Volunteer Opportunity!

29 Aug

If you’d like to attend GreenFest Philly AND do some good, why not volunteer? Philly Swap is looking for volunteers to help out with the clothing swap!

If you’re interested and want to know more, message hailey@wittygritty.com for more details and information on perks! 

Courtesy of GreenFest Philly

GreenFest Philly’s Green Card!

27 Aug

If you’re planning on attending GreenFest Philly, you should look into their Green Card deal, it’s just $30! And don’t forget to bring items for the swap!

The Green Card is an all-inclusive festival package that offers everything a festival-goer needs to make the most of the event.

What do you get?
• $10 Food Credit at any Food Trucks
• 2 Beers at the Greenfest beer Garden
• 2014 Greenfest Philly Shirt printed on fabric made from plastic bottles
• Limited Edition Greenfest Philly Mason Jar
• Clean Air Council Reusable Bag
• Entry into Raffles to win more free stuff!
• Discounts with these exhibitors!
Babylon Gardens – Discounts on water bottles and shirts for sale.  Free seed packets.
Book Grrl – 10% discount on all sales
Gen3 Electricity – 10% discount thru April 15, 2015
Green Mountain Energy – Free bamboo pen!
Greenology Organic Living – $5 off $25 purchase
The Humane League – Coupons for animal-free products
Lafiya Foods – 10% discount on all sales
MECO Designs Jewelry – 10% discount on all sales
Philadelphia Insurance Companies – Free Green PHLLY lunch bags for the first 100
Salvaged & Stoned – Discount on sales
Steel Core – 10% discount on all sales
Sustainability Business Network – 20% discount for SBN Membership
Zipcar – TBD

Art Star Craft Bazaar now accepting vendor applications!

22 Aug

Hey Philly Swappers!

The Art Star Craft Bazaar is now accepting applications!  The Craft Bazaar will take place on November 8th + 9th from 11-7pm indoors at the 23rd Street Armory!

Click here for the application! The deadline is Tuesday, September 30th.

For those of you who would like to attend the Craft Bazaar, there is an admission fee of $2. In addition to all of the arts and crafts, there will be free games, local food trucks, and  the opportunity to try out a variety of crafting techniques and take home something special!

Click here for details!

Photo from May Art Star Craft Bazaar! Photo by Chris Kendig

Photo from May Art Star Craft Bazaar!
Photo by Chris Kendig


DIY: 5 Steps to a T-Shirt Bag!

29 Jul

We did a lot of t-shirt bag workshops, and now, you can do them from the comfort of your home! If you have any variations that you chose to do, let us know in the comment section!

Step 1: Choose a beloved t-shirt that you no longer wear & make sure its washed!

No one wants a smelly bag AND! if you've never washed the shirt before for whatever reason, it may shrink if you throw it in the wash if by chance something spills in/on it during its new life as a bag.

No one wants a smelly bag AND! if you’ve never washed the shirt before for whatever reason, it may shrink if you throw it in the wash if by chance something spills in/on it during its new life as a bag.

Step 2: Assemble your tools!

Tools can be as simple as just a good pair of scissors, but depending on if you do a variation, a safety pin might be useful!

Tools can be as simple as just a good pair of scissors, but depending on if you do a variation, a safety pin might be useful!

Step 3: Cut off sleeves & cut out neck area

Note: how wide or narrow you make this is up to you, the graphics on your shirt, etc. The neck area is the opening of your bag, so just be sure to keep that in mind!

Note: how wide or narrow you make this is up to you, the graphics on your shirt, etc. The neck area is the opening of your bag, so just be sure to keep that in mind!

Step 4: Close bottom of your t-shirt bag by cutting slits in the shirt about 1-2″ and tying a knot


Step 5: Admire your work and add this bag into rotation!


Mine is ready to go back to the beach! (If you didn’t catch the “Reach the Beach” slogan)



  1. http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Sew-10-Minute-T-Shirt-Tote/
  2. http://www.leethal.net/zine/?p=1344

We have a resource list!

16 Jul

Howdy PhillySwappers,

Be sure to check out the new resource list! We’ve broken the list into categories that each have their own page under the Resource List tab!

Keep on swappin’!

Get Pumped, Philly!

9 Jul

Dear Philly Swap Community,

It’s been awhile, we know. BUT! We’ve got some pretty cool things heading your way in pretty short order.

First off, mark your calendars for this year’s Greenfest Philly, taking place on Sunday, September 7th! Be sure to clean out your closets/basements/hidden-so-the-guests-won’t-see-areas and bring along your swaps to Greenfest!

Next on the list: We’re excited to bring you a list of resources that will include consignment shops, clothing swaps, upcycle stores, and more! Please feel free to contribute to this list by submitting information to hailey@wittygritty.com. If you run a clothing swap, store, or anything related, let us know, we’d love to add you to the list!

Finally, we want to do more! To begin with, we have some nifty DIY projects to roll out and resources to share, however, community suggestions are welcomed! (Once again, send to hailey@wittygritty.com)

Be on the lookout for more posts and pages!

Frankford Holiday Craft Market Vendors List, Dec 16

11 Dec

HolidayCraftFestWORKING(12-3)GO SHOPPING!

Bonnie Lasses   www.etsy.com/shop/bonnielasses
Fiber wearables: gloves, scarves, necklaces; art pillows; artist books; photographic metal wall hangings; artist cards

Allison Ostertag Photography  www.allisonostertag.com
Photography of local nature with rustic wood framing

Betsy Ann Paper http  betsyannpaper.etsy.com
Holiday greeting cards and stationery gift sets

Philadelphia Map Company  philamapco.com
Maps of Philadelphia neighborhoods and more

Rachel Udell www.racheludell.com
Mixed media of art (collage/drawings/sculpture)

JRochelle Designs  jrochelledesigns.etsy.com
Handmade leather bags/accessories and some vintage home décor items

Iqraa Cafe
Scented candles and scarf sets

Helen Ethel Studio  www.helenethelstudio.com
Handmade jewelry

Sockitz! www.facebook.com/pages/Sockitz/
Sock toys and circle scarves

Bazoja  www.etsy.com/shop/Bazoja
Accessories and small gift items

Sherman Oberson Creations  www.etsy.com/shop/shermanoberson
Homemade jewelry made of vintage parts

Martha Knox  www.marthaknox.com
Wood block fine art prints

Evening Star Gallery  eveningstargallery.etsy.com
Handcrafted cards, bookmarks, pins and assemblages

Art by Meei-Ling Ng  www.meeiling.com
Small handmade sculpture, paintings, and greeting cards

Why B Design  whybdesign.etsy.com
Stationery items made of recycled materials

Jennifer Hermann:Handmade  www.jenmae21.etsy.com
Handmade jewelry, Christmas ornaments and other gifts

Lynnette Shelley www.lynnetteshelley.com
Fine art prints and original artwork

Heidi’s Unique Gifts  www.etsy.com/shop/heidisuniquegifts
Handmade purses, books, hand decorated glassware and photography

Fifth of a Farm Creations  www.fifthofafarm.com
Handcrafted and all natural jams and jellies

M Heston Illustration
Art Prints

Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian Fine Art  www.MoniqueKendikianSarkessian.com
Original artwork, jewelry, and prints

Whitney Superstar whitneyjsuperstar.blogspot.com/
Small wood paintings and handmade birdhouses

Ecocessories  ecocessories.com
Upcycled, unique “green” accessories for adults and kids

Bolt Pottery www.etsy.com/shop/boltpottery
Cups, mugs, chalices, goblets, bowls, mixing bowls, jars

Cats and Keystones www.etsy.com/shop/CatsandKeystones
Vintage wares

Dana Henry
Ceramics – both for sale and for creation


Carson Valley Children’s Aid
Information and jewelry making table for our organization with the kids in attendance

The Resource Exchange  www.theresourceexchange.org
Dedicated to promoting creative reuse, recycling, and resource conservation

Frankford CDC http://frankfordcdc.com/
Building assets for the community

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program http://muralarts.org/
Largest public art program in the US!

Philly Swap www.phillyswap.org
Hosting and promoting creative reuse and up-cycling through workshops, events, and swaps

New Frankford Community Y www.facebook.com/frankfordy
Helping to rebuild the neighborhood


Sweet Box Cupcakes iheartsweetphilly.com
Cupcakes and hot chocolate

Chewys  chewysphilly.com
Meatball, roast pork sandwiches, and sausage sandwiches – along with soda, water etc.

Philly Swap presents Holiday Craft Market with Flying Kite in Frankford, Dec 16

4 Dec

Flying Kite’s been working hard to expose different parts of Philadelphia to you through its On the Ground program (http://www.flyingkitemedia.com/focusareas/ontheground.aspx). We are teaming up with them to bring you a Holiday Craft Market to Flying Kite’s current space in Frankford.

It’s time for holiday shopping local! Area crafters and other vendors will sell their wares. We’ll highlight artists who use recycled materials, and we will have plenty of activity stations for you to get yourselves into the holiday spirit.

Check back here as we plan to highlight the vendors who will be participating this and next week leading up to the event.
Refreshments will be made available for purchase. FREE to attend! All ages!Interested in hosting an activity or vending? Vendor tables are still available. Apply here:http://www.jotform.us/micheemichee/holidaymarket

Full event listing can be seen on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/442185329178485/?fref=tsThe Frankford Holiday Craft Market will take place at St. Mark’s Church and is VERY EASY to get to. Take the Market-Frankford line to Church Station and walk 2 blocks north. Driving? We have free parking too!

Additionally we’ll be highlighting and working with the Frankford CDC, Councilwoman Sanchez, and the Mural Arts Program to celebrate the Mural Arts Program’s Frankford project, the targeted facade improvement project focused on the 4600 block of Frankford Avenue and the new rain garden at Womrath Park. Learn all about it at the Holiday Craft Market!

Philly Swap @ Greenfest this year!!

9 Sep

Clean out your closets and bring your clothing, accessories, toys, books and more! Philly Swap and Greenfest have teamed up to bring you a community swap that will be on-site at this year’s event.

Items collected will include: gently used and clean clothing (men, women, children, baby), toys, and books.

About Greenfest: Greenfest Philly is the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area. With over 100 exhibitors and vendors, Greenfest is the place to learn about living sustainably while having fun! This event has something for everyone: shopping for local green wares, great food, live music, live demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and more. Greenfest Philly is scheduled on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 11am to 5pm in the historic Headhouse Row. More info at: http://greenfestphilly.org/.

About Philly Swap: What started as a citywide clothing swap, Philly Swap has since inspired the swapping of all things! From exchanging ideas and supporting collaborative projects in communities, to promoting recycling and up-cycling of textiles, crafts, clothing, Philly Swap is dedicated to the act of sharing resources, skills, and imagination. We host workshops, demonstrations, and other events to continue the spirit of swapping and creative reuse in neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia area. More info at: www.phillyswap.org.

Hope to see you there!!

HELLO & Happy 2012!

19 Jan

We know we’ve been quiet for a while but we’ll be back soon with some updates for you. Hope your 2012 is off to a good start and we’ll talk to you soon! Any questions/ideas, you can reach us at swapphilly@gmail.com.


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