Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Great City Swap

This is not an original idea, I took it from my new blog friend Shelly. Shelly was the originator of the International City Swap, but is currently busy opening her B&B and restaurant in Longbranch, WA. She has graciously agreed to allow me to be the hostess this year.

What is the International City Swap?
What we do is we swap cities/towns. You put together a package that you think best represents the place where you live, and what you love about it. Or, if you think where you live is ridiculous, you can put in the silliest things you can find. It’s up to your own creativity.

In the past there have been some really lovely packages circulating: from Detroit to Alaska, NYC to Rome, Jordan, NY to Turin, Italy, San Jose, CA to Australia, and Atlanta, Georgia to Rome and many going state to state here in the USA. You do not have to have a blog to participate, just an email address and the willingness to put together and mail a package.

What: Swap some thing(s) that, in your opinion, best represent the place where you live, and what you think makes it unique. It can be anything from handmade to store-bought, mugs to magnets, framed photos to local food items and handicrafts to postcards and local candy…just use your creativity!

How: To join the swap, leave a comment on this post with your information, OR email me at . Please indicate if you do not wish to send internationally.

When: The deadline to join in the swap is Sunday, October 10th. I’ll post the list of swap buddies on Sunday, October 17th. Then you can get in touch with the person you’ll be sending to, to see if they have any special likes/dislikes, etc. and perhaps personalize their package a bit. You’ll have two weeks to put your package together: the packages will need to go out by Monday, November 1st.

Cost: With international currencies at different values, I’d feel better not constraining people to a set range. Use your own judgement regarding how much to spend, but I’d say a minimum of $15 is probably a good idea, just so that no one gets short-changed.

If you’d like to add a participant button to your blog sidebar, you can grab this one, and link it back to this post:
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I'm already thinking about my Nashville box. It will probably contain things from the Country Music Hall of Fame, Jack Daniels Tipsy Cake and maybe even some famous Loveless Biscuit Mix.

Feel free to send this to your friends inside the U.S. and outside as well!


Katherine and Eric said...

sign me up! You know my number :-)

Amy said...

You already know I'm participating! I'll repost and see who I can get to join.

Expat Traveler said...

I'd love to participate as well.

I'll see if there are any of my blogger friends who are interested as well!

If you need to email me, just leave me a comment and I'll get an email notification.

*Ulrike* said...

Just came from Expat Traveler, and this sounds like fun. I don't mind posting international. My email is

Laura Thomas Hall said...

Yay! The more the merrier - keep passing it on, we could always use more people!

soul and culture said...

I'll bite! Let me see who else I can rustle up.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I wanna play! Soul and Culture rounded me up!! lol

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Maybe I should have added:


And I am a Texas girl!

hexe said...

I am also a blogger friend of Expat Traveler and would love to participate and don't mind posting internationally. My email is

Anelle said...


I'd love to participate. I'm a South African living in Florida.

Wendy said...

I am in!!! what do i do?

Laura Thomas Hall said...

I need your email address. Send it to: - then I'll send you the form to fill out so we can assign swaps!

Thank you everyone!

Zhu said...

Sign me up! This is a really cool idea and I'll be happy to participate from Ottawa, Canada.

Let me know what the next step is! You should have my email address attached to the comment.

Nellie said...

Sorry late getting back to you , its been a busy month.
I 'll tkee whats left.