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Swap Your Clean, Reusable Items at Sunnyside ‘Stop ’N’ Swap’ This Sunday

From a prior Stop ‘N’ Swap event, via GrowNYC.

July 2, 2019 By Christian Murray

A thrifting event will be taking place in Sunnyside on Sunday for all to bring and take home reusable items for free.

The “Stop ’N’ Swap” community reuse event, organized by the non-profit GrowNYC, allows the public to bring clean, portable, and reusable items to share with others who can use them. Items include clothing, housewares, games, books, and toys.

The organizers say the event is a way to be environmentally conscious by helping to decrease the amount of waste that goes to landfills.

“The average NYC household discards about 2.000 pounds of waste a year,” GrowNYC said. “By reusing through events like Stop ’N’ Swap, NYC residents can take part in diverting over 40 million pounds of material a year from the landfill.

Attendees are not required to bring something to take something from the swap, organizers said.

Anything left over at the end of the day will be donated or recycled.

While the event is to exchange items, there are several objects that GrowNYC will not accept at the Stop ’N’ Swap event, including:

  • – furniture
    – large items
    – tube televisions
    – open food
    – unsealed personal care products
    – medicine
    – dirty or ripped clothing
    – fabric scraps
    – incomplete toys or games
    – non-working electronics
    – magazines
    – sharp objects

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The free Sunnyside Stop ’N’ Swap event will be held at Sunnyside Community Services, located at 43-31 39th St., from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 7.

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A little planning will make this successful

This is a great idea. I would only suggest receiving the items a week before the event, giving the staff time to organize the items by size and category. Otherwise I can imagine it will be a mess.


This is a great event and a good way to get rid of clothes you don’t wear anymore, kids toys they don’t play with, books, kitchen items, whatever (that can be easily transported no refrigerators, etc. 😉 ) You can also just show up and look for something you can use and take home for free.


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