I have been going through the house doing some serious spring cleaning/nesting. The result of my efforts was a huge amassing of stuff we didn't want or need. I tell you there is no time like pregnancy to clean out the closet. I haven't worn some of my stuff in ages and I was able to really assess it with a clear perspective.
Anyway, I had this huge pile of stuff to take to a thrift store, but I thought to myself. "Why not host a crap exchange first?" A crap exchange is the best name I could come up with for what I had in mind. I invited some friends to gather their unwanted clothes, household goods, projects, anything and haul it over to my place. We would set it all out and dig through each other's stuff, taking a few new things. Once we had all sifted through the stuff the leftovers were to be carted off for donation at the thrift store.
Saturday was the day and I think it went off without a hitch. I made some vegan treats and tried to make the crap exchange a bit classier (we all know that I am super classy) by turning it into a little brunch. Eric and Cordelia met some friends for a play date and Bumblebee went to spend the morning at my parent's house. So I had the place to myself, it was kind of strange for the 20 minutes before everyone arrived.
Inside the house I set out a little brunch for my lady friends to enjoy.
I put out some flowers to counteract the thrift store vibe of digging through used stuff.
The vegan brunch spread: Banana bread, Lemon Bars (from the Joy of Vegan Baking), salted almonds and candied dates and punch.
I also put up some party decorations that I made a couple of years back.
The weather was perfect so I set up a few folding tables outside and we were all able to lay out our used goodies.
Bistro table set up for a little conversation
Out the back porch
One of the tables with some goodies laid out
Sorting through the stuff
Setting up before the party