Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play is a place where families work together to create and promote community.


Woodlawn Swap `n Play is a family cooperative space where families come together to swap clothing and toys, and bring their children to play. It is our hope to see this community grow into a supportive family centered space where parents and children develop relationships with one another.

Our swap `n play partners with three others in the Portland area: St. Johns Swap n Play, Sunnyside Swap Shop and Eastside Swap and Play. We are all located in different neighborhoods in Portland and want to encourage all families to join one in their area.


How it works...

The Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play is a place where families work together to create and promote community. 


Families bring items in usable condition to the space such as toys, clothing, books, and baby gear either to be used in the space, or to be taken home by other families. In exchange for bringing items families may take items to use in their own homes. It is our hope that by swapping instead of buying we not only reduce consumerism and waste as a community but also foster positive relationships among families. Swapping is based on the honor system, which we feel is important as it encourages trust in our community.


In our cooperative environment, each member family has a manageable monthly task – of their choice – to help keep WSP a clean, fun and friendly place for all.  In our diverse group, families are encouraged to connect with each other by sharing experiences, knowledge and skills to make Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play a supportive and sustainable community.


Everyone has different skills, knowledge, ideas, and gifts. Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play is a place to share your talent with other families. As our membership grows it will be exciting to see all the talents that we hold as a community and find ways to share them with one another. If there is a class you would like to start, an art project you would like to help with, or an organizational skill you possess and are willing to share with our community please contact Bob & Rebecca.



The Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play is directed by Bob and Rebecca Vander Meer. With our son, Amadeus, and daughter, Carmela, we live in the Woodlawn neighborhood, are part of the Oregon Public House, and participate in the Village Ballroom (on top our duties here at the WSP, and our day jobs!). We live in Woodlawn because of this building, 700 NE Dekum, and consider ourselves lucky to be part of such an amazing neighborhood and community.

The Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play was the vision of Beth Ivester, who created and directed the Swap for its first 5 years. Our community is and will be forever indebted to her and her family.