Ooooby Swap Stall, Waitakere New Energy Fare

I would like some feedback about the swap stall at the Waitakere New Energy Fare.  We have been fortunate to have this free venue once a month for Ooooby members and others to meet up and swap their produce etc.  People are very receptive to this idea which is really the old barter concept.  Over the last year this was mostly manned by myself offering mostly potted plants for sale, as there wasn't much produce around.  Lorraine Barnett and Helen Docherty and Daniel Andrews have been very supportive also and have brought along things to swap.  Daniel made an Ooooby banner.  Although I have posted the information most months on both the Waitakere & Titirangi sites, few Ooooby members have come to swap or to offer to man the stand, and the general public have good intentions of remembering to bring something to swap, but mostly don't remember.  This month (21 February) I won't be manning it as I am busy preparing for a wedding the following weekend at our property.  Litsa who organises the Fare would love the swap stall to continue, but if it is just me offering plants every month, it is not going to be very interesting.  Now is a time when we all have produce in our vege gardens, so how about getting involved (it's only once a month!).  Litsa is  also considering opening it up to a clothes swap stall, and that would be fun for us ladies anyway.  You always get to meet some lovely like minded people, and to go home with some goodies to eat or plant.  Give Litsa the heads up with your support, or should I say Use it, or Lose It!

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  • Hi how about publishing it as its own event in addition to the fair, and list things people might bring!
    I really enjoyed the one on the 21st of February, what was really nice was the lady selling flowers at the Farmers Market came and offered beautiful bunches of Roses to us... I enjoyed them so much!

    The stall had some visitors and swappees! PLease make sure you come next time.... How about seedlings of winter vege, almost planting time! OR seeds from summer harvesting!

    See you there
  • Hi Fiona,
    Im one that took a plant from the stall and still hasnt made it back to give a plant. (then again Ive been overseas for 2 months)

    I just wanted to say I dont have any excess, or time, but that wont stop me from bringing something anyways.

    • Hi Kenny,

      Thanks for your feedback Kenny, good to hear you're keen to support the swap stall.
    • Time is hard for us all, I do find myself thinking sometimes, well I won't go this month. However I want to give the stall time to get moving along more. Don't like letting anyone down, let alone myself, which I feel I would be doing if I didn't continue.. My philosophy about community involvement keeps me coming back. I love community, of which Ooooby is one, connecting with locals who share is important in this day and age and to have an hour or two with like minded people and see plus feel the energy of friendship and gardening is a great thing.
      Noone needs to be there from 10 to 3....Come to the Farmers Market and get your bread supply and pop by the stall!!
  • Hey Fiona )

    Thanks so much for your support and contribution to the Fare, the spirit of swapping, and the Ooooby group.

    My intentions are to keep the swap stall going...and I would dearly love to have a local group use it as a model for local sustainability, where by, they come together to to swap and or give away "things, produce, plants, stuff" ; among themselves and the broader community; with the aim of maximizing reuse and minimizing waste.

    I have many ideas about how this space could be used, and I would like to know if this group see potential in a space such as this?

    Warm Regards
  • Hi Fiona
    I feel in two minds about the swap stall really. I like the idea (and offered to man the stall beginning of last year, but never did). However, reality for me, and perhaps for others too, is that it would take up time in the weekend that is already too scarce as it is. I am the only one maintaining my garden at home and I need lots of time for that; in the weekends. Gardening is only of of the things that demand my time. Most of my gardens were only started beginning of last year and are at this stage only just producing enough. However, I would have tomatoes to swap this month and may try to make it to the fare but often don't seem to make it for lots of reasons. Life seems to demand too much of us nowaday! Anyway, that is my perspective from a practical point of view only.
    • Thanks to all of you who gave feedback on the New Energy Fare. Some of you don't have excess produce to swap, but remember it can be vege plants, herbs etc., anything really. I can appreciate that the stall is a time commitment, but if we had a core of people, there would be no expectation for the same people to commit every month. Thanks for your enthusiasm Jodie, you will be welcomed by Litsa and Lorraine if you can make it this Sunday to swap or man the stall for as much time as you are able. It seems our group is yet at a stage where there is sufficient interest to make a swap stall successful, but this may happen in time.
    • I was so looking forward to coming this Sunday but we are now going away, so I will mark on the calendar for the next one, the 21st March??
    • No worries Jodie, see you next time.
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