New to You: Swapping Vs. Shopping

Last week I participated in a rather unique event. The Swapaholics hosted an annual Fashion Week "Sip and Swap" that involved (I kid you not) over a hundred women, piles of free clothes and an open bar. While the event had all the makings of a riot, everything went smoothly with swappers scooping up armfuls of clothes then scurrying off to the sidelines to review their finds and start trading.

While the Swapaholics aren't hosting any d├ęcor related swaps (yet) they are forming a unique online marketplace that lists furniture and a "home and garden" department. It touts itself as an alternative to Ebay and Craigslist and sounds like a user friendly alternative to groups like freecycle.

You can find swaps and get details on the upcoming Marketplace at Swap.com.

Image: Kim Lucian

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