If you haven’t heard the phrase “clothes swapping” before, it refers to events that are similar to boot fairs (or swap meets) and became popular in San Francisco during the nineties. People pick clothing they’d like to swap and then get together to exchange with other. I recently came across Swap Society, a website which allows you to swap clothing online. I’ve previously mentioned my love affair with second-hand clothing and I’m excited to share some information about my new favourite way to shop.
The Story behind Swap Society
Swap Society is an LA-based company and was formed by husband and wife duo, Nicole and Edward Robertson. Nicole is a passionate environmentalist and, after learning about the fast fashion industry, she became interested in alternatives. SS is looking to encourage people to stop hoarding clothing that they don’t wear, whilst avoiding the hassle of selling items via consignment for a pittance. SS hopes to get more people swapping and to extend the lifecycle of existing clothing.
How does Swap Society work
To join the site, you send clothing in good condition to SS and, in exchange, you receive points to shop on the site. Points are allocated based on the quality and brand of each. Currently, women’s, kid’s and baby clothing and kids/baby accessories are accepted. Stock changes frequently and, at the moment, options range from a staple tee by GAP for six points to a wedding guest worthy dress by Max Mara for 252 points.
To use SS, you need to become a member and there are three different packages:
- Yearly subscription – $12 per month
- Quarterly subscription – $15 per month
- Monthl y subscription – $19 per month
Membership includes a monthly pre-paid mailer for sending clothing to SS in and is currently available throughout the US (including Alaska and Hawaii). There is a $3.99 processing fee for each item and free shipping is provided in both directions.
I sent a few garments I hadn’t worn for a while and enjoyed looking at SS’s selection. The first time I swapped, I chose to receive an American Rag top and Free People tunic. My clothing taste has changed a lot since moving to California and both items I previously would’ve only worn a handful of times because of Blighty’s wet Summers (I’m in the UK now and it’s rained nearly every day I’ve been here). I love that Swap Society enables me to easily and economically change my style in an environmentally friendly way.
Swap Society is currently running a promotion where new members get 24 bonus points when they join (usually you get seven). To check out their selection now, click here.
Special thanks to Swap Society for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.