Have you ever heard the old saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure”? We’re going to again take that adage to a new level on the weekend of May 15th and 16th when my 49th Ward Green Corps, the Rogers Park Business Alliance, and the Howard Street Special Service Area sponsor another “TRASH TO TREASURE SWAP.”
Please download a copy of the poster to share with your neighbors, building residents, congregation, and co-workers. The pdf is provided below:
The Swap will be held at 1615 W. Howard. On Saturday, May 15th, from 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m., drop off things you no longer want or need, but are still usable for others. Come back on Sunday, May 16th, to take home a treasure or two.
Those who drop off items on Saturday get a ticket to the “Preview Pick-Up” for first dibs on others’ unwanted stuff. The Preview Pick-Up will take place on Sunday, May 16th from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. Certified school teachers are also welcome during this preview period to obtain classroom items. After the Preview Pick-Up, the doors will open from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., to anyone else who wishes to avail themselves of the remaining hidden treasures.
I want to offer a very special thank you to Autumn Franger, a 49th Ward Green Corps volunteer who has organized these swaps and diverted truckloads of usable goods from our landfills. Autumn truly embodies the spirit of the 49th Ward Green Corps, in which one person, with the support of other volunteers and the resources of my 49th Ward Service Office, can make a tremendous impact on greening our community. Many thanks to the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Howard Street SSA for partnering with us this year.
We are pleased that once again, 49th Ward Green Corps volunteer Roy Lipscomb will be on hand to help computer donors wipe their hard drives clean, so they can safely be used by others.
Another 49th Ward Green Corps volunteer, Lisa Kemp, is organizing an “Artists’ Imagination Station”where on Sunday you can work with local artists to repair, repaint, redesign or reimagine the “treasures” you selected. Additional artists and handy men and women are needed to help! Please let us know if you would like to pitch in on this creative venture.
Thanks to our great neighborhood hardware store, Clark-Devon Hardware, for donating paint and loaning paint brushes for this effort. If you have other supplies and tools to donate, we would love to have them!
Below are some examples of items you might want to swap:
Kitchen utensils & pots & pans
Leftover Wrapping Paper
Baby strollers & furniture
Books (please, no textbooks)
DVD’s & CD’s
Bicycles, bike parts and accessories
Canned goods &
Please do NOT bring clothing, shoes (except sports equipment), mattresses or upholstered furniture.
Please keep our local school teachers in mind, who at our last swap were thrilled to find office supplies, craft items, toys, books and puzzles for their classrooms.
If you are moving on or about May 1st, hold onto those unwanted items for a couple weeks and see them put to good use. Not moving? Start going through your attic, closets and storage lockers, and join us onSaturday, May 15th, and Sunday, May 16th!