Books and Music Eco Swap
The hOUR Economy has partnered with Transition Staunton, the Staunton Creative Community Fund, and Staunton’s Department of Parks and Recreation to expand our Eco Swaps. This partnership helps all of our organizations to hold the swaps in larger venues and helps us to reach a wider audience than any of us could alone.
Our next Eco Swap — themed on Books and Music — happens Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 3-5 pm at the Gypsy Hill Park Garden Center (the building next to the large playground at the Churchville Avenue entrance).
Join us as we share books, CDs, DVDs, and records that we no longer use or need. Swap what you don’t want for books and music that you do want or need. Come about 10 to 15 minutes early to set up your swapables. Bring up to two large boxes or bags for sharing. Books and music can be for all ages.
It’s FREE! If you like, you can RSVP to the Facebook event page.
Want to get more involved?
Volunteers are needed to help haul leftover books/music off site after the swap and to deliver them to an area thrift store the next day. Or, if you’d like to be involved in future Eco Swap planning contact any of the hosts or co-sponsoring organizations by visiting that organization’s website.
- The hOUR Economy
- Transition Staunton
- Staunton Creative Community Fund
- Staunton Department of Parks and Recreation
Early March Men’s Clothing Eco Swap
We invite you to come to this get-together to get rid of items you no longer want while finding things that you do!
Bring up to two large armloads or bags of swapable items. We’re focusing on clothing, shoes, and accessories, but you might also bring sporting equipment, electronics, tools, whatever you think will appeal.
The event will be held at AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar at 103 West Beverley Street, Staunton. During this event AVA offers a cash bar and food for purchase. (Since it’s held in a restaurant there’s no potluck this time, sorry).
All are welcome on March 3, 2013 from 3-5pm. Please come about 15-20 minutes early to set up. Bring a folding table for displaying items if you have it. Join our Facebook event. And if you have any questions text to 540.280.0355.
We’re back for February! In our now monthly potluck, we’re sharing ideas for future hOUR Economy initiatives, updating each other on our current projects, accepting feedback, building consensus, welcoming new members, and breaking bread.
Our agendas are always collaboratively created (bring your ideas!) but here are some topics we know we want to discuss:
- Current and future Eco Swaps and gifting circles.
- New logo, marketing ideas, and member recruitment.
- Upcoming website changes and opportunities for tool libraries plus free goods exchanges.
– And many more!
Bring food, friends, and shared serving items if you have them. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Eco Swaps Launch
Join us Sunday January 27, 2013 at 3pm for a ladies-only Eco Chic Eco Swap.
We’ll convene at 3pm at 16West by Virtually Sisters, located at 16 West Beverely Street, Staunton, to set up.
Participants are invited to bring up to two armloads of women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories along with books and small household decor/items. We’ll set them up, mingle, make some announcements, and then begin a friendly and polite swap.
Plan to bring only what you’re comfortable “letting go of,” as the aim of the swap is not necessarily one-to-one trades, but simply to give away gently used things you no longer want in and turn to hopefully find things to take with you that you’d like to have.
This event is free, but we’d love for you to RSVP on our Facebook Event Page.
Please bring a small snack and drink to share on the communal table along with your own personal mess kit — small plate, utensils if you like, cloth napkin, and a cup. We hope for a zero waste event, so we won’t have disposables to use, and we’d like everyone to take home their own “mess kit” in their own “clean up bag.”
The intention of the swap is fun, friendship, and lowering our collective consumer footprint — more sharing, less trash, more friends, a better world. We hope to see you there. If you have any questions feel free to contact Tracey Coltrain at 540.280.0355 (text preferred).
Next month we’ll have a men’s eco swap and then others with different themes as the year goes on.
Time Bank Launches
Timebanking — or hours exchange programs — are one of the newest methods, and use hours rather than dollars to build a more connected local economy.
Hear all about it
Join us for an evening of success stories, share new ideas, and join the new economy.
Our first public event to share the news about reimagining our local economy happens this November 15 at 6pm in downtown Staunton, Virginia at the Virtually Sisters Space, 16 West Beverley Street. And it’s FREE!
Co-sponsored by the Staunton Creative Community Fund and Transition Staunton Augusta, we’ll have guest speaker Marie Goodwin of the very successful Time Bank in Media, Pennsylvania — aka TimeBank Media — give a talk on how neighbors sharing work and service skills through time trading has lead to all kinds of community building and exchanges in her small town.
She’ll also offer insight into the explosion of time banks throughout the country.
And of course, there’s YOU!
Come have a snack, mingle, meet your neighbors, hear about time banks, share your thoughts and ask questions. And during this event you can earn three Time Hours if you join.