Category Archives: volunteer

Needed: Nonprofit to pick up remainders from April Stuff Swap

Hi Swappers!  It’s that time of year again to plan for our SPRING STUFF SWAP!

If you’ve never been to a Free Stuff Swap, here’s a video my daughter made about 10 years ago

We’ve got all the volunteers in place except for a non-profit to take the remainders at the end of the swap (there’s usually about a van full) Saturday April 13th… or several swappers who will load up the remainders and take them to various non-profits of their choice (that give away, not sell the goodies…since we got them for free, let’s keep the good karma flowing to help others, too!).

When we get confirmation that we’ve got remainder pick-up in place, we’ll put up the RSVP information here at Swap Positive.  Since kind men, women, and teens (no children or babies) are invited to this swap, we take RSVP’s so that everyone knows how our free swap runs, and agrees to the free swap rules (only bring clean items in good condition.  Only take what you will personally use and give as gifts.  Be kind to others at the swap.  Do not sell anything you get at a free swap – you agree to give it away or bring it back to another free swap. All remainders are given to charities that give them away, not sell them, so everyone who comes to a free swap is a philanthropist!).

It’s time to go through your house, closets, storage, garage, attic and find all those great items that no longer spark joy.  Make sure they are in good shape, in working order, and clean… and set them aside for the swap!

YES items include: Books, toys, games, dishes, sheets, towels, tools, tech that works, pet items, housewares, decorative items, holiday items, novelty items, crafts, jewelry, collectables:  If you would give it as a gift, or give it to a friend, bring it!

NO items include: toxic things (no gasoline, kerosine, poisons) no unwashable pillows, no garbage, nothing dirty or broken, no food (unless its unexpired and unopened), nothing too big to fit into the backseat of a car.

Thanks for letting me know if you can pick up the remainders! As soon as we have this volunteer position filled, we will post RSVP information!


Trans & Queer Clothing Swap, North Portland, March 2nd

Come enjoy a safe and fun Transgender/Queer Clothing and Accessories Swap exclusively for the Trans and Queer community to share fabulous goodies and find new-to-you items!

When: Saturday March 2nd,  from noon-3:00 at the Q Center

The 6th PDX Trans & Queer Clothing Swap is at our original home — Q Center! We may either alternate between Q Center and PSU, or have events at both locations to serve more of our communities.

When: Saturday March 2nd from noon -3pm

Where: Continue reading

March 2019 Free Swaps

Welcome! Here’s the free swaps we know about so far for March 2019.  Time to ‘Marie-Kondo’ your closets to find goodies to bring, and enjoy treasure-hunting with like-minded kind thrifty people!  Everyone who attends agrees they’ll bring clean items in usable condition, be kind to others at the swap, only take what they will personally use or give as gifts, and not sell anything they get.  Since all remainders are picked up by charities that GIVE them away, everyone who participates is a philanthropist!  Thanks for being a part of the free frugal fun!  If you don’t see a swap in your size/interest/or area of town, please start one !

03/02/19  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 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

03/02/19 Trans & Queer Clothing Swap, noon-3pm, in North Portland at the Q Center.

*bonus: 03/02/19 The Paying It Forward Store hosts Free Pop-Up Store! 3130 SE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97236. Volunteer, donate, pick up things you need, or all of the above.  100% Free Clothes for men women and kids, Shoes, Coats, Blankets, Dog and Cat Food. Bags are provided, no qualifications, zero judgement zone. Bus line #2 or #9. For more information, check out or Call 503-715-1863.

03/09/19 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.

03/10/19 All Size Mens, Women’s and Kids Clothing and Book Swap, Kenton Church, 2115 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97217, 2pm-4pm. EXCHANGE DETAILS Receiving Clothing: No donation is required to receive clothing. Please take clothing for your own household only, Clothing may not be taken for resale.  Donating Clothing: Do not drop off clothes ahead of time or try to leave them at Kenton Church.  Donations will only be accepted during the hours of the exchange. Please sort and hang your own donations. Volunteers are available to help you sort and hang your donations. Place donations on racks by size. Please…no dirty or damaged donations. The best things about the Free Clothing Exchange: The Discovery. That moment when you find the thing you didn’t know you were looking for and it fits you. You never know what you might find…or what friends you might meet, new and old. Come find yourself something new this Sunday. ”Thank you! So well organized and I found some professional clothes to wear to my internship – this will be so helpful!” -Aimee F. BOOK EXCHANGE UPDATE The book exchange is going strong as well. In JAN, more folks brought and engaged with the book area then I’ve seen in the past and, with so many new books for adults coming in, I saw as many grown ups as I did children checking out books.

03/15/19  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 If you would like to receive notifications via facebook, go to: and request to join the group

*NEW 03/16/19 Kids and Adults Clothing Swap, 10am-1pm,  Clatskanie High  471 Bel Air Dr, Clatskanie, OR 97016.  Gather all of your used family clothing and accessories in bags from home and bring to the swap.  If you don’t want to use a reusable bag our event will be selling bags by donation. All proceeds from donations for bags will be given to Clatskanie’s local thrift store Turning Point. Any clothing that hasn’t found a home will be given to Clatskanie highs sharing shed. A place where children and families can get the resources they need.

03/16/19 2nd Annual Wasco County Seed Exchange, 12-2pm, Wasco County Master Gardeners, 400 East Scenic Drive, Ste 2,  The Dalles, OR 97058. Join us for the 2nd Annual Wasco County Seed Exchange! Come by to pick up seeds for your 2019 garden, and bring any seeds you have saved from last year (don’t worry if you don’t have any – we have plenty!). Get local gardening tips from Master Gardeners – and share any you might have with us 🙂 Hosted by the Wasco County Master Gardeners and The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library. We can’t wait to see you there! 

03/16/19 Plant and Seed Swap, 1pm-3pm at the Garden Home Community Library 7306 Southwest Oleson Road Portland, OR, 97223.  Get ready for gardening season by meeting fellow gardeners and get some plants and seeds for your garden. Please bring ready-to-grow plants. House and indoor plant starts are welcome too. Avoid wilted, newly dug, bare root, pest-ridden, and dormant bulbs. Depending on the number of participants we may limit the number each attendee can take. This event is free / Everyone is invited

03/24/19 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:

03/29/19 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

Women’s Size Large Clothing Swap, SE Portland, February 24th

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.

When: Every 4th Sunday, 7pm.

Where: People’s Food Co-op community room! Address: 3029 SE 21st ave Portland

What: Women’s size large clothing swap, (approx size 14-1X)

Arrive a few minutes early to start swapping at 7 pm. Rules: Bring clean clothes in good condition, size large – approx 14-1X. (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!

I need volunteers to help with this new wonderful community!

  1. 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.
  2. I need someone who will need to sweep the room afterwards.
  3. I’m looking for a back-up coordinator, please contact me, Monica at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you and happy swapping! Email Monica for more info about swap:

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!

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:

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.

1) Help direct people as they come in and Continue reading

Family Clothing, Footwear, and Book Swap, North Portland, January 13th

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

This quarterly swap usually takes place spring, summer, fall, winter. Contact Ginny for more information at


(Below is the email I received from Ginny 01/07/19:)


Happy New Year, Fellow Friendly Exchangers! 

I am finding myself irrationally optimistic about 2019. Why? Much of my optimism is fueled by all the ways this community cared for each other last year.

In 2018, we shared our clothing and reading resources with over 235 other exchangers.

Together we received, sorted, distributed and recycled thousands and thousands of articles of clothing.

We continued distributing socks and providing a light lunch during events to any exchangers who come hungry.

We added a book exchange and were delighted to see so many children (and adults) take home armloads of books they can call their very own.

We also grew from four exchanges a year to six – providing us with more opportunities to grab some new garments, don some new digs or even tear into a new tome.

So thank you all for the role you played in making 2018 another great year in the life of your Free Clothing Exchange!

We’re starting 2019 off with a boost of new-to-us clothes and books generously heaped upon us from the folks at Mosaic Church.

So come out early this Sunday and help us sort through the wears. You might just find something you like!


We’ll also be continuing our Free Book Exchange this month as well. Bring some books to share, and/or pick up some new ones for yourself and your kids.


We have been so blessed by how willing our fellow exchangers are to lend a hand during our events.Starting FEB 10th, we are going to start meeting on the 2nd Sunday’s of our off months from 2-4pm to sort, organize and plan.

If you’d like to get more involved with our zany, caring community these “sorting parties” are the place to be.

Email us through the website, if you’d like to help out.


Location: Kenton Church Basement
2115 N Lombard Street – 97217


You don’t need to exchange clothes in order to receive them.