by thimble on 22/04/2006

in Resources


One of the more interesting phenomenon in the online craft community is the popularity of ‘swaps’. People from all around the world sign up to send gifts to complete strangers and receive something back in return. I always think it is so interesting that the technology of the internet, which many reactionaries thought would be the end of the traditional postal system, is now being used to encourage old fashioned mail!

There are lots of different places to get involved in swaps of all different sorts, many involve a specific theme, and can involve sending finished crafts, craft supplies, purchased items, or even candy! These are just a few of the places you can find swap opportunities:

Back Tack – the mother of all swaps, wildly popular. Back Tack III is now underway and sign ups closed shortly after they began. The theme this time is softies, with some very specific criteria.

Swapmeet – A new addition to the swapping family, the site was set up to organize swaps of craft supplies. A new theme is announced on the 15th of every month.

Another Swapmeet site, run by purplepinkandorange.com – a monthly swap of items ranging from books, to mixed cds, to gardening items to crafts.

Craftster has a whole section on organized swaps, and a good system for those learning how to set up swaps.

Candyswappers set up by supereggplant

Color-rific swap-o-rama organized through flickr- each month a new color is annouced, and participants send a package of items in only that color, including one handmade item.

Project spectrum postcard swap – a color themed postcard swap

Postcard swap, which has been run twice by my little mochi

The also wildly popular secret pal gift exchange for knitters and crocheters. Now in its seventh round!

tea swap – a swap of teas from around the world. In this swap, teas are mailed to the organizer, who collects an assortment into packages to be mailed back to the participants.

Mini swap a swap for kids to participate in, run by mommycoddle (now closed)

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1 Joleen April 22, 2006 at 1:38 am

swaps are awesome. gonna check out all these links! thanks :)


2 molly April 22, 2006 at 2:19 am

we’ll be miniswapping again at the end of the summer! thanks for all these swap links. can’t wait to check some of the new ones out…


3 Mama Urchin April 22, 2006 at 4:08 am

Open Yours Too is another great swap site. I’ll definitely be checking out the links from this post.


4 Aija April 22, 2006 at 4:34 am

The Dye O Rama swap is currently in signup mode– swapping handdyed (sock) yarn :) 1 day, 3 hours and counting til the swap list is closed…



5 Scout April 22, 2006 at 6:41 am

Thanks Aija! I was just going to see if thimble wanted to add mine since there are about 24 hours left to sign up!


6 holly April 22, 2006 at 9:55 pm
7 the painted pear April 23, 2006 at 7:45 pm

Here’s another swap. hosted by Regina, http://blog.creativekismet.com/, it is a NoteCard Swap, summer celebrations….come on, join in!


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