Friday, May 29, 2009

Frugal Friday-Swap Party

I admit, this was not my idea, but I am always open to great ideas. In these tough economic times, getting together for a Swap Party is a good way to obtain needed items and get rid of stuff you no longer use or need.
Here's how it works:

Everyone brings their gently used stuff to a central location. It can be clothes, shoes, kitchen stuff, books, even old magazines. The "stuff" is then displayed on tables and each person gets a ticket for each item they bring. I guess if some items are worth more, you could assign a higher ticket value, but we were very easy going about our Swap Party. Everyone looks over the items and for every item you bring, you can take home an item. This works really well if people who have similar ages of children, etc. get together to swap. We had our Swap Party last Tuesday night.
Stuff is arranged according to categories.
Checking out the goods, with tickets in hand.
If more than one person wants an item, then a drawing is held with each person's name on a ticket. The winner gets the item!
This would be a great idea for teenage girls or mommies with kiddies. One of our guests brought a ton of adorable baby boy clothes! We had scrapbook stuff, shoes, jewelry, toys and books. Everyone brings a treat to share and it's a great time. Then the rest of the "stuff" that is left over gets hauled off to DI or Goodwill-by pre-arrangement ahead of time.
It's a fun way to make the best of a tough economic time.....

11 comments:

Granny J said...

Is that a Gospel Art Kit I see? And matching games (wooden board cutouts?) I could totally restock the nursery toy closet! ;) Great idea.

Patrice said...

I am already enjoying my haul. Thanks for the fun party!

Lisa said...

I am so bummed that I couldn't make it. I hope someone will have another one soon.

Momza said...

You are amazing! I love this idea!!

Allyson said...

Wish I lived closer sometimes! Looks like alot of fun goodies. Did you have lots left over?

Lori said...

sad I missed it! sounds like a great time!

Kassi Jane said...

that looks so fun! wish we lived closer

GGMA said...

What a great idea.

Julie said...

Love this idea!

lusciouschaos said...

Love the idea! Was this a RS function or just a personal event?

Marilyn said...

Questions answered: This was NOT my idea-but my daughters. I just provided the house. This was an idea of theirs and not connected with anything at Church. I thought I would share-we can all use a little help these days!