Category Archives: Support

Volunteers needed for the 2017 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!

Calling volunteers for the 13th annual Holiday Gift and Toy Swap!  The tentative date is Saturday December 9th, 2017, starting at 2pm at the Evergreen Community Church gym in NE Portland.  After all the volunteer positions are filled we’ll post how to RSVP on the Swap Positive site (usually around mid-November).  If you’d like to volunteer, send your name and what position(s) you’d like, to swappositive @ gmail (dot) com. By volunteering you’ll assure yourself a place at the swap, and not only have free fun but help others, too!

POSITIONS NEEDING TO BE FILLED:

Two people who will greet and sign in swappers as they arrive.  Good job for people who like to stay in one spot and greet/sign-in people. Arrive at 1:00pm on day of swap to pick up clipboards.

4-5 people who will help swappers put out their things.  Good job for people who like to move around and help other people. If you see someone come in with a lot of stuff, ask them if they’d like help putting things out in rows, then help them. Arrive 1:15pm.

4-5+ people who will bring boxes and bag/box up remainders after swap.  Good job for a family or service group, but also fun for individuals who like to take one last look at the goodies to see if anything strikes their fancy.  Please bring extra boxes and bags (ask around – many stores will give you free packing boxes).  Arrive any time between 1pm and 2pm so you have time to put out your own stuff.  Start packing up around 2:45pm or whenever the crowd has thinned out, and stay until everything is packed up (est. 3:15pm).

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

2-3 people to bring vacuum cleaner(s) and extension cord(s) to vacuum after the swap.  Good for people who have a vacuum and like vacuuming.  It’s a LOT quicker for several volunteers to bring vacuums and extension cords so they can each vacuum a portion of the gym.  Come before 2pm to put out your stuff for the swap.  Estimate around 3:00pm – 3:15pm is when you begin vacuuming.

 POSITIONS ALREADY FILLED: Continue reading

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Greeter(s) and Cleaner(s) needed April 8th 2017

(WE HAVE ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS as of  03/09/17! Stay tuned for detailed information about how to RSVP for the 12th Annual Spring Stuff Swap!) Hi Swappers!  We still need some volunteers so we can hold the Spring Stuff Swap on April 8th 2017!  If you volunteer – you assure yourself a place at the swap!  Two REALLY easy jobs still need to be filled:

(03/03/17 this position has been filled!) 1-2 people who will greet and sign in swappers as they arrive.  You greet people at the door and have them check off their name from the RSVP list.  Easy.  Arrive between 1:00pm and 1:15pm on day of swap to pick up a clipboard that has the RSVP list.

(03/08/17 this position has been filled!) 1-2 people to bring a vacuum cleaner(s) and extension cord(s) to vacuum venue after the swap. Since the venue donates the space for free, we are responsible for returning it to them in good shape.  We ask that swappers bring only items that are clean, so there’s usually not that much to vacuum up at the end.  Estimate around 3:00pm – 3:15pm.

Thanks for letting us know if you can volunteer to sign people in before the Spring Stuff Swap, and/or vacuum after the Spring Stuff Swap on April 8th!  You can reply below, or email me at urbanfarmerpdx1@yahoo.com  If you’ve never been to a free gift or stuff swap, here’s what one looks like!

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. Continue reading

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.

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

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

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.

-Barb