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 June 8th and 9th when the 49th Ward Green Corps and I sponsor another “TRASH TO TREASURE SWAP.”
The Swap this year will be held at the Chicago Math and Science Academy’s new gymnasium. The school is located at 7212 N. Clark Street (across from Touhy Park, just south of the City of Chicago firehouse). On Saturday, June 8th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., drop off things you no longer want or need, but are still usable for others. Come back on Sunday, June 9th, to take home a treasure or two.
Those who drop off items on Saturday get tickets to the “Preview Pick-Up” for first dibs on others’ unwanted stuff. The Preview Pick-Up will take place on Sunday, June 8th, from 12 Noon to 2 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 2:30 p.m. to 5 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 all our volunteers who have organized these swaps and diverted truckloads of usable goods from our landfills. They truly embody the spirit of the 49th Ward Green Corps, in which one person can make a tremendous impact on greening our community. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our 49th Ward Green Corps coordinator, Bob Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some examples of items you might want to swap:
Kitchen utensils & pots & pans
Leftover Wrapping Paper
Baby strollers & furniture
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.
Start going through your attic, closets and storage lockers, and join us on Saturday, June 8th, and Sunday, June 9th!