They say one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure, and the eco-friendly, budget-conscious and tech-savvy among us are taking that idea to the web.
Most online swap sites work the same way: upload images and descriptions of the items you’re willing to part with, peruse others’ items up for grabs, see something you love, and propose a swap. These sites all hold their swappers to high standards, so your information stays safe and the goods are typically trendy and in nearly-new condition. Picking a favorite site depends on what features you value most in a swap venue: variety and quality of the goods, ease of swapping, thorough search systems, etc.
ThredUp provides pre-paid envelopes, so your swaps stay post office (and cost) free. SwapStyle shows every thumbnail image on the same page, so you get a big-picture view of everything that’s available. DigNSwap‘s searchable word cloud makes finding particular brands, sizes and categories a cinch—and serves as a good reminder of labels and items you might have forgotten you wanted. Rehash has an active and chatty online community, so you know the minute something new hits the swapping block. And SwapItGreen‘s trading points system is perfect for great hagglers.
If you’re just not quite ready to start swapping, look for the best goods on the cheap. We’ve got top picks for handbags under $250, great cheap scarves, and discount jeans to make a staple for an array of outfits.