It's been a week since our second swap in Nashville and it was waaay better than our first swap...I mean way better. We quadrupled the amount of people attending. Thanks to advertising on radio station 92Q and community calendars such as Nashville Life, more people were aware of us. Also having the swap in a location with plenty of kids and diversity of families (those with abundance of things to give and those with an abundance of need) living next to each other was a good decision.
As I may have alluded to in the live updates on this blog, the swap concept is still kind of new here. Consignment sales are big here, which is awesome. Consignment sales, in my opinion, go along with the concept of Sassy Family, which is a community that helps families to get ahead a little. But consignment sales are different than swaps, especially swaps that allow you to take some of the items for free if you really need it. There were people who were surprised with this idea (some questioned if it was real), but they liked it.
The honest reason that we kept the swaps free here (compared to charging in Oakland) was the constraints of the venues that we have used so far. But this has turned out to be a blessing in disguise because Sassy Family has truly helped out some people who really needed it. At this last swap, I had a young mother come in who was due any day. She had a hard time getting things ready for her new baby and HER mom could only do so much. Being able to fill a bag with clothes that she needed brought a smile to her face and caused her to say, "This is really needed in the community. People helping each other out without any questions or any need for money. Not everyone can do this all the time, but when it's done, it's a good thing."
But to continue these events, we do need money. I personally rented the venue for this event, with help from some of the funds from the Oakland swaps. However, more funds are needed because Oakland swaps can't just support Nashville swaps. There are some plans in the works for more fundraising, but in the meantime, donations would be appreciated. Any amount would be great! Click on the Donate button below to help.
Founder and Operator of the Sassy Family Craft Fair and the Sassy Family Kid's Clothing Swap