Last week I shared with you the idea that you can get a new wardrobe for free, or at least a few new pieces, for nothing more than sharing some of your excess or no longer loved clothes, shoes, and accessories by having or attending a swap party!
While swap parties sound fun in theory, it could be hard to get everyone together on the same day, or if you have a unique style it may be hard for you to find pieces you like from the things brought to the swap party.
If you’re like me and live in a very rural area, your best bet may be to trying swapping clothes online instead.
Clothing swap sites have been popping up like crazy in the last few years and some are better than others. Here are some of the most popular clothing swap sites (not affiliated or sponsored in any way) to get some new wardrobe for free:
- SwapStyle.com – Swap Style is the oldest and most well-known FREE clothing swap site. It costs you nothing to sign up and nothing to start swapping clothes, except minimal shipping costs to get clothes sent to their new owners. The site also offers ways to buy and sell clothes too, including handmade, vintage, and designer styles.
- Rehash – Started in 2007, Rehash is a site where you can swap not only clothes and accessories, but also books. The site also offers fashion advice and community chat forums.
- Clothing Swap – This site is an event hub that lists in-person clothing swap events taking place in your area. It has detailed instructions and rules about what types of things to bring to swaps and how they work.
- Dig’N’Swap – “100% Swapping, No Selling,” that’s Dig’N’Swap’s motto. This site has the most simple website when compared to the other sites mentioned. With a three step process, it’s an easy site to navigate and use, but swappers are charged not only for shipping items to their new owners, but also a $.99 swap fee for each transaction completed. It’s also set up on a “bidding” system – when you find an item you want, you offer one (or more) of your own items as a trade bid and then you wait to see if you bid is accepted.
- ThredUp – ThredUp isn’t exactly a clothing swap site, it’s set up more like Ebay but only for clothes and accessories. You can shop new (and some used) clothes on their website and also try to sell your own unwanted clothing and accessory items. This site is a bit more versatile, they offer categories for girl’s, and boy’s clothes in addition to women’s clothes. The site does offer free shipping for qualifying orders and a hassle-free return policy for the first 30 days after purchase.
Refreshing your wardrobe by using online clothing swap sites is easy and relatively cheap, at least when compared to the financial and environmental costs of always buying new clothing.
By swapping or buying and selling used clothes you are not only saving yourself money, but you are also contributing to saving the planet from being overrun by unwanted clothes that are still in usable condition.
Have you ever used clothing swap sites?
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