Swapmania Coming November 16!!!

By March

Howdy, pardners!   Hello, everyone!

Mother Mary Bossypants Anita has assured me that all inappropriate language on my part will be edited out, so this is posted via her, because Patty switched something and DNS login delete Google Chrome blah blah look squirrel!  servers and I can’t figure out how to login without part of my brain leaking out of my ear.

So, we all survived Sandy, right?  Must be time for ….. Swapmania!  In the past you have informed me that Thanksgiving weekend is not good, so I, March the Maleficent, decree that we’re going to swap TWO weekends from now, November 16th going through the weekend!  I know it was scheduled for today but we’re putting it off a bit so people can recover from the hurricane.  Here’s your chance to unload all your unloved perfumes you bought after Anita and Patty lied to you in a review about how great they are.  Also, in the past folks have swapped for all sorts of random things, including tea, chocolate, hand-knit scarves…. I think Patty’s holding out for elf slippers, but you know she has a great stash, right?

So start going through your closets and drawers (see image above for guidance), cataloging your misfortunes, because all that is about to change!  You’re going to swap them away and get something less heinous wonderful in return!

If you are a lurking newbie and you have no idea what I am talking about, here is a link to the last Swapmania.  Basically, you list your perfumes and somebody offers something for it. It’s just that simple.  And insane.

See you November 16th!!!!

efl slippersPatty – can I just say how damn happy I am that March the Maleficent showed up to handle this swapping thing? I had no idea that most people like a week or two to decide what to swap and to plan out their strategy – the whole planning concept is foreign.   Y’all are in competent hands now, thank heavens!  

But I’m still going to try and work a swap for some crocheted elf slippers. The ones I’d really like look like these, but whoever put out the pattern for them has disappeared.  If some clever person could whip up something like this, you could make a fortune selling them, and I’d make the swap of a lifetime to get some.

March’s reply — do you see how P snuck on here and added her weird fantasy?  The nerve!  Also she kills me, I was talking to her last night and she was …. what?  Pickling vegetables?  Bedazzling something?  Making her own paper?  Here I am trying to find time to brush my teeth.  Anyway, I’m a freak and told her FOLKS NEED TIME TO PLAN.  Also those elf slippers make me laugh so hard, fingers crossed somebody knits them for her.


Mother Mary Bossypants Anita sez:  ROFLaughing in my Bossy Li’l Habit over here at the thought of PATTY knitting those damn slippers.  Somebody?  C’mon!  Help this gal OUT!  This is PATTY we’re talking ’bout here.  Can you just IMAGINE the stuff she can swap?  This is like me swapping with Laurence Graff.  Or Pierre Herme.  Or.. ..well you get the idea.




  • Eldarwen22 says:

    This gives me a good excuse to, hopefully, motivate myself to take a look at my full bottle collection and see what I really don’t wear so much anymore. Even if I don’t participate in Swapmania, I have a couple places that will resell perfume. Then I have more space for other things.

    • Patty White says:

      I know, me too! I just have things laying around, but I probably have more sample collections that I need to cull out than anything. It’s become ridiculous

  • hajusuuri says:

    I was a swap virgin up until the NST Swapmeet in September :-). Depending upon the storm recovery situation (specifically the gasoline shortage), I may participate.

    • 50_Roses says:

      How are you holding up? The photos I have seen of that storm are unbelievable.

      • hajusuuri says:

        Hi there — We were lucky, other than a power outage Monday night to Tuesday morning…there were no floods or tree damage. However, the damage to basic infrastructure around here was pretty severe and we are still feeling the aftermath. I had worked from home all week this week and probably will do so at least part of next week as well. There are still pockets of power outages which continue to keep some streets (even some major roads closed at major intersections) closed. There’s also a gas shortage so we’ve tried to consolidate trips whenever we can.

    • Lucas says:

      Hajusuuri, I’ll meet you at swapmania, right? 🙂

    • Patty White says:

      Oh, good, we look forward to it1 We’ve been doing Swapmania for a couple of years now – or March has, she’s the originator of it – and it’s a fun event, people get rid of some things and get some new things, and I hope you’ll come play with us on the 16th!

  • I think postponing Swapmania was a really good idea but unfortunately for me, I will be away from my computer that whole weekend–darn! Anyway, I’ll be checking in when it’s all over (sob!) to view the carnage. Happy swapping, everyone!

    • tammy says:

      Oh, some of y’all need to arrange with Miss Elizabeth to wait til she can get back to her internets..she is a most wonderful swap partner!

      I know with one swap I was in-between states at the due date and I just said upfront that I’d have to postpone mailing for awhile and it worked out just fine.

    • Patty says:

      Hey, elizabeth! If you want me or someone to post your swap list for you, we can! Then you can just check it on Monday, saying in your list that you won’t be back until then! I think it will be going on for a couple of days.

      I hope we can figure someething out for you so you can play!

    • Lisa D says:

      Shoot, chica, send me your list now, and I’ll swap sumpin’ with ya. lisa darty at hotmail dot com.

    • Sharon C. says:

      Elizabeth, please do try to play if you have some unloved lovelies to pass along. BTW, Lisa D. is an awesome swap partner. Thanks also to the Posse for postponing Swapmania–hopefully the folks still recovering from Sandy will be able to participate.

      • Lisa D says:

        Hiya, Sharon! Hope all is well with you – I send warm thoughts your way every time I wear Bois de Paradis……

  • Lucas says:

    I will be definitely joining the Swapmania party! Got two weeks to catalogue my things and decide what can go out for swapping.
    I’m looking forward to it.

  • Kathryn says:

    Hey Patty,

    After seriously questioning whether I should enable your perverse desires, of course I caved. Here’s the pattern for those elf slippers:


    I draw the line at knitting them, though.

    • Patty says:

      I love you. Seriously. I have wanted these goofy elf slippers for over a year, and I can’t get them out of my head. They are so me.

      Thank you thank you! I might even try to knit them myself!

  • mals86 says:

    Not eager to swap again, but I assume it is okay to offer freebies to a good home? The “you-have-what-I-want, do-I-have-anything-you’d-be-willing-to-take?” thing just itchied me up like sand in my shorts, but I have some unloveds that I simply need to divest myself of. Fortunately or un-, I cannot blame either Patty or Anita for any of them…

    Okay, you could twist my arm to accept chocolate in return. Or Valiums, maybe (my daughter is currently applying to colleges this month).

    • Musette says:

      you can swap for anything, mals. I swapped for chocolate, for hats, for cookies….


    • Patty says:

      That’s what I”m doing – free to good home, send return nonperfume thing or nothing is okay! I just can’t ever do the negotiating thing, it makes me nuts. 🙂

      • Heather says:

        I’m with you on the negotiating stuff; it reminds me too much of the market scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian. But I dearly love dark woody perfumes, and if you’re interested in a non-deal sort of deal, I’ll send you something back.

        • Patty says:

          Yeah, I have no idea. I’m just going to gather up stuff that I want to get rid of, have too much of, offer it out and then see what happens. I like that.

        • 50_Roses says:

          I’m not really good at haggling either. I usually just end up taking whatever the other person is willing to offer in exchange, as long as it is something I want or am interested in trying. Usually, I figure what I trade for is probably worth less than what I swap away, but that is OK.

          • Patty says:

            I quit swapping because if people begged enough I would take something from them that I completely didn’t want, hated, knew I would throw away as soon as I got it because I couldn’t say no.

            this is why i don’t swap. 🙂

  • dinazad says:

    GAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! Now I want those slippers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Patty says:

      I know!!! Aren’t they adorable?!?! Meg put them up last year on Facebook, and I clickety clicked everywhere to find them, and couldn’t even find the pattern, but link below from Kathryn is the pattern!!!!

      Now I just need some knitting needles and a brief how-to course. Then when I get all done, I’ll bedazzle the damn things. Just because. 🙂

  • Hamber says:

    Very interesting article. Had good time on your site.

  • Yay!! I had forgotten all about Swapmania! Still recovering from birthdays and Halloween so more time is much appreciated here. The new Twilight does comes out the 16th so I will need something to keep my sanity with a house of 13 year olds that weekend anyway (it will make them seem tame!)!

  • Poodle says:

    I like to plan. Thanks March, for letting us know it will happen in a few weeks. Maybe I’ll actually participate in this one.

    *runs off to find a pattern for elf slippers*

    • Patty says:

      There’s a link below! I’m looking at it thinking it’s and “easy” pattern. Maybe, maybe my very rustic knitting skills could hold up?

      • Musette says:

        And maybe I can levitate to Jupiter! jes joshin’. I can’t levitate to Jupiter.

        xoxo 😀

        • Patty White says:

          Well, I can knit. Not well, not efficiently, not without a serious amount of refreshing, but I CAN knit. Harumph!

          • Poodle says:

            Well I can knit but not quickly. My mom is a speed knitter. If there’s something I want to wear before its out of style I have her make it for me. I can crochet at a good pace. I’m determined to finish my current knitting project this weekend while watching football.