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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

2018 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap Short Video

Thanks to Chris for taking this short Holiday Gift and Toy Swap video today!  It was a great swap! Thank you to the volunteers, and the generous, kind people who participated!

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!
Barb Hughes
P.S.  Tokyo TV said the reason they chose Swap Positive to be on their Economic Magazine Show was because we had the highest SEO for this sort of thing.  On 05.17.19 I consulted IT expert, Ilene Klang. Ilene reported that since Swap Positive is currently a free wordpress site, it only gives some data…but it’s excellent data – the kind that Advertisers LIKE A LOT:
1. Very consistent views
2. Very “Sticky” views – people come to the site and stay/look around.


Ilene suggested with my leadership and Swap Positive mission/message for CEO’s, and the online data for CFO’s, I should pitch partnership to forward-thinking business.  So here’s my pitch: I want to create partnerships with businesses who want to expand their sustainability/recycling programs through Swap Positive in their communities, while benefitting local nonprofits.  If you are a proactive business, or an individual who wants to help support the growth of Swap Positive for good, please click our contact page for more information on how you can tangibly help.

Thanks for Sharing Swap Positive on Japanese TV TOKYO!

IMG_8984We had a great time tonight with News Program Director Wataru Nakamura,
and his staff Yuki Asahina and Hiroki Bando of TV TOKYO sharing Swap Positive for their prime time economic show Zipangu. (I totally spaced out and didn’t get a photo with them!  I’m disappointed, but have the happy memory of interacting in person and sharing the Swap Positive story…and I did get his card that I’m holding…). They interviewed us about Free Swaps, took a video of us swapping, and after the show airs they hope to get us a copy within the next month or so.

Thank you to the swappers able to make it to demonstrate a Swap Positive Free Swap: Christine Yun (not pictured), Barb Hughes, Wendy White Kettle, Sarah Guldenbrein, Shay Mullins, and Nagisa Day. You were all awesome! We all got some cute clothes, Shay is taking the remainders to SnowCap, and the food and visiting after the swap was extra special. Thank you for volunteering!

Be on TV Tokyo for Swap Demonstration!

Hi Swappers!

Would you consider volunteering to demonstrate Free Swapping with the viewers of TV Tokyo for the prime time economic variety show Zipangu?  This is really late notice, so I’m asking people who understand Free swaps to be involved Continue reading

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