My town has a swap shop. The goal of the swap shop is to keep usable items out of landfills. They accept all of your unwanted items, free of charge. If you chose, you can swap out your items for anything else in the shop. I love the concept of the program and my children truly enjoy swapping out their old toys for “new” ones. My issue is with the volunteers that run the swap shop. This summer, at any given time there were 5 or more volunteers working there. The building is extremely small and it was very frustrating to have to walk around the large group of volunteers who were just sitting around gossiping. Every single time I saw anyone drop something off at the swap shop, the “volunteers” would literally dig through the items and take what they wanted to their vehicles, before putting the remaining items on the shelves for the rest of the community to look through. Some may say that it’s one of the perks of being a swap shop volunteer, but the entire concept of the program is for the COMMUNITY to swap items, not just the volunteers. The shelves of the swap shop were bare most of the summer, because 90% of the donated items never made it into the building. I think it is really sad that this is what the program has turned into. I know I won’t be utilizing it anymore. It’s really pathetic to watch the Senior volunteers fight over boxes of donated items.