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Volunteers needed for Maternity, Baby, and Kid Clothing Swap, Feb 16th at PCC

The Maternity, Baby, and Kid Clothing Swap is looking for volunteers for tomorrow’s event at PCC (toys, books, and accessories, too!) If you plan to go, here’s a link for how you can help out with the fun – and meet some new like-minded friends, too!  If you weren’t planning on going, but want to go be a part of the free frugul fun by helping so other women can shop, you’re welcome to come help, too!    https://www.facebook.com/events/1139976766180769/1153202128191566/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1550218066114842

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Maternity, Baby and Kids Clothing, Accessories, and Toy Swap, NW Portland, February 16th

What:  Maternity, baby and kids clothing, accessories, and toy swap, maternity and kids sizes premie up to size 10.

When: Saturday February 16th   2pm-3pm.

Where: PCC Rock Creek Campus 17705 NW Springville Portland, OR 97229

Clean out your closets and the toy shelf!!! Purge what you no longer need!!! We also need helpful volunteers! (Please read below for details on what to bring).

This event will be at PCC Rock Creek in the Event Center in Building 9. Parking at PCC is FREE on Saturdays. The gravel parking lot just passed building 9 is the closest place to park. This website has a good map of the campus building locations:
https://www.pcc.edu/about/locations/rock-creek/

Please bring things to swap or non-perishable food items (to go to a food pantry) if you can. Of course, nobody will be turned away.

You may arrive as early as 1:40pm to set things out. However, WE ASK THAT ONCE YOU HAVE PLACED YOUR ITEMS, STEP OUT OF THE ROOM UNTIL 2PM. We want everyone to have a fair chance at getting what ever comes and getting some nice things. You will NOT be allowed to create a stack of new finds prior to 2pm.

VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NEEDED TO:
1) Help direct people as they come in and Continue reading

February 2019 Free Swaps!

Wow, it’s already February!  It’s time to clean out your closets of things you no longer need/use/love, and get a fresh start – possibly see what you can find for Valentines Day?  Here’s the free swaps we know about for February – email if you have any additions/corrections. So far we’ve got all sizes of  women’s clothing swaps, household stuff swaps, family clothing swaps, maternity clothing swaps, kids clothings/books/toy swaps, and a brand new (to us) Seed Swap!  Come enjoy free swapping and treasure hunting with like-minded kind people! If you don’t see a swap in the size/location/items you like, please start one!  We are all volunteers and would love for you to join in creating and enjoying the free frugal fun!

2/02/19  Women’s and Teens All Size Clothing and Small Household Stuff Swap 6pm at the Rushing Water Yoga Studio in Downtown Camas WA.  This is now an All Size Women’s swap, so please pre-sort your clothes so they can be separated into piles small, medium, large, plus, and accessories. Also small household items. Takes place the first Saturday of the month September through June (No swaps July and August).  Please RSVP to Dorothy at  clarkcountyclothingswap@gmail.com

02/09/19 Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap in NE Portland at the Evergreen Community Church.  For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

NEW 02/09/19 Seed Swap, third annual Grow Portland Seed Swap from 2:30-4pm at the IRCO Community Room, 10323 NE Glisan St in Portland. Bring extra seed you have saved in your garden to share with others and discover new varieties. Local gardeners and farmers will have the opportunity to learn about seed saving and take home seeds. If you do not have any seed to share, you are welcome to come too— we normally have plenty of seeds. More information on the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/786920424981868/?active_tab=about

UPDATE: CHANGED DATE TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10TH DUE TO SUPERBOWL 02/10/19 Family All Size Clothing Swap (Beaverton) 7pm @ Adapt Training at 9923 SW Arctic Dr Beaverton, OR 97005. Bring your whole family!   Our swap is FREE, with no admission charge, no strings attached, and all remainders will be given away for free or to organizations that will not sell them but will give them away. For further details contact Kirsten at kirsten@adapttraining.com  Carla or Juleea at arellanofour@gmail.com or check the facebook page.  Meets every other month (usually on the first Sunday (but in February it’s the 2nd Sunday due to Superbowl), April, June, August, October, December 2019)

02/15/19  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

02/16/19 Maternity, Baby, and Kids clothing/accessories/toys/books swap, 2-3pm at the PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland OR 97229,  Event Center in Building 9. There are no limits to how much to bring or take, we just ask that you take only what you need. Please bring something to carry home all of your new-to-you finds! Any leftover items will be donated to Northwest Children’s Outreach.  For additional details, check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/BabyClothesSwapWestPDX/. 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.

 

02/22/19 Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley, 7pm at New Seasons market on Sunnyside in the yoga studio/conference room. The last Friday of the month.  Bring all sizes of women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories …plus any other small goodies that you want to pass on (such as books, jewelry, lotions, makeup, pens, arts and crafts and etc). If you know of a good organization that can use the leftover clothes or if you can take it with you please let me know. To RSVP (reserve your spot) contact Tanya at  Happyswap@hotmail.com

02/24/19 Women’s Large clothing swap (approximately size 14-1X) 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 12 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! Email Monica for more info about swap: wildmoonherbs@gmail.com

Baby/Kids/Maternity Clothing, accessories and Toy Swap, Tigard, January 21st

01/21/19 Babies/Kids/Maternity Clothing Swap, Small Toys and Accessories Swap, 7:25pm (right after Women’s all size swap) at Collossae Church in Tigard.   No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! Contact Barbara at barbarabomar@yahoo.com  for more information. (takes place 3rd Monday January 2019, April 2019, September 2019. Handicapped accessible).

Gather the kids and baby clothing, accessories, and small toys that are in good condition that your kids have outgrown and you no longer use, wash them up, and bring them to the swap!  Also bring maternity clothes and accessories.  This is a big space with plenty of room for adults and teens – please leave children at home with a trusted sitter.

What:  Kids and Baby Clothing and Small Toy Swap …also Maternity Clothes and accessories!

When: MONDAY January 21st 2019  at 7:25pm -8pm

Where:  Colossae Church, 12244 SW Garden Place, Tigard.   NOTE: This swap location is only partially child proofed so please leave children at home.

Not only will you de-clutter your stuff, you’ll find ‘new’ things you can use and your kids will love!  It’s a great way to clean house, recycle, and practice sustainability…and it’s free!

There’s also a Women’s All Size Clothing Swap from  7pm – 7:25pm right before the kids swap.  Doors open at 6:30pm so you can sort your women’s and kids stuff, participate in the Women’s swap at 7, followed by the kids swap at 7:25pm.  All left overs will be given to several great organizations: we rotate between Caring Closet, NW Children’s Outreach and the Women’s Shelter downtown.

No need to RSVP – just show up with your stuff- there’s plenty of room for kind helpful adults and teens! (This venue is handicapped accessible, but please no children below teens!  Ladies – we do have to make one exception; if our hostess cannot come due to a child care conflict – then we are going to allow the hostess’ child(ren) to come – otherwise we won’t have a swap.)

Size Categories:

Maternity– all sizes

New baby – preemie-12mo

Older baby – 18mo-24mo

Toddlers – 2T-4T

Children – 5-7

Girls & Boy’s – 8-14+

Toys – small & medium only**

Accessories – see below for details**

**Accessories and toys can be lightly used and clean including socks, shoes, boots, hats, scarves, mittens, sunglasses, books, tapes, CD’s, videos, DVDs.

How the swap works: Clothing will be separated into size groups on the floor and marked with signs.   When you arrive place your clothes in matching size piles and wait around the outer perimeter of the room so that other swappers can place their clothing – it is important and fair to others that the swap starts at the same time for everyone and that there is no pre-swapping.  At about 7:25pm the swap host will let you know that the swap is about to begin.  At that time you will be instructed to stand in front of the clothing piles with sizes you are looking for.  When the swap host starts the swap, sort through the piles of clothing to find the items you need and put them in your bag – please remember to be generous and courteous as you are swapping clothes with your neighbors. While you swap keep track of your newly acquired items and hang on to personal belongings, if you let them out of your site they may be swapped!

What to Bring: Freshly washed, non-stained, clothing in good usable condition. There are no minimum requirements for how many items you have to bring or how many you can take but please be considerate and kind. Clothing, toys, and other items that do not get swapped will be donated to low income and high needs families in our community. Please bring only clothing and small accessories to this swap.

We try to do a kids clothing swap 3 times a year. Everything will always be posted on Swap Positive.

PASS IT ON: If you know someone who would be interested in attending a clothing swap please feel free to pass this email along.

  1.  We need YOUR help to keep this swap running smoothly.  Please help set up and/or clean up.  We have families too and sometimes the task of clearing our wonderful donations takes a bit of time.  Many hands make light work!
  2. We ask ladies who attend our swaps to help keep the swaps running smoothly.  That means to answer questions for newbies, remind people who may have forgotten the Free Swap Rules, and generally help to keep a great thing going so that everyone may enjoy our event.
  3. As much as we love children, we really have to ask that children who are walking not be at the swaps.  Babes in arms are okay.  If you have to bring a child with you, please bring an adult who can attend the child in one of the classrooms.  Ladies – we do have to make one exception; if our hostess cannot come due to a child care conflict – then we are going to allow the hostess’ child(ren) to come – otherwise we won’t have a swap.  We feel sure that you would rather have a swap than not!
  4. With the growth in attendance, this is a blessing – We are going to ask everyone to read and understand the “Rules for Swapping”- and agree to abide by them.  By attending, you agree to act according to the rules:

FREE SWAP RULES (in a nutshell):

By coming to Free Swaps, you agree to the following Free Swap Rules:

  1. Only bring clean items in good condition (in the correct sizes if applicable).
  2. Do not take anything before the swap coordinator says “go”.
  3. Be kind and generous to other swappers and the swap coordinators. Don’t take stuff you will not personally use or give as gifts.
  4. You agree that you WILL NOT SELL ANYTHING that you received at any Free Swap(s).
  5. Free Swaps are UNIQUE! If you attend Free Swaps you are agreeing to abide by the Free Swap Mission/goals. If you feel the above rules are unreasonable, do not attend.

–Your participation is your agreement to follow Free Swap rules.–

FREE SWAP RULES (more details)

  1. Free Swaps are UNIQUE!  Coordinators volunteer their time for free.  Venues donate their location for free.  Swappers bring clean items in good condition for free, and in return find `new’ items for themselves or to give as gifts.  Remainders are donated to organizations and individuals who will GIVE them away, not sell them.  No money changes hands.  Everyone gets to play with kind, generous, thrifty, sustainability-minded people.
  2. Bring only CLEAN items in good condition (no obvious rips, stains, no broken or missing zippers, no pant legs without the pants) in the sizes stated for that particular swap.  If it is a stuff or gift swap, bring only stuff/gifts and save the sized clothing for a clothing swap.  Please leave kids at home unless they are specifically invited, for the safety and enjoyment of all.
  3. Do NOT take anything before the swap coordinator says `go’.  We all start at the same time so everyone has the same opportunities.  If you see someone take something before the swap begins, please kindly remind them to put the item back until the swap begins.  If the thrill of the chase and all that wonderful free stuff brings you to a panic/greed mode  – slow down, take a deep breath, and know that there is plenty for everyone – including you!  And just like in a retail store, sometimes you’ll find a lot you like, sometimes a little.  Enjoy watching the thrill as everyone gets things they need, and come back next time to see what treasures are in store for you.
  4. Be kind to the swap coordinators -they are donating their time, energy, organizational skills, data/web skills, correspondence, and coordinating abilities for free.  By bringing an extra sack for remainders, or staying after for a few minutes to help clean up, you are showing your appreciation for the swap coordinator and helping to keep free swaps going.  If two people want the same item, the person with less gets the item. Free Swaps are kinda like a potluck – everyone brings something(s) and leaves full and happy.  If you find that you complain instead of being grateful, Free Swaps are not the place for you.
  5. By being here, you agree that you WILL NOT SELL ANYTHING that you received for free at any Free Swap(s).  If your goal is to sell things, there are plenty of other places to get them.  Free Swaps are NOT one of those places. To learn more about what Free Swaps ARE, click here.
  6. If you attend Free Swaps, you are agreeing to abide by the Free Swap Rules. No re-sellers, ebay sellers, etc, are invited to our swaps. Re-sellers, hoarders, and factious people will be asked to leave.  Free Swaps are for the fun, entertainment, enjoyment, and good Karma of people who understand and appreciate the giving spirit of  `free’:)  People who come to free swaps have found that as they have given freely of what they no longer need, they have received freely cool new stuff!  Plus, remainders are donated to organizations that will give them away for free, so everyone is a philanthropist!

The fine print: Because swap coordinators are volunteers donating their time and energy, they have every right to feel safe.  If any person makes them feel uncomfortable, threatens them, complains incessantly, refuses to follow the rules, or in any way causes the swap coordinator grief, she/he has the right to ban them from her/his swap.

If you have further questions, Contact Barbara at barbarabomar@yahoo.com

Thanks for helping us keep a great thing going!!!

-Barbara and Cindy

January 2019 Free Swaps – including a NEW Women’s 14-1X swap!

Hi Swappers!  Happy New Year!  Here’s the swaps we know about so far for January 2019.  We’ve got a NEW SWAP – WOMEN’S SIZE 14-1X!  We’ve also got an heirloom seed swap, a family swap for men, women, kids, and babies, a kids and maternity clothing swap, swaps that include toys or stuff, several women’s sized clothing swaps and more! If you know of any additional free swaps that fit our criteria, please let me know and I’ll add them to this list.

01/05/19  Women’s and Teens All Size Clothing and Small Household Stuff Swap 6pm at the Rushing Water Yoga Studio in Downtown Camas WA.  This is now an All Size swap, so please pre-sort your clothes so they can be separated into piles small, medium, large, plus, and accessories. Also small household items. Takes place the first Saturday of the month September through June (No swaps July and August).  Please RSVP to Dorothy at  clarkcountyclothingswap@gmail.com

01/05/19 Family Clothing and Stuff Swap for Men, Women, Kids – everyone is invited!  1pm-3pm at the Garden Home Community Library Annex, 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223.  Celebrate the new year by clearing out the clutter!  Bring clothing for men, women, and kids, household items, books, small furniture and electronics to swap.  Items should be in clean and usable condition.  All leftovers will be donated to charities including the Union Gospel Mission, Cat Adoption Team, and more.  If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Heather at 503-245-9932. http://www.gardenhomelibrary.org/events/adults/ 

01/12/19 Women’s Size 6-12 Clothing Swap in NE Portland at the Evergreen Community Church.  For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

01/13/19 Family Clothing, Footwear, and Book Swap Sunday January 13th, 2-4pm at the Kenton Church 2115 N Lombard street Portland OR 97217, in the basement. Come join the fun! Everyone is welcome. All sizes of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing will be exchanged. No donation is required in order to receive clothing, but feel free to bring clothing and shoes in good condition to swap. We also are swapping BOOKS! So make sure to bring in all the books you are finished with, and swap them for some great cool weather/snuggle-up reads! What: All Size/All Age Clothing, Footwear, and Book Swap
When: Sunday January 13th, 2-4pm Where: Kenton Church Basement 2115 N Lombard street Portland OR 97217. Frequently asked questions about this swap http://freeclothingexchange.org/faq. This quarterly swap usually takes place spring, summer, fall, winter. Contact Ginny for more information at pdxfreeclothingexchange@gmail.com

01/18/19   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

01/21/19  Women’s All Size Clothing Swap, 7pm at Collossae Church in Tigard.  No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! Contact Barbara at barbarabomar@yahoo.com  for more information. (takes place 3rd Monday January 2019, April 2019, and September 2019. Handicapped accessible).

01/21/19 Babies/Kids/Maternity Clothing Swap, Small Toys and Accessories Swap, 7:25pm (right after Women’s all size swap) at Collossae Church in Tigard.   No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! Contact Barbara at barbarabomar@yahoo.com  for more information. (takes place 3rd Monday January 2019, April 2019, September 2019. Handicapped accessible).

01/25/19 Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap in Happy Valley, 7pm at New Seasons market on Sunnyside in the yoga studio/conference room. The last Friday of the month.  Bring all sizes of women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories …plus any other small goodies that you want to pass on (such as books, jewelry, lotions, makeup, pens, arts and crafts and etc). If you know of a good organization that can use the leftover clothes or if you can take it with you please let me know. To RSVP (reserve your spot) contact Tanya at  Happyswap@hotmail.com

01/27/19 Size 10-14 Women’s Clothing Swap in SE Portland, 11:00am at the Jazzersize Fitness Center near 18th and SE Burnside.  Please e-mail Amy Alice at amyalice58@gmail.com to be put on the email list for her quarterly swaps.

NEW! 01/27/19 Women’s Large Clothing Swap (approximately size 14-1X) 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 12 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! Email Monica for more info about swap: wildmoonherbs@gmail.com

01/27/19 Sandy Seed Swap (Sandy Oregon), Seedy Sunday – A seed swap.  Sunday January 27th 2019, 1:30-3:00pm. Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd. Sandy OR 97055. All gardeners are welcome to the Sandy Library’s 2nd 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”. Starting a 1:30pm-3pm 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.  Contact librarian Susie Jenkins for more information, at 503-668-5537, sjenkins@ci.sandy.or.us.

Mom’s Clothing and Gift Swap, and Potluck, SE Portland, December 16th

What:  A Holiday celebration for Moms that includes Potluck finger food snacks, music, raffle prizes, clothing and gift swap, and fun! This event is sponsored by members of the Portland Mama’s Free Items Group Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1591662991055495/

Where:  St. Peter and Paul Church, 247 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97215

When: Sunday December 16th 4pm-8pm, but can arrive after 3pm to set up donations of snacks, swap items, mingle etc.

RSVP how many you are bringing by text to 971-401-7899 or join the Portland Mama’s Free Items Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1591662991055495/ and click ‘going’. This event is focused on Mom’s, but if you need to bring kids please be responsible for them.

POTLUCK and FREE SWAP: Can arrive any time after 3pm to set out items, Potluck and Swap begin at 4pm.  (Free swaps usually last about an hour, so arrive early for the best selection.  However, even if you arrive later, there will be others arriving later as well and adding items, plus the raffles take place from 4pm -8pm.  Must be present to win the raffle prizes.)

Potluck: If you can bring a finger food dish or snack to share, or a new item to donate for the raffle, that would be wonderful, but not required. Everyone who attends will get a free raffle ticket!

Free Clothing and Stuff Swap: Go through your house and storage, find in-good-condition items you no longer need/use love, wash them up, make sure all the pieces are there, and bring them to the swap! Bring giftable and wearable items in good condition to swap including: holiday decorations, kid, baby, and teen clothes, mom and maternity clothes, toys, books, household and kitchen items, games, fun and pampering stuff teens and mom’s like – basically anything clean and in good shape that is giftable! When the swap begins, feel free to take what you will use or give as gifts. Please be kind, generous and courteous. All remainders will be donated to bless families in the community.

In between snacking and swapping, there will be music from 4-7pm. Relax, visit, and chill with other Moms! This is a chance to de-clutter, find new-to-you items, enjoy a visit and food with new friends, listen to music, and refresh yourself!

If you are a Mom, you can also join the Portland Mama’s Free Items Group Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1591662991055495/

Holiday Gift and Toy Swap, NE Portland, December 8th

As of 11/18/18  the 2018 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap is full, with a waiting list. For those who have already RSVP’d and been contacted, if you find that you or someone in your party can’t make it to the swap, please contact Christine pdxswapRSVP@gmail.com so she can give your open spot to the next person in line.  Thank you!

It’s time to declutter your home and storage, gather up 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 2018 Holiday Gift and Toy Swap! This has become a FAVORITE Holiday tradition! Combine house cleaning, gift shopping, philanthropy, and free frugal fun!

The 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT & TOY SWAP is Saturday December 8th, 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 ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND HAVE AN ENTRY ‘TICKET’ TO GET INTO THIS SWAP (see below).

YOUR ENTRY TICKET

To attend this event, you and your guests need to read and abide by the Free Swap Rules, and What To Bring (below). To get on our Reservation/entry list, email volunteer Christine’s special 2018 Gift and Toy Swap RSVP email pdxswapRSVP@gmail.com and in the subject line write the total number in your party. Due to volume, Christine may not be able to respond immediately, but she is able to track the order in which they are received, so she asks everyone to be patient and she will get back to you. When Christine has you on her list – your name, number of people, and email address – she will email you back your confirmation.  THIS CONFIRMATION IS YOUR ENTRY TICKET. Only 150 spots available!  Due to space constraints, you will not be allowed into the event unless you and your guests are on the list, so it’s important that you fill in your subject line info and send it to the correct email address.  We can’t be responsible for RSVP emails sent to any address other than pdxswapRSVP@gmail.com .  If you or one of your guests can’t make it, please email Christine as soon as possible so she can offer the spot(s) to the next in line.

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 that will give them away, not sell them, 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.
  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 the money to pay to dispose of junk, and the gym floor is carpeted and needs to be kept clean. All remainders immediately after the swap will be picked up and given to Bethlehem House Of Bread Free Store in Tigard, so other families can play https://bethlehemhouseofbread.org/about/ spreading free holiday cheer!
  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 possibly 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:)

WHAT TO BRING:

Search your house, garage, and storage for gift-able items you don’t need/want/love. Make sure the items are clean, in working order, and all the pieces are there. Nothing too big to fit in the backseat of a car, nothing illegal or toxic, and nothing that can’t be washed at home (i.e. no mattresses, large furniture, couch pillows, gasoline, etc.).  Would YOU like to receive it as a gift?  Then bring it!

  1. TOYS AND GAMES:  New and lightly used toys, dolls, stuffed animals, gag gifts, board games, puzzles, etc. with all the pieces still intact.
  2. MOVIES, BOOKS, CD’S DVD’S: Books in good condition, music on CD, DVD movies that are still in great working order. Computer games can go in the techie area if the book area is crowded.
  3. CRAFTS, FABRIC, ACCESSORIES: Scrap-booking, beading, knitting, sewing patterns and clean fabric, the gift towels that were the wrong color for your décor, holiday clothing accessories that are one-size-fits-most such as scarves, mittens, gloves, and hats. If an item is holiday related (i.e. Christmas sweater, holiday socks, Santa necktie) bring them. Please save non-holiday clothing for a designated clothing swap or we won’t have room for anything else!
  4. HOLIDAY AND HOUSEHOLD: Seasonal decorations, stocking stuffers, blender, dishes, potholders, coasters, fondue set, non-expired and non-opened holiday food items, table lamps. If you’d give it as a gift, bring it.
  5. TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY, GARDEN, PETS: Clean ratchet set, clean sports equipment, clean bicycles/tricycles in great shape, computers, cameras, gaming systems, computer games, clean garden pots and tools, viable seeds, clean pet dishes and toys.
  6. BREAKABLES AND COLLECTIBLES: jewelry, antiques, fancy glassware, collectibles, candy dishes, artwork, that collectible pirate ship or doll, perfume used once, lotion used once (i.e. still looks new – isn’t half full and doesn’t have gunk running down the side of the bottle).
  7. MISC. OTHER STUFF: Items you don’t know where else to put, plus this is an overflow area if other areas are too full.

If you have items you’re not sure where they go, just put them in a row that in some way makes reasonable sense…or put them in a row that isn’t too crowded.

DIRECTIONS TO THE GIFT AND TOY SWAP

Saturday December 8th, 2pm at the Evergreen Community Church (in the Gym) 935 N.E. 33rd Avenue. Portland OR 97232.
 Two blocks south of Sandy Blvd. on 33rd (the west fork in the road), at Pacific Street, in a small modern red brick building. There is a parking lot behind the church. The gym is directly across from the playground. Get there early to grab a parking lot space…late comers will need to park on the street. Also consider carpooling. We will have volunteers with clipboards holding the RSVP list at the door. Those on our RSVP list can sign and go in.

This is one of our most well-attended and magical swapping events of the year. It’s a lot of fun to clean out your house for the holidays, knowing that you’re making other people very happy by recycling things that you no longer need/use/love, and getting a treat or two for yourselves and your loved ones. As you can see by the video at the beginning of this blog entry, Free Swaps are for kind, generous people who know how to manage themselves in appropriate ways. No hoarding, no stampeding, no grabbing stuff…just fun, thrifty, kind people. Thank you for being a part of this fun-filled celebration of thrift!

Please support our mission by enjoying the swap as a place to GIVE and get free stuff, and if you part with your new-to-you swap items, we ask that YOU do it in a free way too!  Everyone who participates is a philanthropist!

If you don’t see a free swap in your size, interest, or neighborhood, how about starting one?  Find out more here.

Thanks for being a part of the FREE swapping community!