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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Swap Attack

I haven't participated in a swap in some time and I'm just itching to put together a package! So what would you think about me hosting a swap? Would you join in? What theme should we do?

Let me back up a little bit for those of you who aren't following the topic. A swap is where you give a package (usually with a specific theme) to another person (usually someone you've never met) and then receive a package for you. To make things even, you typically trade packages with a person, as opposed to sending to one person and receiving from a different person. Packages need to be mailed by a certain date (don't worry...I'll give you plenty of time!) and are within a price range (usually between $15 to $25). Hand-crafted items are highly encouraged. Also, I'd expect all participants to keep in touch through emails, to make sure they still intend to send a package.

Done with the nitty gritty. Let's talk about a theme! I've done a couple "Favorite Things" swaps, where you put together a package of your favorite things (lip gloss, book, movie, candy, lotion, picture of Taylor Lautner with his shirt off...whatever you like best) and share those with your partner. Those are fun. And fairly easy. Then there are the swaps for holidays. We'd be too close to Valentine's Day but Easter is still fair game. I've also done a "Birthday" swap. I sent my partner everything she'd need for a birthday party: cake mix, party favors, a book on party planning for kids, etc. Lots of options and I'm open to hear more, if you have 'em!

In your comments please tell me two things:
1 - If you'd be interested in taking part (this is not the actual signup, just gauging interest).
2 - What theme you like best.

11 comments:

Jamison Family said...

I really enjoy your blog! Yes I would be thrilled to participate in a swap. It sounds like an exciting way to learn new things and meet some amazing people :) Recipe theme? (Specifically food storage?) Favorite food storage recipe plus the non-perishables need to make it. Maybe not, the shipping may be too expensive. Still thinking ...

Bonnie the Boss said...

I have only ever done one other swap. If the time frame is long enough and the price isn't too high, I would love to do one!

Nat said...

I've never participated in a swap. It might be fun.

Emma said...

I think this would be lots of fun. I agree about the price frame not being too high. The wheels in my brain are turning trying to come up with ideas. I think a color swap would be fun. Finding out your partners favorite color. Maybe finding out your partners favorite things. The birthday one sounds fun too.

Jillybean said...

Count me in!
I kind of like the favorite things theme.

ramsam said...

Just did a valentine's swap and I am sending it off today- it was so fun to create and get messy! I always push myself harder when I create for others~!

Brooke said...

I would be in! Themes....maybe favorite things or hobbys....the recipe one sounded interesting too.

Me (aka Danielle) said...

I would be interested! As for a theme..I've got no suggestions. Sorry!

Tipi said...

Your posts about them have made me think I'd like to try one.

How about Favorite Animal
Favorite flower or tree

Tipi said...

oh i also like the color idea
but I am unclear...is it you favorite color you send or the partner favorite color?


oh another idea kitchen gadget swap
you know you always see crazy looking stuff you think would be coo to have, but never by because it's not practical...
or a Spring theme to make it come faster!

okay I'll stop now.

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Oh, I love swaps. I've only done a couple, but they were fun. My only issue is that I was always worried that my swap wouldn't be good enough and the person on the receiving end would feel cheated and I would feel dumb. I like all the ideas for swaps and also the price cap so there's one less thing for me to worry about.

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