Re: Material swap......
I did a Canadian swap box until our postage rates went through the roof. You guys have pretty low rates so it should be feasable down there. I know for ours it worked well for three trips across Canada, then it just got too expensive. Nice thing about tying material is that one man's "Junk" is anothers treasure!
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