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, June 29 - Bay Ridge 
12pm-3pm, St Anselm Church Parking Lot* (map) (flier
4th Ave b/t 82nd and 83rd Sts, Brooklyn

*Outdoor event, will be moved indoors with inclement weather


Sunday, June 30 - Forest Hills 
11am-2pm, Commonpoint Queens' Central Queens Outdoor Lot* (map) (flier
108th St b/t 68th Ave & 68th Rd, Queens

*Outdoor event, in case of inclement weather, event will be moved to July 14, 2019.


Sunday, July 7 - Sunnyside 
12pm-3pm, Sunnyside Community Services (map) (flier
43-31 39th St, Queens


Saturday, July 13 - East Harlem 
12pm-3pm, Uptown Grand Central Plaza* (map) (flier
Underneath MetroNorth Viaduct
125th St and Park Ave, Manhattan

*Outdoor event, rain or shine


Saturday, July 20 - Concourse 
12pm-3pm, St. Simeon's Episcopal Church Outdoor Lot* (map) (flier
1020 Carroll Place, Bronx

*Outdoor event, subject to cancellation with inclement weather. Check website for updates. 


Sunday, July 21 - LES Chinatown 
11am-4pm, Chinatown ADA Weekend Walk* (map) (flier
Mott Street from Canal to Worth Streets, Manhattan

*Outdoor event, rain or shine


Saturday, July 27 - Hamilton Heights
12-3pm, Hamilton Heights Weekend Walk* (map) (flier
Hamilton Place b/t 142nd & 144th Streets, Manhattan

*Outdoor event, rain or shine


Saturday, August 3 - Prospect Lefferts Gardens
12-3pm, BKLYN Commons - PLG Rooftop* (map) (flier
495 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn

*Outdoor event, check website for updates in case of inclement weather.


CLOTHING SWAP*
Saturday, August 10 - East New York
10am-1pm, East New York Farmers Market** (map) (flier
Schenck Ave b/t New Lots & Livonia Aves, Brooklyn
*Clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and accessories only, please!
**Outdoor event, subject to cancelation with inclement weather. Check website for updates.


Sunday, August 11 - Stapleton
12-3pm, Staten Island MakerSpace Park* (map) (flier
Front Street and Thompson Street, Staten Island

*Outdoor event, subject to cancelation with inclement weather. Check website for updates.

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

Host Your Own Swap with the help of our DIY Swap Guide. Check it out here: DIY Swap Guide

Stop 'N Swap from GrowNYC on Vimeo.
Stop 'N' Swap on NY1

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

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