I love that the veil of snobbery that once hindered the concept of second-hand fashion has been replaced with a wave of acceptance and even pride. More and more shoppers are scheduling weekly hunts at their local thrift stores, placing bids on eBay and stalking the yummy bargains at Threadflip.
But still, cash is king, and even though these types of designer treasures are deals and steals, you still have to pay something for them. But, what if you could get your hands on some cute Sam Edelman shoes or a Marc by Marc Jacobs bag without paying a dime (except for the cost of shipping and a nominal service fee)? Well, bargain lover, you can at Swapdom.
You’re familiar with swap parties, right? You go to a friend’s house, with your unwanted fashion in tow, and swap with other fashionistas like yourself. Swapdom works pretty much the same way, except the website works as a third party to facilitate a swap. So, let’s say you spot a cute pair of sunglasses you’d love to own but maybe the owner doesn’t want the clutch you have to swap. However, there’s another swapper with a pretty-in-pink sweater who is interested in your clutch, while the sunglasses owner is keen on the sweater. That’s where Swapdom steps in and just sort of arranges everything for everyone involved. And you each walk away with a new-to-you item, satisfied with your swap.
I haven’t given Swapdom a try yet, but I did create a profile and did some browsing. While the website claims it prohibits knock-offs, I did spot a fake Chanel bag. The swapper didn’t identify it as authentic, but the fact that it was even posted as a swap item did turn me off a bit, but not enough to keep me away from using the site entirely. As is the case in any situation where you’re purchasing used luxury or designer goods, practice caution.
After having just moved, I know I have a few fashion pieces that I am ready to trade in for something different, so I’m sure I’ll be experiencing my first swap very soon. When I do, I promise to report back to you and let you know how it went. But until then, I do recommend you check out Swapdom by visiting www.swapdom.com. Happy swapping!