Back to School on a Budget

After months spent in the sun, without a care in the world: swimming, playing, barbecuing, traveling and having fun, the time finally comes each year to end the fun and start thinking of those three words that bring joy to the heart of many parents and dread to kids all over the world: Back to School.

Going back to school requires a significant amount of preparation that can cut short the summer fun activities. Kids need an extensive list of supplies to return to their academic life and also, in many cases, a new wardrobe to fit their growing bodies, their new fashion sense or simply to replace clothes that were too beat up by the end of the previous year.

Needless to say all these purchases are taxing on the family budget, especially for families with multiple children. After a summer doing fun things, back to school shopping can be an emotional and financial strain. It’s not easy to drag kids from store to store trying to find the items listed on their extensive school supplies lists and then from clothing store to clothing store trying on outfits and arguing with them out of sheer frustration and exhaustion.

Consignment shopping offers savings in money, time and frustration levels. When you shop online, it can also mean the difference between dragging disgruntled kids from store to store, to continuing your summer fun activities for a little longer. The monetary savings are obvious when it comes to consignment stores, shopping for school supplies such as lunch boxes and backpacks at these outlets can result in 50 to 80 percent savings versus buying the same items at retail establishments. These products can often be found in new or nearly new condition at sites such as Swap.com.

The same can be said about clothes. There is no need to overspend on clothes at brick and mortar stores when the same items can be easily purchased – again new or almost new – at consignment stores. Many consignment stores, like Swap.com, also do a thorough inspection of the clothes they sell, so you know that what you are buying is brand new with tags, in excellent condition, good condition or fair. In the case of online consignment stores, like Swap.com, the savings are compounded by the ease and convenience of the shopping experience. You don’t have to stop your summer fun activities and take your children shopping. You can just go online, let them pick some items, click, order and wait for your purchases to show up at your doorstep.

Since every article available at Swap.com is thoroughly inspected by a professionally trained merchandiser, your order will be exactly what you thought it would be; no unpleasant surprises, foul odors or misrepresented quality. You will always be satisfied with the products you purchase at Swap.com, or you can return what you don’t like and receive 100 percent of your money back – unprecedented in consignment store shopping. So you can continue to enjoy your summer until the very last drop of sunshine is gone.

by Marta Jimenez- Lutter

TO GARAGE SALE OR NOT TO GARAGE SALE? THERE IS NO QUESTION. SWAP.COM INSTEAD!!

Having a garage sale this time of the year might sound like a good idea. That is until you actually start organizing one and realize the amount of time and effort involved in pulling it all together. It will take hours of work to sort through every item you want to sell, price it, set up everything outside and then deal for hours upon hours with hoards of people haggling with you over a $1 item.

At the end of the two day garage sale ordeal, you will be left with some items, no patience and a little bit of money for hours upon hours of work.

So, how do you get all your outgrown and unused kids’ items out of your house and make a profit easily? You send them to Swap.com.

Swap.com will make the experience of getting rid of unused and outgrown kids’ items an easy, lucrative experience. Just pack your gently used items in a box, send it to us and, once you receive a link with the items photographed, name your price for the items. That’s it! You will receive a check in the mail when your things sell, no haggling, no bartering, no hours sitting in the sun or rain dealing with hoards of people.

Also, at Swap.com you can purchase new items to replace the once your kids outgrew or buy anything on your summer list for a fraction of the price at retail stores and you can do it from the comfort of your home. New clothes, toys, books, movies, games and sports equipment that have been thoroughly inspected to ensure quality are just a click away.

So, if you’re tempted to do a garage sale, save yourself some time, work and aggravation and just send your kids’ items to Swap.com, we will do the work for you, no haggling required.