This last weekend the ladies at the beach held their second annual swap party. It was fun simply with the yummy treats and great conversation, but add all kinds of goodies up for grabs to the mix and, well, it got even better.
So, what, you may be asking, is a swap party? It's simply a bunch of friends getting together and trading things they no longer want or can use. (My something for nothing buddies here in our little lake community have done this with jewelry.) With the ocean gang, it's a case of anything goes and we had everything from jewelry to CD's to wall hangings and candles up for grabs. This picture shows only a few of the things our hostess KJ had on display on various tables set up around her condo.
How does the swapping work? KJ has a great system involving poker chips. For every item a guest brought she received a poker chip with her name on it. She then was allowed to play her poker chips on any item that caught her interest. In fact, if she really wanted something she could play all her poker chips on it. If more than one guest put chips on an item, then, when it was time to see who got what, our hostess put all the chips in a bag and drew a winner.
I was very happy because I came away with a lovely picture for my wall, a new purse and a decorative container to keep chip dip cool. Any items no one wanted were collected to be donated to a local charity and sold . Now, how cool is that? A win-win-win situation.
So, what about that picture you bought and then never hung or that egg tray someone gave your for Christmas? Those CD's you no longer listen to or the scented candle that just isn't your thing? You might want to get together with your friends and neighbors and do some swapping too. Make it potluck and you can swap recipes while you're at it!
You know what they say, one woman's junk is another woman's treasure.