Tuesday, May 29, 2012

one woman's trash . . .

is another woman's treasure!

Way back in January 2011 I hosted a swap and I'm just now blogging about it.  

Have you ever participated in a swap?  

I know some people do clothing swaps, some home decor items, etc. but we were pretty eclectic in ours . . . home decor, clothes, kitchen items, craft supplies and the list goes on and on.  

Each guest got a cute little bag to take her loot home in.  

I simply collected paper grocery bags over the course of several shopping trips always answering "paper" to the plastic or paper ma'am question.  

(sidenote:  does your grocery store still even offer paper?  I feel like a lot don't but we happened to live right by the greatest grocery store)

Then I just dug through my paper and ribbon stashes to embellish each one.  

Each person was assigned a number based on the order in which they rsvped.  

We mingled for a while and ate goodies and everyone set out the things they brought to give away in the various labeled sections of our apartment.

the things with tags were leftover from my selling at a craft fair at my school but everything was swapped, not bought (I just didn't want to take the time to take every price tag off!) 

Another component we had was to raise funds for an international adoption.  

It was completely optional to contribute cash but it was an easy way to help a family fundraise.  

It was fun to show each other our picks and see who wanted our treasures!  

I highly recommend it for a fun girls get together and a way to clean out at the same time!  

I got a lot of inspiration for the party here and from Jessica's bags here.  

Enjoy the rest of the pics and do tell if you've ever been part of a swap.  

I'd love to hear.



Kelli said...

Kelly, this is by far one of the neatest ideas I have ever seen! Wow! You make it look so fun and easy - I'll have to try it!

swell.life said...

oh wow! we need to be friends in real life!! this looks SO fun! it is such an awesome way to repurpose things!