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A motorcycle made of Popsicle sticks, a pair of stereo suitcases, a collection of vintage snowmobile photos—these odd objects might not seem all that valuable to you, but to Blu Dot, they’re worth a lot. Back in 2011, fans of the brand traded in these exact items for a Paramount sectional sofa, a Stilt floor lamp, and a Minimalista coffee table. How? Via virtual swap meet. Starting today, you can make a similar offer. The furnishings company just launched its second iteration of the event and is putting forth an open call for submissions.

Here’s how it works: You email the brand a picture of your offering (a funky work of art, a freshly baked lemon cake), explaining what makes it so sweet, and include a snapshot of your proposed furniture swap from the heap of designs on the company’s website. It will then post your suggested swap on its @bludotswapmeet Instagram feed—a good place to size up the competition but also engage with your fellow traders. Blu Dot’s founders, John Christakos and Maurice Blanks, will personally review all bids posted daily on the account and share which swaps were accepted on @bludot IGTV. If they decide your offer is worthy, the furniture is all yours. 

Scouring your home for something that might pass the test (perhaps a gigantic hemp mirror or tools for making ceramics) is just the first step. Figuring out what you want in return is the fun part. Here are a few covetable products we’re eyeing.


A Pink (Outdoor-Proof) Sofa

Cache Outdoor Sofa, Blu Dot ($4,000)

It’s looking like our backyards will be our main source of escape this summer. This ultra-chic couch, coated in Sunbrella fabric, will make home feel a bit more like paradise. 

A Side Table for Your Makeshift Office

Note Large Side Table, Blu Dot ($400)

Couple this slim powder-coated steel table with a couch and—voilà!—you’ve got a floating desk right in your living room. 

A Beachy Pendant Lamp

Laika Large Pendant Light, Blu Dot ($600)

A giant light fixture wrapped in rattan will transport you to a dreamy coastal destination (think: Mykonos or Ischia). 

A Mod Storage Solution

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Modu-licious #6, Blu Dot ($1,700)

This Rubik’s Cube–like chest will come in extra-handy the next time you embark on an organizing frenzy. Let the swap begin.


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