Swap Shop at Cogges

February 20th, 2012 by Brigitte Leave a reply »

A barn, a cafe, 173 people and 476kg of goods were the basic ingredients for this, our third Swap Shop.

With the Corn Exchange closed we had to find a new venue and we are delighted that Cogges offered us an alternative. The barn was a lovely venue, very rustic and a lots of space.

Of the 476kgs of goods brought to swap only 4.1kgs ended up going to landfill. What happens to the other items that are left at the end? Well, leftover electrical items go the WEE bin at Stanton Harcourt Pit, Oxfam take the leftover fabric, and the rest goes to the charity shops in Witney. But the vast majority of the other 472kgs – books, clothes, dvds, videos, garden furniture, tents, phones, games, toys, rucksacks, toiletries, kitchen equipment, TVs, computer equipment – has all been given a new lease of life with new owners.

Crucially the Green Cafe was very popular again. It’s the cafe which makes the Swap Shop self funding by covering the cost of hiring the hall, or in this case the barn. It created a lovely atmosphere with tablecloths, Fairtrade cups, cakes, coffee and tea. Also some very tasty egg & cress and ham salad rolls made with bread from the Oxford Bread Group.

We also had Love Food Hate Waste and the Pudding Pie Cookery School giving out free recipe books and demonstrating simple recipes all morning. They braved the cold just outside the barn and the food was delicious, especially the dutch version of bubble and squeak made with kale and mashed potato. 28 people signed up to the Love Food Hate Waste Pledge.

As well as the 173 swappers that made it a success, we always have a great group of volunteers there from 8am setting up tables, labelling, weighing and arranging the goods into easy to follow categories. Also, Barry Clack of Witney TV came along to film us setting up and find out what else Sustainable Witney is getting up to.


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