Friday, February 23, 2007

Gimme Your Stuff!

So I mentioned in my post yesterday that I stumbled across a little thing called Gimme Your Stuff in the quest to find new Sockenwolle Unipo yarn. There is nothing I like more than sending and getting things through the mail (bills don’t count), so I’ve decided to go ahead and post lists of what I can send and what I would like to receive in an international swap!

Gimme Your Stuff

I live on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, and I love to knit, so things I can send include:

  • Knitting and crafting supplies (quality natural yarns, buttons, homemade magnets, stickers, fancy ribbons, fabric, paper, vintage pattern booklets)
  • Handknit baby caps and/or booties; handknit armwarmers or wristwarmers
  • Blank greeting cards from around here
  • Homemade pickled ginger for sushi or stirfry (no aspartame or food coloring!)
  • Canadian food and candy (chips, chocolate bars, maple syrup stuff, whatever else tickles your fancy)
  • Ocean seashells and beach glass
  • Thrifted books in English (on a bunch of different topics. They’re usually more entertaining to look at than they are informative or especially good to read...)
  • Children’s picture books
  • Random (but beautiful!) tin boxes and containers
  • Unique decorations (figurines, ornaments, wall hangings, etc.)
  • Stationery items (cards, notebooks, pens, pencils, paper)
  • Postcards, stamps, and coins from Canada
  • Tea leaves or bags

I can also make arrangements to find stuff that isn’t on this list if you’re looking for something else (cosmetics, toiletries, Tums, Lipsmackers, whatever)!

What I would like to receive:

  • Wool yarn in rich earthy colours (greens, browns, oranges, and reds)
  • Books, pictures, posters, or postcards with non-English text/words on it
  • Prints of religious icons or deities (it doesn’t matter which ones—any gods or sacred symbols from any religions are fine)
  • Blank greeting cards!
  • Crafting supplies
  • Stationery stuff (paperclips, paper, clips, etc.)
  • Patches or badges of your country’s crest, flag, or national symbols
  • Hardcover journals or notepads
  • Anything kitschy, vintage, or retro (especially tins, communist propaganda posters/postcards/photos, or decorations to put around the house)
  • CDs/tapes of national folk or traditional music

What I would prefer not to receive (just saying):

  • Food (unless you’ve got some Finnish Viking licorice… OK, and maybe some quality milk chocolate, too!)
  • Acrylic yarn. God knows I have enough of that in my stash!
  • Anything soapy or scented (bath stuff, candles, etc.) Unless it's made with 100% essential oils, I will break into hives. We don't want that, do we?

I am a big fan of quality and ironic thrift store finds, so if you’d like to swap with me, leave a comment or drop me an e-mail! Thank you!


Rose said...

You and me both - I love my communist materials! Not that "I" have any but you know what I mean. A cousin of mine has some socialist party signs from Portugal right after the revolution...I'm still trying to convince her that I'll be the best heir for them.

Debbie said...

Hello, I'm Debbie from Malaysia. I'm new to swapping but I'd love to swap stuffs with you. Please visit my blog and leave a message there. You can also email me at I'll get back to you soon, I promise! =)

trip said...


I'm Trip from The Netherlands, Europe.

Would love to swap! Check out my blog:

My mail:

Let me know. Will b no problem to out on the town to get u some specials from Holland :)

Hope to hear from u soon,


Lisa Joy said...
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Anonymous said...

Hello Dana!

I am a newbie to Gimme Your Stuff although I have been for ages in and

I was wondering if you'd be interested in a one-time swap with me.

My wishlist is here :)
and to that I would add that a mix CD of Rufus singing in French would be great too ( I have all of his albums in English, also his sister's)


Swap-Scot said...

I'd like to swap,if you're interested.


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