Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please.
Our community "swaps" provide the perfect opportunity to find new homes for things you no longer need. By taking home items that you can use, you are also helping to prevent waste from production, packaging and transportation required to get new things. For everyone's safety and enjoyment, we ask all attendees to abide by the following Rules of Conduct at the Stop 'N' Swaps®.
The Office of Recycling Outreach and Education coordinates the Stop 'N' Swap in order to facilitate waste prevention and material reuse. We have held 56 swaps so far, serving more than 13,000 New Yorkers.
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See a Stop 'N' Swap in Action
Thanks to NYU Now, Kristen Kiraly and William Gallego
Check out photos from our Winter 2011 Stop 'N' Swap series
What should I bring to the Stop 'N' Swap?
Bring yourself! Bring family and friends. Definitely bring a tote bag or two for items you want to take home.
You are encouraged to bring clean, working and portable items you no longer need, but this is not required.
Please do not bring furniture or other large items that cannot be carried away easily.
How much does it cost to attend?
Swaps are free of charge and all items are available for the taking on a first come, first served basis.
Will I have to wait for people to take my items?
No. Your items will be placed out upon your arrival for others to take. You are free to pick up items that you can use. There is no exchange based on how much or how little you bring, or the relative expense of the items. *Please bring giveaways no later than an hour before the end of the event to ensure time for them to find new homes.*
Will someone watch my stuff?
We are not responsible for personal property. Please do not leave your coat, bag or other items unattended. When leaving donations at the intake table, please be sure to hand us only that which you are giving away.
What happens to items leftover after the event?
Anything left at the end of the day will be sorted and recycled or donated for reuse as much as possible.
Can I drop items off before the event?
Items are only accepted during the event. We encourage you to drop off near the start to better ensure your items find a new home.
Can someone pick up my donations from my apartment?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate this request.
How can I find new homes for large items or things I forgot to bring to the Stop 'N' Swap?
Try resources like Freecycle.org or Craigslist for miscellaneous items. You can also search a list of local charities at NYC Stuff Exchange.
Can I volunteer at the Stop 'N' Swap?
Thanks for offering! We can always use a helping hand at the swap. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and sign up in advance. Contact us for more information.
"Stop 'N' Swap" is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office