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Spring Stuff Swap, NE PDX, April 9th

Join the Treasure Hunt!   Combine spring cleaning with free frugal fun at the Spring Stuff Swap! Give and get music, books, kitchen and housewares, toys and games, crafting items, collectables, tools, holiday items, working technology, music, sports equipment and more! And it’s all FREE!

Bring your in-good-condition stuff, find new-to-you items, keep usable items out of landfills, meet like-minded kind thrifty people…plus, all remainders will be given away for free in the community!   Think of the saving$, recycling, philanthropy, abundance, and good karma flowing around:)   If you’ve never been to a free stuff swap, see one in action here.

Please read the information below and reserve your spot (RSVP) to attend. 

Kind and courteous women, men, and teens are invited.  We are expecting 150+/- people, so leave babies, toddlers and grade school children safely at home with a sitter.

HOW TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN THE SPRING STUFF SWAP:

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*NEW* Craft Supplies Swap, SW Portland, November 15th

We’ve just been notified about a Free Craft Supplies Swap in November!

Where: SCRAP’s new location: 1736 SW Alder Street, Portland OR 97205.

SCRAP has lists of acceptable and unacceptable items.  Please RSVP to Megan McCoy paganmegan@gmail.com to reserve a space at the craft supplies swap. Also please read through the following two links and tailor what you bring: http://scrappdx.org/donate/items-we-dont-accept/

http://scrappdx.org/donate/items-we-accept/

As with past craft supplies swaps, please RSVP to Megan paganmegan@gmail.com.  Neither SCRAP nor Megan will be taking remainders this time. Attendees need to be prepared to take back home any un-claimed items.

When: Sunday November 15th. Please bring your things to lay them out at 4pm so you can look around and see what other people brought- swapping begins at 4:20pm.  Please RSVP to Megan McCoy paganmegan@gmail.com to reserve a space Continue reading

Craft Supplies Swap, NE PDX, April 30th

We’ve just been notified about a Free craft supplies swap this month!

Where: Art a la Carte (Art a la Carte has moved to 2106 NE MLK Blvd.)

When: Thursday April 30th. Please bring your things to lay them out at 7pm so you can look around and see what other people brought- swapping begins at 7:30pm.  Please RSVP to Megan McCoy paganmegan@gmail.com  to reserve a space in the swap.

What is it?: Bring any art or craft supplies you no longer need.  We will lay out all the items and when the swap coordinator says “Go,” everyone may take what they will use.  It’s all free, no money changes hands.

Who: Kind adults and teens.  Please leave younger children at home, but feel free to pick up craft items for them Continue reading

Spring Stuff Swap, NE PDX, April 11th

Kind and courteous women, men, and teens are invited!  Combine spring cleaning and free frugal fun!  Your in-good-condition stuff will be loved by someone else, your home will be less cluttered, you’ll find new-to-you items you CAN use…plus, all remainders will be given away to others in the community!   Think of the saving$, recycling, philanthropy, and good karma flowing around:) If you’ve never been to a gift swap or stuff swap, see one in action here.

Due to space constraints and so everyone has fun, You must read and  Reserve Your Spot at this swap! (details on reserving spot below)

Please leave babies, toddlers and grade school children safely at home with a sitter.

When: Saturday April 11th, 2015 2pm (arrive between 1:30 and 1:50 to get a parking spot, and to set your stuff out before the swap Continue reading

April 2015 Free Swaps

Here’s the Free swaps for April I know about so far.  Please let me know if there are any additions/changes needed.  Happy Swapping!

04/04/15   Women’s and Teens Size 0-12 Clothing Swap 6pm at the Rushing Water Yoga Studio in Downtown Camas WA.  This is a small/medium swap, so please pre-sort your clothes so they can be separated into piles, 0-5 and 6-12. Takes place the first Saturday of the month September through June (No swaps July and August).  Please RSVP to Dorothy at  clarkcountyclothingswap@gmail.com

04/11/15  Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland at the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst (PCL church).   For what to expect see details here.  Usually second Saturday of the month.

04/17/15   Women’s Size 0-5 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.

04/19/15  Size 10-14 Women’s Clothing Swap in SE Portland, 11am 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.

04/20/15  Women’s All Size Clothing Swap, 7pm at Colossae Church in Tigard.  No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! Contact Cindy at simple_and_enough@yahoo.com. for more information. (takes place every-other 3rd Monday September-June, handicapped accessible).  No swaps July, August, or December.

04/20/15  Babies/Kids/Maternity Clothing Swap, Small Toys and Accessories Swap, 7:25pm at Colossae Church in Tigard.   No need to RSVP – just show up – there’s plenty of room for kind helpful people! Contact Cindy at simple_and_enough@yahoo.com. for more information. (takes place Quarterly after the Women’s clothing swap September-June, handicapped accessible).  No swaps July, August, or December.

04/24/15 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.  You can bring not only clothes but shoes and accessories and any other 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 

04/30/15  Craft Supplies Swap (NE Portland), at Art a la Carte 319 NE Wygant Street. Kind adults and teens only – no children. Arrive at 7pm to lay out your items – swapping starts at 7:30pm. Please note: since this is a CRAFT swap  please do not bring items for other hobbies such as cooking or gardening.  Save them for the April and December stuff swaps.  Usually quarterly or tri-annually.  Please RSVP to Megan McCoy  paganmegan@gmail.com to reserve your space and for more information.

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap, Happy Valley, March 27th

Women’s All Size Clothing and Stuff Swap March 27th,  7pm at Happy Valley New Seasons market on Sunnyside in the yoga studio/conference room. The last Friday of the month.  You can bring not only clothes but shoes and accessories and any other 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 

RSVP for the Spring Stuff Swap Saturday April 11th in NE Portland

It’s time to RSVP for the April Spring Stuff Swap – Combine spring cleaning and free frugal fun!  Your in-good-condition stuff will be loved by someone else, your home will be less cluttered, you’ll find new-to-you items you CAN use…plus, all remainders will be given away to others in the community (including Bradley Angle Women’s Shelter and the Community Warehouse)!   Think of the saving$, recycling, philanthropy, and good karma flowing around:) If you’ve never been to a gift swap or stuff swap, see one in action here.

Due to space constraints and so everyone has fun, You Must Read all the information below including the RSVP directions to Reserve Your Spot at this swap!

Kind and courteous women, men, and teens are invited.  We are expecting 100+ people, so leave babies, toddlers and grade school children safely at home with a sitter.

When: Saturday April 11th, 2015 2pm (arrive between 1:30 and 1:50 to get a parking spot, and to set your stuff out before the swap begins.)

Where: Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst  (in the gym) 935 N.E. 33rd Avenue.  Portland OR 97232    503-232-9129

Directions: two blocks south of Sandy Blvd on 33rd, at Pacific Street, in a small modern red brick building. There is a parking lot behind the church.  Enter through the gym, which is across from the small playground.  If the parking lot is full, you can park on the street.  Car-pooling is encouraged.  Due to space constraints, you must be on the RSVP list to be admitted (special Stuff Swap RSVP email address below).

Since all items will be placed on the floor and our venue has carpet, all items need to be free of dirt, grease, spider webs, etc.  Since we are volunteers and don’t have money to pay for a dumpster, all items must be useable items – NO junk, no recyclables.  Items must be small enough to fit in the backseat of a car (no large furniture, but a clean bike or bedside stand would be O.K.).  NO poisons, paints, or hazardous materials.

HOW IT WORKS:

You come in and put your stuff in rows on the gym floor, with an aisle cleared down the middle so we all can walk freely.  We’ll have signs on the floor in rows that say:

  1. TOYS AND GAMES: this might include new and lightly used dolls, stuffed animals, gag gifts, toys, games (including board games, puzzles, etc.) with all the pieces still intact.
  2. MOVIES, BOOKS, CD’S DVD’S: bring books in good condition, music on CD, DVD and video movies that are still in great working order. Computer games can go in the techie area.
  3. CRAFTS, FABRIC, ACCESSORIES: items to bring include scrap-booking, beading, knitting, sewing patterns and clean fabric, the gift towels that were the wrong color for your décor, accessories that are one-size-fits-most such as scarves and hats.  Save sized clothing for clothing swaps, please, or we won’t have space for anything else!
  4. HOUSEHOLD AND HOLIDAY: items might include dishes, potholders, coasters, fondue sets, non-expired and non-opened food items, blenders, bath salts, table lamps, Seasonal items and decorations. 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.) Please no mattresses or large unwashable pillows.
  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, car stuff.  If in doubt, please bring/put your item on plastic or in a container.
  6. BREAKABLES AND COLLECTIBLES: jewelry, antiques, fancy glassware, collectibles, toys that are too delicate to be in the official toy area, candy dishes.  All those knick-knacks that keep piling up – get rid of them here!

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. Also, please don’t bring clothes unless they are one-size-fits most such as hats or scarves – if we bring our usual generous bags of clothes, there won’t be room for anything else!

After you’ve unloaded your stuff, stand against the wall and visit while you wait for the swap to start.  Please don’t wander around in the middle – there will be a LOT of people needing that space to put their stuff out, and the quicker they can, the quicker we can start the swap.  However, if you are through putting your stuff out, and you see someone who needs help putting their stuff out, feel free to offer your services to help them.

NO PRE-SWAPPING.  Experienced swappers know this, but for the newbies – No picking up stuff or scooting it into your bag/box beforehand!   We want this to be fair for everyone.  At 2pm or thereabouts, the swap coordinator or emcee will welcome everyone and shortly thereafter will say “Go”.  Be kind and courteous – if two people want the same item, the person who has the least gets the item.  (At a previous swap, a mom with many kids chose a pile of puzzles for them.  A second mom with one kid kindly asked if she could have one of the puzzles, and the first mom gladly shared.  THAT is the spirit of free swaps!)

Stuff in the middle of the gym floor in rows is free for the taking.  Stuff in boxes/bags/sacks next to the wall belongs to someone.

I’m posting this on the wordpress site, and sending it out to the other 17 swap coordinators so they can tell their lists of swappers.  We usually have about 100-150 people show up to the Spring Stuff Swap. It’s important that everyone is patient and kind, and only bring good stuff so you in turn find good stuff!

Bring your own boxes/bags to cart your new stuff home in. Some people bring rolling suitcases.

The remainders will be picked up by volunteers Angela Nolan, Megan McCoy, and Shay Mullins, who will deliver them to organizations who’ll then give them away locally. So by participating in free swaps you are being a philanthropist by helping others in a practical way, while having a lot of fun in the process!

HOW TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN THE SPRING STUFF SWAP:

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

  1. No pre-swapping, gathering piles, or taking stuff before we officially start.
  2. Only kind and considerate women, men, and teens. No babies or small children (it could be too overwhelming and the gym is not childproofed).  If two or more people want the same item, and you can’t work it out by talking, the person who has the least number of items gets it.
  3. All items brought must be clean, complete, and in working order.  No broken or missing pieces.  Nothing greasy or dirty.  No volatile or toxic chemicals paints or products. No junk. Nothing too large to fit into the backseat of a car.  No mattresses or pillows.
  4. No resellers/eBay/etc.  The mission behind free swaps is “free stuff forever”, so if you get something home and decide you don’t want it, we ask that you give it away.
  5.  We are all volunteers and donate our time for free.  The venue donates it’s space for free.  All swappers agree to bring items in good, clean condition so you can find items in good, clean condition.

To reserve your place at the Spring Stuff Swap, email Anna at attendswap@gmail.com with your FULL name, number of guests, and TOTAL number of people in your party in the SUBJECT BOX.   (Example: “Jane Doe and 1 guest: 2 people TOTAL.)  This will help Anna to keep track of everyone easier, and you’ll be helping to make the swaps run smoothly:)

Your name and email address will be your ‘entry ticket’ as well as agreement that you and all your guests agree to and will abide by the free swap rules.  Anna will keep a waiting list, so if you find that you or a guest will not be able to make the swap, please let Anna know so she can give your space to the next in line.

Thanks for being a part of the FREE swap community!