I Tried Swap.com And It Changed My Life (Slight Exaggeration)

I received a no obligation gift code from Swap.com that I used toward this post’s featured purchases. Post contains affiliate links.

A long time ago, a bright eyed and bushy tailed version of myself waxed poetic about Thredup.com, a new-at-the-time online consignment store with great search features, low prices, and ample opportunity to earn referral credit to shop.

After about a year of good experiences, Thredup radically changed their consignment payout structure, raised prices to customers, and started placing limits on referral credits. I became disenchanted and, while I’ll still recommend it as one option for secondhand shopping, it’s no longer my first choice.

Then, in December I received an email from one of the affiliate networks I belong to announcing that I could apply to receive a no-obligation store credit to Swap.com. I had heard of them, but thought that they were a swapping-only website and not a true store. After a few minutes on the site, I realized I was wrong, so I went ahead and applied. They sent me a $25 gift card plus a generous coupon code, and off I went to shop.

Ethical Details: Top – Everlane; Cardigan – Everlane; Pants – Swap.com; Boots – thrifted

I’ve been looking for a couple things at local thrift shops and ethical sites for the past several months and just wasn’t having any luck. I wanted:

  1. a pair of plaid wool pants that reminded me of Annie Hall
  2. some embroidered shoes

I found both of these things on Swap.com, plus a beautiful, lightweight wool midi skirt by Eileen Fisher for a total of $32.80 before applying the store credit.

But the real miracle is that everything fit perfectly. The quality on each item is exceptional and the shoes are super comfortable in addition to being like-new.

Ethical Details: Top – Everlane; Jacket – secondhand; Skirt – Swap.com; Shoes – Swap.com

Shopping Tips

Shopping from big, multi-brand secondhand marketplaces can be a bit tricky.

  • To ensure a good fit, you should look up the size charts for each brand you’re interested in on their respective websites. 
  • When searching, it’s best to input a couple keywords, but don’t get too precise or you’ll confuse the system. Swap.com allows you to narrow your search by category, style, size, color, and more.
Swap.com carries men’s, women’s, kids’, baby, and maternity clothing, plus shoes, accessories, toys, and decor. Pricing is super reasonable and the site often has sales. 
Honestly, I’m just really happy with my experience and I think it’s a great option for anyone looking to reduce the amount of new product purchases they make.

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