Albany swap events put household items to good re-use

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Albany swap events put household items to good re-use

Albany swap events put household items to good re-use

ALBANY –– Do you have any dresses laying around that you no longer wear? A tennis racquet or two? How about some tomatoes? The city’s Recreation and Community Services Department has swap events coming up to help you trade what you don’t need for what you do.

A Clothing Swap & Sew gathering at 7:30 p.m. July 18 at the Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. will not just be a chance to swap, but also a chance to sew.

People are encouraged to bring their clean, usable clothes to the swap. Clothing will be set out by type (pants, shirts and dresses) and by size. Mirrors will be available, but no dressing rooms. Clean out that closet and fill it up again.

As if that wasn’t enough, residents are encouraged to join in for the Sew. Bring your own sewing machine –– or one will be available at the Community Center. Bring fabric items that need mending.

Instructors will be on hand to help you. You can bring buttons and other notions as well, and if you have extras, how about donating some? Patch that favorite bit of clothing or just come and brush up on your skills.

How’s that green thumb of yours? The Community Center hosts a Local Garden Swap on the patio at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Bring your excess homegrown produce to swap with your neighbors. Trade three tomatoes for two heads of lettuce. It’s all good.

Finally, feeling guilty about giving up tennis after two lessons and spending all of that money on racquets? Thinking about taking up golf but you don’t want to purchase a new set of clubs? Come to the Sports Equipment Swap at the Community Center from 9:45 to 11 a.m. July 22.

Swappers should be ready to swap at 10 a.m. Bring your “gently used” equipment and exchange it for the same for your new favorite sport. Youth equipment is especially popular.

Suggested items for exchange:
Baseball gloves, bats and balls; volleyball knee pads and balls; soccer shin guards, cleats, shorts and socks; tennis racquets; lacrosse sticks, gloves, pads and balls; basketball jerseys, shorts and balls; and winter sports items such as skis and snowboards.

For more information on the Sports Equipment Swap, contact Nick Jordan at

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Published at Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:06:26 +0000