- Bakeware and small appliances
- Board games
- Children's toys
- Children's clothing
- Clothing and accessories
- Cookies (at holiday time)
- Craft supplies (e.g. yarn, fabric, scrapbook materials, jewelry)
- Food (prepared in advance, frozen and carefully labeled)
- Gardening supplies
- Home decor items (e.g. lamps, art, vases, figurines)
- Home-grown garden vegetables and fruits
- Jewelry (costume)
- Ornaments/holiday decorations
- Purses and totes
- Recipes and cookbooks
- Shopping bags
- Newspaper/packaging material for fragile items
- Extension cords and batteries for trying out electronics
- Display tables
- Full-length mirror (for clothing Swaps)
- Measuring tape
- Rod or clothing line to hang items
- Call your designated charity to arrange pickups if the leftover items are too big to drop off. Here are some organizations to try:
Vietnam Veterans: www.ClothingDonations.org / (301) 585-4000
- Goodwill: www.Locator.Goodwill.org / (800) 741-0186
Salvation Army: www.SalvationArmy.org / (800) 95-TRUCK
Also consider local churches, shelters, hospitals and police departments for stuffed toys.
Top 20 Swappables
Four Weeks Before Your Swap...
Start gathering supplies in a single location:
Two Weeks Before Your Swap...
- Confirm RSVPs.
- Accept items delivered in advance of the Swap.
- Buy drinks and snacks. Remember, people will be busy "shopping," so cans of soda and bottled water in a big cooler with ice will do just fine. One Day Before Your Swap...
- Email reminders to your expected Swappers.
- Set up whatever you can ahead of time (for example, folding tables).
- Prepare your display tables and rods or a clothesline for hanging.
- Make signs for display areas (e.g. boy clothes or DVDs).
- Speed clean what you can; Swappers will be too busy to check for dust.
Tip: Set up your display area like a store by grouping similar items and sorting by color and size.