NE Portland Medium swap (size 6-12) Saturday January 14th


Hope to see you at the first medium clothing swap at the PCL church in 2012. Check your closet, drawers and storage, wash clothes and other wearables you no longer love/wear/need (including jewelry, purses, shoes, and other accessories) and bring them to the medium clothing swap!

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

When:  Saturday January 14th, 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 and wearable womens and junior/petite equivalent clothes in size 6-12.  Also bring any accessories, shoes, purses, etc.  Bring bags to take your new clothes home with you (some women bring rolling suitcases).

The reason we ask that all clothes be washed and in good condition (ie no rips/missing buttons etc.) 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-wearable 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. We are a free swap, not a swap meet. See the difference here.

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, not sell them.  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 (taking things before we start) 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!

January’s remainders will be picked up by Angela, who will take them to PSU. PSU is looking for donations of womens clothing to go to rape victims who usually have their clothes taken as evidence and have to leave the hospital in a medical gown. Angela will be picking up our January clothes swap remainders to donate to this cause. Thanks Angela, for your work in helping other women. And thanks to YOU ladies who bring clothing in great shape not only for us to play and swap and have fun, but so the remainders make other women happy for free as well.


2 responses to “NE Portland Medium swap (size 6-12) Saturday January 14th

  1. Leah- take good care of yourself and your ‘renter’ 🙂 Look forward to seeing you back at the medium swap in the future. If you’re looking for maternity or breastfeeding clothes, Diana’s swap on the Westside, Jennifers kids clothing swap, and the upcoming Gresham family swap all have piles for pregnancy/maternity clothes.

  2. I’m pregnant, so I’m out of the med-large swap for a while, but love the swap, and will be back when I get my body back from it’s current renter 😉

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