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kind women, men, and teens are invited to bring their clean giftables to swap.

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

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/

Family Clothing And Stuff Swap, SW Portland, December 14th

Bring the whole family to the Garden Home Community Library’s annual winter Free Clothing and Stuff Swap!

WHEN: Saturday December 14th, 10am-noon
Doors open at 9:50am for people to bring in their items. Swapping starts at 10am.

WHERE: Garden Home Community Library Annex . 7475 SW Oleson Rd. Portland OR 97219
Please note, the library’s annex is located across the street from the library. It’s in the Garden Home Marketplace. But our space is not visible from the parking lot. We are 2 doors down from the Bulldog Deli on the side of the building that overlooks SW Oleson. Look for our big yellow gnome!

WHAT: Bring Clothing for men, women, and kids…as well as household items, books, small furniture and electronics to swap. Items should be clean and in usable condition.

Leftovers will be donated to charities including The Transition Projects, Mercy Corps, Bethlehem House of Bread Community Closet, and more.

For more information, contact Heather Waisanen, Adult Services Programmer at Garden Home Community Library, 503-245-9932 http://www.gardenhomelibrary.org

Holiday Gift and Toy Swap, NE Portland, December 14th

UPDATE:  as of 12/03/19 This swap RSVP list is full.  However we invite you to  Register/RSVP for the waiting list!

DECEMBER IT’S THE HOLIDAY GIFT AND TOY SWAP!  You need to RSVP for this event, as we invite kind men, women, and teens, and want to make sure we don’t overbook the venue.

It’s time to declutter your home and storage, gather up Giftable items in great shape that you no longer need/use/love, wash them up, make sure all the pieces are there, and bring them to the 2019 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap! This has become a FAVORITE Holiday tradition! Combine house cleaning, gift shopping, philanthropy, and free frugal fun!

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Toy, Game, and Book Swap, Oregon City, December 7th

Trade your kids gently used toys/games/book for new surprises!

When: December 7th, 2019.

9am-10am Drop off and enjoy light snacks and hot cocoa

10am-12noon Choose ‘new-to-you’ goodies

Where: Oregon City Stake Center, 14340 S Donovan Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045

Please leave kids at home so you can shop in secret. To donate ahead of time or to arrange pick-up or drop off, call Merilee Lloyd 503.307.2263

December 2019 Free Swaps

Hi Free Swappers!  We’ve got a variety of great free swaps this December! Clothes for all sizes of men, women, kids, transgender folks! Books, toys, games, household, holiday stuff, and potluck food! Choose a swap in your interest / area that’s convenient and fun for YOU!  If you don’t see something in your size/interest/area, start a free swap and let us know – it’s simple!  Here’s how.

12/01/19 Family All Size Clothing Swap (Beaverton) 7pm @ Adapt Training at 9923 SW Arctic Dr Beaverton, OR 97005. Bring your whole family!   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)

12/07/19 Saturday Potluck Brunch, 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

12/07/19 Toy/Game/Book Swap, 9am-noon, at the Oregon City Stake Center, 14340 S. Donovan Rd. Oregon City 97045.  Trade your kids gently used toys/games/book for new surprises! December 7th, 2019. 9am-10am Drop off and enjoy light snacks and hot cocoa 10am-12noon Choose ‘new’ goodies. Please leave kids at home so you can shop in secret. To donate ahead of time or to arrange pick-up or drop off, call Merilee Lloyd 503.307.2263

12/14/19 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap in NE Portland at the Evergreen Community Church, 2pm.  You must RSVP for this free frugal fun event to save your space at the swap! For details see here.

12/14/19 Saturday Potluck Brunch, 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

12/14/19 Trans and Queer Clothing Swap, noon-3pm, PCC Cascade Campus. PLEASE check our updated FAQ here: http://bit.ly/pdxclothingswap This event is 1) completely free, 2) 100% volunteer run, and 3) powered by love. Important: We can only receive clothes until 2pm—but you can come take clothes until 3pm! A big thank you to the PCC Cascade QRC for hosting us again!  Facebook info: https://www.facebook.com/events/447479422818413/ Please share far and wide! For folks not on Facebook: https://www.transcendpdx.org/9th-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

12/14/19 Family Clothing and Stuff Swap, 10am-noon. Doors open at 9:50am for people to bring in their items. Swapping starts at 10am. Garden Home Community Library Annex  7475 SW Oleson Rd. Portland OR 97219. Please note, the library’s annex is located across the street from the library. It’s in the Garden Home Marketplace. But our space is not visible from the parking lot. We are 2 doors down from the Bulldog Deli on the side of the building that overlooks SW Oleson. Look for our big yellow gnome! Bring Clothing for men, women, and kids…as well as household items, books, small furniture and electronics to swap. Items should be clean and in usable condition. Leftovers will be donated to charities including The Transition Projects, Mercy Corps, Bethlehem House of Bread Community Closet, and more. For more information, contact Heather Waisanen, Adult Services Programmer at Garden Home Community Library, 503-245-9932 http://www.gardenhomelibrary.org

12/18/19 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.

12/20/19  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

12/21/19 Saturday Potluck Brunch, 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

12/21/19 Women’s All Size Clothing 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).

12/22/19  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

12/28/19 Saturday Potluck Brunch, 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

RSVP NOW for the 2019 Holiday Gift And Toy Swap!

stuff swapIt’s time to declutter your home and storage, gather up Giftable items in great shape that you no longer need/use/love, wash them up, make sure all the pieces are there, and bring them to the 2019 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap! This has become a FAVORITE Holiday tradition! Combine house cleaning, gift shopping, philanthropy, and free frugal fun!

The 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT & TOY SWAP is Saturday December 14th, 2pm, in the Evergreen Community Church gym.  Due to space constraints, you must RSVP (reserve your spot)! This is an adult and teen only event.  Please leave children, babies, and pets home safely with a sitter.

Gift Swaps are tons of fun – watch here to learn more!

The gym is unheated so dress warmly. Since kind women, men and teens are invited, YOU MUST READ /AGREE TO INSTRUCTIONS AND RSVP (Reserve your space) TO GET INTO THIS SWAP (see below).

YOUR RSVP

To attend this event, you and your guests need to agree to the Free Swap Rules, and What To Bring (below). To get on our Reservation/entry list, fill out Elaine’s special 2019 Gift and Toy Swap form:

to CONFIRM YOUR SPACE AT THE SWAP.  If you have questions about the form you can email Elaine at pdxswapRSVP@gmail.com.  If you or one of your guests can’t come, you can change your information on the form.

FREE SWAP RULES

  1. No selling anything you received at a free swap. If you get it free and decide later you don’t want it, you agree to give it away (not consign, sell, eBay etc.). All remainders are given to charities, so your philanthropy keeps good karma and fun flowing for yourself and others this holiday season!
  2. Kind women, men, and teens are invited to this swap. Please leave babies, toddlers, early grade school children, and pets safely at home with a sitter – that way you can shop for them! Plus, the gym won’t be echoing with excited whoops or cries. Carpooling is recommended.
  3. Be generous. Be respectful of each other. Only take what you will personally use or give as gifts. Share the love.
  4. If you feel the above 3 rules are too difficult or don’t apply to you, don’t come. Those who follow these simple rules will have a great time!

WHAT TO EXPECT

  1.  Scour your closets, garages, and home for things in gift-able condition. Please do not bring anything that is broken, dirty, or junky. We are all volunteers and don’t have  money to pay to dispose of junk, and the gym floor is carpeted and needs to be kept clean. Plus, all remainders immediately after the swap will be donated, so other families can play, spreading holiday cheer! So items being in clean and giftable shape are important.
  2. Between 1:30 and 1:55 bring in and put your items with like-minded stuff in rows. After you’ve put your items out, go to the walls of the gym so people coming in have room to put their stuff down in the middle. Leave a walkway down the middle of the gym so it’s easier to move around. (See photo at top of this post.) You decide which category/row your things would best fit.
  3.  No pre-shopping (scooting stuff into piles, or taking things before the swap coordinator says ‘go’). To make it fun and fair for everyone, we all wait until the swap leader says go, and then all start at the same time (this is NOT Walmart:). Since there will be 100+ people we ask you to be responsible for yourselves and your guests. If you are an experienced swapper and see someone with wide eyes (the typical newbie stare of disbelief at all the amazing goodies) introduce yourself and answer any swap questions they may have.
  4.  Before we start, we’ll ask that everyone go stand next to something that looks interesting – but don’t pick it up yet – so there’s no mad rush before we begin. Feel free to mention which item you are going for with neighbors. That way if two people are going for the same teapot, you have some negotiating time (i.e. if person A doesn’t have a teapot, and person B has a teapot collection, obviously person A should get the teapot, and this gives person B a chance to go stand next to something else that looks interesting). When the emcee/coordinator says ‘go’ shortly after 2pm, then you can shop!
  5. Stuff in the middle in rows is free, boxes/bags of stuff around the walls of the gym is somebody’s stash.
  6. Bring a bag(s) or box(es) to take what you’d like home. Please be kind, courteous and generous, and focus on what we have in common: celebration of kindness and free frugal treasure hunting! If you find tons of stuff, and the person next to you only has a few items, allow them to have that item you both have your eye on:)

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Volunteers Needed for the Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!

It’s time to volunteer for The 2019 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap! All volunteers assure themselves a place at the swap!  This is a fun holiday tradition for teens and adults to bring giftables they no longer want, and do their holiday shopping free! The date is Saturday December 14th, 2pm at the Evergreen Community Church gym in NE Portland 935 N.E. 33rd Avenue. Portland OR 97232. After we get our volunteers in place, I’ll post the Free Swap details and open up RSVP reservations to the general public on the Swap Positive site mid-November. Due to space constraints, and to keep the venue from being too crowded, all attendees need to be teens or adults (no children) and you must RSVP to the special email that will be created just for this event. If you volunteer, you assure yourself a space at this fabulous free frugal event!

If you’ve never been to a gift or stuff swap, here’s a video to show you how it’s done:

Here’s the volunteer opportunities, and how many people we need – please email what you’d like to volunteer for, and your contact information, to swappositive@gmail.com :

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April Free Swaps 2019

Happy Spring!  Time to de-clutter your house, closets, garage, and storage!  Dig out all the things that are still in great shape, but you just don’t need/use love anymore.  Wash them up, make sure all the pieces are there, and bring them to a free swap in April. We’ve got quite a variety this month: all size women’s clothing, stuff /toys/books/household/collectable swaps, family swaps for men/women/teens/kids, maternity clothing and baby/kids clothing and stuff swap, women’s small to medium swap, and women’s large to plus swap!  If you don’t see a swap in area or subject that you like, please start a free swap – and I’ll give you free advertising here on the site!  Together, we can all treasure hunt and play with like minded people, declutter, and make a positive difference: because remainders are given to charities who give them away – so everyone who participates is a philanthropist!  If you have a swap I’ve not mentioned, please let me know.  Here’s the free swaps we know about so far for April:

04/06/19  Women’s and Teens All Size Clothing and Small Household Stuff Swap 6pm at the Rushing Water Yoga Studio in Downtown Camas WA.  This is now an All Size Women’s swap, so please pre-sort your clothes so they can be separated into piles small, medium, large, plus, and accessories. Also small household items. Takes place the first Saturday of the month September through June (No swaps July and August).  Please RSVP to Dorothy at  clarkcountyclothingswap@gmail.com

04/07/19 Family All Size Clothing Swap (Beaverton) 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)

04/13/19 (UPDATE as of March 27th, the swap RSVP is full, but you can still register to be on the wait list) Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland at the Evergreen Community Church, 2pm. THIS IN AN RSVP EVENT due to space constraints. You can bring toys and games, books and music, household items, clean tools and tech, sports equipment, pet items, craft supplies, gardening, collectables, giftables – basically anything clean and in good working condition with all the pieces.  Nothing too big to fit into the backseat of a car.  No toxic or flammable items.  No large pillows or things that won’t fit into a washing machine. No recycling or junk.  If you’d like to receive it as a gift, bring it! To reserve your space see details here.  Stuff and Gift swaps take place at this location in April and December.  Other months host Women’s size 6-12 clothing swaps at this location and time.

04/15/19  Women’s All Size Clothing Swap, 7pm at Colossae Church in Tigard.  No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! Contact Barbara at barbarabomar@yahoo.com  for more information. (takes place 3rd Monday January 2019, April 2019, and September 2019. Handicapped accessible).

04/15/19 Babies/Kids/Maternity Clothing Swap, Small Toys and Accessories Swap, 7:25pm (right after Women’s all size swap) at Colossae Church in Tigard.   No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! Contact Barbara at barbarabomar@yahoo.com  for more information. (takes place 3rd Monday January 2019, April 2019, September 2019. Handicapped accessible).

04/19/19  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

04/20/19 Women’s Size 10-14 Clothing and Accessories Swap, 8:30am-9:15am at the Evergreen Community Church gym 935 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97232. Contact Swap Hostess Amy Alice for more information at amyalice58@gmail.com

04/26/19 Infant to Size 6 Children’s Clothing, Toy, and Book Swap, 6:00-8:30pm at Lagunitas Community Room 237 NE Broadway Portland 97232. This is a FREE event in conjunction with the Hawthorne Family Playschool school auction party. Pizza and beer for sale with proceeds benefiting Hawthorne Family Playschool.  Bring gently-used, laundered children’s clothing (infant-size 6), toys and books that you are ready to pass along. Go home with new clothes, toys and books! This is an ADULTS ONLY event. For more information check out the event facebook page , or contact Nichole Alhadeff, Email: Hfp.communications@gmail.com

04/26/19 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.  Bring all sizes of women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories …plus any other small 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

04/28/19 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! Email Monica for more info about swap: wildmoonherbs@gmail.com  Starting April 2019 contact  cobbcarrie@yahoo.com

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap, Happy Valley, December 28th

WHO IS READY FOR FREE SHOPPING???
Bring a friend and join us!! With the new clothes and giftable stuff you got for the holidays, you probably have some stuff you’ve realized just ‘isn’t you’ anymore.  Wash it up and bring it to the swap!  Then get some New Clothes and bling for the New Year!

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley,

Friday December 28th!  See you all at 7 pm! 

7 pm Friday December 28th
New Seasons Market on Sunnyside in the yoga studio/conference room inside New Seasons

15861 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr,
Happy Valley, OR 97086.

The last Friday of the month.

You can bring clothes, shoes and accessories…plus 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 me know. To RSVP (reserve your spot) contact Tanya at  Happyswap@hotmail.com