Saturday, February 19, 2011

Brooklyn Swaps!

Ready to let go of objects you don't need but not sure where or how to responsibly dispose of them? Want new stuff but don't want to contribute to industrial waste? Share and/or collect things that are in good condition with your neighbors at one or both of the upcoming Brooklyn community swaps listed below. Busy parents should check out the ongoing online swap service listed below.

Stop 'N' Swap: Fort Greene
Saturday, February 26th, 11am-2pm
M.S. 113 gymnasium, 300 Adelphi Street b/t DeKalb and Lafayette
Organized by GrowNYC. (More info here on their website.)
Cost: Free!

Bring clean, reusable, portable items to share; or just come see what's free for the taking. (No furniture or large items, please.)

Stop 'N' Swap - Brooklyn from GrowNYC on Vimeo.

Fabulous Females Free Fashion Swap
Saturday, March 19th, 2011, 12 Noon-3pm
@ LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave (btw Park and Sterling Ave), Crown Heights
Organized by Olivia Lane Housekeeping & Organizing
Cost: Free!
RSVP via Facebook

Looking for a good reason to clean out your closet?  How about sharing your stuff with your neighbors! Please bring clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories that are in good condition to LaunchPad. Be prepared to find *new to you* stuff you will love too!

This is a free event and welcome to all. (You don't have to bring anything to share besides a smile!) Please remember to think green and bring your own bag. You are also encouraged to bring snacks to share too.

Please make sure everything is freshly washed or dry cleaned to make sure only love is shared, not bed bugs.

This swap service makes the idea of having kids seem much more palatable for an eco-minded gal like me who likes to save money. Parents select the box they like best from thousands containing "pre-loved" <3! clothes and toys. ThredUp then ships the box to the parents' home for only $16. In turn, parents add their own boxes of goodies to the lists and when it is selected they use the pre-paid boxes and shipping labels provided by ThredUp to mail it from their home. (No running to the post office; ThredUp arranges for a USPS pick-up!)
Watch a NBC news video about how it works.

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 
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