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Portland Trading Post Monthly Swap & Skill-Share

Please join us for the return of our "Portland Trading Post" Monthly Swap event, building on the success of our plant and preserved food swaps that have been happening since 2009!  And now you can mark your calendars for the last Sunday of every month. 

Our November Skill-Share Show-and-Tell comes from Sue McCormick who will share her technique for making laundry detergent at home with all natural ingredients for a fraction of the cost of purchasing the finished product.

Trading Post events are free, open to all and have minimal rules. Space may be limited so please take your RSVP seriously. Canned goods, plants, seedlings, seeds, preserved or fresh produce, hand-made items, etc. are all welcome at Portland Trading Post.  You can also bring books and clothes.

NEW! We are now combining these swaps with skill-sharing! 

The main idea is that we are stepping outside of the cash economy and mutually "gifting" things to each other in a way that turns whatever we have in abundance into a diversity of goodness and good will.

In the past, people have used the "comments" area of this page to talk about what they think they might be bringing which drums up early interest:)

The only guidelines are:

No cash changes hands.

Don't start the swapping until everyone's there and has a chance to look around at what's on offer (about 15 minutes in).

You can swap with someone or simply "gift" things to each other without taking a return item. Your choice.

You can use and trade "time dollars" if you are a member of the local time bank (Hour Exchange Portland).

Make sure you've found a home for all your stuff before you leave (or take home what hasn't been gifted).

If you bring a food item with multiple ingredients, pls label. Please use the comments area of this page to talk about what you might be bringing or seeking.

This is a social and casual event.  Family and kid-friendly.  Coffee and tea provided by The Resilience Hub.  If you'd like to bring a snack or sample to share, that's great.  If you'd like to offer a short skill-share on something you like to do, that would be awesome as well....just email the organizer in advance.  If you have flyers or info about other cool things happening around town, bring those for our bulletin boards.  Bring business cards to post on our Friends & Members Enterprise Zone wall, too.

See you at the swap!


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  • Chris M.

    O boy just saw the date and it already happened :(

    December 4, 2013

  • Chris M.

    How about some foraged medicinal mushrooms? I have Chaga and Reishi. I have not joined an event with this group yet. Looking forward to starting up.

    December 4, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    Got some baked goods, seeds, and maybe some venison.....

    November 24, 2013

  • Cassandra

    so excited to come!

    November 23, 2013

  • Cathleen M.

    Going to make it this time! I miss swapping with you all.

    November 18, 2013

  • Sue M.

    I'll be making 5 gallons of detergent, so if you want some to bring home, bring a container

    November 12, 2013

  • Janet D.

    Have been connected with the group for some time now & looking forward to participating again! Love learning about sustainability & survival skills. Love using the space I'm given to grow edibles.

    November 11, 2013

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