West side All Size Women’s Clothing swap, followed by Kids swap January 21st

All Size Women AND a Kids Clothing Swap this month at the Tigard free swap!

What: All size women’s/teens clothing swap (it’s FREE!) at 7:00pm  AND kids’ clothing swap this month at 7:30pm

When: Monday Jan. 21st at 7pm (Always the 3rd Monday of every month)

Where: Colossae Church, located in Park 217, you’ll see a blue sign out front that says “Colossae”.   Address is 12176 SW Garden Pl, Tigard, OR 97223.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CHANGES COMING TO SWAP – PLEASE READ:  We, Barbara and Cindy, wish you the best of everything the new year has to offer.  We know you wonderful ladies are busy – we are too!  With family, work, and all the demands placed upon us on a daily basis, we have come to realize that although we are super women, we cannot do it all (much as we would like to!)  We need to make a few adjustments in the Westside swap so that we can continue to grow and serve our community in the months and years to come.  So, please read on and help us out:

1.  Our Yahoo group that we have used to notify ladies of Colossae Church swap information is going to be deactivated and ALL our information is going to be consolidated with the Swap Positive informational website.  If you have not done so already, we are encouraging you to subscribe to the Swap Positive blog to continue to receive information about swaps – both ours and other Metro-area venues.  Or you can go to the Swap Positive site and click on the tag cloud for Colossae Church to find our swaps.

2.  We will ask attendees to either notify us in advance or at the time of the swap if you are willing to help set up and/or clean up.  We have families too and sometimes the task of clearing our wonderful donations takes a bit of time.  Many hands make light work!

3.  We are asking ladies who have been attending swaps to help us maintain the swaps running smoothly.  That means to answer questions for newbies, remind people who may have forgotten the Free Swap Rules, and generally help us, the hostesses to keep a great thing going so that everyone may enjoy our event – we cannot be everywhere for everyone…

4.  As much as we love children, we really have to ask that children who are walking not be at the swaps.  Babes in arms are okay.  If you have to bring a child with you, please bring an adult who can attend the child in one of the classrooms.  Ladies – we do have to make one exception; if our hostess cannot come due to a child care conflict – then we are going to allow the hostess’ child(ren) to come – otherwise we won’t have a swap.  We feel sure that you would rather have a swap than not!

5.  With the growth in attendance, this is a blessing – and a new set of problems.  We are going to ask everyone to read and understand the “Rules for Swapping” – and agree to abide by them.  By attending, you agree to act according to the rules:

FREE SWAP RULES (in a nutshell):

By coming to Free Swaps, you agree to the following Free Swap Rules:

1. Only bring clean items in good condition (in the correct sizes if applicable).

2. Do not take anything before the swap coordinator says “go”.

3. Be kind and generous to other swappers and the swap coordinators. Don’t take stuff you will not personally use or give as gifts.

4. You agree that you WILL NOT SELL ANYTHING that you received at any Free Swap(s).

5. Free Swaps are UNIQUE! If you attend Free Swaps you are agreeing to abide by the Free Swap Mission/goals. If you feel the above rules are unreasonable, do not attend.

–Your participation is your agreement to follow Free Swap rules.–

1.  Free Swaps are UNIQUE!  Coordinators volunteer their time for free.  Venues donate their location for free.  Swappers bring clean items in good condition for free, and in return find `new’ items for themselves or to give as gifts.  Remainders are donated to organizations and individuals who will GIVE them away, not sell them.  No money changes hands.  Everyone gets to play with kind, generous, thrifty, sustainability-minded people.

2.  Bring only CLEAN items in good condition (no obvious rips, stains, no broken or missing zippers, no pant legs without the pants) in the sizes stated for that particular swap.  If it is a stuff or gift swap, bring only stuff/gifts and save the sized clothing for a clothing swap.  Please leave kids at home unless they are specifically invited, for the safety and enjoyment of all.

3.  Do NOT take anything before the swap coordinator says `go’.  We all start at the same time so everyone has the same opportunities.  If you see someone take something before the swap begins, please kindly remind them to put the item back until the swap begins.  If the thrill of the chase and all that wonderful free stuff brings you to a panic/greed mode  – slow down, take a deep breath, and know that there is plenty for everyone – including you!  And just like in a retail store, sometimes you’ll find a lot you like, sometimes a little.  Enjoy watching the thrill as everyone gets things they need, and come back next time to see what treasures are in store for you.

4.  Be kind to the swap coordinators -they are donating their time, energy, organizational skills, data/web skills, correspondence, and coordinating abilities for free.  By bringing an extra sack for remainders, or staying after for a few minutes to help clean up, you are showing your appreciation for the swap coordinator and helping to keep free swaps going.  If two people want the same item, the person with less gets the item. Free Swaps are kinda like a potluck – everyone brings something(s) and leaves full and happy.  If you find that you complain instead of being grateful, Free Swaps are not the place for you.

5.  By being here, you agree that you WILL NOT SELL ANYTHING that you received for free at any Free Swap(s).  If your goal is to sell things, there are plenty of other places to get them.  Free Swaps are NOT one of those places. To learn more about what Free Swaps ARE, click here.

6.  If you attend Free Swaps, you are agreeing to abide by the Free Swap Rules. No re-sellers, ebay sellers, etc, are invited to our swaps. Re-sellers, hoarders, and factious people will be asked to leave.  Free Swaps are for the fun, entertainment, enjoyment, and good Karma of people who understand and appreciate the giving spirit of  `free’:)  People who come to free swaps have found that as they have given freely of what they no longer need, they have received freely cool new stuff!  Plus, remainders are donated to organizations that will give them away for free, so everyone is a philanthropist!

The fine print: Because swap coordinators are volunteers donating their time and energy, they have every right to feel safe.  If any person makes them feel uncomfortable, threatens them, complains incessantly, refuses to follow the rules, or in any way causes the swap coordinator grief, she/he has the right to ban them from her/his swap.

Thanks for helping us keep a great thing going!!!  Barbara and Cindy


4 responses to “West side All Size Women’s Clothing swap, followed by Kids swap January 21st

  1. Harmony VanEaton

    I’m excited to hear that someone needs baby clothes, because I’ve got them and need bigger kids clothes!

  2. I want to make sure I am complying with the rules and the spirit of the swap. I have items to bring to the all sizes adult swap, but I do not have a current need for additional items. I am in need of baby clothes due to the fact that I’m expecting. Would it be appropriate to bring items for the adult items, but only select items from the kids swap? Thanks.

  3. Yaaat! Ivee been waiting for a womans and Kid swap!!! Im already there!

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