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Give one, get one, at Swapalooza!


You’re invited to a festival of sharing, swapping and up-cycling!


Waste Free Rhode Island is happy to present Swapalooza! A fun community event designed to reduce the impact that waste has on our landfills and environment.


Bring your unwanted goods to exchange for new treasures, or up-cycle your clothes right on the spot. Our team of designers will be there to give your beloved outfits a new life!




“Swapalooza” is a friendly community swap festival that invites everyone to be more eco-conscious: buy less, swap more, recycle and up-cycle.


What is a “swap”? – to exchange, barter or trade one thing for another.


What is “palooza”? – Originating in the early 1900s, the word “lollapalooza” refers to a “remarkable or wonderful person or thing, an exceptional example or instance.” The suffix “palooza” has since referred to extravagant festivals around the world.


Swapalooza is an exceptional example of wonderful people coming together to help one another and the environment.



  1. By up-cycling instead of throwing away your old items, you’re doing your part to save the environment.
  2. Besides helping the environment, you’re making an impact in the local community. The item you swap will go to someone who needs it and couldn’t afford it otherwise.
  3. Give one, get one! Bring an item to swap and get a new (to you) item!
  4. You save money by swapping with someone else instead of buying new!




October 26th (Saturday) 2019 // 10:00 am -1:00 pm at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church located at 15 Hayes Street Providence, Rhode Island.


Across the street from the Providence Place (Cheesecake Restaurant) and next to the Rhode Island State House lawn (Gasbee Street).


Open to the public. Free admission, no pre-registration needed to join. There will be food trucks and live music.



  1. Clothing
  2. Home goods/supplies (kitchenware, vases, picture frames, candles, rugs, etc)
  3. Electronics (Laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc.)
  4. Books, CDs, DVDs/Movies
  5. Toys
  6. Skills! If you have a valuable skill and want to contribute, please do!



  1. Please, no selling at this event. This event is only about the free exchange of items you don’t use anymore.
  2. Please try your best to bring one thing to swap, share or donate.
  3. Please do NOT bring: anything previously used by animals, expired or open food, personal care products, medicine, dirty or ripped clothing or shoes, incomplete (missing parts) toys and games, non-working electronics, or undergarments of any kind including socks.


All leftover items will be donated to the Federal Hill House Association who will distribute them to people in need.


Come out and see us on Saturday for a fun Fall weekend event!




Waste Free Rhode Island is an environmentally friendly organization with a green recycling mission of creative environmental stewards dedicated to cultivating sustainable platforms for creative collaboration.


They believe it’s time we all focus on environmental protection and sustainable development within our daily lives. They aim to provide environmentally friendly products and organize and promote green activities.


Waste Free Rhode Island is excited to share this consciousness and encourages people to value and love the things they own and ensure nothing is wasted.


Darrell Turner, from Providence Rhode Island, founder of Waste-Free Rhode Island is an eco-enthusiast who hopes to create a platform for sharing secondhand skills and knowledge through building a community of swappers.


Repair Cafés are half-day participatory events where community members come together to help each other repair what’s broken. See this Berkeleyside video from the inaugural Berkeley Repair Café we organized in May 2018. We helped Transition Berkeley take leadership of Repair Cafés going forward; see this video from the first of their many Repair Cafés planned for The East Bay: Transition Berkeley Repair Café.

The Fundamentals:  Neighbors get to know each other over coffee, snacks and repair projects, learning about repair, sharing knowledge and skills, and squeezing more life out of the things they have. These events are intended to educate and are not a free drop-off repair service.

A team of volunteer “fixers” will be on hand who know how to repair all kinds of things and will work together with attendees to diagnose and repair broken items. The fix rate runs about 60-70% — everyone gives it a good try and learns a lot about fixing along the way.

Participants can bring all kinds of household items including – lamps, clothing, toys, furniture, electronics, appliances and bicycles … pretty much anything that can be carried through the door.

How is a Repair Café different from a Fixit Clinic? The heart of both is fixing. Repair Cafés are just larger and have lots of ancillary activities around repair, reuse and community well-being.

Excellent video from Al Jazeera
Short video from NBC Nightly News
48-second video from The Netherlands
New York Times article
The Guardian, London articlessgoc

Local economy:  Community Repair Events are not about competing with or supplanting local repair shops.  Rather, events support them through raising people’s awareness and inciting their motivation to fix.  Fixers and organizers make referrals to local repair shops and suppliers, which means good jobs.

Personal benefits include: individual empowerment, personal satisfaction, developing critical thinking skills, and changing the way people relate with material objects. 


Founded in Berkeley by Peter Mui!
Over 400 clinics held nationwide
Locally organized by and at Berkeley Public Library
Details on the Fixit Clinics website

What Fixit Clinic Events Are:

Do-it-together, hands-on, STEM-based fix-n-learn, community-based exploration and discovery workshops for all ages.

  A Free Workshop! 
NOT free repair services.
Fixit Clinics are participatory events.

Participants bring broken things for help assessing, disassembling, and possibly repairing.  Fixit Clinic provides: 1) workspace, 2) specialty tools, and 3) volunteer Fixit Coaches to help repair all kinds of things — from lamps, clothing, and toys, to mechanical, furniture, electronics, and appliances … pretty much anything that can be brought through the door. 

Whether fixed or not everyone learns something about how it was made and worked.  And then didn’t!

How is a Fixit Clinic different from a Repair Café?  The heart of both is fixing.  Fixit Clinics are explore-and-discover STEM workshops focused on learning through fixing.

Short video from The News Hour
Longer video interview of Peter Mui at eTown eChievement Awards, on larger vision for Repair
Information on Volunteering to be a Fixit Coach
Fixit Coach Howdy Goudy is a champion of repair:  Lawrence Berkeley Lab Newsletter