OK, so I have decided to give this a go. I’m hoping to find a swap buddy somewhere in the world. I can send you anything I can find in the stores here in Finland. I just need you to check what can be sent to your country. I can for example get you local candy (we have very good chocolate here) or that CD from Finland. I can get you fabrics and yarn and other crafty things. Just let me know what you want.
I can get you Moomin stuff like cups or pillowcases or other things. I can get you Marimekko stuff like fabrics or shirts or notebooks. I can get you Fiskars stuff like… eh… well scissors. If you want the more crafty things than just scissors that they make you may have to wait a while, but I can get those, too. But all of these brands know all too well what their name is worth, so they are not really inexpensive.
What would I like to get then? Right now I would love to get Ninja Turtles or Darth Vader (with or without other star wars characters) clothing size 130 cm (7 – 8 yrs) or equivalent (pajamas, t shirts etc.). Or just about anything with one of these characters on it. Or Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon or any other anime stuff for boys (trading cards wellcome). Or if you can’t find any of these, something that the 7 year old boys in your country are crazy about. I’d really like to get something for my DS with every swap I do, as he gets so exited when the packages come and so disappointed if there is nothing for him.
Other than that I’m interested in chocolate, I’d love to taste what kind of chocolate you have in your part of the world. I especially like dark chocolate with at least 60% cocoa. Other than that I’m open to suggestions. Right now I can really think of anything else I’d really, really want.
You can contact me by replying to this post or email me directly to ankaisa at gmail.com. Oh, and if you try to comment and it does not show up, my spam filter could be eating it. I have no idea on why it sometimes puts perfectly good comments in with the spam, but I have to keep it on. It has so far eaten over 12000 spam comments that would otherwise be out here for all of you to see! And believe me, you do not want to see them…
Updated in April, 2008: So I’ve had my break in this. I had the break because I’ve done so many swaps and I happened to end up swapping with people who could not keep their end of the deal: Jenna from UK, Karen from Philippines (who said she had sent the package but it got lost in the mail and she does not seem to be in the swap directory anymore), bjc from Canada (who also seems to be missing from the listing) and Dawn Castro from California (the blog has dissapeared completely, so I can not link to it). If you initiate a swap with me and fail to do your part, your name will be the next on that list! But if I do get your stuff, I promise to take a nice picture of it and post it to the website.
I will only start a new swap if you absolutely promise to stick to the mailing schedule that we agree on. It’s bad enough that the package can take even 8 weeks to get here, any delay in sending just makes the wait worse. And I will only do swaps with people that write understandable English, as it gets too hard to organize these swaps if one is talking about apples and the other one about oranges.
And since the gimme site seems to be updating really, really slowly these days I’ll say this: You can contact me even if your site is not yet listed. Just give me a link to your gimme post and we can start from that. I’m really ready to do this again, I’m just no good in finding the ones to swap with myself!