Swap-It 2012: a Bizarre Success
by The Milton Measure on Friday, November 2nd, 2012Last weekend, many shoppers visited Milton Academy’s annual Swap-It tag sale run by Milton’s Lower School. The bargain items collected for this event were put on sale to the public October 26-27 in the hockey rink, all proceeds going to the Lower School.
Marshall Carter, Lower School Principal, explained how “Swap-It began as a Lower School tradition more than 60 years ago. Originally, families exchanged school uniforms and over time, other items. Eventually it became the big tag sale that it is today.”
Its current form includes an incredibly eclectic range of objects. All of these are donated “mostly [by] Milton Academy families or former Milton families. Some community members also donate,” remarked Mr. Carter. Morgan O’Connell (II) said, “we tend to start our ‘Swap-It pile’ only a couple weeks after Swap-It ends to prepare for the next year. [It] gives my family a great incentive to clean and organize our house.” Julia McKown (I) mentions that her family “always donates tons of stuff, so sometimes I see some of my old clothes there.”
Donations come from all different parts of the Milton Academy community and the town of Milton. The Lower School connects with many different groups to amass as many items as possible. Mr. Carter said, “We advertise, put up signs, and also count on the sheer weight of years of tradition– people just know it is coming!” Supported entirely by parents volunteers, Swap-It brings together many families and students in this school-wide event.
In contrast to years past, this year’s Swap-It ended sooner than usual and did not conclude with the usual “get-rid-of-everything” prices on Sunday. Mr. Carter said that the Lower School “will be donating both high quality and bulk clothing to non-profits. The whole community service aspect of Swap-It has grown a lot in recent years.”
In addition to Lower School support, Swap-It has garnered many fans in the Upper School. Nick DiGiovanni (III) said, “It is a great time to get together as a community and share things with each other.” Morgan O’Connell agreed, exclaiming, “I live for the hunt!”
Nick went on to say, “there are good deals everywhere, and boarders can get things such as couches or chairs for very low prices. It’s fun to look for things with friends, too.”
In anticipation for the Upper-School Swap-It Dance that took place last Friday, students purchased many unique and bizarre outfits. Jack Karle (II) described how he “bought tight women’s spandex, a kid’s medium Allen Iverson jersey, four multi-colored headbands, and 2 H&M purple and white tank tops.” Similarly Josh Pomper (I) purchased “a T-shirt that was too small, a seven-year-old girl’s vest, and camo shorts.”
Mr. Carter expressed how grateful the Lower-School is for the proceeds of Swap-It. “All you have to do is walk around the K-8 campus to see the benefit of Swap-It—playground equipment, computers, smart boards, lockers, lounge furniture—all were paid for by Swap-It.”
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