This week I went to a paper craft workshop called 'Paper & Scissors Rock!' that my friend Isis was running as part of Bye Buy - an initiative in conjunction with Reactivate Launceston. Bye Buy is a really cool project run as a pop-up shop in the Launceston CBD, aimed at testing ideas on "reducing our consumption, engaging more with people in a retail environment and leading a more sustainable lifestyle". Four main activities were developed for the project to test these ideas: a swap shop, story exchange, repair deli and slow market. In the building is a temporary swap shop where you can bring in an item, write a card for it with some info on it and swap it for anything in the shop.
Cool old advertising decorating the wall in Bye Buy.
A bit of the swap shop.
I really wanted an old wooden toy I spotted for Theo but hadn't brought anything to swap, so I used my time in the workshop to make a set of collaged cards to swap them for. Theo loves his new toy.
Tomorrow I'm going to bring in my little sewing machine to swap, as my mum bought me a new one recently. I hope somebody can make good use of it! I look forward to being a part of more Reactivate Launceston initiatives.