May 2016 Free Swaps

Several Women’s All-Size clothing swaps this month, a kids and maternity swap,  a family swap including MEN, women, kids, and teens, as well as several sized swaps this month. Spring cleaning is in the air!  Additional details about each swap are listed on this site about a week before the swap, so come back often (or add your name to the subscription list and have all the details sent to your inbox.)

05/07/16    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

05/14/16 Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap in NE Portland at the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst (PCL church).  For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

05/14/16 All Size Family Clothing Swap/ Clothing Exchange (Sherwood) for Women, Men, & Children, 10 am at Countryside Community Church 18810 S.W. Kruger Road, Sherwood. Usually twice a year. Kids, Women, Mens FREE Clothing Exchange — At Continue reading

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap, Happy Valley, April 29th

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley, Friday April 29th, 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).

To RSVP (reserve your spot) contact Tanya at 

Clothing Swaps make the world a better place


Another reason why clothing swaps are important.  And FREE makes them even more fun!

Here are my take-aways from the above video.  Free Swappers enact our fashion-passions through consciously reusing/recycling/ sharing.  The lives of women, men, children, and families are enriched, not harmed by free swapping.   Keeping usable items out of landfills, helping to stop child fashion labor, being better stewards of our and the earths’ resources, making our own unique fashion statements, are all benefits of free swapping.

Free Swaps invite us to play and enjoy each others’ company and clear out space in our homes and closets for the things we love, bringing more joy and fun to our lives!

Women’s/Teens sizes 10-14 Clothing Swap, Central Eastside, April 17th

It’s time for you to think about all of those clothes and accessories in your closet that you don’t wear, that don’t fit, that you no longer use or want, and that NEED a new life and someone else to wear and enjoy them!

Clean out your closets, storage, and accessories drawers, and wash up all of those items in good condition that you don’t want/wear anymore.  Bring everything wearable to this swap.

WHO:  Women and teens who wear clothes sizes 10-14
Bring your gal pals! Please e-mail me at so I may send them information and keep them in the loop!

WHEN: Sunday, April 17th, at 1:30 PM
Our timing for swaps has changed due to changes in the Jazzercise class schedule.  The class will finish at 1:00, so feel free to come anytime after 1:00 to set out your clothes.

WHERE: Jazzercise Fitness Center, East Burnside at 18th

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Petite to Medium Clothing Swap SE PDX April 15th

Women Petite to Medium (approx size 0-8) Clothing Swap – 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 stuff, used make-up or undergarments). Our next women’s/teens size Petite to Medium (approx 0-8) swap at People’s Co-op will be Friday April 15th at  7pm.  Arrive early and Please limit to good quality – no rips or stains, including grease. If you have larger sizes or kids sizes, please take them to the correct swap for those sizes. 

I provide the structure & bring the leftovers down the street, & ask gals to help me bag & bring stuff down to my car so I can do that easily. Thanks for helping to make your swap community a reality, and remember by participating in free swaps you agree to not sell anything you get for free at a free swap, but can give it away or bring it back to the next swap if you decide it’s not quite ‘you’.  Good karma continues as we’re all philanthropists making a positive difference for ourselves and others!

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Sustainability Agency Checks Out Spring Stuff Swap 2016

Hi Swappers!   Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday for the Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland.  Some special guests are coming: my friend Alicia and some staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS).

If you are a regular or semi-regular swapper, Alicia and Blythe are looking for a swapper or two to ask a few questions on why you like free swaps, get some pictures of you looking happy and having fun, then write an article that will be part of the June Portland Curbsider, and blog posts for BPS!  You might become famous for having free frugal fun, being sustainable, and making a positive difference!  And of course you’ll be freeing yourself of household clutter, and getting some new-to-you things that you’ll use and enjoy, catch up with friends, and be a philanthropist (the PSU Student Re-Use Free Store, and the Paying It Forward Free Store are both recipients of this months remainders)!

Photographer Kristin plans to stage the shots with volunteers, and will let those who don’t want to be photographed know so they can get out of the frame:)

I’m excited – I’ve got 2 boxes of clean goodies ready for the free swap, and will be taking one last look around the house, garage, and garden shed to gather and clean up any remaining items in the next day or so.

If you’re looking for a last minute volunteer opportunity, we could use an extra person to bring their vacuum from home and an extension cord.  That way we’ll have two vacuuming volunteers to make sure the venue’s carpeted gym floor is cleaned up after the swap.

Thanks for being a part of the free swapping community.


Spring Stuff Swap, NE PDX, April 9th

Join the Treasure Hunt!   Combine spring cleaning with free frugal fun at the Spring Stuff Swap! Give and get music, books, kitchen and housewares, toys and games, crafting items, collectables, tools, holiday items, working technology, music, sports equipment and more! And it’s all FREE!

Bring your in-good-condition stuff, find new-to-you items, keep usable items out of landfills, meet like-minded kind thrifty people…plus, all remainders will be given away for free in the community!   Think of the saving$, recycling, philanthropy, abundance, and good karma flowing around:)   If you’ve never been to a free stuff swap, see one in action here.

Please read the information below and reserve your spot (RSVP) to attend. 

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 with a sitter.


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