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Published on May 28th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

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Green Decor Idea: Plan an Art Swap!

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Trade art that you’re tired of or that doesn’t go with your decor for new-to-you pieces! Here’s how to plan an art swap.

The summer Indie Craft Experience (ICE) is this weekend here in Atlanta, and if you’re a local, I highly recommend checking it out! There are all manner of eco-friendly crafters selling jewelry, clothing, accessories, and housewares. On top of the crafty goodness, this ICE features a cool new mini-event: a free art swap!

What’s an Art Swap?

An art swap can be a public event like the one at the Indie Craft Experience or a party with your friends. The idea is that you bring art that you’re tired of looking at or that doesn’t go with your decor and trade old pieces for new-to-you art. It’s a great way to make sure that any art you don’t want anymore goes to a good home and to adorn your walls with zero impact. Everybody wins!

Plan an Art Swap

If you don’t live here in Atlanta but want to plan your own art swap, it’s easy as pie! Think of it as a naked lady party with less nudity. Here’s how to plan an art swap:

  1. Find a space. You can either rent a space or use someone’s house. Just make sure you have enough room for the people and the art.
  2. Figure out display. You can let folks hang or lean their art on the walls or spread it out on the floor or the table.
  3. Fix snacks and drinks. What art show is complete without some wine and finger food, right? You don’t have to go overboard, but a few bottles of wine and a few easy-to-eat snacks really bumps things up a notch. If making enough for everyone seems overwhelming, you can ask guests to bring a snack or drink to share.

That’s really all you need! Once you know the where, when, and how, just invite your friends and get ready to swap! If you’re planning a public art swap, make sure you leave enough time to promote the event. You can make fliers (on recycled paper, of course!), start a Facebook event page, and don’t forget to contact the local paper for some exposure!

{Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by xinem}


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About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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