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2018 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap is Full

AS OF 11/18/18  The Holiday Gift and Toy Swap is full.  However, volunteer Christine is still accepting people for the wait list.

If you have already had your RSVP confirmed with an email from volunteer Christine, and find out that you or someone in your party can’t make it to the swap, please let Christine know so she can invite the next person on the waiting list.

If you would like to start a Free Swap in your area of interest here’s how!  Please send your swap details and we’ll advertise your swap on Swap Positive for free!


Need volunteer to pick up remainder costumes and decorations

Hi swappers!  The women’s size 6-12 swap in NE Portland would like someone to pick up the costumes and decorations after the swap October 13th around 3pm.

If you know of a theater group, or you are attending an upcoming swap in October that would like a starter-pile of Halloween goodies, please let me know by emailing

Heck, if you want the remainders to decorate your own house and for your own costume box that would work too!

Email your name and phone number, and that you will pick up October 13th at 3pm, to and I’ll give you the address to the swap.

You can be any sex/size to pick up the remainders – many costumes/accessories and all decorations tend to be one-size-fits-many.


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!


Maternity, Baby Clothing and Gear Swap, SE Portland, May 25th

Have a lot of clothes, toys, baby gear, and maternity wear? Come swap your stuff with other People and their babies at the Alma Baby Clothing Swap Party!

When:  May 25th from 10am-2pm!

Where: Alma Education and Movement Space 1233 SE Stark, Portland OR 97214 (map)

Who: People and their babies, Pregnant persons, too!

Here are the details:
Bring gently-used items, maternity and in sizes newborn up to 5T. Items include:

  • clothing
  • socks and tights
  • shoes
  • coats, hats, sunglasses and other accessories
  • cloth diapers and diaper covers
  • maternity clothing, nursing bras, clothing, and accessories
  • baby gear (blankets, strollers, carriers, slings, baby care items, legal car seats and furniture, etc.)
  • gear (nursing pillows, pumps, etc.)
  • toys
  • books (both for baby and parenting books)
  • games

It helps to sort your clothing beforehand (so you have more time to dig through and find new awesome stuff!) in these seven categories:
newborn to 3 months
3-6 months
6-12 months
12-24 months

There are no limits to how much to bring or take, we just ask that you take what you need. Please bring something to carry home all of your new-to-you finds! Any leftover items will be donated to Insights Teen Parent Program.
Bring a potluck dish or beverage if you have the time and energy.

Pregnant Persons are welcome!

Any questions please feel free to call Jami Pedersen 503-867-3920