The Lewes SwopShop was started in 2009 by Transition Town Lewes to allow people in Lewes to swap their skills and services instead of paying cash. The current economic climate seems the perfect time to revive it.
How it works
The SwopShop works more or less like a LETS scheme.
People can offer their services and receive payments in ’swops’ (1 swop = £1). Once the service is complete they will receive swops into their online account from the person ‘buying’ their service. There’s also potential for items to be exchanged online.
Swops can be traded for almost any service you can imagine from baby-sitting to gardening to home repairs and therapy sessions without any money exchanging hands (the cost of materials can be met using cash).
In this way you can use your skills or time as a form of currency – great for anyone without money to spare.
Restarting Lewes SwopShop
If you’re interested in helping to revive Lewes SwopShop, we’d love to hear from you.