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Start a PEOPLES EXCHANGE Shop/Club. You can do it! November 06, 2006 9:22 PM

Start one for your community. There should be no one that goes without what they need for lack of money or sometimes for lack of finding a needed item.

If a child needs a pair of shoes or jeans, school clothes, school supplies, or a woman needs an outfit for an interview or a mother needs maternity outfits or a man needs work clothes. Someone needs a kitchen table & chairs or a plant to liven up a patio, art for a bare wall.

Have you ever thrown a bunch of really good dishes, bedclothes, appliances away when moving and felt guilty about it but you couldn't move everything?

Do you have jewelry to brighten up ones ears, arms & necks? Why should beautiful jewelry be sitting in your jewelry box or drawer. Circulate it, someone in your community would love to exchange something for it. Something that you need. One hand washes the other at a PEOPLES EXCHANGE Shop.

Whatever you do, please don't throw anything away as long as it is usable to someone. Stop feeding the landfills.

Put a value on everything brought to the shop. Multicolored stickers/ tags denoting value. This is not consignment though. Whatever is brought to your shop stays there and won't be returned to the former owner. Those who bring items get credits for them. They can immediately exchange for an item in the store they want or come back another time to choose for newly added items. Each member has a written receipt and a record on file in the shop of what they brought and the credits they have accumulated.

At the end of a "to be determined" time frame. Say every 2-3 months, a Blowout Sale can be held at the Shop of items that weren't exchanged and are still on the shelves and racks (with a % going to a designated charity) but most proceeds going to cover expenses of maintaining the Shop, rent, utilities, employees, etc.
This Blowout Sale would insure the survival of the Shop and fresh turnover of stock.

There is so much waste in our society and it doesn't have to be like that if we start a proactive and creative involvement.

As to the name/term, PEOPLES EXCHANGE and if it is public domain for reuse for a shop.

I see no reason why it can't be used as a descriptive term like Co-Op used to be used in a community.
In other words, If one opened a PEOPLES EXCHANGE in Bradenton, it could be called BRADENTON PEOPLES EXCHANGE.

Instead of competing in a capitalistic manner trying to squeeze out the competitor, every PEOPLES EXCHANGE Shop would contribute to the popularity of the concept.

BRADENTON PEOPLES EXCHANGE, ST PETE PEOPLES EXCHANGE, SAFETY HARBOR PEOPLES EXCHANGE, etc

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 November 11, 2006 8:42 PM

I think it is important to have a shop that caters both to the public and the employees. A shop or club or whatever you call it, should think about what makes the customers happy. It also needs to think about how the employees can share in that happiness. Ideally employees should be customers too. Instead of separating them like corporations do, pitting them one against the other, they should be one and the same. How better to know what is needed for the proper running of the shop?

Call me an idealist if you want, but I believe the customer is always right. At least the returning one is.

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 November 12, 2006 1:27 PM

 

Basic Concept For EXCHANGE SHOP:

1) People bring in whatever they want to exchange. It can be anything from baby, childrens, teens, and adult clothing to electronics, appliances, toys, art, sculpture, crafts, jewelry, collectibles, DVDs, CDs, sporting goods, tools, furniture, etc. Whatever items are brought in are for exchange, (not left on consignment) and become the property of the store to make them available for exchange or later sale if they are not exchanged within 1 month.

2) A file is created for each person, both hardcopy and on computer to show credits accumulated that can be exchanged for goods later. They can exchange immediately for items in stock or what comes in later.

3) Items are displayed on the floor for 1 month. After that they are put in the "For Sale" section in the back of the store and featured in monthly sidewalk blowout sales. This is to encourage shop traffic. If items sit on the floor indefinitely, there is no motivation for people to come back soon. If they know there is a time limit they will keep checking to see what comes in or to claim something they have their eye on and are trying to accumulate credits to claim it before it leaves the floor. Signs should be prominently displayed throughout the store about the 1 month expiration date.

4) Items not claimed for exchange within 1 month are put on sale in the back of the store and in sidewalk blowout sales once a month. Monies from this go for rent, utilities and employee wages.

5) Disclaimers. Whatever is brought in for exchange has to be in reasonably good condition. Clothing cannot have stains, extreme wear and tear or be dirty. Appliances and electronics must work. Each store is going to have items they don't want nor have room to stock such as stuffed or large toys, furniture, etc. This is at their discretion.

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Something to think on! November 14, 2006 7:35 PM

This is exactly what I was thinking about!  Still working on some logistics...would like to make it total barter.  I am still thinking....................   Andi  [ send green star]
 
Great Andrea! November 16, 2006 10:48 AM

Feel free to discuss logistics here on this thread so you can get some feedback from our members.

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 November 19, 2007 6:18 AM

One of our members here on Peoples Exchange, Neo, suggested having a Food Exchange too. I think this is a great idea!

A Community could have a two in one Peoples Exchange. Items for exchange to keep them out of the landfills   and food to feed hungry tummys.

Thanks to Neo for this great idea.

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 October 28, 2008 9:32 PM

We live in a Communal Type Community and although we share everything (except spouses), we have started opening up a Peoples Exchange Shop to the public. This has really been rewarding in many ways.

We have gotten an abundance of stuffed animals but even those come in handy. We use the well loved stuffed animals for their eyes and stuffing to make pillows and if nobody is in the pillow stuffing mood then we resort to the ole faithful and sell that good ole stuffing. Truthfully more money can be made from selling stuffing then selling stuffed animals.

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Hi Nanna! November 08, 2008 8:13 AM

So happy to hear you've started a Peoples Exchange Club for your Community! Please tell us every little (and big!) thing you're doing there, we'd love to hear all about it.

Also, re: stuffing. You're so right about the value of that. We have furniture recyclers here in Florida that say the hardest thing about reupholstering furniture is finding stuffing for the cushions. At first they thought foam was the answer but quickly found that was not financially feasable at all.

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Alright, Who's going to step up next? November 09, 2008 8:45 AM

I've started one, Nannas started one, who's next?

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Re: [PEOPLES EXCHANGE] Start a PEOPLES EXCHANGE Shop. You can do it! November 10, 2008 1:09 AM

Hey donna... since we talked I've been doing some checking... looking for a space... also checking with a cpa about the tax situation if i form a non profit corporation. looking or a legal advisor that is familiar with this type business... I have quite a few trustworthy volunteers... I would really like to locate it Dunedin, if I can locate a space... I'm going to be checking on occupational licenses and stuff... I may have a line on some space in Oldsmar... what about insurance... will we have to have general liability? Lynda ----- Original Message ----- From: Care2 Groups: PEOPLES EXCHANGE Mailing List To: wyzwomyn@hotmail.com Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 6:50 PM Subject: [PEOPLES EXCHANGE] Start a PEOPLES EXCHANGE Shop. You can do it! Alright, Who's going to step up next? 8:45 AM I've started one, Nannas started one, who's next? 9 messages in this topic | post via the web | start a topic via the web Group Links home | announcements | discussions | host shares | member shares | members | email preferences To stop receiving discussion posts from PEOPLES EXCHANGE, visit: www.care2.com/c2c/groups/unsubscribe/10828/14559135 or email to: peoplexchange-unsubscribe-14559135@groups.care2.com new topic email: peoplexchange@groups.care2.com owner email: peoplexchange-owner@groups.care2.com The Real Donna F.Care2 GroupsCare2 groups offers tools for keeping in touch with those who share your interests including: a.. host announcements b.. member discussions c.. rss content d.. group shares To learn more go to C2C Groups Popular Groups Down with Dubya (454 members) QUOTATIONS FOR YOUR SOUL (152 members) PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (33,578 members) Healthy Cooking (392,805 members) Supporters of Winging Cat Rescue (688 members) More Popular Groups » Share, Learn, Connect and Make a Difference with Care2 Groups! www.care2.com/c2c/groups ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ To stop receiving this newsletter, visit: www.care2.com/newsletters/unsub/21676/0/14559135/191dc2d7 or send a blank email message to: ng-u-21676-14559135-7645778-12219384-45068922@australia.care2.com Care2.com, Inc. 275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 300 Redwood City, CA 94065 www.care2.com

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Hi Lynda November 10, 2008 5:41 AM

Yes Dunedin is a nice central location. As to Nonprofit status, Clubs/Groups can be Not For Profit instead of Nonprofit which might make it easier so as long as you're looking into Nonprofit you might as well look into Not For Profit status as well.

P.S. I have a whole storage unit full of donated items to prime the pump once we get a place in Dunedin. Are you looking into donated space or low rent?

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RE: [PEOPLES EXCHANGE] Start a PEOPLES EXCHANGE Shop. You can do it! November 10, 2008 6:05 AM

Both. Thanks for the information. I was just downsized this week, so I will have more time to do due diligence. I this email for your eyes only? I will send you my resume, but I don't want it going out on the site. let me know. ;0) Lynda _____ From: Care2 Groups: PEOPLES EXCHANGE Mailing List [mailto:peoplexchange@groups.care2.com] Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 8:42 AM To: wyzwomyn@hotmail.com Subject: [PEOPLES EXCHANGE] Start a PEOPLES EXCHANGE Shop. You can do it! Hi Lynda 5:41 AM Yes Dunedin is a nice central location. As to Nonprofit status, Clubs/Groups can be Not For Profit instead of Nonprofit which might make it easier so as long as you're looking into Nonprofit you might as well look into Not For Profit status as well. P.S. I have a whole storage unit full of donated items to prime the pump once we get a place in Dunedin. Are you looking into donated space or low rent? 11 messages in this topic | post via the web | start a topic via the web Group Links home | announcements | discussions | host shares | members | email preferences To stop receiving discussion posts from PEOPLES EXCHANGE, visit: www.care2.com/c2c/groups/unsubscribe/10828/14559135 or email to: peoplexchange-unsubscribe-14559135@groups.care2.com new topic email: peoplexchange@groups.care2.com owner email: peoplexchange-owner@groups.care2.com The Real Donna F. Care2 Groups Care2 groups offers tools for keeping in touch with those who share your interests including: * host announcements * member discussions * rss content * group shares To learn more go to C2C Groups Popular Groups ASPCA (29,724 members) World without frontiers (4,076 members) Supporters of Winging Cat Rescue (688 members) Defenders of Wildlife (46,305 members) Amnesty International (35,659 members) More Popular Groups > Share, Learn, Connect and Make a Difference with Care2 Groups! www.care2.com/c2c/groups _____ To stop receiving this newsletter, visit: www.care2.com/newsletters/unsub/21676/0/14559135/191dc2d7 or send a blank email message to: ng-u-21676-14559135-7656194-12229800-89260ceb@australia.care2.com Care2.com, Inc. 275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 300 Redwood City, CA 94065 www.care2.com

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 November 11, 2008 11:24 AM

For those that are into recycling a Peoples Exchange can be set up as a Recycle-Reuse Club in your area. The Club keeps things out of the landfills by getting reused by members of the Club. Members donate their unneeded items in exchange for points to shop with themselves for their own personal needs/wants.

I started one in the Tampa Bay, Fl area a month ago and it is a much needed resource for the community. 2 more Clubs are planned in other Tampa Bay areas because every area needs one. Why fill the landfills when you can fill each others needs? Why make the big box stores even more wealthy when you can bypass them altogether by recycling and reusing through your community Recycle-Reuse Club instead of buying new?

So whats holding you back from starting your own in your neighborhood?

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not a shop November 16, 2011 5:25 AM

a CLUB. you get a membership card, and a list of participating vendors. REALLY WORKED,WELL. A MODEL FOR BARTERING.

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 November 16, 2011 5:30 AM

A question for someone who might know: a few days ago an acquaintence "know it all" said clubs have to be licensed by the city and state. Is this true?

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Peoples Exchange November 16, 2011 11:00 AM

Could somebody please answer some questions I have:

1. Is the exchange set up under a 501(c)?
2. What are the differences between this concept and the Salvation Army?
3. Where do start up funds come from?

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 November 16, 2011 1:59 PM

Deb,

All this is up to the individual clubs/exchanges in ones community but:

1)Why does an exchange have to be a 501c anyway?  Can't people come together without Government getting their nosy asses involved policing and taxing everything like they did with barter clubs? Does a knitting club or a book club have to be 501 too? Enuf with government breathing down everybodies back say I.

2) The Salvation Army doesn't exchange or give anything away nor have members. It's not a Salvation Army Club. The SA also sends much of what is donated to it overseas to be sold there and an exchange club would keep everything here for the community.

3) Why are start up funds needed? People bring their unneeded stuff, that's it. If a club wants to raise funds for their club they can have dues or hold fundraisers I guess.



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just a thought November 26, 2011 10:31 AM

but if you don't want government minding your business to try and tax you then instead of having a shop or a club you could call them parties. there's swap parties in my area and also craft parties.

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