I participated in a bead swap with my daughter in 2008 and it was so neat to get beads and blessing from so many other mamas in the group (many of which, I'm still in regular contact with 4 years later!)
I can't remember when we did it, but I remember that everyone mailed all their beads (plus a SASE for return) to one mama who sorted them all out and sent out a package of beads back to each mama. We were a July club and I think the packages got mailed back out by the beginning of June (in case the beg. of the month mama's went early ), so I think we sent our beads to her in May. For us that would translate to beads being mailed to the coordinator by Feb and sent back out in March.
I strung my beads on a necklace and wore it during labor. Amazing physical reminder of the other mama's going through the exact same thing. Super neat.
Anyway, is anyone else interested?