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Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap, Happy Valley, October 26th

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley, 7pm Friday October 26th, 2018  at New Seasons Market on Sunnyside in the yoga studio/conference room, 15861 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr, Happy Valley, OR 97086. The last Friday of the month.

You can bring clothes, shoes and accessories…AND any other in-good-condition stuff 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 Tanya know.

To RSVP (reserve your spot) contact Tanya at


Women’s Size 10-14 Clothing and Accessories Swap, Central Eastside, October 21st

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 gal pals! and please e-mail me at so I may send them information and keep them in the loop!

WHEN: Sunday, October 21st, STARTING at 10:45am.   There is a Continue reading

Family Clothing, Costume and Toy Swap, Keizer OR, October 20th

Family Clothing Swap!  Includes Halloween costumes, toys, maternity items, jewelry and more!  Have some fun!  All ages, sizes, genders, adults and kids welcome! Sponsored by the Mommy and Me Playgroup.

Saturday October 20th, 3pm-6pm

Admission: FREE
Location: Gym of Church 1375 Lockhaven Dr. NE, Keizer OR 97303

We all have those clothes we don’t wear for some reason or another and need to get rid of. Come bring all your unwanted stuff for other mom’s to find good use for. Instead of going out and buying new clothes for your children why not just SWAP clothes with another family?

All remaining unwanted items at end of this event are donated to a charitable foundation helping Mothers in need.

Clothing Newborn-Adult (Clean! Good condition)
Maternity items

*The day of you will be able to set your items up and we suggest organizing clothes by size.

The whole family is welcome to this event not just Mom’s so feel free to tell friends and family!

This is a community type sharing event.  Bring what you no longer use, take what you need. Moms helping moms by trading what we have.  It is first come first pick, but being kind and thoughtful to one another is important.  Nothing should be taken to be sold, only what you can use.  Remembering always we are all there to help each other so being combative and greedy is not tolerated.  For example, say you have already got several items picked out out and an item yu’re wanting is wanted by another mother, be generous and fair in the dealing.  This is not a place to come and take as much as you can, it’s about coming together and sharing as a community of parents who all understand that it’s better to share than go out and buy new stuff.  It’s a chance to clean out your closets and also replenish with usable items!
*If you are unable to make the day but have stuff you want to contribute, please message us and we may be able to arrange a pickup/dropoff for your items.

For more information, check out the facebook events page.

Women’s Size Petite to Medium Clothing and Costume Swap, SE Portland, October 19th

Women’s XS to Medium (approx size 0-8) – Clean out your closet,  gather all the clothes AND COSTUMES THIS MONTH in good condition that you don’t wear or want: Include accessories like shoes, hats, belts, purses, jewelry, 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 19th 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 10/19/18  7pm Upstairs Community Room

You can also receive swap notifications through the Facebook group page called SE Clothing Swap XS/Petite Women at: and request to join the group.  We meet monthly on the third Friday. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Share & receive awesome clothes!

It’s best to arrive 5-10 minutes early as we will start promptly at 7pm.We start & leave on-time so please plan extra time to be a few minutes early so you get plenty of awesome new duds! – include time for traffic, weird parking issues, etc. Most trading is done from the beginning to around…approx 7:25ish I would say, & we’re out & ready for Friday night by about 7:45.

Everyone waits to take anything until the swap starts, and there is a firm rule about NOT selling any clothes you get from a swap.


1. Bring only clean clothes, in good condition, in the correct sizes (this swap is size petite to medium only please).

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

3. Be kind and courteous to other swappers.

4. Do not sell things you get from the swap.

*By participating in this swap, you agree to and will follow the above rules.


I provide the structure & bring the leftovers down the street, & ask you gals to help me bag & bring stuff down to my car so I can do that easily. Thanks for helping to make your swap community a reality, and remember by participating in free swaps you agree to not sell anything you get for free at a free swap, but can give it away or bring it back to the next swap if you decide it’s not quite ‘you’.  Good karma continues as we’re all philanthropists making a positive difference for ourselves and others!

Anyway, yay! Please 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.

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. Please do not bring anything that is not wearable. Also, all must wait to take anything until everyone arrives & the swap starts, & scout’s honor not to come to the swap for materials to sell, or the swap won’t work anymore!
Otherwise, welcome from myself & all of us ladies in community working together to make this possible!

Please help at the end by gathering all the stuff up & putting it in my little car,  bring a new clean plastic or paper bag(s) every time for remainders!

In case of any emergencies I’d love it if folks would stay tuned to the  Facebook Group  just in case, but the donation location is just a few blocks away & instructions will be simple! Yay:-)  Good tidings & fun times to all our sharers of the wealth:-) may true sharing bring you abundance.   Volunteer Swap Hostess Shay Mullins, and all the people who step forward to make this work!

Maternity and Baby & Grade School Kids clothing, accessories books/games swap! NW Portland, October 13th

Maternity and baby-kids swap – clothing and accessories, toys, books, games swap!  (ONLY MATERNITY -No regular women’s clothing please)

Clean out your maternity and kids closets and the toy shelf!!! Purge what you no longer need!!! (Please read below for details)

Saturday October 13th, 2-3pm at the PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland OR 97229

This event will be at PCC Rock Creek in the Event Center in Building 9.

Please bring things to swap AND/OR one or more non-perishable food items (to go to a food pantry) as your “entry ticket”. Of course, nobody will be turned away.

You may arrive as early as 1:40pm to set things out. However, WE ASK THAT ONCE YOU HAVE PLACED YOUR ITEMS, STEP OUT OF THE ROOM UNTIL 2PM. We want everyone to have a fair chance at getting whatever comes and getting some nice things. You will NOT be allowed to create a stack of new finds prior to 2pm.

1) Help direct people as they come in and place items of those who come at the last minute. (These should be people who are there to give more than to receive items).
2) Pack up the left overs for donation (3-4pm)
3) Take a load for donation.

Here are the details on what you can bring:

Bring gently-used gear and clothes: maternity and sizes premie up to size 10.
Items may include (but not limited to):
socks and tights
coats, hats, sunglasses and other accessories
cloth diapers and diaper covers or unused disposables that no longer fit your baby
maternity clothing, nursing bras (NO REGULAR WOMEN’S CLOTHES)
baby gear (blankets, strollers, carriers, slings, baby care items, legal carseats and furniture, etc.)
mama gear (nursing pillows, pumps, etc.)
books (both for baby and parenting books)

It helps to sort your clothing beforehand in these categories:
• Newborn to 3 months
• 6-9 months
• 12 months
• 18 months
• 24 mo/2T
• 3T
• 4T
• 5T
• 6-7
• 8-10
• Maternity
• Bathing
• Feeding
• Diapering
• Gear
• Toys/fun
• Books
• Shoes/socks
• Hats/hair

There are no limits to how much to bring or take, we just ask that you take only what you need. Please bring something to carry home all of your new-to-you finds! Any leftover items will be donated to Northwest Children’s Outreach

Check out the facebook events page

Transgender and Queer Clothing Swap, SW Portland, October 13th

Start spreading the word! The more fabulous folks who come, the more fabulous fashion there will be to swap!

The 5th Quarterly-ish PDX Trans and Queer swap will take place during LGBTQIA+ History Month, just two days after National Coming Out Day!

Q Center has been such an incredibly generous partner and support for our four swaps to date and we hope to continue that wonderful collaboration with other types of events that are in the works at Transcend. We’re excited to hold our 5th quarterly(-ish) PDX Trans & Queer Clothing Swap at Portland State University. Stellar transit access and an accessible space in the same building as the Queer Resource Center and Disability Resource Center. Thank you to the QRC team at PSU for offering us this opportunity and collaborating with us on this!

When:  Saturday, October 13th, 2:30-3:30pm

Where:  Portland State University. 1825 SW Broadway Portland OR, Smith Memorial Student Union Center, room 458

Who do you know in the community who might not know about this? Spread the word so no one who may need this misses out!

Want to be part of the amazing volunteer crew who makes this possible? Join us!

Check out the facebook events page

Swap Positive Featured on Tokyo TV!

Yuki Asahina from Tokyo TV sent a link to the web page for the TV program which featured Swap Positive in their economic segment!

Go 2/3 down the page and you’ll find the video. You can see the Swap Positive segment between 4:12-5:41 minutes.  Even though I don’t speak Japanese, I can see by the flavor of the other segments that this was a ‘save money’ segment for their economic magazine news report.

Yuki added “I just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to meet with you and your community and we have enjoyed our stay in Portland.”
Thank you Swappers for sharing kindness, recycling, community, and thrift with the world!