Thursday, January 27, 2011

I Have An Idea For A Swap Meet...What Do You Think?

Some call them swap meets, yard sales, tag sales, thrifting, flea markets etc...whatever the name, I know we all love them. Why do we love them? The Hunt! The hunt for that perfect item to add to our decor, to add one more item to a collection, to find that perfect sweater that you would never find in a store, to find that beautiful vintage necklace, to find fabric that they don't sell in your area. What ever we are looking for, it's usually "The Deal" that makes "The Hunt" all the better. So I was thing...what better deal is there than "FREE"!

Why not broaden our area for swap meets by having one here at Sew Many Ways! This is what I was thinking...
  • every weekend I will open up a Linking Party for any and all who have something that they no longer want or need, but will Swap with someone else.
  • you can also swap new items that you may have in an Etsy store or that you have online
  • swapping is like the bartering system
  • NO MONEY will be exchanged at all for the items...hence the word Swap
  • the 2 people in the Swap agreement will only have to pay the shipping to the other person.
  • you must meet up with your other swapper on your own, through your blog or emails
  • agreements must be made that the items being swapped are similar and/or of equal value to each person
  • it doesn't have to be the same item. Someone could have a beautiful handmade purse that she is willing to swap for that Pottery Barn pillow that you have that doesn't match anything in your both just have to agree.
  • Sew Many Ways is just the middle man by hosting the linking party to get every one together.
This is how it will work...(I hope!! LOL)
  • The Swap Meet will be held here every weekend. It will be like going to yard sales in your pajamas with a warm cup of coffee by your computer!
  • the week leading up to it, you will have posted the item on your blog that you want to swap. Have a picture or pictures and a detailed description of the, old, handmade etc.
  • when the swap party opens up here, you will follow the linky steps to post a thumbnail picture of your item and the link back to your blog for the item's description.
  • all during the week people will contact each other working out a deal for the swap...such as location of the items, shipping, etc. For example, you may not want to swap with someone in Australia from the US if you're not will to pay the shipping. But what fun it would be to swap fabric with someone from around the world!
  • plans will be made to ship the items in a timely manner
  • and the swap will be made!!
Suggestions for items to swap...
  • fabric
  • handmade jewelry
  • handmade items...aprons, baby items, quilts, purses, scarves
  • pottery items
  • scrap booking items
  • clothing items
  • baby clothes
  • you collect tea cups? How about one from another country?
  • cookbooks
  • magazines...2 people could agree to swap a magazine each month. Great to read a different magazine without the cost of a subscription and Media Mail (books, magazines etc) through the Us postal service is super cheap
  • Books...I know we all have books that we've already read and are just collecting dust. A book swap is perfect.
  • sewing or quilting patterns. We all have a pattern that we've already used, but who wouldn't love another one.
  • toys
  • craft supplies...rubber stamps, candy making supplies, etc
  • how about all those shaped cake pans that you've made for you children's birthday
  • the list is endless...
Just wanted to put this out there now to see what kind of response it would have.
Let me know what you think and I can start one this weekend and see what happens. Couldn't hurt right?
Thanks in advance for your input,


  1. Sounds pretty awesome to me! Could there be an "in search of" page? Or would that be too much.

  2. I personally think it is a great idea and will definitely participate. I have books, fabric and such that I would love to trade.
    Thanks for doing this and for such a helpful blog in general!

  3. I love this idea, how fabulous swapping around the world..

  4. I think it is a great idea. I wonder if it would be a good idea to have a theme for the week.

  5. Sounds awesome to me. I have lots of fabric that someone else could use.

  6. I think that sounds wonderful....great idea!!!

  7. Yeay my kind of yard sale--you have my heart---this is my kinda thing!!

  8. Interesting idea! Hopefully it works and we can easily do some swapping!

  9. Swell idea, but I don't have a blog. Is there a way around that part???

  10. This sounds like a fun idea. I know I probably couldn't keep up with participating every week, but I can definitely have plenty of things to post for swapping. I'd love to participate!

  11. This is a great idea, and I would love to participate. I do have fabrics and craft supplies that I would like to swap.

  12. Love the idea. I have a few quilting items and of course fabric I'd love to swap.

  13. Love the idea of a swap meet and think it would be fun to participate.

  14. I've been reading your blog for awhile but don't usually comment. I love the swap idea and would participate!

  15. Karen....once are a genius! This is such a great idea....I can't wait for it to start!

  16. I think it would be great too...BUT, I do not have a blog - read all others.. Should we that don't, start one? Thanks

  17. This....sounds.....AWESOME!

    One suggestion....could people also link to Flickr with a description that includes all of the necessary info?

  18. Sounds like a great idea. Another thing I'd love to swap is candy - we can't get pretzel or peanut butter m &m's here!!!

  19. What a fabulous idea, Karen! You can count me in!



  20. You know I'm always open to having some fun...count me in :)


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  22. This sounds like a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get something you want for something you don't need. How about new or gently used sewing patterns? We all have these.

  23. This sounds like fun! Count me in! I have participated in a couple of "hand made" exchanges through other blogs and it's so much fun.

  24. I think this is a wonderful idea. I need to get busy to see what I have to swap!!

  25. Great idea! LOVE a good swap meet! In realtime or virtually! ~ Sara at thredUP


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