Swap Day in March

Join us in the swap shop on Friday the 23rd of March from 3pm to 8pm for a day of swapping useful items.

This is a day for residents of St Margaret’s House to bring and donate  items no longer needed but that you feel another residents might be in need of.

As you may be aware, the Swap Shop has had to close due to health and safety issues. We therefore ask anyone coming to the Swap Day to follow the guidelines below. We may ask you to take things away if we deem them unsuitable.

We are also in need of volunteers to help make the day go smoothly. If you have an hour or two to spare on the 23rd or in the days leading up to the event, please contact Jaimie at greenteam@edinburghpalette.co.uk with your availability.


Swap Shop donation list

The Swap Shop is open daily for you to donate your unwanted but highly reusable items, and to swap them for many varied items for your creative projects.

Please be sensible with the items and the volume of items you donate to the Swap Shop.

Do not DUMP junk or overfill the Swap Shop, and please please, please do your bit to keep it tidy.

If the Swap Shop is deemed unsafe or overfull it will be locked until volunteers are available to clear it.

If you would like to become a regular swap shop volunteer please email Jaimie on greenteam@edinburghpalette.co.uk

SWAP SHOP Donation list


ALL Good condition

  • Paper and card
  • Art materials – paint brushes, crayons, pens, pencils
  • Haberdashery- ribbons, wool, buttons, beads, knitting needles
  • Dressmaking and knitting  patterns
  • Decent sized fabric- more than 20 x 20cm
  • Clothing and shoes- womens and childrens
  • Homewares- pans, plates, cups, household linen
  • Packaging- boxes, tubs, small display boxes
  • Wood, Perspex and plywood offcuts
  • DIY- Tiles, hooks, brackets, screws, nuts and bolts etc
  • Random good stuff


  • Food
  • Electricals- please donate to charity
  • Junk or items otherwise recyclable
  • Pants/Socks/Underwear/Swimwear
  • Tiny scraps of fabric
  • ANYTHING broken, ripped, dirty or smelly
  • Make-up, creams or old hairbrushes
  • Medicines of ANY kind!
  • Old pillows or duvets
  • Broken Glass or crockery
  • Big boxes of Books- please donate to charity
  • Furniture- please talk to Daniel in the office

Summer Clothes Swap

Clothes Swap - 15th March - Swap ShopWednesday 12th July  6:30-9pm
Venue: Studio G5 Ground Floor St Margaret’s House

Time to get ready for our Summer Clothes Swap! Start clearing out your wardrobe and refresh for the summer.

Swap women’s clothes and accessories- all sizes and styles welcome.

Drop off clothes from 6.30pm, start trying on and pondering your potential swap and we will start the fun of swapping from 7.30pm with glass or cup of something yummy.

We may also be lucky enough to have someone coming along to show you some simple repairs and refashions on the night- watch the fb event for updates
See you there!

Help needed in the Swap Shop

Unfortunately we’ve had to close the Swap Shop due to safety concerns.
Do you have half an hour to help with the clean up?
We are going in on Thursday 6th July from 1-3pm to have a good clear out.

If you can help out, even for half an hour we would really appreciate it and you would be helping keep this valuable resource open for everyone who loves it.
Thank you so much
Swap Shop Team

Clothes Swap Wednesday 15th March

Ready for a spring clean? Eager to get some ‘new-to-you’ clothes into your wardrobe?Join us for the first Clothes Swap of 2017 and get swapping.

6.30pm: Drop off your items, have a glass of something and start browsing
(No item may be claimed before the swapping begins)
7.30pm: Start claiming items!
Suggested items:

Swap Shop upcycling

Dress made by Isabell Buenz from Swap Shop materialsThe Swap Shop on the ground floor is great for finding treasures! Isabell Buenz made her Christmas Party dress, which she is modelling in the photo, from fabrics found in the Swap Shop.

Isabell Buenz and Jane Buxton also held a gift wrapping event in the St Margaret’s House Library earlier this week and would like to thank everyone who donated.  £10.50 was made for the Oxfam Syria Appeal and £10.50 for the Wildcat Haven.

Re-opening of the Swap Shop

HUGE apologies for the swap shop being closed so much recently. This is mainly been due to a larger then usual number of donations/people moving out of the building as well as usual donations.

When so much is donated at once it gets untidy and unmanageable with items strewn about the floor making it unsafe. This can take ages to sort out with limited volunteer hours available.