So friends, this is the first of hopefully many guest blogsposts (maybe you want to write a guest post too?) written by my dear lil' sis: Janelle Sheely (she's the red head beauty)
I wanted to share something that a group of women and I have been doing recently - a swap party. It is the most fun recycling you will ever do! We get together and share food and conversation, but also swap things we no longer want. So far we've done a "book and movie swap" as well as an "accessories swap'.
We all have that movie we don't care to see again, or that necklace that looked great in the store, but doesn't go with anything in our closet. Why not trade your not-wants for someone else's unwanteds? After all, as the saying goes, "one man's trash is another man's treasure".
Here's how it works: you bring as many items as you want to go home with - but everything must be desirable - no junk. Everyone draws numbers to determine the order of who gets to choose next. The first round you get to keep what you pick - so everyone is guaranteed to go home with something they want. We re-draw numbers every round and it runs like a , where you can pick a new item or steal one each round. It's a great excuse to get together on a and the bonus is you get new things without spending a dime. I've enjoyed it so much, I told hannah she should mention it on her blog! But we are now getting to the point where we are running out of ideas of themes for the swap parties. Any ideas?
Thanks Janelle! I love this idea. It's a great excuse for a party and I love that it's free and it's also environmentally conscious. I really want to be conscious of purchasing things that have been pre owned and already used (not EVERYTHING, of course), but it really is unnecessary to dump old things for shiny new things, when it takes so much energy and resources to produce everything that we consume. see www.freecycle.net for some freebies in your area.
and Janelle, my idea for your next party: cook books!