As part of my simplification process, I have been decluttering my cupboards and realised that I had a lot of craft materials that were taking up space. They were good quality and perfectly lovely, but I knew I was not going to use them. However, I wanted to make sure they went to a good home and with someone that would value them. I donate a lot to charity shops but wondered if there was a better way to make the most of these items.
Then I had the idea for a Crafty Swop Shop. You may have heard about Swishing where you donate unwanted outfits and then swap them for something you want. We decided to create an event to do this but with craft materials. Last night saw the first Scone Roses WI swopping event take place.
It was an awesome evening which encompased so many of my values. We attracted a wide range of ladies from the local community, many of which were not WI members, but were brought together by the love of craft. There was tea, cake, chat and new friendships were formed.
Everyone got a chance to take a look around and select the items that they wanted to swop. People left happy with a new project for them and no cost. It was a great way to recycle items to an appreciative home.
We held the event at the fabulous venue, Fancy http://www.homebaked-desserts.co.uk/about.htm. A local tea rooms which is beautiful and serves the most amazing cake. Saffron (the owner) was a wonderful host and we will be definitely returning for future events there. Some of us decided that it represents our idea of what Heaven may look like with cake, tea and craft!