I’m Going Swapping! (again)

Posted on May 14, 2012

It’s that time again!  On May 20th I’ll be heading to Kindercycle’s next baby, kid’s and maternity stuff swap.  Here’s a little more about my last swapping adventure.

Swap Confession

Sometimes I get the urge to pick up my own items off the swap tables (I don’t, of course).  I don’t know what it is that makes me want to snatch up my old favorite outfits.  I know that “perfect fit” they once had is long gone and I love seeing my son growing and learning new things every day, but there’s just something about those oh-so-cute little clothes!

Favorite Finds

Toy microwave: I never would have guessed that I would come home with a toy microwave, but it was just what we needed right when we needed it.  Our microwave had a brief stay on our kitchen floor, where our son constantly gravitated to it.  The minute we got home from the swap he went straight for our microwave.  I put his new microwave next to ours.  He lost all interest in our microwave, preferring the one from the swap, which he can open and close and fill with random things to his heart’s content.

Hippo shape sorter spinner toy:  This toy has a push and spin feature and proved to be a successful tool in my campaign to take back our salad spinner, which has the same fun feature.

Mismatched socks: No one seemed to be in a hurry to grab the single socks.  I’m a fan of single socks for a few reasons.  For one, it seems the chances of losing half a pair of socks are pretty high (more on that here) and the chances of finding two matching socks to wear at any given time is pretty low.  I also noticed early on that mismatched socks are pretty cute and my son has so far been willing to go along with this Punky Brewster fashion statement.  Add in that people are usually on autopilot to look for socks that are in pairs and you might consider single socks a “hidden gem.”  The one thing I realized later was that I hope I didn’t just miss any of my sock’s mates on, near or under the table, thus turning a pair of socks into a single sock that may have not caught the interest of any other swappers.


Kindercycle Swap Details

When: Sunday May 20th, 2012, 10am – 12pm

Where: South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street (at Ashby); Berkeley, CA

Ages: Newborn – 6 year old clothes and stuff and maternity clothes

Cost: $5 per family with stuff to swap, $10 per family without stuff to swap

Contact: jennifer@KinderCycle.org

KinderCycle is on a mission to help families effectively get and get rid of kids’ stuff and to keep kids’ stuff out of landfills. Any items that are brought to the swap that are not taken by other families will be donated to charities.

Learn more and sign up to get on KinderCycle’s mailing list (right side of the page near the top).

Don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area?  Check out the Swap Directory at Swap.com to see if they have something listed in your neck of the woods.

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