SWAPS

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Question: What is a swap, and how do I participate in one?

Answer:  A swap is an organized exchange of resources amongst participants.  A hostess determines the theme of the swap and announces the guidelines, including details of what will be swapped and when packages are due to her.  Those who are interested in participating then "sign up" by contacting the hostess directly via e-mail announcing their intention to be involved.  Basically, everyone who signs up provides or makes the required number of items and then sends them on to the Hostess, who then redistributes the goodies, providing each participant with the same number of resources but of a different assortment; thus, providing some variety to each participant's stash.


~ General Guidelines ~

<*> Please send swap messages privately and not to the list. People who are not in the swap are not interested in the details. =;D

<*> Most important, READ the guidelines CAREFULLY!! Pay particular attention to the fiber content of fabrics, and things like "no plastic shirt buttons." If you cannot match the guidelines and have something drop-dead gorgeous, then e-mail the hostess and talk about it. Otherwise, just skip the swap and wait for another one. While these swaps are meant for fun, it's important that the playing field be level, and everyone will be expecting what's in the guidelines.

MAILING YOUR BAGGIES
    Include a slip of paper in each baggie with your name, address and e-mail on it so the post office will be able to return it if the package comes apart, and so the recipient will know whom to thank.
    Place all your swap baggies in a large baggie and write the name and address of the swap hostess on the outside of the baggie with a permanent marker in case the package gets opened en route.
    Put this large baggie into a mailing envelope addressed to the swap hostess along with your pre-stamped envelope addressed to yourself for return. (Be sure to use stamps and not a meter strip on your return envelope.)

For U.S. swappers, Priority Mail might be the most convenient way to send your package; however, they do not guarantee 2- to 3-day delivery for the price. As of May 14, 2007, $4.60 covers everything up to 1 pound. Anything over 1 pound is now zoned from your zip code. Free Priority mailing supplies, including Tyvek™ envelopes, are available at your post office. You don't have send your baggies Priority Mail! As long as you provide sufficient postage for your return-mail envelope, that will be fine.

Swappers outside the USA should contact the hostess for mailing / return mailing procedures.

PREPARING YOUR BAGGIES

1. When swapping fabric, it's a good idea to include a note with whatever info you have on the fabric -- fiber content, whether washed or not, new or recycled, fades, etc.

2. Make sure charms and buttons are clean and recycled buttons have the old threads cut off.

3. Wind threads neatly on some kind of a card and label them so that the receiver can get more if she loves them.

4. Put seed and other small beads in a tiny baggie, or wrap in a piece of plastic wrap.

5. When you send your swap and when you receive your swap back, let the hostess know that it's on its way or has arrived safely.

6. Read the guidelines carefully and make sure you are sending what is called for. If you have a question(s) , write the hostess privately.

7. Be reliable about meeting deadlines. If you can't, let the hostess know immediately and give her an idea as to when you will be mailing.

8. Hostess gifts are always optional, but you should definitely take time to thank the hostess. Hosting a swap is a lot of work! If you wish to include a small gift for the hostess -- an extra squishie, something interesting from your stash, or something that you know the hostess especially likes, would all be appropriate. Be sure to mark it so the hostess knows it's for her.

~ The Golden Rule of Swapping ~
"Swap unto others as you would like to receive."

If we all do this, no one will be upset or disappointed.

JUMP IN & HAVE FUN !

 

CQembellishers appreciates Bonnie Greene Schilder's permission
to use the above information!


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