The concept of swaps is growing and gaining in popularity -- no doubt aided by the still ailing economy. But even in better economic times, swaps make sense for a lot of reasons. They're easy, free and environmentally friendly.
I just found out about a new group called "peace. love. swap." at, yes, peaceloveswap.com. You can bring your kids' outgrown or no longer needed clothing and sporting goods here and pick up new-to-you stuff. They started in Northern California but are branching out to other states this summer.
I'll let Meg, the founder, tell it:
My name is Meg & I am the founder of peace. love. swap.
We are a one of a
kind organization that produces ongoing Kid�s Clothing & Gear Swaps ~ moms,
getting together with other moms and exchanging their kid�s stuff - nothing is
for sale - it�s all FREE for the taking.
We already provide this event for
moms in several areas of Northern California, and we are branching out into
other states in the late spring and early summer. It�s hard to read a
newspaper, magazine or blog nowadays and not find some mention of clothing swaps
� they are sprouting up everywhere- even cyberspace.
So � what makes peace.
love. swap different? peace. love. swap was created by a mom � for moms. We
help moms get successful ongoing swaps started in their own communities across
the country. These events are held regularly in cities everywhere, not online,
not once in awhile - and we always host the events in a �kid-friendly�
environment � where they can play while their moms swap.
Our swaps are large �
anywhere from 50-100 attend our swaps (regularly!), and they are set up as if
you were shopping in a store - everything is organized on clothing racks and
tables. We also invite mom/home-based businesses to set up a table at our swaps
to connect with other moms, or donate to our raffles.
We are green families
that are connecting, swapping, and helping other families. Leftover items from
swaps always go to local charities and families in need. We are trying to get
the word out to families everywhere, because moms & dads want and need an
event like this close to home, and it's my vision to see a peace. love. swap
event going on every other month in cities everywhere.
If you get a few minutes
you can get more info, read our mission statement & see what moms are saying
at: www.peaceloveswap.com. In this
economic climate & in a time when recycling and keeping stuff out of our
landfills is so important, we need to make families aware of something so
special. Swaps are catching on fast, however, smaller at home swaps,
online swap websites, or even consignment sales can�t compare to our events.
There are no forms to fill out, no pricing your stuff, no taking pictures,
posting online, keeping track of online credits or points, & no mailing
stuff or having strangers coming to your house. Moms
just show up bring the stuff they want to get rid of and take the things you
need. Kids play while moms get �offline� & socialize with other moms. When
the kid's swap is over, we are helping families in need.
peace. love. swap ~ It�s green, fun, philanthropic &
catching on fast!
peace. love. swap