Swapping for miniatures. Living in Key West, far away from a miniature shop and quite inconvenient to attend miniature shows; I've done a lot of swapping on various groups. (Just google miniatures in Yahoo Groups and it should give you many options. Generally a swap works with a set number of participants. Make one item for each participant and mail them to a central point (keeping one for yourself, of course). Shortly after the deadline for the swap, you will get a box of swaps from the other participants. There are also yearly swaps, special swaps, themed swaps etc. There are several advantages to swaps. Reasonably inexpensive miniatures items; increase your proficiency of making miniature items; group knowledge helps when you hit a stumbling block and camaraderie of the group.
If you join a group, be sure to inquire as to the rules of that group. Retail Value of the swap is important, so be sure you know what a similar item would cost if you were to purchase it.
Above was a yearly swap and I made painter's aprons for August in honor of kids going back to school.
During this month celebrating National Dollhouse Miniature Month, I will share more swaps.