The NEXT (NE PDX) swap!

Thanks for being a part of the FREE swapping community!

All who choose to attend Free Swaps agree to help keep swaps running smoothly – See the Free Swap rules here:  For ALL current upcoming swaps, check out the home page blog roll and Swap Positive Events google calendar (to the right). If you don’t see a free swap in your size, interest, or neighborhood, how about starting one?  Find out more here.

Barb Hughes, Swap Positive Founder


Check your closet, drawers and storage, wash clothes and other wearables you no longer love/wear/need (including cleaning up jewelry, purses, shoes, and other accessories) and bring them to the women’s medium size 6-12 clothing swap!  This is a swap for women and teens who wear women’s sizes 6-12.   No children or babies please.

What: size 6-12 medium women’s FREE clothing swap 

When: Saturday March 14th, 2020, 2pm.

Swaps at this location are usually the 2nd Saturday of each month, and usually last about an hour. If a few women can start putting remainders into piles around 3pm, that would be appreciated!

Where: Evergreen Community Church (in the gym) 935 N.E. 33rd Avenue. Portland OR 97232

Directions: two blocks south of Sandy Blvd on 33rd (the west fork in the road), at Pacific Street, in a modern red brick building. There is a parking lot behind the church. Early arrivers will get a parking lot space, if you’re late you might want to park on the street instead. The gym is across from the playground.

What to bring: Bring only CLEAN and wearable women’s and junior/petite equivalent clothes in size 6-12. Also bring any accessories, shoes, purses, etc. Bring bags to take your new clothes home with you (some women bring rolling suitcases).

The reason we ask that all clothes be washed and in good condition (ie no rips/missing zippers etc.) before bringing them is two fold: 1. so people with allergies at the swap aren’t miserable and 2. the remainders are immediately donated, and it would be rude to donate musty or non-wearable clothing to others. Thanks for being the considerate women that you are:)

The idea behind Swap Positive is to offer and get free clothes, forever. We are a free swap, not a swap meet. See the difference here:

No money changes hands with these clothes ~ even if you get them home and decide they aren’t quite ‘you’, we ask that you GIVE them away to someone, not sell them. That is the mission of Swap Positive.

1. Wash all items before bringing to the swap. Check the pockets for tissues, gum, and money.

2. We are a clothing swap, not fabric swap, so the bottoms of pant legs or sweaters with a sleeve missing are not usable for us regular people. Also, please no food items. Save the wonderful other household stuff for our December gift swap or April stuff swap…unless you will pack it out when you leave so we don’t need to find a home for it.

3. No cheating! No taking, or hiding, or stuffing things into your sack before we officially start! It only makes it fair for all of us. Please feel free to gently and kindly remind others of our swap rules – they will feel better knowing the rules, and you will feel better knowing you are helping swaps run smoothly for everyone.

4. Wear a swim suit or spandex workout clothes under your street clothes when you swap. Try stuff on before you take it home. See how great you look in a mirror (if you have a full length mirror you could bring, that would be helpful). If it doesn’t fit, throw it back into the pile so someone else can see if it fits them.

5. It’s fun to see people smile as they try on something you brought, or see the encouragement of ‘that looks great on you’ and ‘here are some jeans your size’. You’ll be able to try new fashions you’d never dream to try on in a store, and it’s all because GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!

6. All remainders will be donated to a non-profit that will give the items away for FREE:)  Swap remainders have gone to the Portland PTA clothing closet,  “It’s Your Day”, a female inmate release program through Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW Learn more about the program here) Transition Projects, Mercy Corps, Q Center,  and any places YOU suggest (please contact Anna at if you would like to pick up clothing or household remainders in the future and she’ll add you to the list!) so the spirit of free frugal fun continues to make a positive difference helping bring joy and needed items to women and their families!   I’ve been told clothing closets needs/tastes run the gamut – from fashionista, conservative, retro, special needs – so as long as it’s clean and in good shape there’s someone who would enjoy your tasteful goodies:)

7. Please do NOT bring: clothes that are larger than women’s size 12, children’s clothes, clothes that are ripped/stained/dirty/smelly/not wearable. Go to to find a children’s clothing swap, large clothing swap, or all-size swap venue. Please take your non 6-12 clothes to an appropriate venue. Thanks for your understanding.

If this is your first swap, Here’s how a Swap works…

Shoes, purses, accessories, and jewelry will be in a separate pile.

All of the clothes will be kept in bags while we wait. Shoes and accessories can go into a separate pile…but no pre-swapping (taking things or scooting them into piles before we start). When everyone is present, the swap coordinator will give the go-ahead and we’ll empty bags of clothing into rows on the floor. After you empty your bags, please step back until everything is out and ready. Things in the middle of the room in rows are free. Items in little piles around the room, against the walls in bags, or on chairs are someones’ stash.

When everything is in rows, the swap coordinator will say, “Go!” And we’ll all start at the same time. That way everyone has the same opportunity to find new clothes.

Take what looks good to you, gather it into your pile, then try them on.  A few full length mirrors are available, but please feel free to bring your own if you have one to share. If the clothes aren’t quite ‘you’, throw them back into the pile for someone else to enjoy.

Please support our mission by enjoying the swap as a place to 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!

If you would like to contact the PCL size medium Free Swap hostess Anna directly, her email is  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!

P.S.  YOU CAN ALSO BRING CAT FOOD TO THIS SWAP!  Swap hostess Anna helps feral cat rescuers with their colonies.  If you have dry or canned cat food you would like to donate (non-expired, and non-buggy, but it’s fine if it has been opened), Anna will donate it to those in need.  Please give this donation directly to Anna.  Thank you!”

14 responses to “The NEXT (NE PDX) swap!

  1. Anna, thanks so much for organizing this. I am the mom who brought her daughter, Frances and her classmate. We had a blast. We like to sew too and sometimes enjoy repurposing the items.

  2. What time does the swap begin? It’s the only detail not included!

  3. An idea – if everyone leaves w/ as much as they came w/, there’s no extra work for hosts, & we all have (perhaps) a few extra things to give away next time. Perhaps if we think of it as an opportunity to get good stuff, rather than dump stuff, they will be more likely to proliferate & continue!

  4. If there are leftover Halloween costumes/makeup/accessories, they will be accepted by Community Partners for Affordable Housing, 6380 SW Capitol Hwy #151.

  5. The only swaps I need RSVP’s for at this time is the gift swap in December and the stuff swap in April. As long as our size 6-12 medium swapping takes place in the gym there should be enough room for all women/teens teens to come. I’m thinking I may have the winter swaps in the gym as well, even though it’s not heated, because women have said they’d rather all meet for one big swap in the gym and be a bit cool, than have to divide the swap into 2 (due to the smaller size of the heated Narthex). See you and your two teens for the medium clothing swap June 11th in the Gym at the PCL church:)

    • I would love to rsvp for the toy swap in December can I do that here?

      • Thanks for reminding me, Evie Ehrlich – I need to ask for volunteers for that swap! After we get all the volunteers in place, then people can RSVP to whoever the volunteer is who takes RSVP’s 🙂 . I’ll get working on that and post here soon asking for volunteers.

  6. I would like to know when the next one is and also when the gift swap is. It sounds like fun.


  7. can you tell me how to find an exchange for large-sized ladies clothes?
    thanks so mch.

  8. Looking forward to this swap! What a great way to pass along unneeded items and also get some great things to take home. Thanks for organizing it again!

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