ResourcefulPdx did a write-up on Free Swaps!

Alicia Polacok from Resourcefulpdx wanted to learn more about Free Swaps. Along with the keeping items out of landfills and helping conserve resources, Alicia reported on the social and community aspects of Swap Positive/the free swap network.

As a swapper, you may find your smiling face in this article by Resourcefulpdx .

Thank YOU ALL for making Free Swaps happen!

-Barb Hughes

(volunteer coordinator and founder Swap Positive)

September 2015 Free Swaps

It’s back to school time!   Time to gift what you no longer wear and get some fun new-to-you fashion:)  There’s a kids swap later in the month, and a planned craft swap as well, so along with women’s clothing there’s a variety of other fun swaps to participate in.  If you don’t see a swap in your size, interest, or area of town, we’d love to help you start a free swap!  Here’s the free swaps we know about so far for the month of September 2015:

09/05/15   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

09/12/15 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.

09/18/15   Women’s Size Petite to Medium (approx 0-8)  Clothing Swap at People’s Food Co-op in SE Portland at 7pm.  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.

09/21/15 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 3rd Monday September 2015, January April and June 2016. Handicapped accessible).

09/21/15  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 3rd Monday September 2015, January April and June 2016. Handicapped accessible).

09/25/15 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). To RSVP (reserve your spot) contact Tanya at  Happyswap@hotmail.com 

(end of September 2015) Megan McCoy is working on scheduling a  Craft Supplies Swap (NE Portland) sometime in the last 2 weeks of September.  Possibly at SCRAP or at Art a la Carte 2106 NE MLK Blvd.. As she firms up the location and date, we will report here on the Swap Positive page so check back:)  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.

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap, Happy Valley, August 28th

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley, Friday August 28th, 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 

Kids Clothing Swap (sizes 4T-8), SE PDX, August 22

Get ready for the school year by swapping your kid’s clothing.  Bring a bag of clothing sizes 4T-8 to the FREE Kid’s Clothing Swap and walk away with some new clothes for your children!

What:  Kids Clothing Free Swap – Sizes 4T-8  

When: August 22nd – noon-1:30pm

Where: Zenana Spa and Wellness  2024 SE Clinton St. Portland OR.  

Please bring clothing in sizes 4T-8 only.  All clothing left behind will be donated.

Be sure to pass this along to your friends, mom’s groups, etc.  For additional information email Elle Poindexter ellepoindexter@gmail.com

Women’s size Petite to Medium (approx 0-8), SE Portland, August 21

The size 0-5 swap has expanded!  It now includes Petite to Medium (approx size 0-8). 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’s/teens  size Petite to Medium (approx 0-8) swap at People’s Co-op will be Friday, August 21st at  7pm.  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. 

Please bring 2 times the number of empty bags as you have full of clothes for the remainders! 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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Women’s Medium Size 6-12 Clothing Swap, NE PDX, August 8th

Check your closet, drawers and storage, wash clothes and other wearables you no longer love/wear/need (including cleaning up jewelry, purses, shoes, and other accessories) and bring them to the women’s medium size 6-12 clothing swap!  This is a swap for women and teens who wear women’s sizes 6-12 only.   No children please.

What: size 6-12 medium women’s FREE clothing swap 

When: Saturday August 8th 2015, 2pm.

Swaps are usually the 2nd Saturday of each month, and usually last about an hour. If a few women can start putting remainders into piles or bags around 3pm, that would be appreciated!  Also, the full length mirrors are getting a little shabby – if you have one in good shape you’d like to donate to this swap, please contact volunteer swap hostess Anna to let her know at addragazelle@gmail.com.

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Family Clothing Swap – Men Women and Kids, Beaverton, Sunday August 2nd

*NEW* Family All Size Clothing Swap  Sunday August 2nd, 7pm @ Adapt Training 9923 SW Arctic Drive, Beaverton Oregon 97005.  Phone 503-646-8482

Bring your gently used-in-excellent condition clothes, shoes, and accessories, and go home with new items for your entire family!  This event is free and open to the public.  All sizes are welcome.

Get some back-to-school clothes for the kids!  Trade your no longer needed clean  in good condition adult clothing and accessories too.

Previously this has been an all-size women’s swap, but you can bring your whole family now – not just women!  In 2015 the Beaverton Family Swap meets The first Sundays of August 2nd, October 4th, and December 6th.  For further details contact Kirsten at kirsten@adapttraining.com  Juleea at arellanofour@gmail.com or check the facebook page.