Sunday, April 23, 2017

THE END

Eight years, four months, two weeks, and one day. That's how long the Athey Creek Trading Post has been around.

It began one day as a random idea I had when I was trying to give away a coat we didn't need. I had a clear vision of what I wanted the site to be - not a place to buy and sell, collect items for various fundraisers and causes, or stockpile for the future (although those things certainly have their place), but somewhere our church family could bless each other by exchanging free kids' clothing and gear they needed to either acquire or get rid of in the moment.

The giving and receiving of items for kids quickly morphed into a place to exchange all sorts of free items and for many years the Trading Post was a very active site with offers and requests going up several times a week. However, technology changes and things have slowed down in the last year or two to almost no activity. So, as of today, the Trading Post will no longer be in use.

I have thoroughly enjoyed managing the site, hearing stories about how people found just what they needed and couldn't afford or were excited about blessing another household with something they no longer needed, and getting to know people in our church who I otherwise wouldn't have met. The site was my idea, but it wouldn't have worked without the involvement of many people for all these years. Thank you for being part of the Athey Creek Trading Post!