Fun reuse: swap shops, swishing and jumble fund-raising

There are many ways to cut the clutter without filling your bin. Why not have fun organising your own swap shop, swishing party or jumble fund-raising?

Swap shops

A swap shop is like a cashless bring-and-buy sale. It’s sometimes has other names “bring and take”, “give or take days”, “free for all” or “Freecycle days”. Participants do not need to being anything in order to take away goods, and vice versa.

How to run a swap shop (PDF 507 KB)
Template press release for Freecycle day courtesy of Wedmore Green Group (PDF 54KB)

Risk assesment template (PDF 38 KB) or Risk assessment template (Word .doc 27 KB)
How to make a risk assessment rating (PDF 28 KB) courtesy of Somerset County Council
Event poster template version 1 – no electricals or duvets (PDF 475 KB)
Event poster template version 2 – add your own exclusions (PDF 476 KB)

To use the event poster templates, simply fill in the form boxes for

  • The name of your group and the event
  • The day and date of your event
  • The time of your event
  • The address of the venue
  • (on version 2 only, add the items you exclude)
  • At foot of the page, enter your web address if you have one

If you are using Adobe Reader you will not be able to save the completed poster, but you can print it. If you have Adobe Acrobat you should be able to save and print.

Swishing parties

A swishing party is a fun way to update your wardrobe for free. It’s easy to do and it can be as big or small as you want, from a small group of friends to a bustling community event. You choose!

How to hold your own swishing party (PDF 423 KB)

Jumble sales for fundraising

Here’s some a great guide from Alzheimer’s Society to start fund-raising:
Organising a jumble sale (PDF 196 KB)

Encourage more reuse

If there isn’t an online exchange group local to you, why not set one up? As well as Freegle and Freecycle groups, there are often informal swap or sale groups on Facebook – these are easy to set up or use.

Ask if your local community hall, school or place of worship would put up a poster display promoting reuse options. Use the templates below or have fun designing your own.

Cut the clutter poster (PDF 662 KB)
Clutter-busting options poster (PDF 215 KB)