St Anne’s Parish in Ormskirk hosted a Swop Shop this weekend, after the 10.30am Mass on Sunday 3rd February, during the normal tea and coffee after Mass.
The event allowed people to bring along up to 4 items each, such as DVD’s, books, jigsaws and games to swop. Some Swop Shops also include clothes. People are given one token for each item they bring, which they can then use to “buy” a different item in the shop. At the end they are asked to take away the items they brought if they are unsold. The event promotes recycling, living simply and a community spirit.
This is not the first time St Anne’s have held a Swop Shop, the first time was part of their successful attempt to become a Live Simply Parish, an award they received last January, making them the first parish in the Liverpool Archdiocese to receive the award!
Pam Collier, who organised the event said “I would recommend this type of event to other parishes. It is very easy to organise, creates a lovely social and supportive atmosphere atmosphere, provides positive outcomes for all and is in the spirit of Live Simply.”
“The way we organise it, there is no money involved so it is not a fundraiser. It could be done elsewhere with perhaps an entrance fee, although personally I think the free recycling is part of its charm. Nevertheless, monies were raised, through donations for tea and coffee, for the Marian Centre in Southport.”