Providing tools and support to community members to create local initiatives that build local capacity and leadership, increase environmental sustainability, and foster greater livability and vitality.
Action Idea #1: Organize a Community Swap
Help people get access to pre-owned items—and give idle stuff a second life—by setting up community swaps and marketplaces where you can share and trade goods in a fun, co-operative, and often low-cost setting.
IDEAS & INSPIRATIONS
Looking for some fun ideas for swapping stuff?
- Throw a community swap meet. See How to Throw a Community Swap Meet and How to (Legally) Open a Gift (Economy)
- Host a seed or crop swap to help diversify your farm or garden. See How to Start a Crop Swap, How to Organize a Community Seed Swap, SeedySunday.org,
and Seed Swap Action Planner.
- Hold a clothing swap to help people get access to “new-to-you” fashion. See our video on clothes swapping in California and our step-by-step guide on “Hosting a Community Clothing Swap" (see PDF). Also see How to Host a Clothes Swap Party and Clothes Swap Meetups.
- Hold a book and media swap. See How to Stage a Media Swap.
- Host a community potluck or food/recipe swap to broaden your culinary experiences. See How to Reinvent the Potluck, The Shareable Feast, How to Host a Stranger Dinner, How to Host a MamaBake Food Swap Session, and How Hosting a Babyfood Swap Saved My Sanity and Fed My Child.
- Start a free box or market. See How to Start a Really, Really Free Market and Really, Really Free Market Flier. Examples include Bolinas Free Box and Telluride Free Box.
- Hold a toy swap to help families trade in outgrown items for new ones. See How to Throw a Used Toy Exchange.
- Start your own community/neighborhood sharing website. See Bright Neighbor, Streetbank, Share Tompkins, and ToolzDo. At GiftFlow, you can match up community needs with local donations of good and services.
- Go online to facilitate free local sharing or exchange. See craigslist and Freecycle.