Have a Swap Meet: Have everyone bring things that they do not need or want any more to a central location and “swap.” Old things to you will become new things to someone else! We just had our 2nd Swap Meet here in our little community. It was held in the gym of a local church. Everyone was told to bring their items to donate during a set time the night before. Volunteers sorted all the donations into categories. The next morning they opened the doors for a few hours and let the community in to take what they needed. Anything leftover was donated to a local thrift store. The first time they had the Swap Meet they tried to limit the number of items taken by each individual to allow everyone to benefit, but they discovered that there was going to be a lot of leftovers and changed their policy. It went much better with the 2nd Swap Meet! They also used Freecycle.org to advertise it and let others know that they could donate.
Michelle is the creator of Fun On A Dime where she shares her ideas for having simple and affordable fun through crafts, tips, recipes, games and so much more. She lives in the sunny valley of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, 3 busy kiddos (ages 10, 9, 4 and 10 months) and equally energized dog!