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Dollar Tree Shopping Spree Pen Pal Kit Swap!

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Dollar Tree Shopping Spree Pen Pal Kit Swap!
Swap Coordinator:btbeth (contact)
Swap categories: Random Items  Letters & Writing  Craft Supplies 
Number of people in swap:20
Location:Regional - USA ONLY
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:June 3, 2016
Date items must be sent by:June 10, 2016
Number of swap partners:2

This will be a fun USA only Senders choice swap!! You will have 2 partners and to join, please have completed and been rated for at least 4 swaps, maintain a 4.97 rating and have no unexplained/unresolved 1's or 3's that are given within the last 6 months. This is a fairly involved, increased postage swap so I classify it as a 3 & I reserve the right to ban any user from this swap, for any reason, and without explanation. If you join and complete your swap, you will get two 5 ratings. Hearts are given at the receivers discretion, but do NOT rate down if you are not pleased with the contents of your kits. If they met requirements (8 different types of stationery/pen pal items in a closeable box/pouch) you must rate a 5.
Now, let's get to the nitty gritty! You will get to go on a $10 shopping spree at your favorite Dollar Tree, dollar store or dollar spots (no one item can cost more than one dollar & spend only $10.00 total) to create 2 pen pal kits with your haul. This is a senders choice swap so as soon as you hit that join button, you can go shopping!
Your kits should have a box or pouch of some sort, either a pencil case or closeable file or large pencil pouch - something cute to contain your kit contents . Now, use the rest of your budget to buy multi packs of different stationery items such as pens, pencils, note cards, paper clips, stickers, page flags, sticky notes, tape runners, glue sticks, tags, washi, colored binder refill paper, labels, mini-envies & coin envies, tiny paper bags, glitter glue, sequins/confetti, erasers, die cuts, reinforcements, bling (like mini tassels, charms and such), etc. Anything stationery or pen pal related goes and items do NOT have to coordinate. You may take envelope multi packs, matching envelope/stationery kits, paper packs, file folders, larger list pads or memo pads and split one pk between the 2 kits, but no more than one of that type of package divide. Also, if you plan on sending paper, please send FLAT, so your box/pouch must be large enough to contain the size paper you choose. Please keep in mind - everything for your kits need to fit in the pouches!) Now, when you get home with your loot, sit down and divide up all the multi packs between your 2 partners. Split them as evenly as possible, so that very bit of what you bought goes into your kits. When they are packed up, there should be at least 8 different types of items within the pouch. You can feel free to add more to your kits, but that is completely up to you. Don't forget to put a little note inside and include the swap name and your swap-bot id so you get properly rated. Maybe even include an address label or 2 if you want to, but that is NOT a requirement. Please also repackage small items such as stickers/labels, clips or multiple erasers so they are not floating around loose in the pouch and potentially causing damage in shipping. Make sure all your items get packed nicely in your pouch and then mail it securely and on time, please.
When you get your swaps in the mail, please rate promptly, and give a 5 if the swap meets the requirements. If you like to Instagram, post your outgoing and incoming kits with the hashtag #heresmypenpalkit Need some inspiration? Here is a cool blog post you can read and this is just a little pen pal kit video that will give you some cute repackaging ideas.


btbeth 05/24/2016 #

Instead of editing the swap I am adding some more suggestions for containers and for filler items. If you have a suggestion, leave it here, too...

Cute pencil sharpeners (I have seen 2 packs of piggies and owls!)
Use an Expandable file for your pouch. (I have seen 2 packs of these as well)
Decorative tacks
Decorative "list" magnets
Bakers twine
glue dots
mini note books
mini gelli pens
rubber stamps (some I have seen at Michael's and AC Moore are a buck and have 2 or 3 -sometimes even 4 stamps in 'em)

drgngirl 05/24/2016 #

Just to make sure I understand correctly- Do you spend $10 PER KIT or $10 all together and split the items between two kits?

btbeth 05/24/2016 #

$10 total, and split between the 2 kits.

Franki3Moon 05/29/2016 #

Sounds like a lot of fun, can't wait to get started

judgedbyabookscover 05/30/2016 #

I know that this is a dollar tree swap, and I love the idea of creating kits. I want to know if making the pouches is acceptable, if I use the whole $10 to buy supplies.

I have been making scrappy art kits and i'm really enjoying creating one of a kind gifts. Thus far i've gotten great feedback on my bags (you can view ratings)

Are handmade pouches allowed??

milozclaudia 05/31/2016 #

Each pouch will have 8 items, so doesn't that mean that we have to spend more than $8 for each of our partners? That means we are spending $16-20 total plus shipping cost?

milozclaudia 05/31/2016 #

Oops nevermind. I read the instructions over and over and I get it now. If we buy a pack of 10 pens for example, we send 5 to each partner. If we buy a pack of 4 rubber stamps, we send 2 to each partner,etc. If we buy a pack of cute post it notes, do we split the pad in half and send to each partner?

btbeth 05/31/2016 #

@Judgedbyabookscover This time around, I would say no only because that may not be what your partner expects.. BUT you can wait till partners are assigned and ask them, if you wish. If its agreeable to them then GO for it. ill tell ya now, if its me. then its a resounding YES, lol. I would LOVE a handmade, just for me, original, unique, artful and special pouch... In the next one, I will specify that handmade pouches are allowed.

btbeth 05/31/2016 #

exacly, @Milozclaudia

judgedbyabookscover 05/31/2016 #

I will keep my eyes open for the next one, and I will join this one too : )

I was out and about today and found some cute "summery" pocket filers so i'll go with those!!

btbeth 05/31/2016 #

Yay, @judgedbyabookscover I put my kits together and posted one on Instagram under our hashtag - #heresmypenpalkit - if you wanna see!

luminessa08 06/ 3/2016 #

I only have a 4.8, but all of my recent swaps have 5's. Can I join?

jaimierandolph 06/ 4/2016 #

My kits are made and ready to mail out Monday! (as I have to have them weighed inside the postoffice) I had so much fun doing this one! I can't wait for the next one!!!!

MariaW 06/ 5/2016 #

Does it have to be multi-packs of items? For example, if I find a single item, can I get one for each of my partners even if that means I spend an extra dollar and I still have 8 items for my partners in their kits?

btbeth 06/ 6/2016 #

Thats fine, Maria, thanks for asking!

MariaW 06/ 6/2016 #

Thank you! I had so much fun putting these kits together - they are pretty much ready to be mailed out.

erica03817 06/13/2016 #

ACK!!!!! I just worked a TON of overtime, but mine went out...sorry they are a couple of days late!!

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