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Free swaps this week for everyone!

Free clothing and stuff swaps this week for every size and age, and most items!

Women’s/Teens sizes 0-5,   Friday April 18th.          For extra small and small sized women and teens, this is an excellent place to swap your clothes, shoes, and accessories without having to wade through reams of sizes that don’t fit.  Located at People’s Food Co-op’s meeting room in SE Portland.

Kids Clothing (no toys),   Saturday April 19th.     Kids grow so fast!  Why not swap out the clothes your kids no longer wear, and get the next size up for your growing family?  Your kids have probably outgrown much of last summers clothes – bring them to this swap and get some new summer clothes in the right sizes!  Also, be sure to bring any new moms – there’s usually lots of baby clothes.  Located at the Midland Library in SE Portland.

Women’s and Teens ALL SIZES,  Monday April 21st.      Lost some weight and want to clear out your too-big wardrobe and get new clothes in your smaller size?  Gained some weight and tired of squeezing into too-tight clothes?  Swap out your all sizes of clothes here!  Bring your girlfriends of all sizes and enjoy some play time!  Located in Tigard at the Colossae Church.

Mens/Women’s/Kids clothes and Stuff (Trash to Treasure),   Saturday April 26th.  This isn’t officially/exclusively a free swap, but a city event that also includes recycling of styrofoam and other oddities.  If you’ve got trash AND treasure, this is the place to bring both!  (Official free swaps do NOT take recycleables or worn out junk, but ONLY clothing, accessories, and items in usable condition).    Located in North Portland at the St. Johns Swapnplay.

Free Swaps will be featured at Sharing Smart, Hillsboro, April 22nd

I’ll be one of the panel speakers at the Green Bag Series lunch meeting Tuesday April 22nd noon-1pm at the Hillsboro Civic Center.  If you’re in the area, bring your bagged lunch and share your swapping experiences during the discussion:)

Tuesday, April 22, 12 – 1 PM. Join us for Sharing is Smart, a panel discussion on “the sharing economy” with options for sharing, swapping, and renting instead of buying in the region. The panel includes representatives from Swap Positive, Zipcar, and KitchenShare. Come learn about collaborative consumption at this quarterly speaker event sponsored by Washington County and City of Hillsboro. Location: Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E Main, Hillsboro. Feel free to bring your own food and drink.

Great use for Free Swap Remainders!

This would be a great use for free swap remainders

Wanna start a free pop-up store for the homeless?  Check out this video, which gives how-to information including downloadable posters!

If you wanted to take a gander at doing a free street store and wanted a starter pile of goodies, please contact any of our Free Swap hostesses.  We are always looking to donate our remainders to people/organizations who will GIVE them away!

“Trash-to-Treasure” Clothing and Stuff Swap, North Portland, April 26th

Just heard about the  Trash to Treasure event taking place in North Portland this month.  Drop off items Friday April 25th, swap takes place Saturday April 26th.  It’s FREE, but runs slightly different then a free swap in that you bring your swap-able stuff the day before, plus you can bring recyclables and other items not allowed at free swaps.  Learn more about the Trash To Treasure event at

Women’s and Teens all size clothing swap, Tigard, April 21st

 Women’s and Teens All Size Clothing Swap at Colossae Church in Tigard.   No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! (This venue is handicapped accessible!) Exchange your no-longer-needed women’s clothes for new-to-you clothes!

When: Monday April 21st at 7pm (Always the 3rd Monday of every month except No swaps July, August, or December.)

Where: Colossae Church, located in Park 217, you’ll see a blue sign out front that says“Colossae”.   Address is 12176 SW Garden Pl, Tigard,OR97223.

1.  We need YOUR help to keep this swap running smoothly.  Please help set up and/or clean up.  We have Continue reading

Kids Clothing Swap, SE Portland, April 19th

Reserve your spot at the afternoon Kids Clothing Swap  (infant to size 16) at the Midland Library, Saturday April 19th, 3:00pm-4:30pm.

Clothing only…Please, NO toys.

See what to expect here.  

The Midland Library is located at  805 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97233   Please bring clothes, shoes, and accessories that are clean and wearable. This Kids Swap takes place every 3-4 months, depending on venue availability.

To reserve your spot and for more information, contact Nicole at

Womens/Teens size 0-5 swap, SE Portland, April 18th

Women and teens who wear size 0 to size 5 - you know how hard it is to find clothes in our size!  Here’s your chance to swap!  Only sizes 0-5 in great shape please – if you have larger sizes or kids sizes, please take them to the correct swap for those sizes.  If you have clothes missing zippers or raggy items please offer them on

Clean out your closet! Gather all the clothes in good condition that you don’t wear or want. Include accessories like shoes, hats, belts, purses, jewelry, etc. (but please: no used make-up or undergarments). Our next women/teen size 0-5 swap at Continue reading

Women’s size 10-14 clothing swap, SE Portland, April 13th

Clean out your closets, storage, and accessories drawers, and wash up all those clothes and accessories in your closet that you don’t wear, that don’t fit, that you no longer use or want! Bring anything and everything wearable to this swap!

WHO:  Women and teens who wear clothes sizes 10-14

Feel free to bring your pals! Please e-mail Amy Alice at to get information and be kept in the loop!

WHEN: Sunday April 13th, Continue reading

Gather your goodies for the Spring Stuff Swap NE Portland April 12th

The Spring Stuff Swap is full due to venue space constraints. However, Anna has started a wait list, so if you want to email her to get on the wait list, if someone cancels she can slip you in!  (And if you find that you or one of your guests can’t make it to the swap, please notify Anna as soon as possible so she can offer your space to the next in line).  We are all volunteers and do this for fun.  Since we don’t get paid, we ask that NO money changes hands.  If you get it for free, then you give it away for free (no re-selling anything you get for free at a Free Swap.)  If you want to know more about why free swaps are unique, look here.   Also, here are the free swap rules, and a video that shows a free swap in action.

If you’ve been notified by Anna that you’re already on the RSVP list, this Saturday April 12th is the Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland!  Stuff and Gift swaps happen twice a year at this location – once in April, once in December.  This is a reminder to take one more search around your house for items to bring this Saturday.   It’s free frugal fun, home de-cluttering, being a philanthropist (all swap remainders are given away to people in need, not sold), and visiting with like-minded people…talk about multi-tasking!

Kind and courteous women, men, and teens are invited.  We are expecting 150 people, so leave babies, toddlers and grade school children safely at home Continue reading

All Size Women’s Clothing Swap, Beaverton, April 6th

All Size Women’s Clothing Swap 7pm Sunday April 6th 2014  at  Adapt Training in Beaverton. If you’ve never been to a free swap, they are a ton of fun and it’s FREE!  Bring a girlfriend or female family member. Check the facebook page.

Come and swap out your gently used and unwanted clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, jewelry and more.  All sizes are welcome.

Please read the swap rules below before attending the swap. Be sure to arrive a little early and have your clothes sorted by size prior to  Continue reading