Those who have items lying around that they no longer use but don’t have the heart to throw out now have a community space to take them and know that someone else will accept them and give a new home. That is the vision behind the monthly Seven-Ten Swap, a free community exchange where people can donate items that are clean and in good condition to pass on to others.
There will be a celebration for the event’s four-year anniversary Friday, July 18 at 641 Pine Ave. Donation drop-off and potluck will begin at 6:30pm. Attendees are free to browse and receive items at 7:10pm, whether they brought something to the exchange or not. It is an open and free format.
Examples of items that can be exchanged include (but are not limited to) clothes for men and women, children’s toys, kitchenware, movies, CDs, videogames and books.
Organizers for the event believe that sharing builds community. “We have found that when you create an environment for people to share, they do,” said event organizer Sharon Moiseiff. She said that people tend to bring more items than they take away so there’s always a surplus for the next exchange, and this process promotes recycling of material items for reuse and reduces overall consumption.
The Seven-Ten Swap is a program of the Long Beach Free Store, which is a project of the Catalyst Network of Communities, a 501c3 nonprofit social-impact organization helping people to connect, collaborate and share resources.
Four years ago, Moiseiff was looking for spaces to conduct occasional swap events that she had been organizing in various parts of Southern California. She found a shared vision with Eric Leocadio, founder and executive director for Catalyst, and they decided to partner together to bring a monthly sharing event to Long Beach. The Seven-Ten Swap was born and ultimately led to the establishment of the Long Beach Free Store with Moiseiff at the helm.
In the past four years, they have made a concerted effort to bring the value of sharing to the forefront of the Long Beach community experience through pop-up free stores at festivals and events, temporary storefronts, themed swap events and the monthly Seven-Ten Swap, as well as writing articles and providing resources that promote sharing, the gift-economy, and collaborative consumption.
For more information about the Seven-Ten Swap and the Long Beach Free Store, find them on Facebook at facebook.com/LBfreestore or email firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information about Catalyst Network of Communities, visit gocatalyst.org .