Category Archives: Support

Virtual Potluck/Dinner Visit With the Weils, 6:30pm Wednesdays

Swap Host Bert Fitzgerald of Simone Weil House is temporarily replacing Wednesday open dinner and discussion with a Zoom event (link every Wednesday @6:30pm.

Bring your food to your computer, connect on zoom meet up, and share…

check ins
chewing noises
a reading from Dorothy Day
Lectio Divina
closing comments

Swap host Burt says when the Covid-19 is under control and things get back to ‘normal’, the Wednesday Potluck Open Dinner will be back to its normal location.

Swap host is Bert Fitzgerald,

For additional details and updates, check the Simone Weil House Facebook Page

Swaps Cancelled, Time To Spring Clean!

Hi swappers!  Due to the corona virus and social distancing, Free Swaps will be taking a health break until it’s safe for group fun again.  Since you may have time on your hands being at home, feel free to go through your closets and storage and start compiling goodies to bring to free swaps when they start up again!

Another option would be to join your neighborhood Buy Nothing Group.  This is like free swapping, but on a person-to-person gift basis with your neighbors.  You may want to visit online with your gift recipient, and leave items on your porch for pickup.  Another suggestion is you may wish to agree ahead of time to wash/sanitize the object before gifting and after receiving. Just some options.

Thank you for being a part of this community of free frugal fun!  Please take care of yourself.  Be safe.

In appreciation,

Barb Hughes, Founder, Swap Positive


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 :

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Women’s and Kids Clothing Swap, Tigard, needs new volunteer host(s)

Swap co-hosts Barbara and Cindy have been hosting the Tigard Quarterly swaps for women and kids at the Colossae church location for over 9 years! Many women and families have had the thrill of free frugal fun, exchanging treasure, helping out the environment, and being philanthropists. Barbara and Cindy say that, due to busy stages of life for both of them, they need to step down as hosts and either close down this swap or pass it along to the next host.
If YOU would like to step forward and host these Tigard swaps at the Colossae church location (or start a swap in your size/interest at this location and time), Cindy said she’ll help you with the transition. 12244 SW Garden Place.  Date is 3rd Monday in September, January and April.  Handicapped accessible, adults only since venue is not fully childproofed. You can email Cindy at   Cindy can give you helpful tips on how to start a free swap (she’s done most of the work already) and what to say at a free swap (ie what a host does).  It’s pretty simple and here’s why. Then, please contact me with the updated information so I can update this website and help give you free advertising for your swap!
Other west side swaps still available include:

Maternity and Baby Clothing to Kids size 10, Accessories  and Toy Swap (NW Portland, PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland OR 97229). Swaps will be held three times a year: June, October, February. Bring gently-used gear and clothes: maternity and sizes premie up to size 10. in the Event Center in Building 9.  For details check out the Naked Baby Clothing Swap (Westside Edition) page.

Babies and Kids Size 0-6+ Clothing Exchange (Hillsboro) 9am-noon in the multi-purpose room at Harvest Community Church, 8215 NE Quantama Street, Hillsboro, OR 97006. This is a first-time swap!  If enough people show up to exchange kids size 0-6+ goodies, they will consider making it a regular event – so tell all your friends/families that have babies and little kids to come out and bring things they’re kids have outgrown that are clean and in good condition, and swap for new-to-you items that you love! For more information about this swap, contact Swap Coordinator Kelly at

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Yonder House Brunch & Story Swap, NE Portland, July 6th

What: Potluck Brunch and Story Swap

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

When: July 6th 2019, 10am-2pm.
We’ll provide at least baked oatmeal and coffee – please bring food to share, and a story to swap!

Big changes are happening at Yonder House and this will be a good way to hang out, get to know the new crew, and see a bit of what we’re up to now. Long story short, a couple just moved in who were living outside thanks to the help of generous donors, and our house is turning into a house of hospitality/public house, inspired by the Catholic Worker tradition of hospitality and the ideal of a neighborhood house to function as a social and trust economy hub. If you’re interested in such things, there are definitely ways to plug in.

Peace, and hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, check the page again soon because we’ll be inviting people over on a regular basis. Here’s the Yonder House Facebook Page

Free Variety Show and Potluck, NE Portland, June 14th

Variety Shows are where people pick an interesting or ‘hidden’ talent and share it!

When: June 14th, 7pm-11pm,
Where: Yonder House, 5311 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR
What: Variety Show and Potluck! Share/swap a simple talent (Juggling? Music? Poetry? Wiggling your ears? Hand- stand?  Finger puppets? Jokes?  Art? Other?) and bring a drink or snack to share.

7pm show up to hang out, potluck, share drinks and snacks (feel free to bring something to share), and enjoy tasting the vegan coconut curry lentil stew that’s lovingly provided.  8pm the show begins / 9pm intermission hang out / 10pm ish chill after party. Enjoy a free evening of laughter, and cheer on others.  Respond via facebook here, or call Bert at 574-213-5468 to get on the Continue reading

Swap Positive Advisory Board Wanted

Hi Swappers!

I’m looking for a Swap Positive Advisory board to explore next steps.  I started Swap Positive 14 years ago and it’s developed into an amazing way to benefit all stakeholders (Tokyo TV said they came over to interview me due to the high SEO of Swap Positive)!  However, since it’s just little ole’ me doing all the behind the scenes stuff, if something happens to me, Swap Positive would end!  I need an organization to share the responsibility.  Seeing that my passion and leadership has elevated my little volunteer social experiment into a high SEO powerhouse…it could now become self-supporting…but only with expert help!

Thus, why I’m looking for a Swap Positive Volunteer Advisory Board to explore next steps. I seek professionals who understand and support Swap Positive. Below is my dream advisory team (but I’m open to ANY help to create a way for Swap Positive to become self-sustaining!)

Please email me at if you can help!

1. Business Advisor, to help expand Swap Positive so it’s funded and self-sustaining

2. Website Designer Current Site on unsupported template and losing functionality.  I’ve purchased the domain names and  Site needs to be made easier to navigate.  Venues, swap hosts, and non-profit picking up remainders need to more easily connect.  A calendar that is easy for everyone to read, and venues and hosts can update their swap info themselves without affecting other entries. A donate button needed.

3. Lawyer I started Swap Positive as a hobby for fun.  How can we move this towards a self-supporting organization while keeping it easy and fun for me and for all free swappers?

4. Accountant/CPA  When/if we get money from donations, investment, business, etc. how do we structure the company so that staff and bills get paid?

5. B- Corp Liaison  Swap Positive and B-Corps share much of the same mission.  Let’s figure out how we can partner

6. Government liaison How can government support Swap positive to keep usable items out of landfills, fill community needs for free?  We’ve had good input in the past, but I’d like an ongoing liaison to advise me.

7. Business Liaison Swap Positive brings in customers through free venue association, benefits company recycling goals, and provides free employee benefits. Let’s connect with businesses for mutual benefit!

8. Venue liaison Person to compile list of venues willing to host swaps, keep information updated on website.

9. Non-profit liaison Person to compile list of non-profits who’ll pick up remainders, keep information updated on website.

10. What can you offer on our Swap Positive Advisory Board? (please contact me at

I’d like to meet once a month, so if you could email your name, email, phone, way you can help, and best days/times for you to meet, that would be Great!  Email, and in the subject line write “Swap Positive Advisory Board”

Volunteers Needed for the Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!

It’s time to get volunteers for the 2018 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap in NE Portland!  Tentative date is Saturday December 8th when we get all volunteer positions filled.  Feel free to choose how you/your friends would like to help to make the magic happen!  Volunteers assure themselves a place at the swap! You can reply below, or contact


1-2 Person(s) with van(s) who will pick up and give away remainders for free to a charity who gives away the items, not sells them.  Bring a van and pick up boxes/bags on day of swap between 3:00pm and 3:15pm, then deliver them and make lots of people happy!

4+ people who will bring boxes and bag/box up remainders after swap.  Arrive any time between 1pm and 2pm so you have time to put out your own stuff. Bring boxes (you can get free ones from most grocery stores if you ask in advance). Start packing up around 2:45pm or whenever the crowd has thinned out, and stay until everything is packed up (est. 3:15pm).

This is a great volunteer opportunity to welcome the holiday season of giving, a chance to de-clutter holiday giftables you no longer have a use for, AND shop for new-to-you sustainable gifts for yourself and family!

*Positions filled: 3 people to vacuum, 2 people to greet and sign in swappers, 1 person taking RSVP’s,  and 5 people who’ve volunteered to help put things out, 2 people who’ve offered to help box things up at the end.  We have someone to help pick up remainders and donate them to a clothing closet, but if you have a van and would be willing to help them transport, please let me know! 

Volunteer needed to deliver remainders after Women’s Clothing Swap May 12th

Hi swappers!  We need a person with a big heart and a vehicle who can transport the clothing remainders from the women’s clothing swap Saturday May 12th from the Evergreen Church in NE Portland, to a housing project in NW Portland after the swap.  You’d play an important part in sharing the fun of free swaps with people who could really use the uplift!  If you can help after tomorrow’s swap, please tell Anna the swap hostess at the swap, or you can contact her in advance at

Thanks for helping to bring the fun of treasure-hunting to make a positive difference for families in our community!

Barb Hughes, Swap Positive Volunteer Coordinator


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.