The 2nd Annual International City Swap

21 Oct

Hard to believe a year has already gone by, but it’s time again to host the Great International City Swap! So all of you who didn’t make it in last time, here’s your chance.

What we do is we swap cities/towns. You put together a package that you think best represents the place where you live, and what you love about it. Or, if you think where you live is ridiculous, you can put in the silliest things you can find. It’s up to your own creativity. Last year we had some really lovely packages circulating: from Detroit to Alaska, NYC to Rome, Jordan, NY to Turin, Italy, San Jose, CA to Australia, and Atlanta, Georgia to Rome (I still haven’t managed to cook grits 101 different ways yet!). Many others participated as well…in fact, you don’t have to have a blog to participate, just an email address and the willingness to put together and mail a package.

Here’s how it works:

What: Swap something(s) that, in your opinion, best represent the place where you live, and what you think makes it unique. It can be anything from handmade to store-bought, mugs to magnets, framed photos to local food items and handicrafts to postcards and local candy…just use your creativity!

How: To join the swap, leave a comment on this post. Please indicate if you do not wish to send internationally.

When: The deadline to join in the swap is Sunday, November 4. I’ll post the list of swap buddies on Monday, November 5. Then you can get in touch with the person you’ll be sending to, to see if they have any special likes/dislikes, etc. and perhaps personalize their package a bit. You’ll have two weeks to put your package together: the packages will need to go out by Monday, November 19.

Cost: Last year I set a price range of minimum $10 USD to maximum $20 USD, but this year I don’t want to necessarily set a price range. With international currencies at different values, I’d feel better not constraining people to a set range. Use your own judgement regarding how much to spend, but I’d say a minimum of $10 is probably a good idea, just so that no one gets short-changed.

If you’d like to add a participant button to your sidebar, you can grab this one, and link it back to this post:

Hope to see many of you on board… last year I sent out lots of fun goodies from Rome, I think there might have even been a wallet-sized card of the Pope in there…


56 Responses to “The 2nd Annual International City Swap”

  1. Melanie Taylor October 21, 2007 at 12:44 pm #

    Oooh sign me up, this sounds like fun! I live near Seoul, South Korea. Thanks for organizing this!

  2. jessica in rome October 21, 2007 at 2:52 pm #

    Sign me up, but instead of Rome I will do a Spokane, Washington (my home town) package since I am heading there this week! Ciao!!

  3. lizzy October 21, 2007 at 5:45 pm #

    Can I join? I live in Perth, Western Australia. I don’t have a blog though. πŸ˜›

  4. Roam 2 Rome October 21, 2007 at 6:09 pm #

    πŸ˜‰ Yey, this seems fun! Can I play, too?

    ~*~ San Francisco, California ~*~

  5. softdrink October 21, 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    I’d like to play, too, please!
    SLO County(San Luis Obispo), CA

  6. Adrienne October 21, 2007 at 6:46 pm #


    This sounds like so much fun! Count me in. I live in Tampa, Florida, USA and my blog is


  7. Monica October 21, 2007 at 8:11 pm #

    Please count me in as well, this sounds like so much fun! I live in Tuscany and do not have a blog (yet!). M.

  8. Lori October 21, 2007 at 9:07 pm #

    I’d love to join in on the fun, representing San Diego, California.

  9. Robert October 21, 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    Please count me in. I live in Dublin Ireland and can send internationally.

  10. Bree October 21, 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    I’m in!!!

  11. Christina October 21, 2007 at 9:28 pm #

    Count me in! From Toronto, Ontario Canada and am willing to send internationally or continentally.

  12. Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy October 21, 2007 at 9:39 pm #

    I can help with organization….! I’ll have to abstain unless you make us both go to the post office together when you come up. πŸ™‚

  13. rohanknitter October 21, 2007 at 10:44 pm #

    Count me in too!
    International is fine.

  14. Imani October 22, 2007 at 12:44 am #

    I’m in this year…I so regretted not participating in the first swap. Mailing internationally can be a challenge for the recipient (la maladetta dugana). But if you need another international hook up, I’m in for that also…Thanks for organizing this again :-). Brain is already in motion…By the way, I’m in Shirley, NY, on BEAUTIFUL Long Island.

  15. Jill October 22, 2007 at 1:15 am #

    Culpeper, VA

    What a great idea!!

  16. Gina October 22, 2007 at 2:34 am #

    Ciao from Boston!
    Really enjoy this blog.
    Please count me in for lo swap.
    International is fine for me too.

  17. Esther October 22, 2007 at 2:47 am #

    Yes, I’d love to join you all!

    New Orleans

    btw: I enjoy your blog! Many thanks for sharing

  18. Lulu October 22, 2007 at 3:53 am #

    Oooh! I would love to participate! Please sign me up! Shipping internationally is fine by me!


  19. Mrs.W October 22, 2007 at 4:03 am #

    Ooooh, why not? I’m in Rome, New York!

  20. Jessica October 22, 2007 at 5:04 am #

    I wish I could – but I’m completely consumed by prepping for our trip to Milan next month (which would get in the way of the shipping date anyway). Perhaps next year? Portland, Oregon needs to be represented someday. πŸ™‚

  21. Shelly October 22, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    I’d love to participate! This looked like a lot of fun last year! (Charleston, WV)

  22. Stacy October 22, 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    I enjoyed it last year so sure – I’d love to participate again this year. Sign me up =)

  23. Francesca October 22, 2007 at 4:43 pm #

    I would love to participate!! I am in Chicago, IL – home of lots of yummy “junk” food and great jazz!

  24. Janie October 22, 2007 at 4:47 pm #

    I would love to take part in this! (Carlsbad,CA)

  25. Debra October 22, 2007 at 8:01 pm #

    I am in LaJolla, California and would love to participate since I am looking for someone in Italy that would like to do a home exchange.Shipping internationally is not a problem.

  26. erin October 22, 2007 at 8:49 pm #

    Hey Shelley! Thanks for heading this up! I think I’m in for participating – sounds fun πŸ™‚ (Firenze, IT)

  27. Kate October 22, 2007 at 9:21 pm #

    Count me in! This sounds like so much fun and such an opportunity to learn and share. I live in Paso Robles, CA (home of lots of great wine, olive oil and cowboys)

  28. Tara October 22, 2007 at 10:57 pm #

    I would love to send some more atlanta goodies!! I will have to think of something new!

  29. Imperatrix October 23, 2007 at 12:57 am #

    This sounds fun! I’m in.

    We’re spending this sabbatical year in New Hampshire, so that’s the place I’ll be representing.

    Don’t know if this is mentioned elsewhere: Is there a price range we should be aiming for/not surpassing?

    I can do international.

  30. Rebecca October 23, 2007 at 5:11 am #

    Count me in as well, sounds fun! (Louisville, KY)

  31. Shelley, At Home in Rome October 23, 2007 at 9:27 am #

    Imperatrix: Good question about the price range; I’ve updated the post. I think a $10 USD minimum is a good guideline just so everyone gets at least a basic equal “amount” and no one gets shortchanged, but I’ll let everyone use their own best judgement.

  32. Buda Baby October 23, 2007 at 1:22 pm #

    Count me in from Budapest, Hungary! International is fine. Thanks for organizing this; sounds like fun!

  33. Chris October 25, 2007 at 5:04 am #

    Hey there,
    Count me in as well – I live in Lexington, KY – the horse capital of the world! You might find it ironic that I’m not much of a horse person, but I’m more than happy to find some horse memorabilia if my swap buddy is so inclined. Thanks and take care πŸ™‚

  34. Lorette October 25, 2007 at 10:12 pm #

    Sound like lots of fun, sign me up. I don’t have a blog. I live in New Jersey, would love to share with someone from Italy

  35. Victoria DePersiis Vona October 27, 2007 at 3:10 pm #

    I would love to be a part of this swap, especially with someone from Italy. My father was Roman and I do miss the “old country” I live in rural Maine and am a knitter and spinner.

  36. Karen Cole October 29, 2007 at 12:52 am #

    Hey….this looks like a great idea!…besides, I need to even up the numbers.

    Philadelphia, Pa. is checking in…the “city of brotherly (and sisterly) love”.

    International swapping would be great.

    You are just a wealth of ideas!

  37. leandra October 29, 2007 at 9:37 pm #

    Hey Imani, you live near where my husband grew up! πŸ™‚

    We rest our heads in Durham, NC (BBQ and sweet tea country), and we’d be willing to ship internationally.


  38. Kathy October 29, 2007 at 11:45 pm #

    I’d love to play! I’m in Reno, and I’m okay with shipping internationally. I’d love to swap with somebody in Italy, but anywhere in the world is fine!

  39. ulli October 31, 2007 at 4:33 am #

    i am a German in Boston and want to swap as well:)

  40. Cyn October 31, 2007 at 8:02 am #

    Sign me up! I was so sad I missed it last year! Can’t wait to do it! (Fusignano (Ravenna) Italy).

    Happy Halloween!

  41. cathy October 31, 2007 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi! I would like to join in too. I’m from Canberra, Australia.


  42. Cinzia October 31, 2007 at 1:04 pm #

    I’d like to join in too. I’m in Rome and no problem mailing international. Ciao.

  43. Allie October 31, 2007 at 7:02 pm #

    Brilliant idea! Sign me up to swap anywhere and expect love and goodies from San Francisco, CA!

  44. Cecilia October 31, 2007 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi! I would love to join! I am in Milan. International shipping is no problem for me either.

  45. Paula October 31, 2007 at 9:56 pm #

    Count me in as well. Sounds like fun! I’m from “the peanut capital of the world”,no really we have a festival to celebrate the peanut and everything.(which starts this week-end btw.)
    International shipping is not a problem.
    Dothan, Alabama

  46. Christie November 1, 2007 at 7:51 pm #

    Would love to join! I am in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA!

  47. Amber November 3, 2007 at 3:46 am #

    I’d love to participate. I’m in Austin, TX… but would love to live in Italy. I’m looking at a poster from a trip in 2001 right now. Shipping International is fine with me.

    Thanks for organizing this.

  48. Lulu November 27, 2007 at 4:40 am #

    I got my gift! I’ll be posting about it on Thursday! This was so much fun! Thank you for coordinating this…

  49. Mrs.W November 28, 2007 at 8:29 pm #

    I received my package and did a blog post about it. Have not heard from my assigned person if she received hers, though… will you be doing a round-up?

  50. Jenninifr November 29, 2007 at 7:14 pm #

    I heard about this, but only too late. I will check this out for next year!

  51. The Cooking Ninja January 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    Oh darn, I missed it again. Better luck next year then.

  52. Adrienne June 26, 2008 at 3:52 am #

    Now that I think of it – I never got my City Swap items….:( Sniffles. Maybe this year???

  53. Lorette October 22, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    Is there going to be another Swap this year? I was kinda looking forward to it this year. Please keep us posted,
    Thanks for all your help

  54. Laura August 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    Do you still do this? This sounds fabulous!

  55. Laura October 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Shelly has agreed to let me arrange the International City Swap this year. If you want to join, here’s my blog post!

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