Out with the old and in with the new

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Who’s closest is getting a little too full with all the cute fall clothes you have been buying? If you need some room in your closest or are just feeling the itch for some deep cleaning you need to check out this website. It’s an easy way to make a little extra cash off your old clothes.

It’s called Swap.com and it’s an online consignment store. I heard about it when I was watching Ellen one of my days off and thought it was worth a try. It’s basically pretty cool. swap-logo-site-159@2x

When we were moving I knew I wasn’t going to have a lot of closet space for all my clothes in our new place. So, I went through my closets. My rule was, if I hadn’t worn the item the previous year then it had to go. Man, did I have a lot of unnecessary clothes! To be honest it was kind of freeing to be rid of it all. I decided to send all my stuff to Swap instead of taking it to a local second hand store. Once you send in your gently used clothes Swap takes pictures of them and puts them up for sale on their website. Once the items sell you are paid. It’s a pretty slick process. They advertise that each box you send in earns around $150. I have found that on average I have made closer to $75 a box, but still, I thinks that’s pretty awesome. I have sent in eight boxes of stuff between me and Liam and I am looking forward to using that extra cash for some of our new home renovations!

Here are my pros and cons about using Swap versus a local consignment store.

Pros

  1. No hassle shipping process. Swap has three shipping options online to choose. I prefer to print out the prepaid shipping form and tape it my box. The $8.90 for shipping is then deducted from my earnings when I make a sale.
  2. They take the majority of your gently used clothes. It doesn’t matter the brand, how old it is, or if it is the current fashion trend. Swap isn’t picky as long as the clothing item is in good shape. I have gotten frustrated in the past with places like Pluto’s Closet because they won’t even take clothes that still have tags on them if they aren’t “in style.” Well, if they were in style I probably wouldn’t be getting rid of them, would I now?
  3. You set your own prices. Another pro about Swap is that you get to set your own prices for the items you send in. They give you a recommended price and you can go from there.
  4. Everything is managed online Once Swap receives your shipment they take photos of you items and put them for sale up on the website. Besides dropping off the box at the post office you can manage your clothing sales from the comfort of your couch. Their website is user friendly and easy to navigate.
  5. Money is transferred directly to your PayPal account. Once your items have been sold there is a running tally of how much money you have earned. At set payout dates the money is transferred to your PayPal account which can then be transferred to your bank account.

Cons

  1. Swap takes about 30 days to process your shipment, take pictures, and get it up online.
  2. Swap doesn’t take Men’s clothing at this time.
  3. Swap does takes a small percentage of your sale. However, I have still found that despite Swap taking a small percentage to run their business I still make more money off my old clothes through Swap then a second hand store.
  4. Your items may take some time to sale.

For me, the pros outweigh the cons. And as long as you are patient and not in a hurry the cons really aren’t that bad.

You can also buy stuff on the website for cheap. I was able to get some cheap sneakers and pants for Liam’s Halloween costume.

I have been wanting to share this tip that has been successful for me so there you go! Happy cleaning! 🙂

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