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Neighborhood Outdoor Free Swaps During Covid

parking strip free swap

Many of us are downsizing and de-cluttering. Some because we have the time on our hands and it’s enjoyable, some preparing to move to a smaller place, some because kids/families are growing and we don’t need/fit the items anymore.

At this same time, many of the places we usually drop off our de-cluttering donations are not accepting donations at this time, and indoor Free Swapping activities are mostly on hold. Where can we put all our de-cluttered stuff?

How about a Neighborhood Outdoor Free Swap? For an example, we live in a walkable neighborhood where there is lots of foot traffic. I’ve strung a line between our street trees and have been hanging up clothes I no longer need/use love, with a ‘free’ sign. I also have a large cardboard box in the parking strip with a ‘free’ sign. It’s fun to watch neighbors walk by and look through the goodies, and see the joy on their faces as they take things they can use/repurpose. If you are in a more rural area, having a ‘free neighborhood swap’ might do the same thing by having families bring items they have decluttered to a central location.

My husband and I go on evening walks through our neighborhood. I’ve noticed that more neighbors have started putting out ‘free’ boxes in their parking strips now. Some have hung clothes from the branches of their trees. Others have laid items out on their front lawns with free sign and arrow. It makes walks through the neighborhood feel like a scavenger hunt! It also keeps usable items out of the landfill, and occasionally allows some social distancing neighborhood visits.

Right now it’s beautiful, sunny, warm weather. However, when it gets rainy, cardboard free boxes and clothes hanging in trees won’t work. But this fun activity can last longer if we bring in the items if rain is in the forecast, and put them back out when it’s sunny. As long as neighbors are walking their dogs, walking in the neighborhood, then this will work. When we are in our homes keeping dry and warm will be the time to pack in the idea. Maybe by then there will be a Covid vaccine and we can begin inside free swaps again?

Many of us have appreciated the added free frugal entertainment of Neighborhood Outdoor Free Swaps during this strange time, having something simple we can do together that combines community building, de-cluttering, and treasure hunting fun.

Barb Hughes

CANCELLED: All Size Family Clothing Swap, Kelso, March 18

03.12.20 The South Kelso Neighborhood Association is no longer hosting a Monthly Free Community Clothing Swap/Give-away.

However, they DO have a clothing bank that is open Mondays 5-7pm, and Saturdays 10am-noon.

You can also bring your clean and in good condition clothing donations  (all sizes, ages, and genders).

Please contact 360-747-7240 or kelsoneighborhood@gmail.com for more information.

Family Clothing and Book Swap, NE Portland, March 8th

Family All-Size Clothing Swap (Men, Women, Kids) and BOOK Swap , March 8th 2020, 2-4pm at the Kenton Church 2115 N Lombard street Portland OR 97217, in the basement.

The North Portland Free Clothing Exchange is a free community event held quarterly at the Kenton Church on North Lombard Street. Everyone is welcome. All sizes of Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s clothing are exchanged. No donation is required in order to receive clothing, but feel free to bring clothing and shoes in good condition to swap.

We’re swapping books too! Bring your children and grown up books that are in good condition and that you’d be proud to share…and take a few new stories home with you.

Frequently asked questions about this swap http://freeclothingexchange.org/faq 

This quarterly swap usually takes place spring, summer, fall, winter. Contact Ginny for more information by filling out the contact form at https://freeclothingexchange.org/contact-us/.

More information on the website https://freeclothingexchange.org/

March 2020 Free Swaps

Hi Swappers! Here’s the free swaps we know about so far for March 2020. If you have a free swap that fits our criteria, please contact me and I’ll post them! 

03.04.20 Potluck/Open Dinner, every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97211-4905. Bring something to share! Come to chat, share food, build relationships, and swap resources. Coming soon: permanent free store space & library! For additional info contact Bert Fitzgerald, SimoneWeilHouse@gmail.com or check the Facebook Page facebook.com/SimoneWeilHouse

03.07.20 Spring Seed Swap, 10am-12:30pm, with a short seed presentation at 10am, at the Hollywood Library 4040 NE Tillamook St. Portland OR. Hosted by Portland Seed Exchange and Tanager Farm.  Bring seeds to share: food crops, flowers, and native seeds are best.  Label seeds with: variety, year grown, crop family, days to maturity, location grown, germination rate, skill level.  No GMO seeds or seeds over 4 years old please. Also see facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/2246714645634114/

03.08.20 Family All-Size Clothing Swap (Men, Women, Kids) and BOOK Swap , 2-4pm at the Kenton Church 2115 N Lombard street Portland OR 97217, in the basement. All sizes of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing will be exchanged. No donation is required in order to receive clothing, but feel free to bring clothing and shoes in good condition to swap. We also are swapping BOOKS! Frequently asked questions about this swap http://freeclothingexchange.org/faq This quarterly swap usually takes place spring, summer, fall, winter. Contact Ginny for more information by filling out the contact form at https://freeclothingexchange.org/contact-us/https://freeclothingexchange.org/

03.11.20 Potluck/Open Dinner, every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97211-4905. Bring something to share! Come to chat, share food, build relationships, and swap resources. Coming soon: permanent free store space & library! For additional info contact Bert Fitzgerald, SimoneWeilHouse@gmail.com or check the Facebook Page facebook.com/SimoneWeilHouse

CANCELLED 03.14.20 Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap in NE Portland, 2pm at the Evergreen Community Church.  For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

CANCELLED 03.18.20 All Size Family Clothing Swap/Give-away (Kelso WA) every 3rd Wednesday from 2pm-6pm at the Three Rivers Mall in the Community Room,  351 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, WA 98626. They accept clothing donations (all sizes, ages, and genders) and are looking for volunteers to help. Please contact 360-747-7240 or kelsoneighborhood@gmail.com . Remainders benefit the South Kelso Neighborhood Association.

CANCELLED 03.18.20 Potluck/Open Dinner, every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97211-4905. Bring something to share! Come to chat, share food, build relationships, and swap resources. Coming soon: permanent free store space & library! For additional info contact Bert Fitzgerald, SimoneWeilHouse@gmail.com or check the Facebook Page facebook.com/SimoneWeilHouse

CANCELLED 03.20.20 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

CANCELLED 03.21.20 Women’s All Size Clothing, Household, and Small Stuff Swap (Camas/Clark County, WA) Please pre-sort your clothes so they can be separated into piles, small, medium, large, plus. Also small household stuff and books. Usually held the third Saturday of every month, 3pm at the Camas Library 625 NE 4th Ave. Camas, WA 98607.  Please reserve your spot (RSVP) with Dorothy at  clarkcountyclothingswap@gmail.com  (No swaps in July and August).

POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY APRIL 5TH 03.22.20 Trans & Queer Clothing Swap, noon-3pm. PCC:Cascade 705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, Oregon 97217.  FAQ here: http://bit.ly/pdxclothingswap This event is 1) completely free, 2) 100% volunteer run, and 3) powered by love. We can only take clothes until 2pm—but you can come take clothes until 3pm! (See the FAQ for more on this.)
Facebook post https://www.facebook.com/events/1075183526175626/ For folks not on Facebook: https://www.transcendpdx.org/10th-pdx-trans-queer-clothing-swap/ Want to be part of the amazing volunteer crew who makes this possible? Join us! https://goo.gl/forms/1bMQTnN2fFr3gIzF3

CANCELLED 03.22.20 Women’s Large and Plus Clothing Swap (size 14 – and up) Please bring clothes in good condition (no rips or stains) and accessories such as jewelry, shoes, hats, belts, purses. Please bring extra bags to help haul out the left overs. Every 4th Sunday in People’s Food Co-op community room. Address: 3029 SE 21st ave Portland Arrive a few minutes early to start swapping at 7 pm. Rules: Bring clean clothes in good condition, size 14 and up. (There is a small size swap on the 3rd Friday at the same location) Do not take anything until the swap coordinator says GO Be kind and courteous! Do not sell the things you get at the swap. Please bring extra bags Bring a mirror if you have one! Please also consider volunteering! I need help bagging up left overs at the end and carrying them to my car. Or if you are willing to do the donation run, to your car. Also we will need to sweep the room afterwards. If you are interesting in being a back up coordinator, please contact me. Thank you and happy swapping!  For more information, contact Carrie at  cobbcarrie@yahoo.com

CANCELLED 03.25.20 Potluck/Open Dinner, every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97211-4905. Bring something to share! Come to chat, share food, build relationships, and swap resources. Coming soon: permanent free store space & library! For additional info contact Bert Fitzgerald, SimoneWeilHouse@gmail.com or check the Facebook Page facebook.com/SimoneWeilHouse

 

All Size Family Clothing Swap, Kelso, February 19th

The South Kelso Neighborhood Association is hosting a Monthly Free Community Clothing Swap/Give-away!

When: Every 3rd Wednesday from 2pm-6pm

Where: at the Three Rivers Mall in the Community Room, 351 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, WA 98626.

Bring your clean and in good condition clothing donations to swap (all sizes, ages, and genders)! They’d also love volunteers to help. Please contact 360-747-7240 or kelsoneighborhood@gmail.com for more information.

For more information about free swaps in general, check out this link: https://swappositive.wordpress.com/about/

Remainders from this swap benefit the South Kelso Neighborhood Association.

Family All Size Clothing Swap, Beaverton, February 9th

Bring your whole family – Everyone’s invited – men, women, teens, kids, babies!
When:   Sunday February 9th, 7pm
Where: Adapt Training 9923 SW Arctic Drive, Beaverton Oregon 97005.
Everyone loves new clothes, but free clothes are even better! This group is an all-size Women’s, Men’s and Children’s clothing swap held every two months in Beaverton. We meet to swap our used-in-excellent-condition clothes for new to us clothes, shoes and accessories.

This event is FREE and open to the public. All sizes, ages, and families are welcome.  So that you know what to expect, and so it’s fun for everyone, please read our  Free Swap rules.

By coming to Free Swaps, you agree to the following Free Swap Rules:

1. Only bring clean items in good condition

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

3. Be kind and generous to other swappers and the swap coordinators. Don’t take stuff you will not personally use or give as gifts.

4. You agree that you WILL NOT SELL ANYTHING that you received at any Free Swap(s). 

5. Free Swaps are UNIQUE! If you attend Free Swaps you are agreeing to abide by the Free Swap Mission/goals. If you feel the above rules are unreasonable, do not attend.

What a great way to declutter your closets AND refresh the whole families’ wardrobe all at the same time!

Our swap is FREE, with no admission charge, no strings attached, and all remainders will be given away for free or to organizations that will not sell them but will give them away.  This swap meets every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December)

For further details contact Kirsten at kirsten@adapttraining.com  Juleea at arellanofour@gmail.com check the facebook page  or call 503-646-8482.

 

Hope to see you there!

February 2020 Free Swaps

Hi swappers!  Here are the free swaps we know about so far for the month of February!

02/05/20 Drop-in Potluck/Open Dinner, every Wednesday at 6:30pm. Bring something to share! Every Wednesday, starting at 6:30pm at 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97211-4905. Swap host is Bert Fitzgerald, SimoneWeilHouse@gmail.com For additional details and updates, check the Simone Weil House Facebook Page facebook.com/SimoneWeilHouse

Family All Size Clothing Swap (Beaverton) NEXT SUNDAY (02.09.20) DUE TO THE SUPER BOWL. 😉

02/08/20 Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap in NE Portland, 2pm at the Evergreen Community Church.  For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

02/09/20 Family All Size Clothing Swap (Beaverton) THE SECOND SATURDAY IN FEBRUARY DUE TO THE SUPER BOWL. 7pm @ Adapt Training at 9923 SW Arctic Dr Beaverton, OR 97005. Bring your whole family!   Our swap is FREE, with no admission charge, no strings attached, and all remainders will be given away for free or to organizations that will not sell them but will give them away. For further details contact Kirsten at kirsten@adapttraining.com  Carla or Juleea at arellanofour@gmail.com or check the facebook page.  Meets every other month (usually on the first Sunday February, April, June, August, October, December)

02/12/20 Drop-in Potluck/Open Dinner, every Wednesday at 6:30pm. Bring something to share! Every Wednesday, starting at 6:30pm at 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97211-4905. Swap host is Bert Fitzgerald, SimoneWeilHouse@gmail.com For additional details and updates, check the Simone Weil House Facebook Page facebook.com/SimoneWeilHouse

02/15/20 No Camus Women’s Clothing Swap this February – see you in March!

02/19/20 All Size Family Clothing Swap, Kelso. Every 3rd Wednesday from 2pm-6pmWhere: at the Three Rivers Mall in the Community Room, 351 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, WA 98626. Bring your clean and in good condition clothing donations to swap (all sizes, ages, and genders)! They’d also love volunteers to help. Please contact 360-747-7240 or kelsoneighborhood@gmail.com for more information.

02/19/20 Drop-in Potluck/Open Dinner, every Wednesday at 6:30pm. Bring something to share! Every Wednesday, starting at 6:30pm at 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97211-4905. Swap host is Bert Fitzgerald, SimoneWeilHouse@gmail.com For additional details and updates, check the Simone Weil House Facebook Page facebook.com/SimoneWeilHouse

02/21/20  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

02/22/20 Saturday Potluck Brunch, (may be starting up again – check facebook page for details) every Saturday from 10a-1pm at 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97211-4905. Bring something to share! Come to chat, share food, build relationships, and swap resources. Coming soon: permanent free store space & library! For additional info contact Bert Fitzgerald, SimoneWeilHouse@gmail.com or check the Facebook Page facebook.com/SimoneWeilHouse

02/23/20 Art Supply Swap, 1pm at the Sandy Public Library community room, 38980 Proctor Blvd, Sandy, OR 97055. Anyone who crafts will end up with things they no longer need. Trade them for things you do need! Bring those brushes you never used, or all the googly eyes you bought for that one project. For more information, contact  Thea Ellen tellen@ci.sandy.or.us

02/23/20  Women’s Large and Plus Clothing Swap (size 14 – and up) Please bring clothes in good condition (no rips or stains) and accessories such as jewelry, shoes, hats, belts, purses. Please bring extra bags to help haul out the left overs. Every 4th Sunday in People’s Food Co-op community room. Address: 3029 SE 21st ave Portland Arrive a few minutes early to start swapping at 7 pm. Rules: Bring clean clothes in good condition, size 14 and up. (There is a small size swap on the 3rd Friday at the same location) Do not take anything until the swap coordinator says GO Be kind and courteous! Do not sell the things you get at the swap. Please bring extra bags Bring a mirror if you have one! Please also consider volunteering! I need help bagging up left overs at the end and carrying them to my car. Or if you are willing to do the donation run, to your car. Also we will need to sweep the room afterwards. If you are interesting in being a back up coordinator, please contact me. Thank you and happy swapping! For more info about this swap contact  cobbcarrie@yahoo.com

02/29/20 Maternity, Baby, and Kids clothing/accessories/toys/books swap, 2-3pm at the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church 172 NE 32nd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124, USA. Bring gently-used gear and clothes: maternity and sizes premie up to size 10. 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.  For more information about this swap, check out the Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/482896272417570/?notif_t=events_recurring&notif_id=1579235104414444 For additional details, check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/BabyClothesSwapWestPDX/. Swaps will be held three times a year: Usually June, October, February. Bring gently-used gear and clothes: maternity and sizes premie up to size 10. (Just noted that this years swaps will be Saturdays  February 29, and April 25 0f 2020.)

Family Clothing Swap (after) Holiday Decoration Swap, and Waste Reduction Event, Gresham, January 18th

All Size/All Age/All Gender Clothing Swap and (after) Holiday Decoration Swap is January 18th 10:30am-1:00 at Gresham Library. Also take part in reusable bag making if you like.

Bring all sizes and genders of clothing, as well as holiday decor to swap!
Learn about recycling and food waste prevention.
Kids and adults can participate in recycled art projects!
Get tips on how to reduce waste with easy at home ideas.

When: January 18th , 10:30am-1:00pm

Where: Multnomah County Library – Gresham, 385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham, OR 97030, USA

Sponsored by the City of Gresham and Green Minded Gresham, Hosted by Stephanie King

Facebook event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/741595786328030/

All Size Family Clothing Swap, Kelso WA, January 15th

The South Kelso Neighborhood Association is hosting a Monthly Free Community Clothing Swap/Give-away!

When: Every 3rd Wednesday from 2pm-6pm

Where: at the Three Rivers Mall in the Community Room, 351 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, WA 98626.

Bring your clean and in good condition clothing donations to swap (all sizes, ages, and genders)! They’d also love volunteers to help. Please contact 360-747-7240 or kelsoneighborhood@gmail.com for more information.

For more information about free swaps in general, check out this link: https://swappositive.wordpress.com/about/

Remainders from this swap benefit the South Kelso Neighborhood Association.

Family All-Size Clothing and Book Swap, NE Portland, January 12th

Family Clothing, Footwear, and Book Swap Sunday January 12th, 2-4pm at the Kenton Church 2115 N Lombard street Portland OR 97217, in the basement.

Come join the fun! Everyone is welcome! All sizes of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing will be exchanged. No donation is required in order to receive clothing, but feel free to bring clothing and shoes in good condition to swap.

We also are swapping BOOKS! So make sure to bring in all the books you are finished with, and swap them for some great reads!

What: All Size/All Age Clothing, Footwear, and Book Swap

When: Sunday January 12th, 2-4pm

Where: Kenton Church Basement 2115 N Lombard street Portland OR 97217

Frequently asked questions about this swap http://freeclothingexchange.org/faq

This quarterly swap usually takes place spring, summer, fall, winter. Contact Ginny for more information by filling out the contact form at https://freeclothingexchange.org/contact-us/.

https://freeclothingexchange.org/

EXCHANGE DETAILS

Receiving Clothing: No donation is required to receive clothing. Please take clothing for your own household only, Clothing may not be taken for resale.

Donating Clothing: Do not drop off clothes ahead of time or try to leave them at Kenton Church. Donations will only be accepted during the hours of the exchange. Please sort and hang your own donations. Volunteers are available to help you sort and hang your donations. Place donations on racks by size. Please…no dirty or damaged donations.

The best things about the Free Clothing Exchange: The Discovery! That moment when you find the thing you didn’t know you were looking for and it fits you. You never know what you might find…or what friends you might meet, new and old. Come find yourself something new!

”Thank you! So well organized and I found some professional clothes to wear to my internship – this will be so helpful!” -Aimee F.

BOOK EXCHANGE UPDATE: The book exchange is going strong as well. Each swap, more folks brought and engaged with the book area, and with so many new books for adults coming in, I saw as many grown ups as I did children checking out books. We’d like to get our books more organized. If you have access to 2-3 rolling book racks that will fit on the elevator please let us know through the contact form on our website at https://freeclothingexchange.org/contact-us/.

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