Think about how much stuff you have in your home that you're not using. How much of it is something someone else might love to use? Time to attend or set up a swap! Exchanging used clothing, bags, music, videos, books, appliances and more--rather than buying new--can save you a significant amount of cash all while cutting down on the demand for and production of goods, resources, and energy.
It feels great to extend the life of clutter that might otherwise have wound up in a landfill. Plus you'll likely come away with new-to-you stuff you'll actually wear or use. Imagine that.
There are an increasing number of online "swap" sites, ranging from those focused on kids' clothes to books, music, and games. Surf around to find one that suits you. And some, like Freecycle, even offer items for free. In fact, Practically Green furnished our office almost entirely from Freecycle. True story!
Every stuff swapping site and event has its own rules, but in general, you'll likely need to register and join your local group and then you post or send a bag of items you no longer want. In exchange, you get to pick and choose from items donated by others or collected during previous events.
Set up a swap with friends or through a community group or even the school PTA.
For times and locations of open-to-the-public swaps near you, check out www.NationalSwapDay.com. Or, you can look to www.TheSwapaholics.com for tips and advice.
If you find something, don’t forget to follow proper etiquette as well as post a thank you.