have: fw swap:info for newbies-please don't post trades here

sylviatexas1January 22, 2008

sedumqueen asked how the swap works, so I've put the answer here so it's easy for newcomers to find.

Please post your trades on the other thread(s) for the sake of clarity.

(If you think of anything I've omitted from the explanation, this is the place to put it!)



The main theme for the FW Swaps, I guess, is...

enjoy the company of other gardeners, keep things loose, & have fun.

We all bring our extra plants, plus any garden-related stuff like arts/crafts, baskets, buckets, pots, homemade jams/jellies/breads/etc.

Pre-trades are good, since you know you'll be getting something you want, & you know your stuff is getting a new home.

You can swap anything for anything, no "rules" about seed-for-seed, plant-for-plant, etc;

as long as the gardeners agree, there you go.

You can swap a Ferrari for a package of tomato seeds if you want (or a cow for a package of magic beans)!

Just post what you have & what you want, & people can reply with offers;

once both gardeners agree, you in bidness!

Put your pre-trades for each person in a box with that person's name on it & jot down on the label or box what you are to get from that person.

If you have room in your vehicle, it's good to bring a chair (I have a collapsing camp chair that's just a wonderful life-saving, knee-saving device!), maybe a small folding table, & a cart or little red wagon.

Loose comfy clothing, comfy shoes, a hat, maybe a sweater, water, hand lotion or sun block, newspapers for packing, Sharpies, notebook, camera, labels, etc are all good things to have on hand "just in case".

Even if you don't have much extra garden material yet, cookies & brownies go over very well, & don't worry about even-steven trades:

many of us have been doing this for several years, & we *always* have tons of plants that we'll trade for a token or even "free to good home".

(Even if you've only decided to start a garden on Friday night, by Saturday afternoon, you can start working on your garden!)

Some years we share a potluck lunch, where everyone brings a dish, but for the past couple of swaps Brenda has "catered" lunch (grilled hotdogs, soft drinks, water, etc) in exchange for plants & stuff, but she hasn't posted here yet, so lunch remains "to-be-determined".

We also bring fun stuff for a prize drawing;

some of the prizes that I remember from last time are hand tools, ceramic garden figures, a pool float, a collapsing nylon leaf container, cute pots, a gardener's emergency kit, etc.

Someone at the autumn swap gave me some hand tools to keep for the spring swap, so those will start the prize pool.

& this year the swap is the same day as the Ft Worth Iris Society show;

it's right up the road at the Botanic Gardens (where they have heating & air conditioning as well as indoor plumbing!), so that's a *bonus* "garden-fix" for after the swap.

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Don't turn your back on those of us who have been doing this awhile. We WILL stick plants under your table, in your wagon or in your car if given a chance. Heck, we even pawn, I mean, donate them to people walking through the park.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 3:57PM
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    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 7:52AM
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Be sure to read the Swap Threads for details on who's bringing what & who wants what, & post your own haves/wants on the same thread.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2008 at 8:27PM
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Since there've been posts from several new traders recently, I thought this would be a good time to bring this to the top.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2008 at 5:08PM
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bringing to the top to keep the info at hand.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 9:35AM
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bringing to the top one more time!

Please read the other threads about the swap, there are 3 on which people have listed their wants & haves, & 2 more (3 if you count this one) with various general information.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 2:33PM
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We can post the trades on the new thread for the October 30 Swap.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2010 at 2:32PM
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