On the eleventh day of Christmas
My true love gave to me… 11 items swapping
It’s time to think ahead to just after Christmas. You’ve eaten all the turkey, you’ve unwrapped all the presents and now you’re wondering what to do with the 3 scarves, 2 matching ties, 2 copies of the latest Harry Potter DVD and the slippers you really don’t like from Great Aunt Maureen.
Some of the items you don’t want will be wanted by someone else and you could be looking at gifts that others received with envy (but they don’t want them). It’s time to think about a great swapping event.
Organising a swapping event is actually quite easy:
- Find a willing group of people. Your family and friends will do, or maybe a local group you’re a member of, such as a Mum’s group or a church.
- Get some volunteers to help run this event.
- Choose a location, a date and time.
- Promote your event.
- Attend, swap your extra or unwanted items for things you really wanted.
There are other things you need to do behind the scenes, such as organising refreshments and working out how you make sure no one person takes lots of lots of items, but essentially these steps are all you need. If you would like some help or guidance running an event, just get in touch.
Alternatively, keep your eyes peeled for any swapping events that might be taking place in your area (check local papers, noticeboards or the internet) – then just take your unwanted stuff along and come back with something far more suitable!