This week saw me and the Smalls heading out to the wilds of Trowbridge for a ‘Give and Take’ event (or as BigSmall called it after mis-hearing me, “this Gibbon thing”…!) organised by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Wiltshire Council, as part of their programme of events they are running for Climate Week.
It was held at County Hall, which houses the official offices for Wiltshire Council, as well as Trowbridge Library. I had never ventured here before, but it is a beautiful building, light and airy, with a lovely cafe, and a great library-we will be back..!
Back to business, the Give and Take, or ‘Swap Shop’. This is a fantastic concept. You take something you no longer need/like/love, and swap it for something you do-simples!!
I should have taken a picture of the things we took with us to swap, but I forgot. We took: 3 cars/trucks out of the enormous box of cars/trucks that takes up a lot of space in our living room; 2 cookery books I
have never opened rarely look at; 2 necklaces I no longer wear (this makes it sound like I was giving away precious jewels. I wasn’t); and random knitting patterns and bits I was planning to Freecycle.
And we came away with: a remote controlled robot (!); a toy wooden wiggly snake; 2 toy cars/trucks (at least we now have ONE less…); a jumper for me; a large glass jar I can use to fill with goodies for a present
We narrowly escaped also bringing home a large dog teddy, a long string of beads, and some more not quite right boots for me….
It was a great event-a fantastic way to promote re-use and to save stuff from landfill, and a fun morning’s ‘shopping’ with the Smalls!
I have a cunning plan to run one in Warminster-watch this space….