Time: December 6, 2011 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
Street: 1207 Ellsworth
Event Type: holiday, shopping, alternative
Organized By: Jill MacIntyre Witt
Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2011
What is THE ABUNDANCE SWAP? It is a community gathering to celebrate our abundance and offer an alternative to the Holiday shopping season. Consider that:
* First thing on the morning after Thanksgiving, millions of Americans line up in the dark outside big-box chain stores to be the first to swarm over billions of dollars of stuff - brand new stuff, created with new resources from the Earth.
*One nation accounts for 5% of the population and 40-50% of the resource consumption of the planet. Guess which.
*Some of the good stuff we already have isn't being well used or fully enjoyed.
*Giving gifts for the holidays is fun. Most of us want to continue giving gifts.
Step 1. Find 3-5 quality items in your home, shop or office that someone would enjoy as a gift... fun, useful, interesting or beautiful items in really good shape that you feel you can spare.
Step 2. Bring them to Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship at 6 pm on December 6. Don't just drop your stuff off. We're doing more than that. Bring the present of your presence. Stick around to visit, tell a story or two about what you brought to the person who wants it, and find some things that you'd like to take away to give as gifts to others (a gift to yourself is ok, too). There won't be any bargaining; you just bring what you're ready to give away and take away whatever you'd like.
Step 3. Then use the gifts you take home to reduce your new gift purchases.
This was inspired by the discovery of Ashland’s 10th Annual Abundance Swap. See www.abundanceswap.org to learn more.