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Volunteers Needed for the Spring Stuff Swap!

This post is a call for volunteers!  Be part of the Fun! Choose to volunteer for the 2017 Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland! At only twice a year, this is a very popular and well attended swap where kind women, men, and teens bring usable treasures they no longer use, and go home with new-to-you items they love or can give as gifts, all for free! Tentative date is Saturday April 8th when we get all volunteer positions below filled. Volunteer only 15-45 minutes either before or after the swap. Feel free to choose how you would like to help to make the magic happen below.


1-2 people who will greet and sign in swappers as they arrive (before swap). 

1-2 Person(s) or non-profit organizations with van(s) who will ‘play Santa’ and pick up and give away remainders for free to a charity who gives away the items, not sells them (after swap).  

4 people who will bring boxes and bag/box up remainders (after swap). 

(02/25/17 We now have all the volunteers we need for this position) 3 people who will help swappers put out their things (before swap).

2 people to bring a vacuum cleaner(s) and extension cord(s) to vacuum venue (after the swap).  

Thanks for letting me know if you can help in the comment section below, and I’ll contact you with further details. By volunteering, you assure your place at this very popular swap!

When  all the volunteers are in place, details such as what to bring, and a special  RSVP email address will be listed on the Swap Positive site after the third week in March.

Barb Hughes

The Treasure Hunting Begins…

Swappers were pretty excited about the February size 6-12 (small/medium) clothing swap at the Evergreen Community Church gym (formerly PCL /Presbyterian Church Of Laurelhurst building in NE Portland).  We hadn’t swapped clothes since November 2016 due to the Gift swap in December, and being iced out in January. This is play time for those who love de-cluttering, treasure hunting, and refreshing wardrobes for absolutely free! Plus we had lots of remainders that were picked up this time by the Pay It Forward Store to be shared with others in our community for free.

Everyone who comes to Free Swaps not only gets to de-clutter and have an hour or so of free entertainment, but each person gives AND receives AND is a philanthropist AND helps the environment by keeping usable items out of landfills.  Thank you for being a part of the free frugal fun! Everyone who contributes in a free swap participates in the magic to make it all happen.


Photo taken before the February 11th free swap in NE Portland. Can you feel the buzz of excitement in the room?

*NEW* Community Potluck/Brunch, NE PDX, December 17th

Our first ever FOOD group on Swap Positive!

Yonder House is holding a Community Potluck Brunch Saturday December 17th!  Hang out and eat good food! Bring something to share, eat, enjoy yourself, and meet like-minded kind people!

(Free clothing and stuff swaps are a ‘potluck of things’…Yonder House hosts a twice a month ‘potluck of food’!)

When: Saturday December 17th, 11am

Where:  5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR

What to bring:  Potluck/brunch food item(s) to share

We look forward to seeing you. We want to welcome neighbors and friends and build community connection. We hold potluck brunches twice a month, usually the first and third Saturdays at 11am. All are welcome!

Contact Bert Fitzgerald 574-213-5468 for more information. Check out the Yonder House facebook page at facebook/yonderhouseon15th for details on our twice a month potluck brunches!

Need Vacuum Volunteers for Holiday Gift and Toy Swap

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS HAVE ALL BEEN FILLED!  Be watching this Swap Positive blog feed around the middle of November – that’s when we give details on the Holiday Gift and Toy Swap – AND list the RSVP email so you can reserve your space at the swap! Continue reading

NEW* Halloween and Holiday Costumes, Clothing, Decorations, and Accessories Swap, NE PDX, October 15th

NEW* Halloween and Holiday Costumes, Clothing, Decorations, and Accessories Swap, NE PDX, October 15th

A brand new swap in NE Portland featuring costume items and accessories! Goofy, flamboyant, or potentially scary – anything wearable or that could be used to create a fun or interesting outfit is welcome. Bring Halloween Décor as well.

Where: 5311 NE 15th Avenue, on the corner of 15th and Emerson, with the big front yard.

When: Saturday October 15th at NOON.

Free Swap rules apply.

If the October Halloween Costume swap goes well, it might continue as a monthly or quarterly costume swap for any used costumes and fun accessories, items for theater, comic-con, dress up, retro parties, Renaissance faire, or anything odd and fun to wear! Get rid of those weird items around your house and costumes that are not ‘you’ anymore, or that you’ve outgrown. Regular clothing items welcome too. Vote that you want continued costume swaps by showing up to this October Free Costume Swap!

Contact Bert Fitzgerald 574-213-5468. And check out the Yonder House facebook page for more information on upcoming free events.

Swapper Shay Featured in June Resourceful Portland Article

Remember when Alicia from Resourceful Portland interviewed swappers and took photos at the 2016 Spring Stuff Swap?  Well, check out this amazing story about Swap Positive and Free Swaps featuring swapper Shay Mullins in the June  Resourceful Portland blog!

Sustainability Agency Checks Out Spring Stuff Swap 2016

Hi Swappers!   Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday for the Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland.  Some special guests are coming: my friend Alicia and some staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS).

If you are a regular or semi-regular swapper, Alicia and Blythe are looking for a swapper or two to ask a few questions on why you like free swaps, get some pictures of you looking happy and having fun, then write an article that will be part of the June Portland Curbsider, and blog posts for BPS!  You might become famous for having free frugal fun, being sustainable, and making a positive difference!  And of course you’ll be freeing yourself of household clutter, and getting some new-to-you things that you’ll use and enjoy, catch up with friends, and be a philanthropist (the PSU Student Re-Use Free Store, and the Paying It Forward Free Store are both recipients of this months remainders)!

Photographer Kristin plans to stage the shots with volunteers, and will let those who don’t want to be photographed know so they can get out of the frame 🙂

I’m excited – I’ve got 2 boxes of clean goodies ready for the free swap, and will be taking one last look around the house, garage, and garden shed to gather and clean up any remaining items in the next day or so.

If you’re looking for a last minute volunteer opportunity, we could use an extra person to bring their vacuum from home and an extension cord.  That way we’ll have two vacuuming volunteers to make sure the venue’s carpeted gym floor is cleaned up after the swap.

Thanks for being a part of the free swapping community.