Super Swap Weekend
One of the memories I can just grasp from my early childhood is watching a cartoon that featured a trading post (in my memory, it was Rabbit’s Trading Post on a Winnie the Pooh show, but the internet has, so far, been unable to confirm that for me.) I loved the idea of a trading post then, and am still a huge fan of the barter economy. This weekend, I had the great good fortune to participate in two Minneapolis swap events: The MPLS Swapper’s Food Swap and the Swap-o-Rama-Rama. I love Minneapolis!
The first event was all about food. This was my first food swap so I was super nervous. I decided to bring root beer cupcakes with vanilla malt frosting and vegan basil lemonade scones (recipes for both coming soon.) I got there early to set up my station. Here’s my very own trading post:
And here’s everything I brought home in exchange for all that sugar:
I traded all of my leftover frosting for that big bunch of kale. Other very exciting items I brought home with me included: chocolate orange zucchini bread, a vast assortment of jams, pickles, cowboy caviar, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, pie pops, and candied sesame walnuts. This event is so full of win. I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the swap is held at Open Arms Minnesota, an organization dedicated to providing nutritious meals to people living with serious and life threatening diseases.
The Swap-o-Rama-Rama was all about clothes. It was much less organized than the food swap, but I brought a garbage bag full of clothes to share and came home with a full bag of new duds, so I consider it a huge success. In addition to a giant pile of clothes to dig through, this swap had sewing machines and an airbrushing station for anyone who wanted to make immediate alterations. I didn’t make use of any of the stations, but I have a whole new Winter wardrobe (huge thanks on this to the friend I attended with who brought great clothes.)