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« on: December 06, 2009 09:21:58 AM »

Well, the holidays will be over soon(ish) and for me, that means going back (er ... really, getting ON) a budget of some kind.  This means using my stash rather than buying, making recipes where the leftovers are just as good as the first round, eating in more often, using up the last of the soap, etc etc.  Crafted items could include some good recipes, a coupon organizer, knit/crocheted dishcloths/washcloths, pretty dishtowels, reusable menstrual pads or diva cup/mooncup bag and wet bags, soap savers, homemade laundry soap, homemade bath soakss (we all deserve indulgence!), reusable grocery bags (you save 5 cents at my grocery store for each one you bring - which adds up!), wrist warmers (instead of turning up the heat) ...

I know, so glamorous, right?  But fun, I think!

Anyhoodle, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a swap centered around this?  It'd be centered around using what you have and maybe the flat-rate boxes to have a set shipping amount?  

Has this been done before and I just didn't see it?  
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009 02:27:19 PM »

YES! YES! YES!  Definitely!!!
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009 02:49:41 PM »

Oh yay!  The more I think about it the more ideas I have. Smiley

Cloth napkins, wool dryer balls (I have the plastic but things are still static-y), dryer sachets ...
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009 01:49:30 PM »

I love this idea! Lots of great things could be crafted. Piggy banks or coin jars, frogged yarn from thrift shop sweaters, felt toys, herb mixes, dip mixes, cute recipe cards, blank price books.

Count me in.
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009 02:02:56 PM »

(Heh, for those that saw my previous post ... that was meant for another thread.  Whoops!)

Anyway, I love your ideas, zcrafter!  I had a few more today, but now I forget them.  Darn it ... I'll write them down next time. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009 02:09:30 PM »

I would love to be a part of a swap like this!

Reusable produce bags and shopping bags, plarn and yarn made from other recycled goods, cloth napkins, all kinds of things can be made from recycled items!
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2009 02:19:55 PM »

Woo hoo!  I was thinking after the holidays - sign ups mid to late December through the beginning of January ... send outs early/mid February.

Thoughts?

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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2009 05:43:24 PM »

This sounds like a really fun swap.  I'm all about (trying) to be frugal and on a budget.  I really need it this year, too! I wanna buy a new van to corral the kiddos and still have breathing room.  HAHAHA

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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2009 06:32:28 PM »

Anyone have any suggestions for how big of a swap?  How many points/what size of the crafts?
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2009 06:54:52 PM »

It would be kinda cool to have one of the things be that we cant buy anything. Everything is made from stash or recycled. Maybe 5 pts? Or a small and a medium?
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2009 11:21:04 PM »

I love this idea. Maybe a medium and three smalls?
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2009 01:09:13 AM »

I like this idea. I'd do it if the sign up/send dates work out for me.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2009 05:09:26 AM »

A medium and three smalls works for me!  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2009 01:25:59 PM »

Count me in for sure. I've been itching to try to make reusable shopping bags from fused bags. And I've been staring at my stash that seems to have exploded over the past few weeks, and I have decided I am using 50% before I buy anymore. except for things like glue, and paint you know.. things that may dry up, or if my favorite yarn goes on sale, but thats it!  Well, then there is if I find a really good deal at the thrifts. And I'm a sucker for novelty fabric. But thats it! Well, then theres.. No, I won't mentally count wine corks, keyboard keys, bottle tops, etc in my stash.
But yes! I want to do this swap!
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2009 01:44:03 PM »

I want to try the fused plastic too! thrift store recons, reusable sandwich baggies, coupon book with coupons, stationary made from recycled books and such...all would keep us from buying stuff! I love how being thrifty also encourages us to by green
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« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2009 02:07:03 PM »

I agree, Casey1201!  Frugal often means green, too, which makes me happy. Smiley  I'm all for making this a 'use your stash swap', too.

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« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2009 03:22:59 PM »

I agree, Casey1201!  Frugal often means green, too, which makes me happy. Smiley  I'm all for making this a 'use your stash swap', too.



I totally agree.  Being green and frugal go hand in hand!  Also, how about things like reusable "swiffer" pads and cloth napkins.  I also have been making alot of sandwich wraps and snack bags lately (SSS21 swap and Christmas gifts).

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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2009 03:26:12 PM »

Those are great ideas!  Both can get expensive (especially the swiffer stuff) so handmade is reusable and frugal!
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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2009 06:33:59 PM »

Yes! I love reusable stuff so I can save money, when are you thinking sign ups would start and send outs?
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« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2009 08:42:26 PM »

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/craftsgifts/Crafts_Gifts.htm
heres a link with ideas/paterns.
I'm already writing down ideas for this swap!
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« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2009 10:36:26 PM »

This seems like a great idea. If I can salvage enough of my craft supplies from our storage for pre-house-listing, I'd probably be in! Although... if it's going to be one medium, 3 smalls (or another specific size), it doesn't also need to be a flat rate box, right?

(Asking mostly because flat rate boxes tend to be US-only!)
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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2009 06:30:20 AM »

Yes! I love reusable stuff so I can save money, when are you thinking sign ups would start and send outs?

I'm thinking sign ups will be middle/end of December (whenever I get the feedback from my second official swap!) through the first week of January, just in case people are too busy over the holidays to sign up.  Send outs a month laterish - early February. Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2009 07:05:00 AM »

that would be perfect!
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« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2009 07:07:15 AM »

This seems like a great idea. If I can salvage enough of my craft supplies from our storage for pre-house-listing, I'd probably be in! Although... if it's going to be one medium, 3 smalls (or another specific size), it doesn't also need to be a flat rate box, right?

(Asking mostly because flat rate boxes tend to be US-only!)
Canada has flat rate packages as well. Maybe just have a canadian group to send to eachother and a US group to send to eachother. I'd hate to be exclude just because of where I live. I miss some really great swaps becuase of that.
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« Reply #24 on: December 09, 2009 07:20:00 AM »

I am planning on the swap being open to everyone, and will try to group accordingly. Cheesy 
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« Reply #25 on: December 09, 2009 08:06:45 AM »

I am planning on the swap being open to everyone, and will try to group accordingly. Cheesy 

yay you rock! I love getting flat rate packaging and stuffing it until it bursts!
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« Reply #26 on: December 09, 2009 11:12:14 AM »

Other ideas could be home-made paper (from recycled stuff), shrinky dinks from #6 plastic, crocheted bags or baskets from plarn, old t-shirts, socks, or fabrics etc..  You can even use plarn or fabrics on plastic canvas items.  

Maybe this can be combined with this theme as they are quite similar.
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« Reply #27 on: December 09, 2009 12:49:39 PM »

This would be awesome.  Most of my crafts already are something where I'm reusing, and most of my supplies are thrift, freecycle, or inherited so it fits in well with trying to live frugally.
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« Reply #28 on: December 09, 2009 01:01:44 PM »

I'll be looking for another swap in the new year..since I'm not taking on any new ones right now.  This sounds great to me and if I was in a Canadian group, I would be happy to do a flat rate (especially if we are partnered in regions..it's much cheaper that way) or if people would rather, a certain number of items or point value would be fine, too.  I have a HUGE stash of...all sorts of things..and after the holidays I should be freed up to do some crafting again that isn't just for Christmas.  I even have some fused plastic that has been waiting to be used for the last two (or more) years. Smiley  This is what happens when you have crafting ADD like me...and three young children and a pregnancy to boot!
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« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2009 01:55:16 PM »

i'd definitely be up for this.  i work a minimum wage job, and live in a town where rent is ridiculously high still, so i've gotten good at being frugal!

and i'm another canadian too (looks like there's lots of us in this thread!)
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« Reply #30 on: December 09, 2009 07:58:25 PM »

I am definitely interested in any swap that focuses on using up my massive stash! I have been wanting to cut back on swapping, but as long as the timing works out I will sign up for this one.
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« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2009 10:36:14 PM »

Sounds like a really cool idea!!
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« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2009 12:00:51 PM »

I don't think I'd want to do a flat rate, I'd prefer just to stick to size guidelines - also, the Canadian flat rate boxes are express, so generally that's more expensive (and QUITE a bit more expensive if you're shipping outside your region). But then again, take my info with a grain of salt, since I doubt my likeliness of joining due to The Move. Wink
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« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2009 12:04:21 PM »

I wasn't planning on requiring anyone to send their package in any particular way - just opening the opportunity if people wanted to!  The requirements will be one medium and three smalls, more to be determined with your partner.

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« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2009 01:33:34 PM »

hmm flat rate for inside a region is 11$ I'm not sure what it is outside, I think $25. But you can stuff that sucker FULL and it can weigh 50lbs and it wont cost you extra.

oops forgot to mention they dont have flat rate boxes anymore, just hard and bubble envelopes, kinda sucks, but you can still fit a lot in them. I did a swap with them not to long ago. It was fun.

I'm not saying the swap should be like that, I'm just saying it's a good way,for me, to send packages within Canada. If I'm matched up with a Canadian that's prob how I'll send anyway, depending on the size of the items I send of course Tongue



One medium and two smalls would be great! A very low stress swap, exactly what we need after christmas!
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« Reply #35 on: December 21, 2009 01:46:41 PM »

Everyone still up for this?  I know there was some discussion that this topic might be too similar to the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle swap ... I don't want to step on any toes.

Thoughts?
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« Reply #36 on: December 21, 2009 01:55:58 PM »

I think this is still a good idea. I think these are two different swaps.  While they can incorporate some of the same ideas, this is about frugal living and running a frugal household.

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« Reply #37 on: December 21, 2009 02:42:00 PM »

I"m definately still up for this! I too see that they are different, we may not neccessarily be using items we already have in our stash to make cloth napkins, reusuable grocery bags, etc. Where as the RRR swap is not about making strictly frugal items, but using recycled things. I was planning on joining both, and have 2 seperate lists in my head as to what to make for the swap.
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« Reply #38 on: December 21, 2009 02:44:35 PM »

Okay, good!  I was thinking they were different in my head, but I've learned that just because it makes sense to me, doesn't mean it really does! Smiley

I'm working on the questionnaire now and will open sign-ups later tonight.
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« Reply #39 on: December 21, 2009 03:08:43 PM »

Oh, GOOD! How long will sign ups be open?  If we're partnering in Jan. I'll be in for sure...but I promised not to do anymore swaps until then.  Undecided  My brain needs to get through all the Christmas/New Years craziness before I can commit myself to anything more.
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« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2009 03:20:22 PM »

Sign-ups are through Jan. 8th, send outs are by Feb 6th.

And now ladies and gentlemen, what you've all been waiting for ... sign-ups are now open!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331572.msg3829794#msg3829794
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