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Buddings Fall Swap ’17 – Oct. 22, from 11am – 1pm

October 3, 2017
Written by Talia

It’s the autumn edition of our semi-annual kids’ clothing swap, and you, and your family, and all your friends are invited!

Buddings knows how kids grow… up! And fast!

So before the winter whites, and blues, and all the other colours start to pile up, clear up some space, so you can swap up some styles for the new season.

Everything is just $1/item!

~ PLUS ~

You get your first 10 items FREE if you bring a bag or box (or more!) to Buddings Daycare by Friday, Oct. 20. We’ll sort it out and size it up, so when the doors open at 11am on Sunday Oct. 22, everything is ready to go!

Show off your daycare!

If you’ve been talking us up, get ready for a reward! Buddings members who bring a new family to the swap will get 3 FREE hours to use in November – our thanks for helping them save money, save clothes, and meet Buddings.

There’s a photo contest (details coming soon), a sweet daycare centre, and racks and stacks of cute kids clothes waiting for loving new homes.

Get sorting (here’s a how-to), bring the bags to Buddings, and join us at 11am on Oct. 22 for a swapping event that keeps you warm all winter long!

Want to know what we’re accepting? Follow us on Instagram!

Our teachers are trying their styling, with a fun photo thread of new clothes for new homes 🙂

All items at the end of the day will be donated to a charity supporting kids and families.

August 9, 2017
Written by Talia

… is happening on Sunday Aug. 27, and you, and your family, and all your friends, are invited to come share a beautiful day, in a beautiful park, full of surprises!

Who would expect Kingcrest Park (at Knight and East 25th) to have DJs playing danceable tunes in the middle of the day?

When was the last time you stumbled upon a 50m waterslide on a normally empty hillside? (A WATERSLIDE??? Yes! A waterslide!)

What the heck is a watermelon carving contest, and how do you win? What do you win? Other than delicious fruit salad?

What time does it run? What should you bring?

Great questions!

Join Buddings for a slip n’ sliding, music and dance party that’s open to kids and families of all ages and persuasions! Bring a towel, something inflatable, and a picnic lunch, and spend the day under the trees, dancing up a storm, or sliding down the hill. Everyone loves waterslides, and everyone is invited! Bring a friend! And a squirt gun.

The water starts running at 11am, and we’ll have family-friendly music and activities until 1pm (or maybe later, if it’s too much fun to shut down…)

Explore East Van!

Whether you’re from the ‘hood, or visiting for the first time, Famous Foods, Anytime Fitness, and Poke Acupuncture are all awesome businesses that you’re going to love. And you can meet them and win prizes, at our event. The neighbourhood at Knight and King Ed (East 25th), is full of amazing amenities well worth a visit, and the Buddings Bear Picnic is your chance to explore!

King Edward Village holds the Kensington Library – running their summer reading club until the end of August – a Save-On Supermarket, and soon… coming this winter… a brand new addition… it’s a…

It’s a surprise!

If you want the details, you’ll have to make an appearance. Or should we say, an a-bear-ance!

Costumes encouraged. Facepaint provided. 🙂

Join our newsletter to get all the details, or present yourself on Sunday Aug. 27, ready to get wet and wild.

See you there!

Thanks for coming!

November 22, 2016
Written by Talia

Birthday Swap 2016 went down last weekend, and a good time was had by all who came (according to instagram ;)) Check out some pics:

Almost 250 items found new homes, and we loved the chance to try the sweet treats from Nourish Cafe.

The winners of our clothing swap door prizes are:

For the $25 gift certificate from Deja Brew: Amy Flory

For the complimentary class from Rhythm Gym: Cindy Chan

For the baby outfit from Lunch Apparel: Mia Snyder

For the $20 gift certificate from Shop Paper Scissors: Coral Thew

For the 10-visit pass to Circus Cafe: Ashley Oliveros

And the winner of the Grand Prize – 2 evening cooking classes: Alden Wolgram




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Share the news contest

October 19, 2016
Written by Talia

Thanks for Sharing!

Our birthday party is Nov. 20! We’re turning 5 and you’re invited to our party. Bring a friend!

Share the party image on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook by clicking the image links below



The more people who come, the more stuff we can swap!

PLUS! We have two awesome referral prizes, for families, and for daycares:


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Swap and Shop – Nov. 20, 11am – 1pm

October 2, 2016
Written by Talia

How does it work?

For free entry, it’s time to get sorting…

Bring a bag (or two) of gently-used kids’ clothes to Buddings by Nov. 18, to be sorted and sized for the swap.

Entry includes up to 10 items to take home.

After that, it’s just $1 per item, with CHANCES for PRIZES for every item you take.

I’m new to this baby thing. What if I have nothing to swap?

No problem, just turn up on Nov. 20 to browse the racks and stacks. Entry is $10 per family or group and includes up to 10 items.

Can I bring a friend? Should I bring my kids? Will they have fun?

Yes, yes, and yes! Clothing swaps are way more fun with friends, and trying stuff on is part of the process. We’ll have everything sized and organized and areas for trying it on.

The event will feature snacks and treats from Nourish Vancouver, and bringing your friend might save you $60 because if they join Buddings, you both get your December memberships on the house.

Bring lots of friends. 🙂

Is it clothing only? Can I bring accessories?

Absolutely! We’re accepting toys, kids’ accessories, and gear of all kinds! In fact, if your 2016 Halloween costume stretched to its end, bring it, too!

Plus, if you’ve aged out of diapers, and have some leftover, bring them too! We’ll pass them along to Bottoms Up – a non-profit delivering children’s essentials to families in the Downtown East Side.

What happens to my stuff?

Hopefully it goes to families in your community for another year of use. Anything left over at the end of the day gets donated to charities that support women and children.

Where does the money go?

All the proceeds will also go to Bottoms Up – to be honest, we host these things for fun. 🙂


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What a beautiful day for a party!

August 3, 2016
Written by Talia

Our Summer Fiesta happened last weekend, at Jonathan Rogers Park, and we have hugs and thank yous to everyone who stopped by.

To Lisa, Ivan, and Adriana, DJ Spinout, Veronika, Isabel, Jenny, Christa, Sarah “Wheels” MacDonald, and MC Johanna, for making it magic, and all the kids and families who came out to play.

Our green screen photobooth was a hilarious success, and Isabel created some beautiful memories for everyone who participated (which I have distorted and cropped to make them fit. The ones she shared are perfect):

There were lots more, and we’re sharing them here with permission, but if you attended the party, and would like access to the whole collection, please get in touch.

People dressed up, they got into it, and the results speak for themselves, but they were competing for a week long accommodation at Sweet Paw Paw in beautiful Barbados, so there was reason to put in the effort. So the three finalists (in no particular order) are… da da da:

The Urquila Family, of Machu Picchu, Julia and her family, for their many hats, and the Edmondson family, for riding that pony. 🙂

Now all we have to do is choose a winner…

Happy Boxes for Venezuela

Finally, it was all fun and games in the sunshine at Jonathan Rogers Park, here in Vancouver, but as you may have heard, our friends in Venezuela are having a hard time.

Our teacher Isabel has told us how the economic collapse there has meant an increase in the inflation rate of over 1000% in 2016, making necessary supplies, like medicine and cleaning products completely unavailable.

But we can help!

Through the donations to our party and online, and a program through Amazon Cargo, a shipping company based in Miami, we are sending two Cajita Feliz (literally “happy box”) care packages of food and household goods to Fundacion UMA, a charity program for foster kids where Isabel’s mother volunteers.

They cost $99US each, and we raised $260!

Thank you to all the families who came, and put some money in the pot, and even (especially) those who have taken the time to read some of the links about this situation.

Of course there are problems happening all over the world, and even here in Vancouver. We can’t do everything, but thanks to your help, we have been able to do something.

That feels really good. 🙂

If you missed the party, we definitely missed having you, but there will be more parties. From everyone at Buddings, we hope you’re having an amazing summer, and can’t wait to see you again in September.

Fall Kids’ Toy and Clothing Swap

November 12, 2015
Written by Talia

On Sunday, Nov. 22, from 11pm-1pm, Buddings Daycare will be turned into your Kids’ Stuff Swap HQ, with a range of clothes and toys and accessories for kids aged 0 – 5.

We have two options to fit your swapping needs!

Option 1: Show up on Nov. 22! Admission is just $10/family, including your first 10 items!

Additional Items are $1 each.


Option 2: Get in for FREE!

Bring your gently used children’s clothes, toys, and accessories to Buddings (203 – 950 West Broadway, at Oak) until Nov. 20, for FREE entry, and your first 10 items FREE! After that, pay just $1 per item.

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