Next Craft swap

Our third craft swap will be on Sunday, July 17 1-3pm at Opalz in Midtown Palo Alto. Please rsvp to rani: bacraftswap at gmail dot com if you’ll be coming!

Click here for more info on the craft swap, and information about previous swaps. Please share the information with crafters, artists, teachers, families, and others who may have or need supplies. Feel free to post the flyer:

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The second-ever Transition Palo Alto Craft Swap took place in Palo Alto this time, upstairs at the lovely Opal’z store, filled with the fragrance of essential oils and soap. We arrived, arms full, and set up on the U-shaped tables. People arrived early, helped sort things into the categories. We found that there were lots of things that didn’t fit into the regular categories, and lots of things that already looked interesting.

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Craft Swap March 27, 2011 1-3pm

Are you a crafter or artist with pack-rat tendencies? Now is the time to come clean, and clean up!

One person’s trash is another’s treasure, so help reduce waste and share with your neighbors at the 2nd ever Craft Swap.

Join the fun at:

Opal’z of Palo Alto

719 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94303


Sunday, March 27

For details about what to bring and how it works, click here. Let us know what you’re bringing by emailing rani at b a c r a f t s w a p (at) g m a i l (dot) c o m.

Bring your friends! Share or post our flyer:

Craft swap March 27 1-3pm

Holiday garden, cookie and craft exchange – Dec 11

Saturday December 11th 2:00 – 3:30pm FREE !
World Centric Community Space
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto

Join us for the holiday community free exchange of garden bounty & Holiday creations. Bring Holiday cookies and decorations to swap & your homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, flowers, and holiday greenery to trade!
Throughout the Bay Area, neighbors are coming together for swapping and sharing locally grown, fresh produce. Our first Garden Swap was held August 21, with people coming together to share produce, chat and get to know one another. Four other events followed where home gardeners met for a free exchange of garden bounty. Here is one guest’s rave review: 

“What a great event, like a free farmers’ market – grapes and raspberries and oranges and two types of apples, sage and oregano and rosemary and thyme, sorrel and a plethora of tomatoes, seeds to save and plant, and some beautiful flowers. Thank you!” – Rani

Saturday, December 11, we will expand the concept to exchange homemade holiday creations, as well as all great late fall produce, such as persimmons, lemons, and oranges.  Bring cookies and other sweets, crafts, decorations, & greenery to exchange for the handmade goodies of your neighbors.  Expecting that some of the cookies will be eaten on site, we will provide apple cider to quench your thirst.

Come for the food, come for the community.  Hope to see you there.

Our Palo Alto exchange is supported by a coalition of community ecological organizations and neighborhood groups including: Acterra, Barron Park Green Team, Barron Park Garden Network, Barron Park Assn, Common Ground, Palo Alto Community Gardens, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto & World Centric.

You can print out this PDF of the event announcement to hand out to friends and co-workers.

(Information courtesy of Jan Butts)

Craft swap a success

Our first attempt at a craft swap can likely be called a success!

We met at A Work of Heart, a beautiful, inspiring studio with drawings of fashion models and handmade paper dolls on the walls, pretty little supplies and trinkets for sale, and a room full of empty tables. They weren’t empty for long. Tamara brought hand-drawn signs made by her school typography students, labeling everything from paint to scrapbooking. The tables were soon filled with bits and baubles, fabric and yarn and stickers, and about ten of us loitered, shopping for free.

More than just the shopping, we traded craft ideas and tips, learned about upcoming events, and found local resources. We also found out about everyone’s hidden talents and unique skills.

Everyone had delightful supplies to donate: cards, scrapbook items and papers, stickers (a hit with the kids), beads, craft kits, magazines and books, tons of fabric (lovely brocade that walked away fast) and yarn, oil paints, gift wrap and bags, ribbon, markers, stamps, miscellaneous stuff (including pasta makers, trays and cork boards!) and so much more. We distributed about half the items, the rest awaiting the next swap (keep your eyes open for an announcement in February or March next year!).

Thanks to all for their support and helping make this exchange happen.


Got some extra crayons lying around? Are you a closet knitter with a room full of yarn? Scrapbooking, paper-making, jewelry-making, drawing, painting, sculpting, and more – whatever your craft is, you need supplies. Why not trade for them?

Come meet other crafters, share your extras and take home some goodies at our first CRAFT SWAP!

When: Sunday, November 14, 2010. 8:30-11am

Where: A Work of Heart, 2196 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA

What to bring: Arts and crafts supplies (no one empty-handed will be turned away), and an extra bag or basket to carry what you want.

You’ll bring in what you have, put it on the appropriate table, and go shopping for free.

Come join the fun! Questions? Email rani at bacraftswap at gmail dot com