This particular Spring Stuff Swap is full due to venue space contraints. However, if you want to start/host a stuff swap for the 34+ people on the waiting list, here’s how. Just let me know the details and I’ll post it here on Swap Positive. We are all volunteers and do this for fun. Since we don’t get paid, we ask that NO money changes hands. If you get it for free, then you give it away for free (no re-selling anything you get for free at a Free Swap.) If you want to know more about why free swaps are so unique, look here. Also, here are the free swap rules.
If you’ve been notified by Amber that you’re already on the RSVP list, this Saturday April 13th is the Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland! Stuff and Gift swaps happen twice a year at this location – once in April, once in December. This is a reminder to take one more search around your house for items to bring this Saturday. It’s free frugal fun, home de-cluttering, and visiting with like-minded people wrapped-up-in-one…talk about multi-tasking:)
Kind and courteous women, men, and teens are invited. We are expecting 150 people, so leave babies, toddlers and grade school children safely at home with a sitter. We want everyone to have fun.
When: Saturday April 13th, 2pm (arrive between 1:30 and 1:50 to get a parking spot, and to set your stuff out before the swap begins.)
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, at Pacific Street, in a small modern red brick building. There is a parking lot behind the church. Enter through the gym, which is across from the small playground. If the parking lot is full, you can park on the street. Car-pooling is encouraged. Due to space constraints, you must be on the RSVP list to be admitted. Since all items will be placed on the floor and our venue has carpet, all items need to be free of dirt, grease, spider webs, etc. Since we are volunteers and don’t have money to pay for a dumpster, all items must be something others would want – no junk.
WHAT TO BRING: Search your house, garage, and storage for all the useable items you don’t need/want/love anymore. Nothing too big to fit in the backseat of a car, and nothing that can’t be machine washed at home (ie no mattresses, large furniture, couch pillows etc.) Please, no poisons, paints or hazardous materials. Remainders will be donated to Birch Community Services who will give them to families in our community – so your usable items keep on giving! With 150 people, please DON’T bring clothes or shoes or we won’t have room for anything else! Save the clothes and shoes for a clothing swap. Back to what to bring to our Spring Stuff Swap:
1. TOYS AND GAMES: Outgrown but still in great shape new and lightly used dolls, stuffed animals, gag gifts, toys, games (including board games, puzzles, etc.) with all the pieces still intact.
2. MOVIES, BOOKS, CD’S DVD’S: Books in good condition that you are finished reading, music on CD, DVD and video movies that are still in great working order. Computer games can go in the techie area if the book area is crowded.
3. CRAFTS, FABRIC, ACCESSORIES: Scrap-booking, beading, knitting, sewing patterns and clean fabric, the gift towels that were the wrong color for your décor, clothing accessories that are one-size-fits-most such as scarves, gloves, and hats. Please save everyday clothes and shoes for a clothing swap or we won’t have room for anything else!
4. HOLIDAY AND HOUSEHOLD: Living/dining/kitchen items such as lamps, blender, dishes, potholders, coasters, fondue set, seasonal decorations. Is it in good working order and not junk? – then bring it. (I’m bringing a twin flannel sheet set including matching comforter. Depending on which area is less full I may put it in household or fabric.)
5. TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY, GARDEN, PETS: Clean ratchet set, clean sports equipment, clean bicycles/tricycles in great shape, computers, cameras, office supplies, gaming systems, computer games, clean garden pots and tools, viable seeds, clean pet dishes and toys. (Since I removed my lawn I’m bringing several rubber tree rings to make it easier to mow around trees.)
6. BREAKABLES AND COLLECTIBLES: jewelry, antiques, fancy glassware, collectibles, candy dishes, that collectible lego pirate ship, perfume used once, lotion used once (ie still looks new – isn’t half full and doesn’t have gunk running down the side of the bottle).
Bring anything that would be considered giftable/giveable. It doesn’t have to be *brand new* (Unless it’s a packaged food item – no one wants to get a half-eaten jar of jam), but before you bring it make sure it has all the pieces, is clean, and is in working order. This isn’t the place to bring cracked pots and books with half the pages missing – put those on freecycle.org. Since the gym is carpeted and we don’t have a vacuum, that means no grease, dirt, or anything that would be difficult to clean up (no packing peanuts or tiny foam balls either!) If you’re bringing outdoor toys like bikes or ride-on toys, make sure they have no dirt/spiderwebs/mud. If you’re bringing garden items or power tools, make sure they are cleaned (and if they are a tool that has lubrication, make sure it’s in a plastic bag or a plastic-lined box when you lay it out.)
In the past we’ve had such interesting items as a telescope, musical instruments, collectible dolls, and more. You just never know what will be at a Stuff and Gift swap! Make sure to bring good stuff…and then you’ll be able to take home good stuff! (If there is an item(s) that a LOT of people want, we’ll play a game before the swap and let everyone interested have a chance to win.) Come with kindness and curiosity, and be prepared to play.
See you Saturday April 13th!