Craft Swap returns today, tomorrow at Campbell County Public Library

Got some yarn leftover from a project last winter or some old scrapbook paper you had extra from a gift you made? Or even some paint or jewelry beads laying around because because it’s the wrong color?

Now is your chance to turn those items into something useful. The Campbell County Public Library has the perfect opportunity for you at its annual Craft Swap Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-24, only.

Last year’s event was cancelled because of the pandemic, so this year is sure to have quite the offerings to meet the needs of all crafters, new and experienced alike at the Gillette Branch.

Today is supply drop off day. From 1-5 p.m. is the chance to get all those unused, unwanted for excess supplies that might be laying around the house taking up space. People who bring items to re-home on Friday receive a ticket to attend the Early Bird Swap on Saturday.

The real fun begins Saturday morning with the Craft Swap. From 9-10 a.m., the public swap will be open to all those who donated items today or earlier in the week. Then, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. it’s open season and anyone and everyone is invited to browse through the many tables that will be loaded with craft supplies of all kinds.

This event is free and open to the public. You don’t have to be a member of the library. It’s for all crafters alike looking for new stuff or even hard-time-find products.

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Remember, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

The last Craft Swap was in 2019 and there was lots to choose from. With last year’s event cancelled because of COVID-19, organizers hope to have the best swap ever today and tomorrow. Stop by today and drop off your unwanted items. Then, return tomorrow and rummage through all the other donated items for free.

Friday drop-offs from 1-5 p.m.

Drop off your items at the Gillette Branch. Staff asks that items are in good condition, the kind of condition that you would want to bring home.

Donation ideas include: sewing/quilting/embroidery/knitting/yarn/thread/notions, rubber stamps/ink/paper/colored markers/scrapbooking supplies, jewelry making/beads, paint/brushes/modeling clay/glitter, beeswax, candle-making supplies, felt (stick on and regular) and fabric.

Also, miscellaneous things like flowers, models, cutting boards, safety pins, shells, personal chalkboards, applique, wooden crafts, picture frames, clothespins and ready-to-be-done crafts.

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This event is open to all ages as it encourages people to continue or start a hobby. Crafting can be more than a weekend pastime, too. Selling crafts and craft supplies is one way to make a little money working from home, and sites like that cater to the crafting market make the goal of selling finished crafts more of a functional reality for artisans.

And, the holiday season is right around the corner. There’s nothing more sentimental than a gift made from heart.

Crafting also helps establish crafting communities where beginning  and expreienced crafters can learn more about their areas of interest and share their love of personal expression with others. The Internet has become a kind of electronic quilting bee for many crafters. Budding artists can communicate across large distances, make projects together, display their works in community forums, or donate their efforts to worthy charities across the globe.

For the new crafter, it’s more than just knitting and sewing. The hobby craft includes drawings, scrapbooking, crochet, woodwork, card creation, wreath making, knitting, cross-stitch and floral design, to name a few.

See you at the library.


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