Other Swaps

For indepth details on upcoming Free Swaps, see the Swap Positive home page blog roll and/or scroll to the bottom of this page for abbreviated details on upcoming swaps.

Below is a short description of the Free Swaps that we know about in the Portland/NW Oregon/SW Washington areas, and how to contact them:

Baby Clothes Swap and Maternity Clothes Swap (SE Portland) at Zenana Spa and Wellness Center  2024 SE Clinton St. Portland, OR 97202. Meets several times a year. Pass this along to your mother-to-be friends, mom’s groups, birthing center coordinator, favorite maternity hospital/doctor, etc.  For more information, contact Volunteer Swap Coordinator Sara Rose at  studio@zenana-spa.com

Baby Clothes Swap and Maternity Clothes Swap (SE Portland) at Alma Education and Movement Space 1233 SE Stark, Portland OR 97214 (map) Seasonal swaps take place 4 times a year usually in August, November, February, May.  Bring a potluck dish or beverage if you have the time and energy. For more information contact Amanda Mayther (amanda@familyinbloom.com)

Kids Clothing and Small Toy Swap  (Tigard),   Takes place quarterly on the 3rd Monday of the month September through June after the all Size Women’s Clothing Swap at 12244 SW Garden Place. No swaps July/August or December.  Handicapped accessible, adults only since venue is not fully childproofed. Please offer to help set up before or clean up after this swap. Contact Cindy at simple_and_enough@yahoo.com for more information.

Women’s 0-12 Clothing Swap (Camas/Clark County, WA) This is a small/medium swap, so please pre-sort your clothes so they can be separated into piles, 0-5 and 6-12.  Usually held the first Saturday of every month, 6pm at the Rushing Water Yoga Studio in Downtown Camas.  Please reserve your spot (RSVP) with Dorothy at  clarkcountyclothingswap@gmail.com  (No swaps in July and August).

Women’s 0-5 Clothing Swap (SE Portland) at People’s Food Co-op in SE Portland at 7pm.  Monthly on the third Friday.  If you would like to receive notifications via facebook, go to:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/267181703349196/ and request to join the group. Swap hostess is Alexandra Myers.

Women’s 6-12 Clothing Swap (NE Portland) For details see The Next (NE PDX) Swap!    Sign up to get medium, stuff, and gift swap information at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pdxmediumswap/ Contact volunteer swap hostess Anna at addragazelle@gmail.com with questions, and to offer to help fold up remainders after this swap.  Feel free to bring extra bags to give to Anna for the remainders. No children, please.

Women’s 10-14 Clothing Swap (Central Eastside Portland) contact Amy Alice at  amyalice58@gmail.com held quarterly at the Jazzersize Fitness Center at 18th and East Burnside. Please e-mail  amyalice58@gmail.com to be put on the email list to be notified for this swap.

Women’s All Size Clothing Swap (Tualatin),  Usually held quarterly at the Tualatin Heritage Center.  Contact Diana at  mom@blackboxphotography.com  503-716-8910.   Sizes small through plus, including maternity clothes.  RSVP’s required.

Women’s All Size Clothing Swap (Tigard),   Takes place the 3rd Monday of the month September through June at 12244 SW Garden Place.  No swaps July/August or December.  Handicapped accessible, sizes small through plus, including maternity clothes.  Quarterly, children’s clothing swaps may follow women’s clothing swaps at this location – watch site for details. Please offer to help set up before, or clean up after this swap –  contact Cindy at simple_and_enough@yahoo.com. for more information on how you can help.

Women’s All Size Clothing Swap 7pm @ Adapt Training in Beaverton. Bring a girlfriend or female family member, usually monthly on the first Sunday.  For further details contact Christina Robinson or check the facebook page

Women’s All Size Clothing Swap  (SE Portland/Happy Valley) New Seasons market on Sunnyside, 7pm in the conference room the last Friday of the month.  Sometimes includes a Children’s clothing swap and/or Stuff Swap. For details, contact Tanya at Happyswap@hotmail.com.  Also, you can contact Happy Valley New Seasons the day of the swap to make sure swap is on as sometimes right after/around holidays the store reports the swap doesn’t take place as scheduled 503.558.9214.

Women’s All Size Clothing Swap (West side, locations vary).  Usually held quarterly.  Contact  Stephanie Reck at stephreck2012@gmail.com  to be put on the email notification list.

Women 50+ All Size Clothing Swap (Hillsboro) at the Hillsboro Community Senior Center.  Bi-yearly or annually.  Email Paula Stewart at  paula.stewart@hillsboro-oregon.gov, or call her at 503-615-1090 to get on her contact list.

Family Swap for Men, Women’s and Kids All Size  (Sherwood) Takes place at Countryside Community Church.  Contact Jocelyn for more information at  jocelyn@countrysidechurch.com or Patrice Titus at (503) 925-0689 ext 232.  Usually twice a year in February and August.

Family Swap for Men, Women, and Kids (Gresham), All sizes men, women, and children. Contact Amber at gresham.swap@gmail.com. Check Gresham swaps facebook page.  Family friendly, handicapped accessible.  Usually quarterly.

NON-CLOTHING SWAPS BY ACTIVITY:

Craft Supplies Swap (NE Portland), at Art a la Carte 319 NE Wygant Street. Kind adults and teens only – no children. Please note: since this is a CRAFT swap  please do not bring items for other hobbies such as cooking or gardening.  Save them for the April and December stuff swaps.  Usually quarterly or tri-annually.  Please RSVP to Megan McCoy  paganmegan@gmail.com to reserve your space and for more information.

December Gift Swap (NE Portland),  Check out The Next (NE PDX) Swap! in mid-November (Swap takes place in December).

Spring Stuff Swap (NE Portland),    Check out The Next (NE PDX) Swap! in mid-March (Swap takes place in April)

(Currently inactive.  LOOKING FOR NEW SWAP COORDINATOR –  CONTACT NICOLE FOR MORE INFO ON Kids Clothing Swap, (SE Portland) all sizes infant to teen at the Midland Library.  For more information contact Nicole at nbrianna@msn.com)

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Examples of Free Swaps around the world:

All Size and stuff swap meet-up, San Jose California

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All swap coordinators are volunteers who do this because it’s fun for them to share with like-minded people.  If you’d like to start a swap in YOUR size or area of interest (plants, electronics, household items, etc), learn how here.

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UPCOMING SWAPS:

11/28/14 Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley, 7pm at New Seasons market on Sunnyside in the yoga studio/conference room. The last Friday of the month.  You can bring not only clothes but shoes and accessories and any other goodies that you want to pass on (such as books, jewelry, lotions, makeup, pens, arts and crafts and etc). If you know of a good organization that can use the leftover clothes or if you can take it with you please let me know. To RSVP (reserve your spot) contact Tanya at  Happyswap@hotmail.com 

12/06/14   Women’s and Teens Size 0-12 Clothing Swap 6pm at the Rushing Water Yoga Studio in Downtown Camas WA.  This is a small/medium swap, so please pre-sort your clothes so they can be separated into piles, 0-5 and 6-12. Takes place the first Saturday of the month September through June (No swaps July and August).  Please RSVP to Dorothy at  clarkcountyclothingswap@gmail.com

12/07/14 Women’s All Size Clothing Swap, 7pm Adapt Training 9923 SW Arctic Dr, Beaverton, Oregon 97005. Please read the swap rules in the files section on the facebook files documents  before attending the swap, RSVP here arrive a little early, and have your clothes sorted by size prior to the swap. Bring a girlfriend or female family member, usually monthly on the first Sunday.  For further details contact Christina Robinson or check the facebook page.

12/13/14  Holiday Gift and Toy Swap in NE Portland at the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst (PCL church).  Adults (men and women) and teens  only (No children or babies).   You must RSVP to get into this swap due to space!  For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

12/19/14   Women’s Size 0-5 Clothing Swap at People’s Food Co-op in SE Portland at 7pm.  *New requirement – everyone who attends, please bring an extra bag for remainder donation.  Monthly on the third Friday.  If you’ve got other sizes, please take them to the correct swap for those sizes.  If they are torn/ripped, please offer them on freecycle.org. If you would like to receive notifications via facebook, go to: http://www.facebook.com/groups/267181703349196/ and request to join the group.

01/19/15  Women’s All Size Clothing Swap, 7pm at Colossae Church in Tigard.   No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! Contact Cindy at simple_and_enough@yahoo.com. for more information. (takes place every 3rd Monday September-June, handicapped accessible).  No swaps July, August, or December.

(Usually Quarterly est Jan/Feb 2015) Babies/Kids/Maternity Clothing Swap, Small Toys and Accessories Swap, 7:25pm at Colossae Church in Tigard.   No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! Contact Cindy at simple_and_enough@yahoo.com. for more information. (takes place Quarterly after the Women’s clothing swap September-June, handicapped accessible).  No swaps July, August, or December.

February 2015  All Size Family Clothing Swap: for Women, Men, & Children, 10 am at Countryside Community Church 18810 S.W. Kruger Road, Sherwood. For more information call Jocelyn weekdays at 503-925-0689.  Twice a year in February and August.

(Usually quarterly, est Feb 2015)  Family Swap in Gresham  651 SE 197th Ave Gresham, OR 97233. All sizes men, women, and children. Contact Amber at gresham.swap@gmail.com. Check Gresham swaps facebook page.  Family friendly, handicapped accessible.  Usually quarterly. Swap children’s clothing at 1pm and then swap the adult clothing at 2pm. Further details on the Gresham Swap Facebook page.

(quarterly swap, estimate Feb 2015)  Size 10-14 Women’s Clothing Swap in SE Portland, 11am at the Jazzersize Fitness Center near 18th and SE Burnside.  Please e-mail Amy Alice at amyalice58@gmail.com to be put on the email list for her quarterly swaps.

(Usually quarterly) Women’s All Size Clothing Swap, 1-4pm.  RSVP for home in Tigard.  Bring clothing including shoes, accessories, etc. along with a snack to share or something to drink and let’s make a party out of this!  This swap is in my home so I ask that you’re respectful and only RSVP if you intend to come as space is very limited. Please RSVP to Stephanie Reckstephreck2012@gmail.com and I’ll give you the address.

(est Feb/March)   Women’s All Size Clothing swap (Tualatin),  Tuesday  at the Tualatin Heritage Center.  Sizes small through plus, including maternity clothes. Usually held quarterly in the evening from 7-8pm  (arrive 10 minutes before 7pm)   Where: Tualatin Heritage Center — 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin, OR 97062.  Contact Diana at mom@blackboxphotography.com  503-716-8910.

(Quarterly/tri-annually.  Est next craft swap February 2015)  Craft Supplies Swap (NE Portland), at Art a la Carte 319 NE Wygant Street. Kind adults and teens only – no children. Please note: since this is a CRAFT swap  please do not bring items for other hobbies such as cooking or gardening.  Save them for the April and December stuff swaps.  Usually quarterly or tri-annually.  Please RSVP to Megan McCoy  paganmegan@gmail.com to reserve your space and for more information.

14 responses to “Other Swaps

  1. I went to my first Swap Positive event in Sherwood yesterday 2/22/14 and had a wonderful time. What a great concept and so well run! I was proud to be a part of it even if in just a little way with clean up.

    • So glad you got to participate in your very first Free Swap, and thank you for being some helping hands at the end as well! Hope you are ‘hooked’ by the free frugal fun, the camaradarie, the cleaning out what you no longer need/use/love and re-homing useful goods. Please keep coming – and tell/bring your friends as well:)

  2. justeline petel

    I’m in. I attended the Friday All-size Swap and thought it was a blast. Everyone was sooo friendly and civilized. I am a lifelong swapper, former second-hand store owner, and think “Free” is one of the best words in the Language. Plus size women have changing sizes and are in need of trading. I have some promotional experience, but am not long on contacts. Will love to be in touch with others with same interests – swapping household goods, gifts, handmade items, books, skills, etc.

    • Whoo hoo! I’ll tell you what…if you give me the basic details of the when, where, what, and your contact information about 3 weeks before your swap, I’ll post it here on Swap Positive, as well as send it out to all the other swap coordinators so they can share with their swappers as well. Would that help with your contacts? You can also share on your facebook, email your friends, and possibly put up the info at other places you frequent such as places of worship, some stores (like new seasons and fred meyers) have bulletin boards to post happenings, that kind of thing. But starting small is good, too, many swaps start with 10 people and grow from there as they tell their friends and word gets out. Here’s a link that might be helpful to you as you get the information/details together about your new swap http://swappositive.wordpress.com/about/start-a-free-swap/. Let me know how it goes:) And if you need help getting it started, let me know that, too, and I’ll post your request for a side-kick on the main blog to see if we can get you some partner(s)!

  3. Yeah, a plus sized swap would be really helpful. Sad that one of the swaps this weekend is the exact same time as the Portland Free Store..

  4. Hi there! I’m helping to organize the St. Johns 2011 Trash-to-Treasure swap/recycle/cleanup event on April 23rd. How could we partner to help get the word out? Details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137914232939342

    Thank you!!

    • Lane – Thanks for the information about the Trash-to-Treasure event. Interested ladies can follow your facebook link above, plus I’ll add it to my blog roll after my April 2nd swap is done.

    • We have had the awesome support of our Community/Senior Center in Sandy. They put our swap information in the Recreation guide next to the various classes offered to the community. They have also put out the word on the marque in front of the center, on the city webpage, and even on the back of the water bill!!!

      I put up a poster I made at our local library, then just TALK IT UP to everyone I come across.
      Community Swaps are SO much fun!

  5. Is there a plus sized swap that goes larger than size 18? I have some friends who would like to attend one, but I don’t see the info. I know there are all sizes swaps, but rarely do I see any plus sizes.

    Thanks!

    • In the past there were like 3 plus size swaps, but all of the women volunteers either moved or had stuff come up where they had to stop hosting. Would your friends like to start a plus size swap? If so, have them check out the “Start a FREE swap!” link that shows up when they put their curser on the “About Swaps” link on the top of this page. When they have a day, time, venue, and contact number/email I would certainly blog about it on this site and hopefully between all of us here we could tell our friends and get them a ‘starter group’:)

    • Hi Nicole – we just put up a plus size swap (that’s included in the all size swap list above) coming up August 17th. Have your friends contact Diana for more information at mom@blackboxphotography.com

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