I was really nervous no one would want my stuff. My former coworker, Jennifer, encouraged me to try something different and that out-of-the-box items do the best. She also told me it's rare that you end up taking home stuff, and told me to consider packaging.
On her suggestion, I decided to bring several bottles of kombucha, two SCOBYs (kombucha starters) and two loaves of pineapple caramel pound cake. I made sure to package everything nicely and thought about how I would set things up.
I ended up buying some cheap picture frames and typed up a quick description of each item. I also made a QR code for the recipes' links on my blog so people could check out all the info if they were interested. I also got a package of business card paper from the store and printed out labels with the QR code and my blog address for each of the bottles on kombucha. I got sample cups at a restaurant supply store, too, and set aside a bottle to use for that purpose.
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How it works is that you "shop" for a while and indicate the items you're interested in my writing your name and what you're willing to swap it for. Then, the organizer announces it's time to swap and pandemonium breaks out. You have two choices - take your wares with you to the items you're interested in or let them come to you. Since I had so many bottles and they were cumbersome, I let people come to me.
The SCOBYs went fast, but so did everything else! I was so pleased that people were interested in my stuff. I got some of the most amazing baked goods, the roasted coffee beans, apple honey, pear ginger vodka, black bean goat cheese dip, baba ghanoush and the nutella macaroons I lusted over.
I'm so excited to try all these items and sign up for the swap again next month. I learned a lot in this first session and look forward to swapping again.