NE Portland Children’s Clothing/Toy Swap- April 28

Location: Maple Mallory Apartments Community Room, 3800 NE Mallory
Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: We swap according to size as indicated below. Please arrive 15 minutes before the time indicated for the size you would like to swap (either giving or receiving).

  • 1:00-1:15 pm Teen 12-20
  • 1:20-1:35 pm Pre-teen 7-10
  • 1:40-2:00 pm Children 4-6x
  • 2:10-2:30 pm Toddlers 24mo, 2T-4T
  • 2:40-3:00 pm Baby preemie-18mo
  • In addition, tables for maternity, accessories, toys and shoes (all sizes) will be open the entire time, 1-3 p.m.

Remainders from the swap will be donated to Insights Teen Parenting Program of Oregon. Insights’ has been providing teen girls and their families with education, supplies, transitional housing, domestic violence resources, and family planning support since 1979.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about swaps:

Everything is given freely. Space, volunteer time, and the items offered are all given in a spirit of kindness (free from lack, guilt, hesitance or monetary obligation). Remainders are given to an established clothing closet and swappers ask that anything found at a swap be used, cared for, given as a gift, but not sold.

Swappers swap kindly and mindfully. Swappers bring clean, mended, items in good condition. The partnership with other swappers is always a priority over any item they might find. Swappers take care of each other to make sure everyone is safe and has a good time. If two people are interested in the same item, the person with fewer items takes it.

Swaps include everyone. All that is required is a willingness to connect in a caring way. People of all backgrounds, experience and sizes are encouraged to swap. Let the swap coordinator know if you can think of ways to make the swap more inclusive. There is no limit on how much you bring or take. Swappers trust each other to seek a balance with each other and make it a positive experience for everyone.

Swaps are fun! Share in the joy and excitement of finding just what you needed, or in seeing that look on someone else’s face as they pick up an item that you have offered. Steep yourself in our common abundance. Surround yourself with other caring and resourceful people like yourself.

Space for this swap generously donated by Home Forward. Insideout Schoolhouse supports heart-led learners in practicing acts of caring partnership, such as this swap.


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