Medium swap Saturday November 12th

MEDIUM CLOTHING SWAP Saturday November 12th 2011
(at end of this post there’s also a preview for the December Holiday Gift and Toy swap:)

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for the free swapping community (that would be YOU:) Join the free swapping fun – dig through your closet, drawers and storage, wash things you no longer love/wear/need and bring them- as well as jewelry, bags, shoes, and other accessories- to the women’s and teens size 6-12 medium clothing swap!

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

When:  Saturday November 12th, 2pm

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 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 (some women bring rolling suitcases).

Jackee Duvall of the PTA clothing closet will pick up the remainders for teens in our school system. If you’re concerned that elastic waist pants or non-fashionable clothing might make it into the remainder pile, remember that kids with certain needs might prefer elastic waists, and some kids are more into retro than into today’s styles. If you bring it, and it is clean and in good condition, it can be used:) The reason we ask that all clothes be washed before bringing them is two fold: 1. so people with allergies at the swap aren’t sneezing and miserable and 2. the remainders are immediately donated, and it would be rude to donate musty or non-wearble clothing to others. Thanks for being the considerate women that you are:)

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  to find a children’s clothing swap, large clothing swap, or all-size swap venue.  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!

There is no clothing swap at the PCL church in December, because December is the Free Holiday Gift and Toy Swap! In mid-November I’ll post details on how you can RSVP for this exciting December event. But for now, be searching your house, garage, and storage for all the giftable items you don’t need/want/love anymore:

1. the outgrown but still in great shape dolls, stuffed animals, games (including computer games, board games, puzzles, etc.) with all the pieces still intact.

2. the gift towels that were the wrong color for your decor, fancy glass candy dishes you never use, collectables you feel someone else would enjoy but are dust collectors at your house.

3. the books in good condition that you are finished reading, music on CD, DVD and video movies that are still in great working order.

4. washed and cleaned gardening supplies, washed and clean sports equipment, clean and in good shape tools, in working condition techie gadgets.

5. holiday clothing items that are one-size-fits-most such as scarves, mittons, gloves, and hats. Jewelry is wonderful as well, but please don’t bring regular clothing or we won’t have room for anything else!

6. holiday themed items and decorations, stocking stuffers, holiday foods that are still in original packaging (like fruitcake, hickory farms gift boxes).

7. perfume new or used once, lotion and other toiletries new or used once (ie still looks new – and doesn’t have gunk running down the side of the bottle).

8. gag gifts – this is the place to bring that chia pet, or other strange ‘gifty’ item that you’ll never use but will be just perfect for someone else. No porn, item must be in giftable condition.

If you would feel comfortable gifting it to your boss/neighbor/niece then bring it to a gift swap:) Please DON’T bring anything junky/broken/dirty. Please DON’T bring anything that wouldn’t fit in the backseat of a car (unless it’s a bicycle in excellent shape:). Gift Swaps are tons of fun – watch here to learn more!


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