Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kid's & Maternity Clothing & Toy Swap in April


Portland Central Library US Bank Room

SATURDAY April 24th, 2010

Gather up unwanted, outgrown, clean clothing, accessories, and toys in good condition and bring them to the swap!

WHAT: This is a free clothing and toy swap. Due to space constraints (100 people max) this will be an RSVP only swap. If you would like to join us, please reply to this email with "yes" in the subject line and cut and paste the below the RSVP form (completed with your information) in the body of your email which includes your name, the number and name of any guests you will bring, and the swaps that you want to participate **be sure to note the specific time slots for each swap below, they have changed**

Send this RSVP form to by no later then April 17th

Yes! Please include me in the Saturday April 24th, 2010


My Name ____________________________

I will be coming with _______ guests.

Name of guest ________________________________

Name of guest ________________________________

Name of guest ________________________________

I would like to attend the:

Toy swap ____

Kid's & Teen swap ____

Children's swap ____

Older Baby & Toddler swap ____

Maternity & Baby swap ____

Since some swaps go quicker than others, we have adjusted swap times. These times are guidelines and swaps may finish early, so be sure to come 15 minutes before your swap.

WHEN: Saturday April 24th, 2010

1:00pm – 1:20pm Small and medium sized toys swap

1:30-1:50 - Kid's and Teen's clothes - size 12-20 & accessories

2:00-2:30 – Children's clothes - size 4-6x, size 7-10 & accessories

2:45-3:15 – Older Baby & Toddler - 18mo-4T & accessories

3:30-4:00 - Maternity and baby clothing preemie-12mo & accessories

(car seats, strollers, car seats, highchairs...)

WHERE: Central Library, US Bank Room, 801 SW 10th (@ SW Yamhill.) You can take the Max to the Library/SW 9th Street or Galleria SW 10th Street stop. Enter through the front/main entrance and make an immediate right. NOTE: This swap location is child proofed but space will be limited. Please leave strollers at home, carry babies in a sling, and bring someone to supervise little ones in the Children's Library while you swap.


Participate and be a part of your swap community. We are always looking for volunteers willing to give a small portion of their time. With volunteers we can continue to offer swaps and make them happen more often. As swap attendance increases we need more help. Consider volunteering for a time slot before or after your child's timeslot or after the swap to help pack and load clothing for the wonderful and grateful groups that pass our swap remains on to those in need, we would be most appreciative!

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. James M. Barrie

HOW THIS SWAP WILL WORK: Clothes will be separated into general size groups and marked with signs. Separate clothing you will bring at home by size to maximize your swap time. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your swap and hang on to your clothes and toys until its time to swap. When the swap is about to start add your items to matching size piles (toys will be placed in general categories.) When the swap host starts the swap look to find the items in the sizes and styles you need and put them in your bag. As you swap keep track of your swap items and hang on to personal belongings you brought with you. If you let them out of your site, they may be swapped J

WHAT TO BRING: Clean clothes and toys in good repair and usable condition. There are no minimum requirements for how many items you have to bring or how many you can take but please be courteous and generous. Items that do not get swapped will be donated to low income and high needs families in our community.

In addition to clothing and toys you can also bring lightly used and clean accessories:

  • lightly used, clean socks, shoes, boots
  • hats, scarves, mittens
  • sunglasses
  • books, tapes, CD's, videos, DVDs


If you have any questions about the swap or are not on our email list and would like to receive email notification of future clothing swaps send us an email with the size and gender of clothing you will bring and the size and gender of clothing you need (we will not spam or sell your name to anyone.) The only "membership" rule is that you be respectful and have fun! Please bring only things listed on what to bring list.

NEXT SWAP: Our next swap will be in October or November, 2010, with volunteers we can make them happen more often. If you are planning a kid clothing or toy swap or if you know of one let us know and we'll pass it on to the e-list.

MORE SWAPS: Love to swap? There are other swaps near you. Go to to find out more about monthly clothing swaps and stuff swaps – all free. If you are interested in having your own clothing swap through PDXswap and would like to know how, please speak to the swap host for more information.

PASS IT ON: If you know someone who would be interested in attending a clothing swap please feel free to pass this email along.

DONATE: If you would like to donate children's clothing to the swap send an email to and we'll arrange for a pick-up.
Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone who would like to donate children's clothing.

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