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Super Special Surprise on a Slightly Smaller Scale

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Swap Coordinator:Changeling (contact)
Swap categories: Miscellaneous 
Number of people in swap:65
Last day to signup/drop:April 27, 2007
Date items must be sent by:May 12, 2007
Number of swap partners:1

Perhaps you are like me and enjoy swapping goodie boxes (or bags, or packages), but cannot afford to spend $15 or $20 min before postage like some of the goodie box swaps require.

Do not despair. This swap will be for a nice goodie box (think candy, stickers, notecards, cute stuff, nail polish, bookmarks, tea, stuffed toys, books, earrings, etc!) The catch is that we will be trying to put together the bestest and most loverly surprise box (or bag, or package) possible for about $6 before postage.

Important note: Spending less does not mean lower quality. Please do not send a bunch of junk, only nice things you would like to find in your own surprise box. Aim for hearts. Some ideas on how to send a nice box at a lower cost are:

-Shop around for good deals and look for sales -Send some quality handmade things!!! -Send things like extra notecards, tea, stickers -Used books and mags in excellent condition are okay -Do a fun mix CD -Include a pen pal letter if you think your partner would like one. -Interesting thrift store things in excellent condition are okay. No used lotions or nail polish. Ew... (These are just ideas, not requirements.)

One partner. International. Only users with 4.5 ratings may join. Others will be dropped from the swap soon after they sign up. Credible newbies only. I'll have to drop you if you do not look credible.

The basics again:

  1. You will have one swap partner.
  2. Put together the nicest surprise box (or bag, or package) possible for about $6 before postage.
  3. Do not send junk or things you would not want. Instead be creative in making a nice box (or bag, or package) for around $6.
  4. Open to people with 4.5 ratings and higher.
  5. International.
  6. Credible newbies only.
  7. Interesting used stuff is okay if it is something your partner would like and it is in excellent condition and does not smell bad, leak, flake, etc.


pinkwhirlitop 04/11/2007 #

Oh, I do like this! I hope I'm credible! :)

user1011 04/11/2007 #

This sounds cool, but I'm guessing that March 12, 2007 is not the actual send-by date? :D

Changeling 04/11/2007 #

Thanks to the people who let me know about the date. Oopsy. I have corrected it.

beegirl 04/12/2007 #

I would like to add. I have some links and a filled profile...and I'll get my first feedbacks right these days :) thanks!

Changeling 04/12/2007 #

Thanks everyone for signing up! All the newbies look credible. :)

beegirl 04/14/2007 #

Not a newbie anymore ;)

nylelyn23 04/14/2007 #

hi everyone! well i've got a very filled out profile, so it shouldn't be a prob to look for my items. they're all pretty much affordable, some are even free. =D

can't wait for the swap to begin!

azureskyz 04/15/2007 #

I am a credible newbie. I have sent out 4 packages so far. Waiting for ratings. I would love to join. I think less money means being more creative. I hope you will approve of my signup. :)

devilyn 04/18/2007 #

i'd like to do this but is it possible to have slightly longer to send?

hyperoma 04/18/2007 #

ooh great idea! you should keep doing this swap..

SharonF 04/19/2007 #

Hello, this swap is affordable! I hope I am credible too!

Changeling 04/19/2007 #

Samantha, thanks for your interest and comment. I'm happy with the swap dates listed for this one, but may do it again in the future.

shopinc 04/19/2007 #

This is a great swap! I had to drop out of another swap due to the high minimum cost ($15). Is there a minimum size requirement for the box? Thanks.

Changeling 04/19/2007 #

Hi, no there is no min. size for the box.

wifemotherslave 04/20/2007 #

Awesome! this sounds fun and reasonable, I am easy to please, getting a box in the mail is a treat alone. :)

kittenmeowmeow 04/22/2007 #

I was just thinking there needed to be this type of swap. i so wanted to join the mystery box swap but am a little low on cash. i love looking for deals! great idea. muchlove, Kitten

Jox 04/23/2007 #

Very excited about this swap. I just checked to see what $6 is in UK£ and it's only £3. Should I spend £6 or £3? What's the etiquette in these situations?

ozrob 04/23/2007 #

does it have to be sent in a box? cause a post bag is much cheaper on postage for me

alicepalace 04/24/2007 #

Jox - it is a bit of a dilemma for me too, especially with exchange rates as they are between the uk and u.s, and how much more you seem to get for a dollar than for a pound! So, um, no answer to you question from me, really.. :)

Changeling 04/24/2007 #

A post bag is fine. Just so it is quality stuff and a well-thought package. :)

Jox 04/24/2007 #

I might go over to the forum and post a message about exchange rates etc. and see what the general consensus is there.

MOMO 04/26/2007 #

i hope i look credible. newbiees but reliable. promise to send so please let me join (: any definate size of box and the $6 bucks is from which currency may i ask?

user5682 04/26/2007 #

What's a post bag? Is it a padded mailer?

user7944 04/26/2007 #

oh i would love to participate this swap but im just a newbie here. :( dont know if anyone will want to swap with me?

Changeling 04/26/2007 #

Jasmine, I'm not sure what a post bag is. Can any international swap-botter, help? I am thinking it may be like a sturdy bag that can go through the mail.

Babycars, sorry, but as you have not filled out your profile and both the links in your profile are broken, you are not eligible, as you do not look credible.

user6740 04/26/2007 #

When you say 'box', you don't literally mean put it in a box, do you? I hope not; I'm planning to maybe wrap it up in something (tissue paper? or maybe just send it naked in a padded envelope!) and send t like that with a little note!

Just clarifying so I don't get a 3 for not reaching the requirements!

Changeling 04/26/2007 #

Hi Ayii, mailing boxless is okay with me. Just so the wrapping does not come a part in the post. :)

Dibrittain 04/26/2007 #

It is not hard cause you can find alot of dollar items on clearance at Michaels. Thrift stores are good for some cool items. Goodwill here gets targets 1.00 items and resales them for 25 cents and up. It is not hard to find deals. I got a nice doormat size rug at Bed Bath and Beyond for 79 cents. Plus 20% off made it 66 cents with the tax. So you never know what you may find in any store. Don't just go to some dollar store and pick out junk. The more you can get for 6.00 and be creative the better. 40% even 50% off coupons. A.C Moore has 50% off coupon for this monday. Yeah I may find some swap stuff.

Dibrittain 04/26/2007 #

USA boxes are free at the postoffice to use for Priority mail. If you cover with brown paper it can go Parcel. Not sure if outside the USA you can get these boxes. Some stores may have a free cardboad box. I find it is better to ship in them. I had many swaps stolen in the mail when I used a envelope. They are easy to rip open and take stuff out of them. So beware how your sending and how far. If you see how a package is treated you will think twice how you send stuff.

anntabor 04/26/2007 #

I'm new but I should have some ratings very soon! :)

whateverdeedeewants 04/26/2007 #

I hope I am credible, I really want to do this swap. I have only done one swap and am still waiting for feed back :)

alicepalace 04/27/2007 #

About postbags, I assume that means like a jiffybag or a mailmiser type thing - a strong, padded envelope designed to protect its contents from the badness that happens to stuff you put in the post. I usually use these as I've got about a thousand from mail-order goods (I always re-use them), but I don't think it's any more expensive to send in a box from the UK internationally - it's still Small Packet rate.

shaynafay 04/27/2007 #

We have a store around here called Big Lots (I think they're west coast), and I've been getting scrapbooking stuff that I used to get at Michaels for $5+, for $1 and $2. No junk there either.

user6015 04/27/2007 #

I'm thinking about joining, however I just wanted to make a comment on covering the priority boxes with brown paper. Do so at your own risk. The post office can randomly tear the paper, or it can tear with handling. If they see that it's sent as parcel, it will either be set aside FOREVER, sent back to you (unlikely), or it will be sent onto the receiver with postage due. It's been done to me, because another swapper used these boxes inappropriately. They are free to use, only if sending priority.

user5486 04/27/2007 #

Hi everyone...

I just thought I would add my thoughts on sending things and shipping etc. I have become a flat rate envie and box person...

If sending to the usa flat rate is the way to go. I stuff the flat rate envies as much as possible. Than tape the heck out of them with clear packing tape. My postmaster has never said anything about it. As long as it was sealed well, I don't get hassled. I used flat rate boxes for sending my wish list or bigger swaps. I can pack them full and heavy. It is still the same rate.

My post office makes me fill out a customs form for overseas no matter what I send unless it is a postcard. I just started using small square boxes or flat rectangler boxes. I have had the same problem with the mailer bags getting mangled. I don't know but customs doesn't seem to snoop as much in boxes as overloaded bags.

Those are just my thoughts...

embryonichappyperson 04/27/2007 #

I have my box all ready to go! :)

Changeling 04/30/2007 #

Mailed today to my partner.

azureskyz 04/30/2007 #

a package is on the way overseas to beegirl. Enjoy!!

1CrazyQuilter 04/30/2007 #

Lithmire I sent your package out today.

Liz 05/ 1/2007 #

Omletdufromage, your package is on it's way. Please let me know when it arrives!

Liz Z.

beegirl 05/ 1/2007 #

thanks a lot azureskyz!!! I'll let you know when it arrives!! ^^

user5304 05/ 2/2007 #

Hi AeroChik,

i sent your package. it comes from Germany and I deeply hope that it arrives savely at you.

Lithmire 05/ 4/2007 #

1CrazyQuilter, thank you so much for your oackage! I just got it today. :D

MOMO 05/ 4/2007 #

sent to you, kitten. hope it arrive to you safetly and you like the super special suprise i had for you (:

user6740 05/ 5/2007 #

Did anyone send one to me before the 2nd? Just because I have a package being held in customs, and I'll have to pay £14.54 (Approx. $29.08) to get it! Please pm me if you did -- We can decide whether to have it returned, and you resend with the proper price, or whatever the problem is (I know someone had to pay £28/$56 for an extra ounce because someone added something after they put the pre-paid stamp on!).

Sorry about that :] If my partner hasn't sent, then I'll have a peek at people owing me things to get to the root of the problem! lol I know the package is from the US, by the way ^_^

kittenmeowmeow 05/ 5/2007 #

1crazyquilter- expect a package!

bethne 05/ 5/2007 #

Dianna, your package was sent today! Enjoy!

craftygirl 05/ 7/2007 #

Kimmie, hope you like the package that I sent out today!

PattyJ 05/ 7/2007 #

Kara (aka InnocentCharmer):

Your package is on its way. I am sending it thru US military mail, so I think it has to go from Japan to Seattle WA, then on to you. Please let me know when it arrives!

Patty J. 8-)

amandapage 05/ 9/2007 #

ddavis36, in answer to your post above, you are most definitely credible. I received your package yesterday, and it was a definite treat! A cool package of items for sure. I'll rate you as soon as I'm able (7 days after the swap ends, I believe!)

user7709 05/ 9/2007 #

Em, your package is en route to you! I hope you like it


craftygirl 05/ 9/2007 #

Em, thanks for such a great surprise!

nylelyn23 05/10/2007 #

my box has gone out to liz today. hope it reaches safe and sound and soon from singapore. =)

SharonF 05/10/2007 #

Bee girl, It is a super gift! Thank you!

user6740 05/10/2007 #

Sent mine earlier today, after work - left a VERY large dent in my pocket, that postage. On it's way to the US. Be patient. Oh, and it won't be picked up until tommorrow - I sent it after the last pick-up time.

bethne 05/10/2007 #

Kimmie, I just sent you a PM. =)


user6859 05/10/2007 #

sending mine out in the morning! hope u enjoy it jenny!

amandapage 05/12/2007 #

shaynafay , your's left my post office today!

omeletdufromage 05/12/2007 #

ADISIA - Your surprise is on it's way! I hope you like it!

user6740 05/12/2007 #

Got Kara AKA Innocentcharmers surpise today! Great package! Thank you so much! Tailored to my profile so well!

Bearynice 05/12/2007 #

It is lovely to read all these comments saying they have sent their boxes but it saddens me to also read their there are 19 who still haven't sent in this swap. Who is going to miss out? Bev

user6279 05/13/2007 #

Squintgrad, Your package is on it's way! :)

alicepalace 05/14/2007 #

I have offered to angel for this swap, but I can't afford to send 10+ packages! There are 16 people who haven't clicked 'I sent my items' at the moment, one of whom has dropped out of the swap and definitely won't be sending (her partner has been sorted out by Changeling). I hope most of them have either just forgotten to click the button - looks like it from some of the comments above, cross-referencing with the names who haven't sent - or are sending soon. :)

whateverdeedeewants 05/14/2007 #

Bethne I got my cute package today! Thank you so much! I loved everything! I could tell you put a lot of thought into it. Thanks!

beegirl 05/14/2007 #

I sent today...I already told my partner I could be a couple of days late :)

lamazon 05/15/2007 #

MrsM.C. did my package arrived safely ? I'm getting worried overhere I send it 5/3 . Normally it takes 7 to 10 days to arrive ( by airmail )

lamazon 05/15/2007 #

7 with "no send " after their name !!! Wieuw this much . Please do send your packages people are waiting for it . If for some reason your going to be late please tell your partner ! Thanks

bethne 05/15/2007 #

ddavis36-YEY!!! I'm so glad you liked it! :)

embryonichappyperson 05/16/2007 #

I haven't recieved mine yet...:(

lamazon 05/16/2007 #

there is a deleted account( echoingvista ? ) so somebody isn't going to get a package !!! Grrrrr

user6279 05/16/2007 #

Thank you, Aussie Deb! I just left a private message on your swap-bot account. What lovely stickers, bookmark and pen! Thanks again, Kris :)

wifemotherslave 05/16/2007 #

Di Brittain: I am sorry I was not able to click on the I sent, my puter was down, but I did send it, and it should be there really soon! WMS

alicepalace 05/16/2007 #

lamazon - echoingvista's partner is being angelled by the swap host Changeling. I was supposed to send to echoingvista but i was warned in time and didn't, which is why i've volunteered to angel if anyone else's partner flakes... :)

123Poggy123 05/16/2007 #

I received a wonderful envie from Brooke today. Thank you!

candyrage 05/16/2007 #

I just received the coolest package of stuff from snowowl...thanks so much!!

Bearynice 05/16/2007 #

Those people who don't send are very selfish people. but guess what, you only get out of life what you put into it Bev

lamazon 05/17/2007 #

alice-palace thanks for letting us now the problem is solved !

Bev well said !

donnasaurus1 05/17/2007 #


Thanks so so much for the excellent box which arrived today, everything is just super. I love the teddy kit which i am going to make up very soon.


shaynafay 05/17/2007 #

Amandapage, received your flowery bubblope yesterday. My daughter was waiting for me to come home so I would open it. I loved the surprises! Those buttons were especially cool. Thank you soooo much!


Liz 05/18/2007 #

Got a lovely package from London yesterday - thank you for all the goodies!

user6859 05/20/2007 #

omletdufromage i loved the package!!!!!

lamazon 05/20/2007 #

Still waiting , curious if someting will arrive !

MOMO 05/20/2007 #

can i know who sent me package so i can leave a rating for him/her? sorry but im doing 3 swaps at one go thus very confuse with which package for which swap.

user5304 05/20/2007 #

hello AeroChik,

I wonder if you received my package. I'd be glad if you tell me. Thank you.

lamazon 05/21/2007 #

MoMO above this page you'll find :rate the partners and coordinator . click on this and you'll see the name of the person who has to send to you .

MOMO 05/21/2007 #

thanks lamazon. rated! thanks liz for the cool package of stuffs again. i love swap!

embryonichappyperson 05/22/2007 #

I'm still waitng...

lamazon 05/27/2007 #

Still waiting too !

lamazon 05/30/2007 #

Untill today nothing !!!!!!!!!!

lamazon 06/ 4/2007 #

Grrrrrrr nothing yet !!!!!

lamazon 06/ 8/2007 #

Still nothing ! she doesn't answer mail so I think I'm never going to get anything from her

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