This weekend was a dreary one. On Saturday we hopped all over Brooklyn and Manhattan visiting hobby shops and picking up acrylic in Chinatown. The day was extra chilly so I was happy to finally sit down for a late lunch with a big bowl of Udon Noodles near Washington Square Park. It was the perfect way to warm up my bones. On Sunday, it was cloudy and rainy all day long. It was one of those days where it feels like it’s morning all day long as the sun just won’t peek out. So on Sunday afternoon I curled up with a nice cup of tea (ok, a couple cups) and decided you know what we all need during Winter? Tea and love. Welcome to the February Tea Swap “Won’t You Be My Valentine?”
It’s been a long time since we did our last tea swap here and I’m not really sure why. Each one was successful and caused smiles around the world. Schedules were a little crazy here so I’m going to use that as a excuse but I’m happy to say they’re back! If you have never joined a Brooklyn Farm Girl tea swap, let me know explain how it works. You will sign up for the swap and receive a partner over email. You and your partner will swap with each other. There’s always a theme to a swap so you can have some fun with your swap package. By the sending deadline, you will send your partner a collection of teas and whatever else the swap theme calls for. In return, your partner will send you your package out. Most likely you’ll both be smiling ear to ear and become friends.
Because it’s February, the month of hearts, the theme is “Won’t You Be My Valentine?”. You will send your partner a collection of teas and a gift that fits this theme. For teas, it’s up to you what you want to send but you can always ask your partner if they have a preference. I ask that you send your partner at least 10 bags of tea, but I usually go wild and send them tea for a month. For the theme gift, it’s up to you! Maybe it’s a homemade cookie, maybe it’s a tea mug with hearts on it, maybe it’s a candle because you read on their Instagram account (hello Internet stalking) that they love the smell of peppermint. Have fun!
How do I sign up?
You sign up here.
When is the deadline to sign up?
The deadline is January 31.
When is the deadline to send my tea swap out?
You should send your tea swap out by February 7.
How do I get my partner?
I will send out a email a few days after the sign up deadline has passed with a link to partners.
Do I swap with the same person who sends me a swap?
Yes, it’s 1:1. You and your partner are paired up.
Is this only for USA?
No, it’s International but you will ONLY get a partner from the same country as you. If you live in the USA, you will only get a partner from the USA. If you live in Australia, you will only get a partner from Australia. If you sign up and there is no match in your country, then you won’t receive a partner.
How much money do I need to spend?
There is no minimum or maximum price, but this is meant to be a simple swap, so don’t feel pressured to over perform. The point is to cause a smile, that’s it.
How should I package my items to ship?
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re sending a pastry, package it good so it stays fresh. If you’re sending a mug, really wrap it up to protect it.
Can I post on my blog or Instagram when I receive my tea swap package?
Yes! And hashtag it #bfgteaswap
If you have any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer it there.
I hope you will be joining the swap!