I found Swap.com because I love selling gently used and new clothing. Admittedly, I’ve never been much of a fashionista myself, though I do love wearing cute outfits when the occasion calls for it. However, I have always enjoyed looking at, buying, and reading about clothing.
I began my consignment journey with Tradesy in 2016, a site for selling clothes. On Tradesy (and Poshmark, Vinted, and Mercari, which I later tried and still use), you have to photograph, price, and list your own items, much like you would with eBay.
But since we were downsizing, I needed a change of pace before our move date. In other words, I needed to get rid of a lot of stuff, fast. And I wanted to get some money for it. That’s when I found Swap.com, a site that is similar to the more trendy ThredUP. To sell your clothing with Swap, all you need to do is request a bag, box or label, fill it with undamaged clothing, and send it on its merry way.
I have sent five “boxes” to Swap.com and am awaiting a bag for my sixth because I’ve had mild success. In fact, I started purchasing some items (specifically children’s clothing and certain brands that don’t sell quickly on Poshmark, etc.) from the Goodwill Outlet near me and sending them to Swap instead of listing them myself. So far, I’ve definitely made my money back, but I’ve also made a bit of extra dough, which they deposit into PayPal periodically.
I’ve learned a few things about how to be a successful Swapper, and currently have a fairly eclectic mix of items for sale, which you can check out if you want to get a feel for the kinds of stuff they’ll take. (Like I said, my items aren’t designer items, but Swap.com believes they will sell eventually.) So anyway, here are a few tips for getting the most out of the experience:
- Roll your clothing to pack it. Their shipping rate is a flat fee. That means you can send ten items or twenty, depending on how well you pack and if you stay within their weight limit (which is likely). A friend who was in the military told me that they are trained to tightly roll their clothes and bedding to make it the most compact for packing.
- Wait until you can fill the bag before you send it. The reasoning here is the same. If you send ten items, but your mom was hoping to get rid of a few things and you don’t see her until next week, it’s probably worth it to wait. If you wait until you have a pretty good amount of clothing to send, you’ll get the most out of the shipping charge and you’ll be happy that you don’t have to pack another bag.
- Take a picture or two of your clothing pile before you send it. Make sure you can see at least a scrap of each piece of clothing so that you can identify it if you need to. If you’re like me, a detailed list won’t do you any good and will take too much time, but a look at the clothing’s material will allow you to remember.
- Appeal their decision if you think they should have taken an item that they rejected. They will reconsider your items. Their people are people too, and sometimes they make mistakes or may come from a professional background that is more selective than Swap.com. My first bag contained almost ten items they initially rejected, but they take a picture of the reject pile and you can see which clothes were rejected. I knew the rejects were good items, so I sent them an email providing some detail about a few of the items they’d rejected. They ended up reconsidering all ten and taking eight.
- Be patient! Of those eight they took on a second glance, two are still left. And I sent them over six months ago. What I’m trying to say is, normal clothes will take a while to sell. If you have designer items that they price cheaply, it will sell quickly. But if you have something that’s pretty normal (a Target brand, for example), it will probably take a little longer to sell. And unless you select “SureSell,” which literally gives you pennies for some items, you have to wait until your items are sold before you get paid.