Swap don't shop is what I always say. From jeans to coats, I've always given away my kids' outgrown clothing. Not only is it better for the environment because the items don't end up in a landfill, I like that swapping benefits the new owner by saving them money.
Remember when I worked with Green Halloween to create this fun video about swapping Halloween costumes? Tristin and Tyler have no teeth in that video, so cute! Yup, I've always been a swapper kind of shopper, but now I can do it with a community of other parents thanks to Lauren Patterson who started Little Swappies, a swapping event for children's toys, clothes and books.
Lauren started Little Swappies because she thought NYC could benefit from a community-based way to swap items. You know how kids outgrow things soo fast and you have brand new items that your kids never got to wear? Well, Lauren had the same problem - and Little Swappies is an awesome solution. I like the idea of bringing people together for common goals, like new stuff and helping the planet. AND, as if those aren't enough reasons to head to a Little Swappies swap - here's another - all items remaining after the event will be given to Covenant House's Mother/Child Crisis Center. It's a win-win-win!
Below is info for the next swap, can you make it? If you're not in New York, would you support this type of event in your town or city? Why?
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE NEXT LITTLE SWAPPIES KIDS CLOTHING SWAP SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 FROM 10:00AM TO 12:30PM AVENUES SCHOOL 259 Tenth Avenue (@25th Street), 3rd Fl. Purchase tickets at WWW.LITTLESWAPPIES.COM  or RSVP to: INFO@LITTLESWAPPIES.COM and bring along at least (5) clean, like-new or new items. Have unused holiday presents, outgrown clothes, stored up toys and books that your kids will not play with or read anymore? It’s a new year so swap them all for things you actually need! Swappable items include maternity clothes, children's clothing (sizes 0 to 8), books, and toys. You can take home as many items as needed within reason. All remaining items will be donated to Covenant House’s Mother/Child Crisis Center. Need more reasons to come? · Tons of amazing raffle prizes, · Gift bags for all participants, · Free babysitting – thank you Urban Sitter, · Free arts and crafts and music – thank you Kids at Work, · Free chair massages by Equinox Fitness, · Free food and drinks, and · Meet and mingle with over 20 of your favorite kids companies.