A new consciousness is developing for sharing things in communities and that’s the idea behind an event we’re planning now in our community. We’re calling it an Everything Else Exchange. For a number of years, the non-profit Sarah and I found, Let’s Live Local, has sponsored an annual clothing exchange and the response has been gratifying.
So this September, we’ll have our first Everything Else Exchange. The long list of items people can bring and take include small household items, music, books, office items, computer software, jewelry, accessories, knick knacks, linens, rugs, school and office supplies, small tools, beauty appliances, sports equipment, toys, games, and puzzles. For the past two weeks, I have begun the process of culling our home for those things that may be of value to someone else. Now they just take space and collect dust. In the process, I have discovered a few items we have forgotten about and are glad to have.
Everything will be free. Any items remaining will be donated to local charities for their fundraising. We’re asking that people bring items weighing less than five pounds because of facility size, but we are encouraging people to bring photos of larger items. These photos
will be posted both on a bulletin board and on the web. Following the Exchange, a volunteer will offer a class on using the web for selling items.
If your community has done anything like this, we’d like to know your experience. Sharing like this is one of the many forms, sharing can take place. With so many people living paycheck to paycheck, we’re hoping that exchanges like this will improve the lives of people.
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