you have grown in your garden, something you conned/cooked/brewed/baked/preserved/dried, etc. Something your animals made (goat milk, hen eggs, lamb wool, etc.) Something you sewed/knitted/re-purposed, etc. Items to do with sustainable interests are also good (Mother Earth News magazines, cookbooks, cooking/camping gear, etc)
- The items you should leave at home: this is not a garage sale, items should be about sustainability. Leave the knick-knacks at home.
Once we set up, we were allowed 15 minutes to walk around and check out the items other people brought so we could see what we were interested in.
Each month I have been posting about the swap over on my personal blog. About a month ago I realized that I hadn’t posted about the July swap and I thought it would be a good topic to post here. I have known the swap and barter system is out there and alive, and I realize that there may be others out there that are interested, but don’t know were to look or even how to get started.
Here are the other swap posts I have done”
- Swap and barter without money (May 2013)
- Swap and barter without money (June 2013)
- Swap and barter without money (August 2013
- Swap and barter without money (September 2013)
Here are a few places to look to find swaps in your area: Note: I will add additional information to this post as I find it or as people comment. (updated 19 Sept 2013)
- Food Swap Network
- The Hip Girls Guide to homemaking
- Mile High Swappers (Colorado)
- Article in Grist magazine about swapping (April 2012)
- Backyard Barter (Seattle, Washington area)
Would you go to a swap if you had one in your area?
Are you participating in a swap in your area?
Please use the comments to let others know about how to find a swap. If you out there participating in a swap, please comment with the general area you are in and add a link to the swap information.