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NO JUNE Women/Femme Clothing and Accessories Size Large through Plus Swap, SE PDX – see you in July!

Swap hosts Carrie and Monica are both out of town June 2019 and so won’t be able to host the Large Size and Up Women/Femme Clothing and Accessories Swap (size 14 – Women’s Large and Plus Clothing Swap), BUT they say please save up your clothes and accessories and mark your calendars to attend Sunday JULY 28th!

Thank you and happy swapping! For more info about swap contact Carrie,


Maternity Baby and Child Clothing, Toy and Accessory Swap, NW Portland, June 8th

Bring gently-used gear and clothes: maternity and sizes premie up to size kids 10.

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

When: Saturday June 8th 2019, 2pm-3pm

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 AND/OR one or more non-perishable food items (to go to a food pantry) as your “entry ticket”. 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 place items of Continue reading

All Size Men/Women/Kids Clothing, Footwear and Book Swap, North Portland, May 19th

Family Clothing, Footwear, and Book Swap Sunday May 19, 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 summer reads!

What: All Size/All Age Clothing, Footwear, and Book Swap

When: Sunday May 19, 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 by filling out the contact form at


Receiving Clothing: No donation is required to receive clothing. Please take clothing for your own household only, Clothing may not be taken for resale.

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Trans & Queer Clothing Swap, North Portland, May 25th

PDX Trans & Queer Clothing Swap is: 1) completely free, 2) 100% volunteer run, and 3) powered by love.

Please check out the updated FAQ here:

What:  Trans and Queer Fabulous Clothing Swap

When: May 25th, 12:30pm-3:30pm

Where: 5575 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217

We’re thrilled to have been invited by Queer Resource Center, PCC: Cascade to host our Spring swap in their Student Union building at 5575 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217. It’s a beautiful space and we’re excited to work with them this time! A big thank you to the PCC Cascade QRC crew!

Who do you know in the community who might not know about this? The more fabulous folks who join us, the more fabulous fashion there will be to swap! Spread the word so no one misses out who may need this!

Want to be part of the amazing volunteer crew who makes this possible? Here’s how to help!

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

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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