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January 2020 Free Swaps!

Happy New Year 2020!! We’ve got some fantastic free swaps this month!  Food/potlucks, women’s clothing swaps in various sizes, family clothing swaps for men/women/kids, a book swap, household stuff swap, and a seed swap to get you thinking about spring gardening! If you have a free swap you’d like to share, please contact me with your information and I’ll add it to our Swap Positive Google Calendar, our Other Swaps page, and in this blog roll – for more information, click here- https://swappositive.wordpress.com/contact/

01/04/20  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

01/11/20 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

01/11/20 Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap in NE Portland, 2pm at the Evergreen Community Church.  For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

01/11/20 Women’s Size 10-14 Clothing and Accessories Swap, 8:00am-9:00am 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

01/12/20 Family All-Size Clothing Swap (Men, Women, Kids) and BOOKS The North Portland Free Clothing Exchange is a free community event held quarterly at the Kenton Church on North Lombard Street (in the basement). Everyone is welcome. All sizes of Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s clothing are exchanged. No donation is required in order to receive clothing and books at this swap. We’re now exchanging books too! Bring your children and grown up books that are in good condition and that you’d be proud to share…and take a few new stories home with you.  https://freeclothingexchange.org/?fbclid=IwAR2dYRBFxz4Nhfj60cjwinWKjw0dILNzNAqRF_uSlT_QpHJVEZfLzfZGmts

01/15/20 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.

01/17/20 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

01/18/20 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

01/18/20 All Size/All Age/All Gender Clothing and Holiday Decor Swap 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. Multnomah County Library – Gresham, 385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham, OR 97030, USA Sponsored by the City of Gresham and Green Minded Gresham

01/18/20 Women’s All Size Clothing, Household 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).

01/25/20 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

01/25/20 Sandy Seed Swap (Sandy Oregon), All gardeners are welcome to the Sandy Library’s annual Seed Swap! If you don’t have seeds to contribute this year, no worries. Our seed swap motto is “Bring what you have and take what you need”. From 10am-11:30am in the Sandy library Community Room, Seedy Sunday is an heirloom seed exchange for everyone. Bring your organic, non-GMO, non-hybrid seeds to share. It is not required that you donate seeds to be able to participate. However, please only take the amount of seeds that you actually will use in your garden so there will be plenty for everyone. Seedy Sunday provides the opportunity to come together and exchange our non-GMO, non-hybrid heritage varieties of vegetable and flower seeds. Seedy Sunday Seed Swap takes place annually on the last Sunday in January.  Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd #8040, Sandy, OR 97055. Contact librarian Susie Jenkins for more information, at 503-668-5537, sjenkins@ci.sandy.or.us.

01/26/20 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 information, contact Carrie at  cobbcarrie@yahoo.com

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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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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Need A Volunteer to Arrange Gift And Toy Swap Remainder Pick Up

Hi Swappers!

We need a volunteer who will arrange pick up of the Toy and Gift Swap remainders from December 14th’s Swap to distribute them to local non-profits.  

Contact me at swappositive@gmail.com if you can arrange remainder pick-up!

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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Potluck/Brunch, NE Portland, August 10th

Meet new people and share good food! Drop in on the Saturday Potluck Brunch, every Saturday from 10a-1p. Bring something to share! Come to chat, share food, build relationships. Coming soon: swap resources at a permanent free store space & library!

When: Every Saturday, from 10am-1pm

Where: 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97211-4905

Swap host is Bert Fitzgerald, SimoneWeilHouse@gmail.com

For additional details and updates, check the Simone Weil House Facebook Pagefacebook.com/SimoneWeilHouse