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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


NEW Potluck and Variety Show, NE Portland, March 16

UPDATE 03/15/18 Hello Everyone!-The Whatever Variety Show has been POSTPONED, New Date TBD – dates being considered are April 20th or 21st, among others. If you have a preference, please respond or contact Bert Fitzgerald! Thanks- Janie Paige.

“Whatever” the Variety Show and Potluck, at Yonder House in NE Portland, March 16th!

Shake off hibernation with an evening of low-key performance and potlucking at Yonder House. We’ll take in each other’s poetry, music, movies, comedy, skits, musings, etc., and just eat drink and hang out.

March 16th at Yonder House,  5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR

Potluck starts at 7pm, Variety Show starts at 8pm

Don’t have something to present? Yes you do. Just lower your standards. Respond via facebook here, or Call Bert at 574-213-5468 to get on the list (but you don’t have to).

Try to bring some drinks or snacks to share potluck style. We’ll have some stuff.

MC Bertrand will be presenting the commercial sponsorships for our acts, hopefully with live musical accompaniment. Contact Bert at 574-213-5468 for further information.

First Ever Sandy Library Free Seed Swap a Success!

20180127_114855We had 93 people come enjoy our very first seed swap in Sandy January 27th 2018. It was a huge success.  The pre-planning meeting I had with the volunteers the week before made the set-up on the day of the event run smoothly.  I was very proud of the way the gardening experts helped the new gardeners with their questions. I watched throughout the event as people would take the time to tidy up the seed packets to make everything look nice and make it easy for people to find what they were looking for.

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February 2018 Free Swaps

Here’s the Free Swaps we know about so far for February!  If you have a free swap that fits our criteria, let me know and I’ll add your swap to our list! If you want to start a free swap in your size, area of town, or area of interest, here’s how.

02/03/18  Women’s and Teens All Size Clothing Swap 6pm at the Rushing Water Yoga Studio in Downtown Camas WA.  Please pre-sort your clothes so they can be separated into piles small, medium, large, plus, and accessories. Takes place the first Saturday of the month September through June (No swaps July and August).  Please RSVP to Dorothy at

*02/13/18 UPDATE Community Potluck brunch returns February 17th! due to some residents moving in/out this weekend, the Community Potluck/Brunch at Yonder House has been postponed. Check facebook for details on when moving is completed and brunches start up again.   Community Potluck/Brunch at Yonder House in NE Portland, (usually first and third Saturdays, sometimes other Saturdays) starting at 11:00am. Bring food to share, eat, enjoy yourself, and meet like-minded kind people!  Contact Bert Fitzgerald 574-213-5468 for more information. Check out the Yonder House facebook page at facebook/yonderhouseon15th for details.

02/10/18 Women’s size 6-12 Medium Clothing Swap in NE Portland at the Evergreen Community Church. For what to expect see details here.

02/11/18 Family All Size Clothing Swap (Beaverton) 7pm @ Adapt Continue reading

NE Portland Holiday Gift and Toy Swap Full

Reservations for The Holiday Gift and Toy Swap for December 9th are now full.  All those who are on the RSVP entry list have been contacted via email.  If you are on the wait list, Christine will contact you if a space opens up due to cancellation.  For those who registered and have been confirmed for this event, gather up your clean-in-good-condition giftables (examples here), and we’ll see you this Saturday!  For those who didn’t register, enjoy attending one of the other free swaps this weekend – it’s all good!

Other Free Swaps on December 9th in Portland: