Author Archives: Barb Hughes

August 2015 Free Swaps

08/02/15 Family All Size Clothing Swap (Beaverton) 7pm @ Adapt Training in Beaverton. Bring your whole family now – not just women!  In 2015 meets The first Sunday August 2nd, October 4th, and December 6th.  For further details contact Kirsten at kirsten@adapttraining.com  Juleea at arellanofour@gmail.com or check the facebook page.

08/08/15 Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap in NE Portland at the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst (PCL church).  For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

08/21/15   Women’s Size Petite to Medium (approx 0-8)  Clothing Swap at People’s Food Co-op in SE Portland at 7pm.  Everyone who attends, please bring an extra bag for remainder donation.  Monthly on the third Friday.  If you’ve got other sizes, please take them to the correct swap for those sizes.  If they are torn/ripped, please offer them on freecycle.org. If you would like to receive notifications via facebook, go to: http://www.facebook.com/groups/267181703349196/ and request to join the group.

08/28/15 Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley, 7pm at New Seasons market on Sunnyside in the yoga studio/conference room. The last Friday of the month.  You can bring not only clothes but shoes and accessories and any other goodies that you want to pass on (such as books, jewelry, lotions, makeup, pens, arts and crafts and etc). If you know of a good organization that can use the leftover clothes or if you can take it with you please let me know. To RSVP (reserve your spot) contact Tanya at  Happyswap@hotmail.com 

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap, Happy Valley, July 31st

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley, 7pm Friday July 31st at New Seasons market on Sunnyside in the yoga studio/conference room. The last Friday of the month.

You can bring not only clothes but shoes and accessories and any other goodies that you want to pass on (such as books, jewelry, lotions, makeup, pens, arts and crafts and etc).

If you know of a good organization that can use the leftover clothes or if you can take it with you please let me know. To RSVP (reserve your spot) contact Tanya at  Happyswap@hotmail.com 

Women’s/Teens sizes 10-14 Clothing Swap, Central Eastside, July 26th

Clean out your closets, storage, and accessories drawers, and wash up all of those wearable items in good condition that you don’t want/wear anymore.

WHO:  Women and teens who wear clothes sizes 10-14
Bring your gal pals! Please e-mail me at amyalice58@gmail.com so I may send them information and keep them in the loop!

WHEN: Sunday, July 26th, at 1:30 PM
Our timing for swaps has changed due to changes in the Jazzercise class schedule.  The class will finish at 1:00, so feel free to come anytime after 1:00 to set out your clothes.

WHERE: Jazzercise Fitness Center, East Burnside at 18th Continue reading

Sharing services, ideas, tangible items in your neighborhood

Some swappers I’ve talked to in person have wished for a way to incorporate free swap/sharing in a way to help beyond swapping of things.

I posted about Rooster, one of two new sharing economy/pay-it-forward online ideas that have recently come to Portland.

Now I’d like to share The Buy Nothing Network, a facebook group where you share ideas, services, and help your neighbors, as well as giving/receiving things.  You connect online to ask for/offer things and services (example: asking for help changing a tire, or thanking people for the help they have offered).  I’m part of the Inner Northeast facebook group, and everything is free.  It’s easy because you just ask the moderator if you can join your area’s facebook group and they approve you. I’ve been part of this group for several months now, giving and receiving things, as well as help (an electrician removed our basement track lighting, which I then brought to the Spring Stuff Swap!).

I like the idea of supporting those who support the sharing economy, so I wanted to share these two new online community ideas with the Swap Positive community. Feel free to check them out if you are interested.

Barb Hughes

Join Portland’s Pay-it-forward movement on Rooster

Wanna swap more than stuff?  Swap positive is excited to kick off Portland’s pay-it-forward movement Sign up to join us on Rooster >> Rooster is a place where like minded individuals get together to help, borrow, share and reuse with one another for free, in the spirit of generosity and paying it forward to their local communities. Originally started in the California Bay Area, the movement quickly grew to 10,000 families and individuals who share their time and resources with one another: They hand down used sofas, TVs and kitchen appliances, borrow baseball bats and baby cribs and get together to paint fences and co-walk their dogs. Roosters are people who embrace giving, sharing, helping, recycling and reusing and we think you should be a part of it. Sign up to join us on Rooster >> Yours truly, Swap positive team

UPDATE: Women’s size Petite to Medium (approx 0-8), SE Portland, July 17

Come to our monthly new-to-you clothes event!  Please plan extra time to be a few minutes early for your own sake especially, & ours too – incl for traffic, weird parking issues, etc. Most trading is done from the beginning – 7:00pm – to around…approx 7:25ish I would say, & we’re usually out by about 7:45.
Please Note – NO bags NEEDED THIS MONTH!
Usually all participants are REQUIRED to bring enough bags to cover their leftovers but I have a bunch extra right now so no need this month!
Yay! Please also bring full-length mirrors if you have them – what I can handle is coming, posting, managing fb, reminding & dropping stuff off after…:-) Help with all else welcome & encouraged please :-D! Then, please bring a reasonable amount of non-stained, non-ripped clothes – about a bag’s worth or so/more.

What:  Clothing swap for Petite to Medium women (approx 0-8)

Where:  Peoples’ Food Co-op (upstairs meeting room)  3029 SE 21st AVENUE PORTLAND, OREGON 97202

When: Friday July 17th, 7pm (arrive early to get a parking place)
Also, sorry but non-clothing items kept being left behind, so ‘stuff’ has been found to be outside of this swap’s abilities at this time. CLOTHES ONLY -Please do not bring stuff. Also, Continue reading

Women’s Size 10-14 Clothing Swap, Central Eastside, July 26th

It’s time for you to think about all of those clothes and accessories in your closet that you don’t wear, that don’t fit, that you no longer use or want, and that NEED a new life and someone else to wear and enjoy them!

Clean out your closets, storage, and accessories drawers, and wash up all of those items in good condition that you don’t want/wear anymore.  Bring everything wearable to this swap.

WHO:  Women and teens who wear clothes sizes 10-14
Feel free to bring your pals! and please e-mail me at amyalice58@gmail.com so I may send them information and keep them in the loop!

WHEN: Sunday, July 26th, at 1:30 PM
Our timing for swaps has changed due to changes in the Jazzercise class schedule.  The class will finish at 1:00, so feel free to come anytime after 1:00 to set out your clothes.

WHERE: Jazzercise Fitness Center, East Burnside at 18th Continue reading