Sewing and Craft Supplies Swap

I love finding half-done projects, and I love bringing mine.  It's exciting to know that someone else will finish the project and get to wear the dress.  -Tanya 

I found a book on drawing animals I can use with my art kids. Every six weeks, we do a different animal.  -Tina

This is fabulous.  I found some yarn I can use to help my mother's church.  They make prayer shawls.  Anyone can come and take one, for any reason.  So they have to have a lot of them. -Kendra

I'm ahead of the game:  I'm taking only one bag of stuff with me, but I brought two here.  Also, I've managed not to take any of my own things back with me!  -Eileen 

I found a cake cookbook -- one cake for each state in the U.S., with the recipes and the history of each cake.  I might give this to my mom, but I'll spend some time looking at it first.  -Andrea

I just wanted to get rid of my stuff and not get more, but I did pick up some things for other people.  I found these wooden knitting needles that my aunt likes.  They're very hard to find.  -Emma 

I found the wherewithal to reupholster my ottoman, and I got a fabric here that will go with what I have at home -- or close enough.  I also found a couple of upholstery supply items that will help me do the reupholstering.  -Connie 

Here are some darning eggs, but even if you don't take one, you can do your darning, using a lightbulb instead.  -Mary 

I found stuff for my office and for my own art, along with every other project I have EVER considered.  -Donna 

The fun of this starts when I go through everything at home to decide what to bring.  I hope to find materials for card-making which helps me feel creative even though I'm not artistic.  -Kendra

I came because I was the mule to carry my wife's silk screening and reupholstery materials she was donating.  But I found the one thing I wanted -- this small pallette knife for doing my oil painting.  -Joe 

I'm collecting these seashells.  I play with them at home.  Some of these I don't even have!  But I need a lot of shells so I can have fun.  -Sofia 

I came here looking for 1-inch elastic and a zipper.  I found them right away.  So now I get to look at kids' stuff.  -Aisha

I found some yarn to make a baby blanket for a friend's baby.  It means so much to make it yourself.  When I had my daughter, I was given a home-made blanket.  We got about ten others that are nice, but that one is special.  I know she was thinking about us the whole time she was making it.  So now I'll do that for my friend.  -Olga 

I am a winner:  I've been thinking of making a DK Tweed sweater for a long time, and look at all the yarn I found for it!  I also took some acrylic for a friend at church who makes hats for the homeless.  -Mary

I'm glad someone will do something with the stuff I brought, rather than leaving it sitting in my closet.  And now I'm just looking at things, hoping to find nothing to bring back to my closet!  -Claire 

I found this yarn to give to my mom for her hospital-baby knitting group.  -Kathy

This will be very useful for me, this covered bead tray.  I got three.  I use them for my jewelry and other things I don't want to get dusty.  I also got this Vogue pattern that I'm excited about.  -Julia 

The first thing I'll do is make a mess in my basement while I spread out everything out and go through it.  I have some really nice goodies here.  I make hats from felt, and I'll make my own felt from this yarn.  -Pat  

I'm hearing a lot of people talking about the psychological and other benefits of these swaps:  It takes such a load off, to clear these things out and know that they're going to be used by someone else.  Plus there's the charge people get from bringing home something new to them.  And I'm always glad to see that the swap attracts people from all different socioeconomic levels in the community.  And then there's CREATE Arts Center which will get all the materials that people haven't taken.  This is how we can help those served by another group while also making that group more visible in the community through our event.  -Jonathan 

Promo video for Skill Share and Repair Cafe is here!

Here's our promo video which celebrates the Timebank's 2018 SkillShare and our first Repair Cafe at the 2018 Montgomery County GreenFest. Join us for the 3rd Annual SkillShare & Repair Cafe on February 10, 2019.

Toys/Games/Puzzles, Sporting Equipment and Musical Instruments SWAP!

I took some toys, small cars, puzzles, and other things. I'm sending them to the Jose Castro Lopez School in Cortes, Honduras. For the children in Honduras, they're easy to play with and help them learn, especially the puzzles. Thank you!  -Edilson

Here's a game called Arrogance -- a set of cards, so it's portable which is always good. Here, it's got a question on how many countries are in the European Union. I love games that challenge your mind to gather information. It pushes the limits of knowledge, and if you don't know an answer, you're set to go learn it. -Tanya

I found a really nice puzzle for my mom. Her nursing home burned down a couple of weeks ago. They're all staying in a hotel now, so I'm bringing them lots of puzzles to give them something to do. -Alisha

We brought a lot because our kids are older, and it's time to declutter. In fact, my son just went to college, and he finally let us get rid of some of his things from when he was young. -Laurie

I found some things like Jenga for an after-school program. And I also found something for a friend who just had a baby. For Zev, I got some board games and an airplane-making kit.  He found some things I didn't even know he would like, like this vintage Uncle Wiggly game from 1956. I'm excited to play this with him.  -Gargi

I was so happy to get rid of what my kids have outgrown. They have a lot, but they get used to it, and then they're not interested anymore. My daughter was really looking forward to today to find something new. -Olga

I found a recorder here for my daughter who also wants to play the ukulele.  They all play the recorder in music class. I did when I was young, too. -Shannon

I'm taking home less than I brought, so that's good. It's a great way to clean up the toy room. -Cynthia

I have a friend who works at Infants and Toddlers, part of MCPS. They are always looking for puzzles with knobs to help with coordination. And other things for special needs students. I was looking for farm animals, and I found one cow.  -Emily

I got a clarinet and this guitar. I'll bring them on my mission trip to Jamaica.  We'll be doing all kinds of arts at a school in Kingston. I am so excited I found these here. Thank you so much.  -Chevella

Our society can be so striated, but what we've noticed about the timebank swaps is that it attracts and unites people from all around the community in an informal and uplifting way. -Jonathan

Any leftover toys, games and puzzles went to A Wider Circle. Any left over sporting equipment went to Level the Playing Field, and any leftover musical instruments went to the Washington Revels. Many thanks to the Washington Revels for hosting the Silver Spring Timebank’s swap!

Our first Repair Cafe is a hit!

What's a Repair Cafe? It's about getting stuff fixed, helping the environment and building community, all at the same time!  The Silver Spring Timebank hosted our first Repair Cafe on Saturday, May 5 at the Montgomery County GreenFest. There was a steady crowd of people to get a variety of items fixed including furniture, jewelry, clocks and small appliances, and the feedback was terrific!  

  • One woman, who had four chairs repaired, was "super happy!".

  • Another woman arrived with a broken clock, a 20-year old wedding gift, and left with it working like new again.

  • And a woman came with a jewelry box nearly in pieces, and she was thrilled to have it fixed as it carried great meaning for her.

Our first foray into the Repair Cafe scene was a success, and we'll be sure to offer another in the future...stay tuned!

Making Monster Stuffies!

A dozen SSTB members came out on a wintry Saturday in February to make monster stuffies to donate to the National Children's Hospital. Monster-makers enjoyed some delicious snacks and visited with other SSTB members while they made their crazy creations.

Many thanks to 8th grader Lana Anderson, founder of Small Things Matter, for her help in leading this SSTB service social. You can read all about Lana's amazing efforts as she was recently profiled as a Silver Spring Cares Superhero in the Source of the Spring.

Check out the video from the event on our FB page!