10.28.2013

{s w a p d o m} shop my closet for free

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{Items pictured can be found for swap here}

I've been blogging for what, five years now? I feel like I keep things pretty down to earth, I don't like promoting things just for the heck of it, and I consistently turn down offers for sponsored posts because even though I might make a little extra, I'm pretty sure you couldn't care less about the latest trends in bedazzled baseball caps. At least not here.

But every now and then I find something, or something finds me that I actually like,want to support, and think is cool enough to share with you guys. 

Swapdom is one of those things. The concept is simple: offer wearable clothing you no longer want, and trade for something new to you.

At first I didn't really think much of it, but then I got to considering the way people shop now. It's not just about consuming the latest trendy garb through fast fashion stores like Forever 21 and H&M, it's about keeping your wardrobe fresh and fun. But I think we could all benefit from contributing less to the fast fashion cycle. There is so much clothing out there. Seriously more than enough for everyone already, yet we still like to buy more. So wouldn't it be great, if instead of sending off the frocks that no longer interest you to who knows where (actually I do know, and you wouldn't like it), you could exchange them for things you do want. 

And it's free. Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I love free things. 

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The only thing you pay for is shipping the item to it's new and appreciative owner, but if you upload three items, you get free shipping on your first swap. Only for a limited number of people, so the sooner you sign up, the more likely free shipping is for you. 

What makes this swap site different is that the swap can involve multiple people. So say you like a dress that Jane has, she likes shoes that Sara has, and Sara likes a pair of pants you have. Swapdom organizes all that for you, you just pick what catches your eye, and choose items from your profile you'd be willing to involve in the swap. That's it, it's so easy.

Swapdom is still in beta, but they've asked me to help build a vintage presence on the site, so I have some vintage and vintage style items under my username "Solanah" . I'll be adding more regularly, so if you like any of the items pictured above, go ahead and give it a go. It's free, remember? 

I can't tell you how many times I've been selling vintage and am asked if I would like to trade. I know a lot of you only let go of your vintage if there's a promise of more vintage, and this is a great and easy way to do it. Or maybe you're an online seller and you have some items that just won't move. Well, list them for trade and see how it goes, you might be surprised at what the site has to offer. 

15 comments:

Mrs. Williams said...

This is quite possibly the best idea ever. Nobel Prizes all around!

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Love this idea!

bisous
Suzanne

Daffny AVintageNerd said...

I just signed on and adding my three items now!! This is great! xox

Helen Le Caplain said...

A bespoke vintage swap or 'swishing' as it's known in my neck of the woods sounds fab... might just have to have a wee look myself ;)

Cristina said...

This seems like a really cool site! I'm always concerned about the sizing for things like this, but I'll sign in and check it out.

The Rambling Fangirl

Brandy Totten said...

This is great!! I have always been afraid to donate my vintage clothes because I am afraid Goodwill will toss them. I have heard from an employee that they do not keep clothes that are not "in fashion" (I did pick up a vintage slip and petticoat this week though). I am not very big on Etsy because I just can't seem to give a price to these things. This just feels so much more "me".

Julia said...

This is an awesome idea! I joined, but I slightly fear that people are going to post crummy vintage (80's, polyester, etc.)

Mary | Millay Vintage said...

Wow, a wonderful idea! I feel like they do a lot of coordinating on the backend, so its so great that they offer their service for free -- definitely look forward to browsing about, thanks for sharing! :)

Brandy Totten said...

Posted a few things. Will be taking pictures and posting many more things. Very excited about this. Thanks so much for sharing.
I wish there was a way to look at only the vintage stuff. I am searching by the word vintage, so hopefully you ladies are putting that in the description or keywords.

Jessica Cangiano said...

"I don't like promoting things just for the heck of it, and I consistently turn down offers for sponsored posts because even though I might make a little extra, I'm pretty sure you couldn't care less about the latest trends in bedazzled baseball caps."

That's my stance, too. I do work with a small number of sponsors most months, but for every one I'm happy to partner with, there's probably 100 or more that I have to kindly turn down for a multitude of reasons, not the least is which I don't want my blog to look like one big, continual commercial (even if it's for vintage related things).

Swapdom is a terrific idea. I caught wind of it a few weeks and really think it's going to spread like wildfire. For now I'm not able to join because it's just for US folks, but hopefully they'll open it up to international participants, too.

♥ Jessica

colormebrazen said...

I can't wait to see this up and running!

Suzanne Amlin said...

I heard of this a few weeks ago and it excited me greatly! I'm part of a swap group on FB but have a hard time setting up trades, mostly because I'm trying to rid of things that no longer fit me. It's hard when you are trying to trade with people and you need them to be bigger than you but have small clothes to trade back! So complicated. This is such a great solution. I had actually given up and donated all my stuff but I'm sure I'll have things to list eventually!

Brandy Totten said...

Has anyone gotten any swaps going yet? The shipping is all UPS so it is more than I am used to paying for USPS on sites like ebay/etsy. But, I am still hoping this works out.

Suzanne said...

Signed up, items listed and hoping for some great stuff! Hopefully more users will join, to make the offerings more interesting :-)

Paigesterr said...

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