What’s not to love about clothing swap websites? You get to save money and the environment, all while looking fabulous – cha-ching!
Here’s an icky stat: Only 20 percent of donated clothing actually makes it to thrift store racks. Textile waste is a serious problem that most of us aren’t even aware of. According to USAgain, 78 percent of people didn’t know that 11 million tons of textiles are trashed each year (with each of us contributing about 65 pounds annually). Holy. Crap.
Enter clothing swap websites, which give fashionistas the opportunity to swap clothing with each other – reducing waste and the dent in our wallets. Here are 8 popular clothing swap websites to take for a spin:
SwapStyle is known as the trailblazer of clothing swap websites, giving you the opportunity to swap clothing, accessories and beauty supplies. It allows users to both swap and sell, so if you really want something but don’t have something of equal value to swap, you can buy it instead. It takes seconds to sign up, and the process is secure: If someone doesn’t keep up their end of the bargain, they’ll be penalized and you’ll be compensated.
2. Dig N Swap
Dig N Swap is a clothing swap website that’s super-easy to navigate. It has a prominent search box on the homepage where you can search for whatever strikes your fancy. They charge a 99 cent assessment to your account for each swap, and within each listing you can say what you’re most interested in swapping for. Users manage their own shipping and other details with fellow swappers.
If you have specific clothing and accessory interests (for example, a handbag obsession), you can join groups on Rehash filled with like-minded women who have similar preferences. You can also create a wish list of what you’re looking for, and they’ll let you know when those items become available. Shipping arrangements are between the two swappers.
thredUP has a slightly different approach to their clothing swap: You order a thredUP Clean Out Bag, fill it with items you no longer want, and they buy them from you for up to 40 percent of the resale value. Each item goes through a thorough screening process, and any items they don’t accept go to charitable partners or textile recycling companies.
This clothing swap site is known as a curated consignment shop, where members trade high-end women’s clothing and accessories. They even have their very own “Fashion Police” that approve your items and price them with ReDollars that you can spend on other member duds.
Swapdom is an insanely efficient clothing swap site – simply enter what you want and what you’re willing to swap for it. Swapdom then arranges a multi-party trade where everyone involved gets exactly what they’ve requested. Sending a list of all the items you want and all you’re willing to part with increases your chances of a successful swap. All you pay are the shipping costs, which already have a small service fee built in.
Poshmark is a clothing swap app that completely runs on your cell phone. Simply list 5-10 items from your closet and search for other women who’d most likely be interested. You can follow women who like the same brands or are the same size and start shopping. When someone buys one of your items, Poshmark emails you a prepaid shipping label the buyer pays for, and voila!
99dresses is also a clothing swap app. Upload a pic and details about the clothes you want to swap. You earn “buttons” based on the value of each piece, which you can spend on items listed by other fashionistas. You only pay for shipping and a small swap fee.
Which clothing swap websites are your faves?
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