Over at my day job I organised (with the help of my awesome Green Team) a swishing event that we ran last night. There was cake, wine, fairy lights and music to help turn this into a great event.
For those that don’t know, a Swish is a sort of swap shop. It’s a way to push the first two ‘Rs’ of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle hierarchy: you get to re-use old (but lovely) stuff, and hopefully this will therefore reduce your need to buy new stuff. Different people & places run swishes in different ways, but our rules were:
- You must bring at least one quality item.
- We will set everything out in our ’boutique’
- There is an initial browsing period for everyone to see what’s available.
- Then we kick you out of the room for 5 minutes to straighten the room up again.
- Doors open, count down from 3, massive free for all for everyone to take what they want.
What I learned from the event: there is nothing that will stand between some people and a bargain. For lots of people this was a first time at swishing, but there were a few people that seemed to be dedicated swishers, and they had elbows!
This morning we took everything that was left over off to a charity shop up the road. Most of the unclaimed stuff was still really nice, but just not right for the people there at the time.
What did I get out of it? A couple of necklaces, a book and a hand bag. And some really good ideas for how to make it even better next time.