Six Great Online Swap Sites

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Recycling is in-not only in terms of the environment, but also in terms of fashion—and these sites are leading the online swapping community. Before trading your goods, you need to know a few things: be careful swapping used make-up, always ask for clear photos to help you assess the quality of the garment you’re swapping, and make sure you understand the shipping fees and dispute policies of the site. Possibly the most stylish-looking of the swap sites we’ve visited, is also probably the most well-known and frequently used. Super easy to navigate, categories include accessories, apparel, shoes, maternity, cosmetics, and even books. We found everything from a Macy’s party dress (value: $13) to a Prada handbag (value $1,200), and items can be for swap, for sale, or both. You have to register to use the site, but the registration process is pretty painless—to list items, however, there’s a subscription fee (apparently $20 per year, but the first year is free . . . ) MyFashionSwap comes in a close section in terms of LOOKING like a fashion site, but of course a pretty package isn’t everything. We like this site—particularly the no-fee-basic-membership (you’ll pay small fees if you choose to utilize things like front-page or category features for their items)—but the number of items available at the time we browsed was pretty darn limited, and the browsing through pages was a bit frustrating as they didn’t always load properly after page 1. Hmmm. Still, the items we DID manage to view included things from BCBG, Theory, Marc Jacobs, etc. So we’ll try to be patient. Totally user-friendly, strips away all the fancy (read: useless) bells and whistles with a simple search or browse format, which brings you to pages with clickable thumbnails for de-lightful swap items like Stuart Weitzman heels and Marc Jacobs jackets. Listings give you all the basics—color, size, condition, etc. The selection is quite limited, but when the items are really good, it’s worth an occasional browse to see if you can find something in your size . . .
Rehash. Rehash takes an environmentally-friendly position on item swapping and, well, who can argue? Regardless of the angle, Rehash is primarily about books and clothing, and if you don’t mind browsing, we saw plenty of cute stuff to swap. There’s also a forum and a “question and answer” page, if you want to, well, talk about swapping, we guess. Makeup swapping? Sounds gross, right? Well, fortunately the idea of MakeUpAlley’s swap page is to swap all those hardly-used makeup and beauty items you bought that weren’t what you’d hoped, which, at least in theory, sounds like a reasonable idea. Maybe. While we’re not certain we’ll be using this particular swap site, we just wanted you to know the option was out there—the decision to swap lipgloss with a total stranger is ultimately up to you (in the FAQs, they do recommend only swapping unused mascara. Right.) This is not a fashion/apparel swap site, but we’re pretty sure that all of us probably have other stuff cluttering up our closets (and basements, and lives) we’d like to swap out—on ChanceXChange, that means CDs, movies, books, games, and a few random miscellaneous items. So, if you have some oldies but goodies you’d like to unload—and/or you’re desperately seeking a copy of “The Santa Cause: It’s a Punk Rock Xmas” (seriously, it’s on there)—it’s totally free to register and swap so you have nothing to lose.

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