Your Swap.com B2S Shopping List

Back-to-school season is the second biggest shopping season of the year, behind the holidays. In fact, shopping is projected to reach $83.6 billion–an increase of more than 10% over last year for back-to-school and back-to-college. For families with children, spending is expected to reach $500 per kid.

As a result, the retail industry is no doubt bombarding you with Back to School everything. Don’t waste time driving around town for the best deals when Swap.com carries all your favorite brands for less. Check out our favorite Back To School must-haves and check off a huge chunk of your list:

Backpacks

You may not have expected it, but we have over 1,000 kids’ bookbags and backpacks at heavy discounts off retail. We carry functional, durable backpacks, as well as fun character bookbags from Disney, Marvel, and more! Before you pay full price, check out our kids’ ‘Bags & Purses’ section to see how much you can save.

Uniforms

Parents rejoice: here comes a major dress code hack that will save you from spending major moola on kids’ clothes. Swap.com carries hundreds of thousands of khakis, skirts, polo shirts, sweaters and more for boys and girls. We hand select every item, so all these clothes are up to ivy-league standards. Don’t forget to filter by color and save up to 90% off kids’ formal wear and school uniform essentials.

Jeans

Kids always outgrow their jeans before they wear them out, which is why we have a full school career’s worth of gently-used jeans for boys and girls to the tune of 100,000+! Great brands like Gap, Levis, Carter’s, and more all for so much less than what you’d pay at your local shop. Don’t forget to take a peek at all our other kids’ denim apparel as well!

Rugby shirts, T-shirts

Our Rugby shirts and t-shirts are great for rambunctious kiddos whose favorite subject is recess. Shop a huge selection of durable, colorful rugby shirts and browse through our massive selection of comfortable graphic and statement tees for young boys and girls. Your kid will love to toss these versatile, flexible shirts on and dart outside as fast as possible.

After school apparel

After the bell rings, the real fun begins. Whether it’s activewear for playtime or practice, or PJs for movie night, sleepovers, and bedtime, we have it all! Don’t forget to shop our After School Collections for the coziest pajama sets and most durable play clothes from your favorite brands.

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High Standards, Low Prices: What Do We Look for in a Swap.com Item?

Did you know we get over thousands boxes of clothes every day? Every single item is hand-selected by our merchandising team, photographed, then listed on Swap.com. There are always great items and unique gems in every box, along with some that are a little too unique as well. With so much inventory pouring in every day, how do we decide which pieces meet the Swap.com standard? To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of quick tips to let you know what we’re looking for when evaluating your items. If you want to sell it, it has to be:

 

–New or Gently-used

We only accept clothes with little signs of wear, tear, and fading. That dress you always swore you would wear, but never got around to it? Yes, please. A shirt you love, but sends your spouse or children running to hide from embarrassment? Perfect. Your favorite free t-shirt you’ve worn to the gym since college? Not so much.

 

–In-season

Sending us in-season items is a surefire way to get your clothes up on the site and cash in your account faster. We still take the occasional heavy coat in the summer, but it’s gotta be good, and we mean real good. Before sending in your box, ask yourself “Will this still be fun to wear in a month or two?” If so, send it in. If not, it may be best to wait until the weather is right or donate it!

 

–Stylish

We LOVE popular brands like Old Navy, Carter’s, Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft, etc. Any of the above brands are almost guaranteed to sell and make you a quick buck. Remember that fashion repeats itself, so lots of “old” clothing items you may still have from the 90s are making a resurgence…very retro. It never hurts to look!

 

–Relevant/Have Mass Appeal

You might not want to wear it anymore, but make sure someone else will. We only accept clothes that appeal to a wide audience, so no profanity or ahem, “adult images.” Also, remember that not everyone will want 2010 Family Reunion or Little League Champions commemorative apparel. Artsy designs and statement tees are generally fine though, so those graphic tees from your old band could be perfect!

 

–Clean & Stain-free

Please, please, please, send us your freshly laundered, clean, pleasantly fragrant clothes. This should go without saying, but we still get a lot of dirty, stained, and sometimes smelly items. Ew. Also, we love pets, but will not accept apparel if there is pet hair.

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$5 Friday Fair

The $5 Fair is here! Step right into our virtual showcase tent, and gaze at the wonders from our extensive collection of one-of-a-kind items under $5 you won’t find anywhere else:

 

  1. Black Gap Chic Dress (Women’s)

Astound your friends by saving up to 94% off retail price on this essential LBD from Gap. Dress it up, dress it down, and combine it with layers to transform one dress as three or more unique dresses!

 

  1. Gymboree Jeans (Kids’)

Gasp at the low price of Gymboree jeans and the 100,000 kids’ items we carry for under $5. Discover all the stylish brands you and your kid love while shopping the largest collection of new-to-you children’s clothing!

  1. Floral Print Shirt (Women’s)

Everyone is taking the time to stop and smell the flowers, and we can’t get enough of floral print clothes. Get the best bang for your buck with this super stylish women’s floral print shirt perfect for a happy hour, vacation, or outdoor party.

  1. NIKE Dri-fit Shirt (Women’s)

This dri-fit workout shirt may look simple, but it packs an amazing value with an average retail price of $30! Dri-fit shirts are great not only for working out but also as a breezy, breathable shirt you can wear to run errands during the hottest days of the year (…right now). Explore more Women’s Tank Tops & T Shirts Under $5.

5.Tank Top (Men’s)

This one’s for the boys. Wonder at this confident tank top and let everyone within eyesight know they’ve just won free tickets to the gun show.  A nice tank top can often run you up to $20, so finding one for just $4 is a real summer treat, especially with all the Men’s Apparel Under $5 we carry. Even out that farmer’s tan with a cool tank and show off your arms before it’s too late!

**BONUS

Camo Shirt (Women’s)

It wouldn’t exactly be a fair showcase without a little bit of camo. Grab this great shirt for only $4 and fit right in at any casual country affair, day or night.

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The Unanimous Declaration of the Thrifty Fifty States of America

JULY 4, 2017

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to unravel the expensive threads which have connected them with high prices and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of fashion and style entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all clothes are created equal, that they are endowed by their Tailor with certain unalienable rights, that among these are value, quality and the pursuit of thriftiness. — That to secure these rights, Swap.com is instituted among Women, Men, Kids, and Babies, deriving their just powers from the consent of the fashionable, — That whenever any form of retail becomes destructive to savings, it is the right of the thrifters to reuse and resell it, and to institute low, affordable prices, laying the foundation for major savings and a greener lifestyle, as to them shall seem most likely to enlarge their wallets and happiness. Swap on.

Signed,

John Handmedown     Thomas Dresserson      Longjohn Adams     Beensewin’ Franklin

Ann Taylor  Ralph Lauren   Liz Claiborne  GEORGE   J. Crew   Eddie Bauer   Charlotte Russe   Lulu Lemon

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Summer Hot List- Men’s Edition!!

In honor of Father’s day, and all the amazing men in our lives, this month’s hotlist is dedicated to the guys!  Menswear is a huge department on Swap.com, and it only keeps growing thanks to our amazing sellers and those awesome items you send us to find new homes.  When sending in men’s apparel, follow these few tips from our style experts on what’s trending in sales and style, plus some just plain ole’ sweet items to send our way.    (more…)

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90s Fashion Rewind

The 90s are ALL THAT!

BOO YA! The 90s may have been knocked down, but they’re back up again and as stylish as ever. At Swap.com, we’re stocked full of the freshest throwback apparel for just about every 90s look imaginable. Need a little 90s refresher? No problem! Check out (these top 5 90s trends… something along these lines to frame) our top five favorite styles from the last decade of the 20th century:

  1. Grunge: Originated from the Pacific Northwest and Seattle alternative rock scene.

  1. Girly: Most commonly seen on teen/young adult 90s sitcoms and in classic 90s-era romcoms.
  • Threads: sun, maxi, and peplum dresses, capri pants, casual pants, blouses,  floral skirts, sleeveless tops
  • Accents/Patterns: polka dot, tweed, marled, checkered, sequins/rhinestones/ glitter
  • Accessories: platform shoes, ankle bracelets, jelly sandals, butterfly hair clips, clear bags/backpacks
  • Pop Culture/Celebs: Blossom, Topanga from Boy Meets World, Moesha

  1. Street Wear: Gained popularity with the rise of 90s Hip-Hop and R&B culture and fashion.
  • Threads: Sweatshirts/Hoodies/Sweaters, jumpsuits/overalls, JNCO jeans,
  • Accent/Pattern: camo, animal print, colorblock, cutouts, overlay, studded, mesh
  • Accessories: High top shoes, backpacks, bangles, baseball caps, bucket hats, big rings
  • bandanas
  • Pop Culture/Celebs: TLC, Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Missy Elliot

  1. Goth: An offshoot of punk culture, the Goth style would eventually give rise to emo in the early 2000s
  • Threads: leather skirts/pants, studs, ankle boots, black everything, black/gray tees, blouses, shirts, polos, dress pants, skirts, halter, midi, crop tops, jumper, bodycon dresses
  • Accents/Patterns: velvet, crochet, chains, cutouts, studded, overlays, abstract, metallic
  • Accessories: platform shoes, combat boots, spikes on everything, dark makeup, greasy appearance, chain wallets
  • Pop Culture/Celebs: Marilyn Manson, D’arcy Wretzky (Smashing Pumpkins), The Craft (pictured), Fairuza Balk

  1. Preppy: The All American 90s girl look, coming in two main flavors of everyday preppy and high-class preppy.
  • Threads: Cartoon Tees, Music Tees, light jeans, capris, plaid & checkered shirts, turtlenecks, glasses, plaid and checkered skirts and denim vests
  • Accessories: totes, beanies, thigh-highs, Mary Jane shoes, Oxfords, flats, crossbody purses, light makeup, hair clips (flowers)
  • Pop Culture/Celebs: Kelly Kapowski, Saved By The Bell, Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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