Author Archives: Barb Hughes

Volunteers needed for the 2017 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!

Calling volunteers for the 13th annual Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!  The tentative date is Saturday December 9th, 2017, starting at 2pm at the Evergreen Community Church gym in NE Portland.  After all the volunteer positions are filled we’ll post how to RSVP on the Swap Positive site (usually around mid-November).  If you’d like to volunteer, send your name and what position(s) you’d like, to swappositive @ gmail (dot) com. By volunteering you’ll assure yourself a place at the swap, and not only have free fun but help others, too!

POSITIONS NEEDING TO BE FILLED:

Two people who will greet and sign in swappers as they arrive.  Good job for people who like to stay in one spot and greet/sign-in people. Arrive at 1:00pm on day of swap to pick up clipboards.

4-5 people who will help swappers put out their things.  Good job for people who like to move around and help other people. If you see someone come in with a lot of stuff, ask them if they’d like help putting things out in rows, then help them. Arrive 1:15pm.

4-5+ people who will bring boxes and bag/box up remainders after swap.  Good job for a family or service group, but also fun for individuals who like to take one last look at the goodies to see if anything strikes their fancy.  Please bring extra boxes and bags (ask around – many stores will give you free packing boxes).  Arrive any time between 1pm and 2pm so you have time to put out your own stuff.  Start packing up around 2:45pm or whenever the crowd has thinned out, and stay until everything is packed up (est. 3:15pm).

1-2 Person(s) with van(s) or an organization who will pick up and give away remainders for free to a charity who gives away the items, not sells them (Basically, you get to be Santa). Bring a van to pick up already boxed/bags or remainders on day of swap between 3:00pm and 3:15pm, then deliver them and make lots of people happy!

2-3 people to bring vacuum cleaner(s) and extension cord(s) to vacuum after the swap.  Good for people who have a vacuum and like vacuuming.  It’s a LOT quicker for several volunteers to bring vacuums and extension cords so they can each vacuum a portion of the gym.  Come before 2pm to put out your stuff for the swap.  Estimate around 3:00pm – 3:15pm is when you begin vacuuming.

 POSITIONS ALREADY FILLED: Continue reading

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November 2017 Free Swaps

Here’s the free swaps we know about so far for November 2017.  If you are a host, or you attend one of these swaps (especially the Happy Valley Swap) please let me know if anything needs to be updated.  Thanks Swappers!

11/04/17    Women’s and Teens All Size Clothing Swap 6pm at the Rushing Water Yoga Studio in Downtown Camas WA.  This is now an All Size swap, so please pre-sort your clothes so they can be separated into piles small, medium, large, plus, and accessories. Takes place the first Saturday of the month September through June (No swaps July and August).  Please RSVP to Dorothy at  clarkcountyclothingswap@gmail.com

11/04/17 Community Potluck/Brunch at Yonder House in NE Portland, (usually first and third Saturdays) starting at 11:00am. Bring food to share, eat, enjoy yourself, and meet like-minded kind people!  Contact Bert Fitzgerald 574-213-5468 for more information. Check out the Yonder House facebook page at facebook/yonderhouseon15th for details.

11/05/17  Size 10-14 Women’s Clothing Swap in SE Portland, 1:15pm at the Jazzersize Fitness Center near 18th and SE Burnside.  Please e-mail Amy Alice at amyalice58@gmail.com to be put on the email list for her quarterly swaps.

11/11/17 Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap in NE Portland at the Evergreen Community Church.  For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

11/17/17   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

11/18/17 Community Potluck/Brunch at Yonder House in NE Portland, (usually first and third Saturdays) starting at 11:00am. Bring food to share, eat, enjoy yourself, and meet like-minded kind people!  Contact Bert Fitzgerald 574-213-5468 for more information. Check out the Yonder House facebook page at facebook/yonderhouseon15th for details.

11/24/17 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 

Community Potluck/Brunch, NE Portland, October 28th

We’d like to welcome you to join us for fun and food at our Community Potluck and Brunch. Hang out, dance, chat, play games, eat, Saturday October 28th. Times are flexible so come by whenever you can between 11am -2pm.

We’ll have some food around, but if you want/can you should bring food, drinks, games, but most importantly bring your wonderful selves.

When:  Saturday October 28th, starting at 11am, but Continue reading

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap, Happy Valley, October 27th

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley, 7pm Friday October 27th, 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 Continue reading

Swap Positive in the News!

Group shot at Spring Stuff Swap, with Barb on mic 1Swap Positive is in the news again!  Gina Edwards says her blog called Impact Explorer , “…aims to connect creative citizen change makers with the tools, resources, and guidance to create impact in their communities.”   Check out the article that includes Swap Positive here.

 

*CANCELLED* Community Potluck/ Brunch, NE Portland, October 21st

*UPDATE:  10/20/17  saw on the the Yonder House facebook page the October 21st potluck date has been cancelled – but we’ll see you next week on October 28th.  We’ve decided we’re pot-lucking every Saturday in October, and we’d like to welcome you – kind friends and neighbors –  to join us for fun and food at our Community Potluck and Brunch. Hang out, dance, chat, play games, eat. Times are flexible so come by whenever you can between 11am -2pm.

We’ll have some food around, but if you want/can you should bring food, drinks, games, but most importantly bring your wonderful selves.

When:  Saturday October 21st, starting at 11am, but Continue reading

Petite to Medium Women’s Clothing AND Costume Swap, SE Portland, October 20th

Women’s XS to Medium (approx size 0-8) – Clean out your closet,  gather all the clothes  – and costumes – in good condition that you don’t wear or want: Include accessories like shoes, hats, belts, purses, jewelry, wigs, etc. (but please: no ‘stuff’, used make-up or undergarments). Our next women’s/teens Petite to Medium (approx 0-8) swap at People’s Co-op will be Friday October 20th at 7pm.  Arrive early and please limit to good quality – no rips or stains, or grease. If you have larger sizes or kids sizes, please take them to the correct swap for those sizes. 

What: FREE Women’s Size Small to Medium (approx 0-8) Clothing Swap

Where: People’s Food Coop 3029 SE 21st avenue, Portland OR 97202 503.232.9051

When: Friday 10/20/17  7pm Upstairs Community Room

You can also receive swap notifications through the Facebook group page called Continue reading