Sometimes just Laughter isn't enough.
In the summer I tried coordinating our Laughter MeetUps with the concerts in Madison Sq Park on Weds. Sadly we had horrific heat or rain on many Weds. But the times we did meet the group was terrific, and many stayed for the concert afterwards!
This time I'm stepping outside the box and I'm including a clothing & items we don't want anymore swap as part of our MeetUp on Sat Sept 8th.
This is the time of year we get out our Fall clothes & start going through summer stuff we want to keep or give away before packing up for the change of season. Some of our Fall things don't fit anymore & so we plan on tossing them too. You also might have non-clothing items, which are not broken and work, that you would like to include in this swap. (ie books, lamps, utensils etc)
Hear my idea.
I've participated many times in other Clothing Swap MeetUps, and what I saw happening is, some people come early & grab all the good stuff and leave the scraps for the rest of the group who come later.
Instead, what I'd like everyone to do is ... put a price on what you would want for each item as if you were going to sell it on eBay or Craigslist. Make a duplicate list of all of your items with the 'value' you're giving each one. Then besides making the lists, put a tag or label with your initials and the price on each item.
I'll be setting up an area for you to hang or lay out your things.
Then after our Laughter Yoga session, we'll have the swap.
This is how it will work.
1st, everyone who came late will have 5 mins to lay out their stuff after we finish Laughter Yoga.
Then, for 15 mins, people will take what they want. We will attempt to make even swaps.
After that ... people will check off on their list what was taken.
Then we'll sit in a circle with the goodies we've taken and tally everything up.
Based on the cost of your items that were taken, you can keep the items you picked. Hopefully your swaps will be even, but if you took more than what was taken from you, price wise ... you have 2 choices: either put any items back that weren't covered by what was taken of yours, or pay the owner the difference.
I think this is an original way of having a swap that is fairer.
The whole thing should take about 30-35 min after our Laughter Yoga session.
Are you UP for this?
ALSO ... I may be making this time I set here, 30-45min earlier ... just waiting for replies from my earlier MeetUP group (which is starting at 12:15, but I'd like to make it for 11:30 ...) Then I will change the time to 12:45 or 1pm.
Let me know in your RSVP which time is best for you.
ALSO ... To get my exact address, you MUST answer all the questions posed when you RSVP.
Looking forward to Laughing and Swapping with you!
HO HO hahaha
Everything you bring should be in clean & wearable condition (no holes, stains or tears) ... anything else you bring, should have no parts missing, or broken ... and should be functioning properly (if electric).