For online swapping there are thousands of items listed in the eclectic swap/trade section of Kijiji Ottawa. There’s also Swapsity, an online resource devoted entirely to barter. Alternatively you can just swap with friends. Here’s a guide to organizing a clothing swap. Friend of Slow Ottawa Kathrin van Dehn recently hosted a children’s birthday party in which she requested that the presents be re-gifted—an intriguing twist on real-time swapping.
For reflections on the need for community freecycle centres, maker spaces and tool libraries go here. For short-term housing swaps go here.