Category Archives: Media

Looking for Japanese Speaking Swapper

Hi swappers!  I was contacted by a Japanese TV station called Tokyo TV about doing a feature on Swap Positive.  If you speak Japanese, I’d love to hear from you ASAP.  The producers of their prime time economic variety show called Zipangu is wanting to do a short feature on the barter market and they heard about Swap Positive’s unique system of people swapping clothes.  As a sister city, they would like to stop by on August 26th or 27th for an interview.

I’m reaching out to see if we have any swappers willing to help me with this?  If so, please email me at and leave your name and phone number so I can call you back and we can talk about this fun opportunity!


Swap Positive listed as a resource for the Aging and Disability Resource Connection

Swap Positive is listed as a resource for the Aging and Disability Resource Connection!  Free Swaps include a variety of different swaps all run by volunteers. I know that those who identify as older or differently abled already attend many of our swaps, but if you would like to start a swap specifically for the aging or disabled, let me know and I’ll make sure to update the entry above to reflect your contribution to the Swap Positive community!  Wouldn’t it be cool to have a swap that could include things like wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, specialty clothing, or other unique and hard-to-find items for those who are recovering from an illness or injury?  If you’re feeling creative and want to start a swap specifically for those with Aging or Disabilities, here’s how. Then of course tell me about it so I can add it to the site.  Even a once a year event would be helpful and an awesome way to share resources!


All Size Clothing, Toys, Books, And Stuff Swap, SW Portland, July 17th

Clothing and Stuff Swap for All People, All Ages, All Sizes, All Genders (Men, Women, Kids, babies…in a child-friendly venue).

Declutter your home! Bring gently used items you no longer want and find new to you treasures. Items can include clothes, books, music, housewares, children’s toys, small electronics, small furniture.

*For each item you bring, you get to take one item.

What:  Clothing and Stuff swap!

Who: All People!  (This is a kid-friendly venue, so kids are welcome, too).

When: Tuesday July 17th, 6:30pm-8pm.

Where: Garden Home Community Library Annex, 7306 Southwest Oleson Road Portland OR 97223.

This event is free and open to the public. All items are free. All leftovers will be donated at the end of the event. For more information, check out the facebook event page.

Clothing Swap Video

This is a video KATU TV took explaining how Free clothing swaps work.  This was for their Go Green segment in 2011, featuring Swap Positive founder Barb Hughes. Instead of throwing things in the trash, why not put them to use?

Looking for Website Design Volunteer

I’m looking for a website design company/professional who can help update the Swap Positive website to include a working calendar (the one I created doesn’t work all the time and for all computers).  If we could have an easy to use events calendar for all upcoming swaps, that would make finding swaps a lot easier.

We could then use the blog roll for swap articles and updates.  I’m also open to other website design ideas/updates/templates that would make the Swap Positive site easier to read and easier to use.

If you or someone you know would like to donate their professional website services to Swap Positive, please contact me, Barb Hughes, at

Swap Positive’s New Facebook Page!

Elaine Brown, swap host for the new Longview Washington Women and Teens All Size Clothing Swap, has volunteered to create a Swap Positive facebook page!

Elaine used information from the Swap Positive website, with the goal of exposing the Swap Positive concept of Free Frugal Fun to a worldwide audience through facebook.

Elaine has begun posting free swaps that fit Swap Positive criteria (no money changes hands, remainders donated to organizations that give them away not sell them, etc.).

Feel free to check out the page and let Elaine know what you think:)

Gift and Toy Swap a Success

The above video is from the 2015 December Gift and Toy Swap today at the PCL Church in Portland Oregon. This is one of my favorite holiday activities. With 21 volunteers and happiness and community, it felt like one big party. About 160 people RSVP’d. Music, merry making, laughter, friendships made and renewed, recycling, and free frugal fun ensued. Alicia from Resourceful PDX was there to interview some of the swappers and take photos.  The remainders were taken by ‘volunteer santa’ JoAnn, and will be donated to Portland State’s Resource Center for Students with Children and the ReUse Room so more families can enjoy holiday cheer. Thanks to the volunteers and swappers who attended for such a fun and enjoyable event!

If you’d like to see a free swap in action, here’s a video about a stuff/gift swap, and here’s a video about a women’s clothing swap.