Stop 'N' Swap®


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Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, 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.

Please do NOT bring: furniture, large items, tube televisions, expired or open food, unsealed personal care products, medicine, dirty or ripped clothing, fabric scraps, incomplete toys and games, non-working electronics, magazines, or sharp objects.

For everyone's safety and enjoyment, we ask all attendees to abide by the following Code of Conduct at Stop 'N' Swap®.  

UPCOMING SWAPS


Saturday, September 22 - Coney Island 
12pm-3pm, PS 100 Parking Lot* (map) (flier
2951 W 3rd St, Brooklyn
(Entrance on W 2nd St b/t W 2nd Pl & W Brighton Ave) 
*Outdoor event, subject to cancellation with inclement weather. 


 Sunday, September 23 - Washington Heights 
11am-2pm, S.T.A.R. Senior Center (map) (flier
650 W 187th St, Manhattan
*Featuring a Mending Circle hosted by REMADE in Brooklyn!


Saturday, September 29 - Charleston 
12pm-3pm, Clay Pits Pond State Park Nature Interpretive Center (map) (flier
2351 Veterans Road West, Staten Island


Sunday, September 30 - North Corona
12pm-3pm, PS 330 (map) (flier
110-08 Northern Blvd, Queens


Saturday, October 13 - Morrisania
KIDS ITEMS ONLY

11am-2pm, DreamYard Project (map) (flier
1085 Washington Ave, Bronx


Sunday, October 14 - Sunset Park
11am-2pm, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Notre Dame Hall) (map) (flier
60th St b/t 5th & 6th Aves, Brooklyn


Saturday, October 20 - Hillcrest
12-3pm, PS 154 (map) (flier
7502 162nd St, Queens


Sunday, October 21 - Stapleton
12-3pm, Staten Island MakerSpace Park* (map) (flier
Front St & Thompson St, Staten Island
*Outdoor event, subject to cancellation with inclement weather


Saturday, October 27 - Rockaway Park
12-3pm, MS 318 Waterside School for Leadership (map) (flier
190 Beach 110th St, Queens


Sunday, October 28 - FiDi
12-3pm, Pace University - Aniello Bianco Room (map) (flier
3 Spruce St, Manhattan

Attend future swaps by signing up for monthly Recycling e-Alerts and be the first to hear about the next Stop 'N' Swap.

Volunteer at a Stop 'N' Swap through the GrowNYC volunteer page

Host a Stop 'N' Swap in your community! If you know of a large, indoor, handicapped accessible space let us know! If our schedule is full and we can’t get to you soon enough, we would be more than happy to offer tips on running your own community swap. Email recycle@grownyc.org or call 212-788-7900

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Check out photos from our Winter 2011 Stop 'N' Swap series

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Stop ‘N’ Swap?
It’s a free event where people can find new homes for unwanted items (like clothes, books, shoes, toys, housewares) or take items they can use.  You don’t need to bring something to take something! 

How does it work?
Simply drop any items at our "drop-off" table.  We'll weigh them, sort them, and put them out on our display tables. Items on the display tables are free on a first come, first served basis.  

Why does GrowNYC host Stop ‘N’ Swap?
Stop ‘N’ Swap is one way we pursue our mission to reduce waste and promote reuse in NYC.  By participating in community swaps, New Yorkers simultaneously reduce their contribution to landfills and prevent the waste that comes from the production, packaging and transportation required to get new things. It's also an opportunity to engage with NYC communities about recycling resources in their neighborhood and the services of GrowNYC's zero waste programs funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation.  Our goal is hold a swap in every community district in NYC every year, so that we can give everyone in the city an opportunity to reduce and reuse right where they live!

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.

What shouldn't I bring to the Stop 'N' Swap?
Please do not bring furniture or other large items that cannot be carried away easily.

See our Code of Conduct for a full list of items we do not Swap.  

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.

Can I come to every single swap?
You may attend up to 6 swaps per year, in the 12-month period from March-February. We're happy to provide an attendance update - just ask when you're at the Swap!

Why am I limited to attending six swaps annually?
Swaps are popular! We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to experience a Stop ‘N’ Swap in a safe and comfortable environment.

If I can only come to 6 swaps, and not all the swaps are up on the calendar at once, how do I plan which ones to go to?
Our goal is to have one swap for each of the City’s 59 community districts, so New Yorkers can reduce and reuse right where they live! We encourage you to attend the Stop ‘N’ Swap nearest you first and foremost, but we will also do our best to post swaps online as soon as they are scheduled so that you may decide which events you wish to attend. 

Will I have to wait for people to take my items?
No. Your items will be sorted and placed out after you drop them off 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?
No. 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.   

Can I drop items off before the event?
No. 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.

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 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 DonateNYC.

"Stop 'N' Swap" is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

At GrowNYC, there’s no stopping when it comes to swapping!  We reduce NYC’s waste by helping New Yorkers reuse perfectly good items at community swap events made possible by dedicated staff, our passionate volunteers, and diverse community partners. 

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