Scour your closets, storage, and under the bed for unwanted/unused/unloved clothing, give them a run through the washing machine to make sure they’re clean, and check to make sure they’re in good condition to bring to the swap. Clean jewelry, purses, shoes, scarves and other accessories are welcome as well.
What: size 6-12 medium women’s FREE clothing swap
When: Thursday March 10th 7pm in the Gym. Wear long underwear or leggings because the gym is unheated. KATU TV will be there to grab a story on free clothing swaps for their Go Green program on sustainability that will air in April!
Where: Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst (in the Gym) 935 N.E. 33rd Avenue. Portland OR 97232 503-232-9129
Directions: two blocks south of Sandy Blvd on 33rd (the west fork in the road), at Pacific Street, in a small modern red brick building. There is a parking lot behind the church. Early arrivers will get a parking lot space, if you’re late you might want to park on the street instead. The Gym is across from the playground. There will be signs.
What to bring: Bring only CLEAN womens size 6-12 clothes and junior/petite equivalents – thanks for washing up everything you bring:). Also bring any accessories, shoes, purses, and other wearable items. Bring bags to take your new clothes home with you.
Thanks for bringing only clothes that are clean and in good condition, since swap volunteer Angela will take all remaining clothes and accessories directly to Food Pantries for families in need. Thanks, Angela!
The idea behind Swap Positive is to offer and get free clothes, forever.
No money changes hands with these clothes ~ even if you get them home and decide they aren’t quite `you’, we ask that you GIVE them away to someone. That is the mission of Swap Positive.
1. Wash all items before bringing to the swap. Check the pockets for tissues, gum, and money.
2. We are a clothing swap, not fabric swap, so the bottoms of pant legs or sweaters with a sleeve missing are not usable for us regular people. Also, please no food items. Save the wonderful other household stuff for our December gift swap or April stuff swap…unless you will pack it out when you leave so we don’t need to find a home for it.
3. People who’ve been to swaps before know this, but thought I’d bring it up for newbies…No cheating! No taking, or hiding, or stuffing things into your sack before we officially start! It only makes it fair for all of us.
4. Wear a swim suit or spandex workout clothes under your street clothes when you swap. Try stuff on before you take it home. See how great you look in a mirror (we’ll have at least 4 available for you). If it doesn’t fit, throw it back into the pile so someone else can see if it fits them.
5. It’s fun to see people smile as they try on something you brought, or see the encouragement of ‘that looks great on you’ and ‘here are some jeans your size’. You’ll be able to try new fashions you’d never dream to try on in a store, and it’s all because GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!
6. All remainders will be donated to a non-profit that will give the items away for FREE:)
7. Please do NOT bring: children’s clothes, clothes that are larger than women’s size 12, clothes that are ripped/stained/dirty/smelly/ not wearable. Go to the Other Swaps page on this site to find a children’s clothing swap, larger clothing swap, or all-size swap venue. It’s just easier to keep the clothes at the swap size 6-12 so I don’t get overwhelmed with extras. Please take your non 6-12 clothes to an appropriate venue. Thanks for your understanding.
If this is your first swap, Here’s how a Swap works…
Shoes, purses, accessories, and jewelry will be in a separate pile.
All of the clothes will be kept in bags while we wait. Shoes and accessories can go into a separate pile…but no pre-swapping please. When everyone is present, the swap coordinator will give the go-ahead and we’ll empty bags into rows on the floor. After you empty your bags, please step back until everything is out and ready. Things in the middle of the room in rows are free. Items in little piles around the room, against the walls in bags, or on chairs are someones’ stash.
When everything is in rows, the swap coordinator will say, “Go!” And we’ll all start at the same time. That way everyone has the same opportunity to find new clothes.
Take what looks good to you, gather it into your pile, then try them on. Mirrors are available. If they aren’t quite `you’, throw them back into the pile for someone else to enjoy.
Please support our mission by enjoying the swap as a place to get free stuff, and if you part with your new-to-you swap items, we ask that YOU do it in a free way too!