Hello Sassy Family!
We will be updating this blog post throughout today's Nashville swap with pictures, stories and more! Hope to see you all there! For more info and location go to our Home page!
Update 12:51PM: First hour has passed and we've already doubled our attendance from the last swap lol! About 20 people have come through and three were waiting for us before we even walked in! Let's see what happens in the next hour :)
Update 2:22 pm: just got four huge bags of size 7-14 clothes and toys. So far we've had 25 people coming through with lots of conversation, idea exchanging, and more! Even some potential volunteers. An hour and half to go! Come through...
Update 3:25 PM: So we now finally have a lull. Haven't had people for about 45 minutes but that's ok because so many came in the beginning. Seems that swaps are new to Nashville. I was told throughout the day that Nashville is more of a consignment sale town. However, the attendees at this swap think that consignment are slowing down because they are so complicated to start and price items. Plus swaps really help those in need. Overall, people were very supportive of us having another swap soon. We'll see but I think we at a great start for Sassy Family swaps in Music City.
A few questions have come up here in Nashville on what exactly is a swap and how is it organized. So I figured it would be a good time to clarify what it is.
Simply put, a clothing swap, especially for kids, where you trade your child's gently worn clothes and toys for gently worn clothes and toys from other families. You don't sell your clothes, you just trade.
I know that quite a few people are used to consignment sales where you can get top dollar for your child's very nice, but used clothing. However, clothing swap is an exchange, so if you don't want to just give away your really nice items, I wouldn't suggest you do so.
As to how the event is organized, it's real simple. You bring your clothes and toys to swap at a Sassy Family swap event. Sassy Family volunteers handle sorting your clothes into sizes, making sure the clothes are clean and ready to be traded. Clothes that aren't ready to be exchanged are returned back to the owner. While we sort your clothes, you shop for items that you like.
Here's also a couple of websites that can explain swaps a little better: Frugal Mama is really good and also Clothing Swap.com
I'm super excited about our next Nashville swap! If you haven't heard, we're having our next swap in a new location, East Park Community Center in East Nashville. It's also at a new time, starting at 12PM and ending at 4PM. We've already gotten some interest in this swap and I really hope that attendance will be good this time! We've advertised in lots of places in Nashville and online, so fingers crossed!
Meanwhile, in Oakland California, we are solidifying the next dates for our swap. It will be at the Oakland Baha'i Center, probably in late February or March. More info coming on that soon!
Finally, we may have another craft fair in Oakland in June....get ready!
Look forward to updates from the Nashville swap on January 31
Founder and Operator of the Sassy Family Craft Fair and the Sassy Family Kid's Clothing Swap