Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap, NE PDX, September 12th


Check your closet, drawers and storage, wash clothes and other wearables you no longer love/wear/need (including cleaning up jewelry, purses, shoes, and other accessories) and bring them to the women’s medium size 6-12 clothing swap!  This is a swap for women and teens who wear women’s sizes 6-12 only.   No children please.

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

When: Saturday September 12th 2015, 2pm.

Swaps are usually the 2nd Saturday of each month, and usually last about an hour. If a few women can start putting remainders into piles or bags around 3pm, that would be appreciated!  Also, our full length mirrors are getting a little shabby – if you have one in good shape you’d like to donate to this swap, please contact volunteer swap hostess Anna to let her know at addragazelle@gmail.com.

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 women’s 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 zippers etc.) before bringing them is two fold: 1. so people with allergies at the swap aren’t 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: https://swappositive.wordpress.com/swap-meet-vrs-free-swap/

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. 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. Please feel free to gently and kindly remind others of our swap rules – they will feel better knowing the rules, and you will feel better knowing you are helping swaps run smoothly for everyone.

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 (if you have a full length mirror you could bring, that would be helpful). 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:)  PCL swap remainders go to the Portland PTA clothing closet.  I’ve been told PPS clothing closet needs/tastes run the gamut – from fashionista, conservative, retro, special needs – so as long as it’s clean and in good shape there’s someone who would enjoy your tasteful goodies:)

7. Please do NOT bring: clothes that are larger than women’s size 12, children’s clothes, clothes that are ripped/stained/dirty/smelly/not wearable. Go to https://swappositive.wordpress.com/other-swaps/ 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 or scooting them into piles before we start). When everyone is present, the swap coordinator will give the go-ahead and we’ll empty bags of clothing 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.  A few full length mirrors are available, but please feel free to bring your own if you have one to share. If the clothes 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!

If you would like to contact the PCL size medium Free Swap hostess Anna directly, her email is addragazelle@gmail.com.  If you don’t see a free swap in your size, interest, or neighborhood, how about starting one?  Find out more here.

Thanks for being a part of the FREE swapping community!

P.S.  YOU CAN ALSO BRING CAT FOOD TO THIS SWAP!  Swap hostess Anna helps feral cat rescuers with their colonies.  If you have dry or canned cat food you would like to donate (non-expired, and non-buggy, but it’s fine if it has been opened), Anna will donate it to those in need.  Please give this donation directly to Anna.  Thank you!”

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2 responses to “Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap, NE PDX, September 12th

  1. Hi Barb, I went to this swap last weekend and noticed two people arrive with nothing to swap and left with big piles of clothing. Is this something that is allowed? I wasn’t sure but it seemed odd. Kathy Kershaw

    • Hi Kathy- Thanks for your question. If you have more information, that would be helpful in knowing how to deal with this. Do you know the swappers? Are you a long-time swapper yourself, or relatively new? Either way, thanks for checking out our free swap rules https://swappositive.wordpress.com/about/free-swap-rules/ so in the future you can help guide swappers who might not be familiar with free swap protocol. Having caring swappers like you be eyes, ears, and use kind wording to help keep swaps fun and fair for everyone is important.:) Thank you for your willingness to help!

      It’s possible the swappers brought a large amount of things at a previous swap. It’s possible they were newbies and didn’t understand the protocol of free swaps. It’s possible they were hoarders. We won’t know unless kind observant people like you ask a few questions to see what the situation is. Thank you for being willing to step up to the plate to make swaps fun for everyone. If someone didn’t know they needed to bring things to a swap, you kindly sharing swap rules (listed above) will allow them to bring things the next time and save them future embarrassment. If they get upset with you (that only happens if the people were hoarders/re-sellers, by my experience) please tell the swap coordinator and they will take it from there.

      Also, here’s some input from the frequently asked questions https://swappositive.wordpress.com/about/frequently-asked-questions/

      17. I’M DOWNSIZING AND BRINGING A TON OF STUFF BUT DON’T WANT TO TAKE MUCH HOME – IS THAT O.K.? – or – I NEED A LOT OF CLOTHES FOR MY NEW JOB, BUT I DON’T HAVE MUCH TO SWAP – IS THAT O.K.?

      Yes to both questions. Some women clear out whole wardrobes to swap their first time, then just bring a few items after that. Some of us have way too much stuff that we don’t need anymore. Some of us are pretty thin (at least in the clothing department:). You can bring a piece of jewelry and leave with a whole wardrobe or visa-versa. The point of the swap is to grab what you don’t want/use/need, clean it up, and bring it to swap for free. We all have fun and find new stuff we like. Be courteous and generous, and come prepared to play.

      21. WON’T PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE SWAPS?

      We’ve only had to ban 3 people so far* from free swaps (*sadly, we’ve had to ban a few more people who’ve not followed the swap rules since this was last posted). Kind, generous people who are good stewards of what they have, and care about keeping usable items out of landfills, attend free swaps. Since the mission of Free Swaps is to get and give free stuff, by coming to a swap you are agreeing to our mission. No re-sellers, ebay sellers, or complaining/factious people are invited to our swaps. If a swap coordinator feels harrassed in any way, she has the right to ask the harrasser to leave. Free Swaps are for the fun, entertainment, enjoyment, and good Karma of people who understand and appreciate the giving spirit of the word ‘free’. People who come 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 also give the stuff away for free, so YOUR giving is multiplied. Also, if a swapper starts to take stuff before the swap officially begins, those around her/him kindly say “We all wait until the hostess says ‘go’ before we take things.” Knowledge is power, and free swappers are thankful for the help especially if it’s their first swap and they are unsure what the protocol is. Check the Free swap rules so you know what to expect, and can help keep swaps running smoothly for ALL of us.

      22. WHY CAN’T I CHARGE SOME MONEY SO I CAN MAKE A LITTLE, AND/OR RAISE MONEY FOR A WORTHY CHARITY?

      Charging money is known as a sale, and raising money is known as a charity event. If you want to do a sale or charity event, that’s fine…but it’s not the same thing as a Free Swap:) Plus, by not messing with pricing and entry fees and all the usual falderall, it makes swapping a lot easier to run, so the host(esses) don’t get burned out. Since swaps are simple, and the volunteer work is easy (helping the hostess bag up afterwards, bringing an extra bag for remainders, offering to find and/or deliver the remainders to a charity who will give them away for free) swaps basically run themselves. It’s fun to give things to people without having them pay for it – it’s part of the ‘game’ of Free Swaps!

      Also, women (and men and teens in the case of gift & stuff swaps) come to swaps with clean items in great condition, with the hope they can find a treat or two in return. If a re-seller takes all the ‘good’ stuff, then honest free swappers miss out on a part of why they came. Since the goal of Free Swaps is “if you get it for free, you give it away for free”, people who can’t live by those rules aren’t welcome at Free Swaps. Those who are looking for items to sell need to find them in places other than free swaps.

      If you or someone you know would like to start a Free Swap at a community center, place of worship, senior center, library, etc., have them check outhttps://swappositive.wordpress.com/about/start-a-free-swap/ plus look around this site for more information.

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