Pick A Project Community Craft Swap

It's been 4 years since we hosted our first craft swap, and it's still our most requested event to bring back!
Our Pick A Project Craft Swap will run during May and June 2022, please see dates and specifics for donations and when to come pick a project! 
 We will be accepting donations of unused but usable crafting material at The Trainyard (137 Portland Street, Downtown Dartmouth) starting on MAY 12! Swipe for more details on requested materials!
Crafting is an amazing way to express yourself through creation but the cost of supplies can be prohibitive. With the Pick-A-Project Craft Swap, we’re hoping that people are able to pick up the supplies necessary for a new crafty talent for free. In an effort to reduce waste and boost community creativity, crafty community members are donating usable materials from their own stashes to kick-start another's.
🌟What Is A Community Craft Swap?
A super fun event where community members are invited to donate unused craft supplies for fellow community members to pick out the supplies for a new project from! The commmunity at large is invited to participate at any and every stage!
🌟When and Where Is This Happening? 
All stages of the Craft Swap will take place at The Trainyard, located at 137 Portland Street in Downtown Dartmouth. The Drop Off Window will take place from May 12 to May 26 and the Pick A Project part will take place from June 2 to June 12.
🌟Why Are You Hosting This?
There are so many reasons we love the Craft Swap! But primarily:
  • To continue our efforts to reduce waste.
  • To encourage accessible creativity and new summer projects.
  • To continue building community connections and give back.


The donation window runs May 12 to May 26, 2022. 
  • Stationery, blank cards, scrap-booking supplies, stickers, envelopes, rubber stamps, paper, notebooks, washi tape
  • Scissors, glue, wire, brushes, trays, carving tools, embroidery hoops, knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing needles, canvases, paint-specific paper, DIY kits
  • Paints (gouache, acrylic, watercolour, oil, etc!), markers, ink, coloured pencils, crayons, clay!
  • Kid-friendly materials! Craft kits, googly eyes, beads, pompoms, foam sheets, glitter (well-sealed please!), pipe cleaners
  • Fabric (minimum size 12x12 inches), ribbon, thread, yarn, embroidery floss

We are happy to accept many other types of craft supplies not listed, with a few restrictions;  Clothing, broken/unusable supplies, oversized/heavy equipment, boxes, stuffing (Polyfil) will not be accepted. 

We reserve the right to refuse donations deemed unsafe or to recycle/dispose of materials deemed unusable. 

Pick A Project Craft Swap

The Pick A Project part of the swap will take place from June 2 to June 12; Those who donated materials will receive an invitation to attend an opening night launch! 

If I don't donate, can I still come?

Yes! Everyone is welcome to participate in any stage of the swap that they would like.

How much can I take?

We encourage folks to take thoughtfully and consider what is needed for their crafting, what they may have at home, and to think about those coming after. Once we have a better idea of what is available, we may impose a one project per person limit!

I do craft programming for a local organization, am I allowed to come?

Our intention is to encourage accessible creativity for individuals, but we are looking for partners who may be interested in the remaining supplies (if possible)! Please contact us at: events@trainyardstore.com for further information!