CONTACT

If you’ve already started a swap and would like to be included in my OTHER SWAPS link, before contacting me please read all the information under the ABOUT SWAPS page, including Frequently Asked Questions, What To Expect, and Start a FREE Swap. Then feel free to send me:
1. Your name and a contact email where the public can reach you
2. What your swap will feature
3. Location address of your swap
4. If your swap is ongoing, the day and time of your swap.
5. A promise that your swap will be FREE, with no admission charge, no strings attached, and that all remainders will be given away for free or to organizations that will not sell them but will give them away.
6. Send the above information to: urbanfarmerpdx1@yahoo.com

If you have other questions, or are from the media and want to contact Barb Hughes, email: urbanfarmerpdx1@yahoo.com. Also feel free to check out my business and social entrepreneur sites:

Hughes/Taylor Company  I’m a voice talent and co-owner of the Hughes/Taylor audio production studio.  If you need a voice for your commercial project (online, traditional media, message on hold, etc.) check out the Hughes/Taylor site.

Over 40 Fashions  everyday women age 40+ of all shapes and sizes send photos and descriptions of clothes they like.  (I’m also open to businesses who allow customers 40+ to model and tell what they like about the clothes/accessories.)

Better Ideas Now is a thought leader blog  full of news/ideas/muse to encourage and inspire those who are ready to change the world one do-able, possibly odd, idea at a time.

I started free swapping in 2005, starting as a volunteer swap hostess, then founding the Swap Positive Network.  I enjoy de-cluttering my home and hunting for treasure with like-minded thrifty kind people! My free swap philosophy has developed over the years. Free swaps are helpful to create community and make a positive difference in many ways, including:

  1.  Free Swaps keep usable items out of landfills!
  2. Free Swaps allow women to play.  Women oftentimes spend time/energy primarily on others. I wanted to provide a place where kind women could pamper themselves and play in a safe, fun, environment…while multi-tasking freeing their closets of clutter, meeting like-minded thrifty people, and getting ‘new-to-you’ treats all at the same time!  Of course, this concept has expanded to kind men, teens, and children as well.
  3. Free Swaps allow all people to enter empowered and leave enriched. Most of us have something we aren’t using, and with everyone invested in giving, we all participate in free frugal fun!
  4. Since remainders are donated to organizations that give them away (not sell them), everyone who participates is a philanthropist, and those who have nothing receive in a thoughtful way through these organizations.
  5. Free Swapping allows businesses and organizations an opportunity to create mutual partnerships, improving our community in tangible ways.  For example, People’s Food Co-op allows a free swap in their upstairs meeting room.  After the swap women can conveniently purchase a few needed items, thus supporting the store.  Remainders are donated to a non-profit who gives them away so additional people can play/enjoy them.  Every one wins!
  6. Many friendships have been built through Swap Positive events.
  7.  Those who try their hand at hosting develop leadership skills. The Swap Positive site has instructions on how to start a free swap, I offer to post their swaps for free on the website, and many swap hostesses are willing to lend support and advice to new hosts/hostesses.

If you find swaps enjoyable, (after you’ve provided for your family, donated to people in need, then, and ONLY if you have extra money laying around) you can say “thanks for founding/hosting/supporting/writing/providing this opportunity to goof off!” with a small gift via our Hughes/Taylor pay now button.  This will help me pay for things like computer access so I can continue volunteering my time to this cause, which I believe in.

8 responses to “CONTACT

  1. I want to sign up for the womens up to size 12 and also the womens larger size. I’m on an Android device and don’t see place to sign up. Please help! Thank you.

    • Check the Other Swaps page. It lists all of the swaps by size and location, and has the swap hostess email address that you can contact to get on their email list if they have one. Some swap hostesses prefer to have women sign up to receive emails from the swap positive site (granted you’ll get all emails, not just for the size you want…but since we’re all volunteers, if this makes it easier on the women volunteering to host, it’s a win for everyone:).

  2. Hi! My name is Katie Arthur and I’m a producer for AM Northwest @ KATU-TV and I am wondering if you’re available to be on our show this Friday to talk about the free clothing swaps? I think it’s also interesting that you have them in categories…and in all different areas! You’d need to be here this Friday @ 8:30 a.m. and the show is LIVE from 9-10. I hope you can come! Let me know… -Katie

    • I won’t be able to make it, but I’ve just sent you a private email listing two other swap coordinators who can come to your Friday show and talk about swaps. Thank you for the opportunity!

  3. Is there any info on children’s clothing swaps coming up??

    • You can go to the Other Swaps page and email the children’s swap coordinators and ask when their next swap is. The next Children’s swap I’ve been told about so far is in early March in Gresham – part of Amber’s family swap.

  4. Hi. I just signed up. Is there a larger size swap? I wear twelves, mostly, but at a swap I’d rather be at the bottom of the size range than the top.

    • Check the Other Swaps link at the top of this page. You might check out Amy Alice’s size 10-14 swap, or Barbara & Cindy’s all-size swap, or Diana’s all-size swap. We’re looking for someone(s) to start a Women’s large size swap, and a plus size swap…as well as a men’s clothing swap and a techie stuff swap. If you’re interested in starting a swap (the very BEST way to assure it’s the sizes you want in a location that’s close to you:) check out the About Swaps link and then drop down to Start a Free Swap.

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