Clothing swaps are practical and fun–you get free clothes by simply giving away something–but swaps are a major bummer when there is nothing decent to choose from. Enter Bigwardrobe.com, a wardrobe swap website based in the U.K. that’s now available to American shoppers. We checked it out and here are four reasons why using Bigwardrobe.com makes traditional clothing swaps a waste of time:
1. Good Merchandise From Around The World: Bigwardrobe.com has members worldwide who buy, sell, and trade new and used clothing and accessories from high end designers like Donna Karan, to mass stores like Topshop. While searching for a Diane Von Furstenberg dress (above), I found a cool black and white one that made me quickly scan my wardrobe for something to swap. Also, since every item on the site is screened before it goes up, you can rest assured that an armpit stained blouse won’t arrive at your door.
2. You Can Buy, Sell, And Swap: If you can’t part with anything in your closet, or only want cash for your stuff, you can also buy and sell on the site. Since most of the products are pre-used, they’re less expensive. This beautiful, mint condition David and Scotti handbag above was originally $437, but it’s $175 on Bigwardrobe.com. I want it now.
3. You Can Barter Virtually–Way Less Annoying: It sucks when you see something expensive and can’t do anything about the price but wait until it goes on sale, or go back and forth with a relentless seller. At Bigwardrobe.com, you can barter with the seller, which is much easier to do over the internet.
4. It’s Simple To Use: There is no planning and arranging a swap party on Bigwardrobe.com. You simply register, make a profile, upload your items, and after they approve them for the site, you can start swapping, buying, and selling to your heart’s content. The items are also categorized extensively, so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for–no digging through piles of clothes.
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