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Swap-n-Shop offers homemade items
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Heater Mckay shows off her artwork at the first Pinellas County Swap-n-Shop in April.
CLEARWATER – The next Pinellas County Swap-n-Shop, a community-oriented retail outlet, will take place Sunday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s held every other Sunday at the Fresh Fruit and Veggie Co-op, 2250 S.R. 580, Suite 2, in Clearwater.

The Swap-n-Shop, which kicked off April 13, offers the every day person the chance to sell or swap their goods, said Jennifer Pisco, who founded the group. Items vary from artwork and jewelry to lotions and balms, and browsers can even pick up homegrown flowers and veggies.

“A lot of the vendors just do this for a hobby,” she said. “So this gives them the chance to show off their skills and maybe make a little extra money.”

But it’s also a good way for vendors to jumpstart a business, before taking their wares to larger markets, she said. One woman lost her job right before the April 27 Swap-n-Shop, and showed up with furniture to sell.

“She said, ‘This is my job for now,’” Pisco said.

Pisco, who works full-time as a graphic designer and also has a line of homemade lotions, got the idea for the Swap-n-Shop when she learned about communities in other counties and states hosting similar events.

“And there wasn’t anything like it in Pinellas County,” she said. “I just thought it was a really cool idea, a great way for people to flex their creative muscles.”

She finds that it draws shoppers from throughout the county, and vendors from as far away as Orlando. Vendors can rent a large, tent-sized space outside for just $20 or a table-sized space indoors or out for $10. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The remaining dates for the Swap-n-Shop are May 11 and 25, and June 8 and 22. But Pisco said if the demand is there, she might consider running it as an indoor-only event throughout the summer.

For more information, visit www.p­cswap­nshop­.com or www.f­acebo­­m/pin­ellas­count­yswap.
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