When I first read Andrea and Gail’s posts on their Stash Diet, I immediately honed in on their idea of a stash swap. I LOVE SWAPS. I told them as much and offered my services to help in any way. They graciously accepted and the 2014 Stash Diet swap is kicking off today!
How to start swappin’
Join the Stash Diet flickr group if you haven’t already and check out this thread on posting your stuff. Please feel free to join even if you aren’t setting other Stash Diet goals.
Think of the Stash Diet swap as a big giveaway
This means you can send fabric from one person but receive a pattern from another: no need to make a direct swap between two people (unless you want to!) A giveaway mentality keeps the lovely goods circulating between Stash Dieters who really want/need them.
When to swap
Feel free to start swapping right away! We are planning four big quarterly swap events in 2014 (more information coming soon) but anybody can swap anytime outside of the events.
Share what you can spare
Purging your stash can be an emotional rollercoaster, so pick items you know you’re not going to use (perhaps that fabric in a color that doesn’t flatter) when you’re starting out. You can always share more later as you get more comfortable trimming down your stash.
Fabric and beyond!
Feel free to swap fabric as well yarn, notions, patterns, tools – anything you think your fellow Stash Dieters would be able to use and enjoy.
Shipping is best worked out between two swappers! If you are feeling generous, why not ship for free within your own country? PayPal or Amazon Payments would be an easy way to receive shipping payments or reimbursements for expensive shipping.