Two Fridays ago a few friends and I finally made it out to a local clothing swap we've been meaning to get to for months. I had accumulated two reusable totes bursting with things I no longer wear, in the six months we've been "meaning to get there".
When I was in college my floor had a box in the corner of the hall where we put clothes and things we didn't want anymore. It was wonderful to have this ever changing constant free box. I tried new styles when ever I wanted to. After I graduated, I no longer had the free box, or a community of women to share clothes with. I miss the ability to easily and freely give and receive new clothes.
So a while ago I searched online to see if there were any swaps in my city. I found a blog listing several, and I began to save clothes excitedly instead of shipping them off to goodwill.
On that Friday when we we finally able to go, we were late. It was in a conference/community room in the back of a New Season's Market. We asked a checker where the room was, and cautiously found our way to the door. I opened it, and we plunged in. It wasn't as organized as I'd anticipated, just a pile of clothes in the middle of the room. We dumped ours in, and began to pick through what was left. I found a few things (pictured above), all in good condition. My friends weren't as successful, perhaps the good items in their sizes were gone before we got there. We stayed for about 15 minutes, and then went out and got some food in the cafe.
I'll still be looking for "my swap", however it was a great night out with friends. We had an adventure and sat and talked after for a nice long time. I enjoyed feeling community with the swap ladies, and with my friends afterward. Overall I'm really glad we went, and I'm enjoying my new items.
I encourage you to look for clothing swaps in your area, or ask ladies you know if they know of any. If you're in college or you know enough ladies, organize your own! If you live in the Portland area, this is the website I used to find this swap: https://swappositive.wordpress.com/
I am not a football person. I maybe watch the superbowl if we have to attend a social gathering for the event. Yesterday I was at said social gathering, with not much to do. The host of our lovely gathering happens to keep sheep, and had mentioned before having a drop spindle.
Trapped with nothing else to do I took her up on her offer to teach me. I sort of got the idea, but I also read this instructable and found it very helpful. I am quite excited about my new hobby (come on I've done it for a total of an hour, it counts as a hobby). I wasn't able to spin through the whole super bowl, because I accidentally started watching the game and it was very interesting (also, you know, I had to talk to people). But I am still in possession of the spindle.
I am spinning my yarn too tight, but I will work on that with the next batch of fluff.
It fills me with joy to try new arts and play with them. Have you tried anything new lately?
I'm Sara. I live in Portland, Oregon. I have chickens. I love coffee AND tea, I make stained glass pendants in my basement, and I love adventures and new ways to live. I have an Etsy store as well.
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