Buying clothes for young children can be a real nightmare, particularly when spending good money on little people's new clothes ends in holey knees and stains after a few months of general wear and tear, as well as growth spurts that make an entire wardrobe of clothes redundant in a such a short space of time. Hand-me-downs are a great way of saving money, and there is also the option of buying second hand clothes online.
Swap.com is a new service available to parents in the United States that appears to be making things a lot easier for those with small children. The service allows parents to ship their old and unused children’s clothes to a central warehouse. Pre-loved clothes are photographed and added to an online store, where thousands of parents shop each day. It is possible to either sell children's items to free up some cash, or swap them with other parents who are also selling their own kids pre-loved clothes.
A service such as Swap.com can make a huge difference to a tight budget, allowing you to trade unwanted items for new-to-you brands at a significantly lower cost than their recommended retail value.
Unlike similar sites, each item sold on Swap.com is shipped to a warehouse, screened and evaluated on its quality. In addition, because all items are stored at a central depot based in the US, all orders are sent out on the day of order, and usually arrive between 2 - 3 days.
Swap.com might not be for everyone, but it certainly sounds like it could be a site to offer an alternative to giving away quality children's clothes, or selling them for a fraction of their value at a garage sale.
Not based in the US myself, it would be interesting to hear from parents that are, and whether you have tried Swap.com. If you have bought or sold on Swap.com, please do share your experience via a comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts.