See you Wednesday at the swap!

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Wednesday is the Autumn Olympia Food Swap at Grub (2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you don’t have a ticket, sign up on Eventbrite  there are 7 tickets left.

Please bring any unwanted kitchen stuff, plant starts, excess produce you don’t want to swap for the free table, but feel free to take anything at the table if you want it. Previous free table stuff included bowls, a dehydrator, kombucha grains, parsnips.

Please bring a dish to share at the potluck. We prefer if the item is made by you (if you are going to just get takeout, don’t worry about it and just come and eat instead). Grub generously provides plates, cutlery, mugs etc but if you want to bring your own mug that would be helpful too. Feel free to pull up your sleeves and do some dishes after the event if you want.

If you feel the event sounds really neat, you want to start something like this in your community or you just want to see what the event is about, we welcome you to come check it out. You may be the next swapper at the next event. We are  limited by allowed bodies to the event, but only swappers need a ticket.

We have a donation jar at the event. We use the space at Grub for free and donations help them remain happy with us using the space for free. They also have a new Grub cookbook available and all proceeds go to support their organization.

We will have an almost expired table for canned goods that are over a year old, and you can swap or trade or whatever you wish. We are testing this idea out, so we will figure it out at the event. Last event we tried a “high dollar table” based on feedback on Facebook from a few potential swappers, but this was a total flop so we discontinued it.

At the event, Brooke will have a piece of red fabric up. After the swap, please have her take your picture with your swapped bounty in front of the fabric. We will use these as a blog post and on Facebook. Brooke will have questions printed for the featured swappers, if you would like to be the next featured swapper, send her an email and grab the questions list.

At the swap, flair is fun. You may find your flair through creative labels signs at the event, your own personal name tag, a tablecloth or table runner, creative ways to display your wares.

You may print your swap bid sheets in advance, so we organizers have less printing costs. There is the Bid Sheet Short, bid-sheet-long, Bidding Label (so you don’t have to write your 10 items 33 times)

There are currently 33 participants. You can bring as many things to swap as you want. You may bring just 6 items, and you will go home with 6. I usually like to bring more so I get lots of stuff. I would suggest no more than 33 things (or the total number of swappers) so you don’t have to go home with all of your wares, and you don’t have to cart in too many things.

If you already have all your swap stuff ready, it is all packed for individual swap and you have all your pretty labels on everything, and you want to make some other things, check out our swappables list.

You may give samples of your swappables if you want, or this can be at the potluck. It is also suggested that you list what ingredients are in each swapped item for those with allergen sensitivities.

Thanks to Grub as always for letting us use their beautiful spot.

Don’t forget to package everything for a one to one trade. Remember, the swap is about having fun and building community.

Also remember, we are just swapping or trading one item for another item. No money is exchanged. Please do not bring anything that you have for sale to the event that you don’t plan to swap.

See you on Wednesday. Post any last minute questions here or on Facebook.

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