Arts and Craft Supply Swap

Why participate in an art swap?

  • Motivate yourself to de-clutter and reduce your art stash with purpose

  • Prevent your unused goods from going into the landfills

  • Help others save money

  • Give others an opportunity to pick up and experiment with new materials

  • Donated supplies help other artists, community members, and art organizations

  • Pick up new (lightly used) materials for your next project

  • Meet and mingle with local artists and community members

  • Allow your unwanted (and usable) products to be used to their fullest potential

Photography: Susanna Gordon

Photography: Susanna Gordon

Art & Craft Supply Swap

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Calling all creatives! Do you have lightly-used or brand-new art and craft supplies that have been collecting dust?

We invite you to the Tett’s Art & Craft Supply Swap. Help other artists and families is the community by swapping and donating your unwanted and perfectly good art supplies! One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Prevent your unused goods from going into the landfills, help others save money, and allow your products to be used to their fullest potential. On Saturday, November 9th 10am-1pm join us in the Tett Gallery for our first official Art & Craft Supply Swap. The event is FREE for participants and visitors!



Did you know that decluttering can boost your creativity?

Go through your house or studio and find your new or gently-used art supplies that you no longer serve you. THINK: canvases, beads, yarn, tools, paper, scissors, crayons, paint tubes, paint brushes, pre-made craft sets, pastels, magazines, easels, fabric, containers, art books, knitting needles, clay, embroidery hoops, glue, markers and any usable odds and ends! Please, no garbage, empty containers, or unusable materials.


Do you have materials to swap?

Register via Eventbrite and we’ll save you table space! The event is FREE to participate in. Spots are limited. Bring your new or gently-used supplies to the Tett Gallery, and display your goods (tables and chairs are provided). Please bring boxes, containers or bags to store your supplies in. Please arrive and set up your materials at 9:30am. Swap runs 10am-1pm. SWAP Participates are responsible for moving materials on and off site.

Now its time to SWAP! Browse other tables and start swapping, trading, donating, networking, visiting, and collecting!

Would you like to browse through the art supplies, but have nothing to donate?

That’s ok! You are welcome to drop-in and have your pick of any of the materials provided. If you love to experiment with different mediums, or you’d like to find craft supplies for your kids – this is the perfect opportunity to stock up!


Before the Arts & Craft Supply Swap the Tett Centre will have a donation bin for any materials that you would like to directly donate to the Tett Centre. We are currently seeking out donations for our community program, Kids Creativity Club.

Wish list: scissors, markers, craft paper, canvases, easels, glue, paints, and brushes.

Please do NOT donate: unusable materials, empty or dry paint tubes, garbage, house or outdoor paint cans, dried up markers, animal feathers, varnishes, or used papers. Thank you.


Enjoy your new materials, tell your friends, and join us again for the next SWAP!

All unclaimed art materials must be removed off-site after the swap. We encourage you to donate, properly recycle, responsibly discard, or find additional uses for your materials! The Tett Centre will not accept garbage and unwanted supplies left on-site.

Learn more about Garbage & Recycling with the City of Kingston here:

“Keep things because you love them- not "just because.” ― Marie Kondo

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If you are from out of town, I recommend looking for Art Swaps happening in your own area! If there are no events, consider starting your own. It’s easy and free to create your own swap! Host it on your front lawn or visit your local art centre and see if they want to get involved. The options are endless. Questions? Comment below!

- Danielle Folkerts