#SwapUpcycle: 4 DIY Holiday Decorations

The holiday season is not cheap. American families spent an average of $1,779 on Christmas in 2016. In fact, the holiday was deemed so expensive by the Kranks in the 2005 film Christmas With the Kranks that the title characters realized they’d spend less money if they skipped the festivities altogether and went on a Caribbean cruise. “Holiday fun” shouldn’t mean “credit none,” so we’re going to help you save some cash this year by upcycling that Swap.com box you’ve got lying around from your last order. We tasked our jolly marketing team to create an entire collection of holiday crafts without breaking the bank. Here they are, ugly sweaters and all, ready to accept the holiday challenge.

First of all, what is upcycling? Great question. Upcycling is taking an item and reusing it for an even better purpose. Taking a box that was originally intended to deliver clothes to your doorstep and turning into the perfect holiday decoration is a prime example of upcycling.

1. Ornaments

According to a Buzzfeed poll, 57% of people’s favorite holiday activity is decorating the tree, but there’s no reason to spend a fortune on the perfect holiday tree or ornaments. Here are some ornaments that you can make with your family.

  1. Trace the ornaments that you want to make on your cardboard.
  2. Cut them out with an X-ACTO knife.
  3. Decorate them how you want! We recommend washi tape or glitter glue.

2. Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, and Donner and Thriften. Meet Santa’s new reindeer, Thriften.

  1. Download these reindeer shapes.
  2. Draw the attached shapes on cardboard. (Scale yours to size. We used a large Swap.com box.)
  3. Cut them out.
  4. Decorate them to your liking!
  5. Assemble the pieces to match the photo below.
  6. Introduce your family to your newest upcycled friend.

3. Gingerbread House

What’s even more fun, sustainable, and affordable than a gingerbread house? A cardboard house! This is a really fun craft to create with the whole family. Better yet, make it a holiday competition. Whoever makes the most creative house wins!

  1. Download these gingerbread cottage shapes.
  2. Draw the shapes onto your Swap.com box.
  3. Cut out the shapes with an X-ACTO knife.
  4. Assemble the pieces together (as photographed)
  5. Decorate, decorate, decorate.
  6. Give as a gift!

4. Sleigh

Dashing through the snow in an environmentally & budget-friendly sleigh? Us, too. This is the perfect affordable decoration or toy for the little ones this holiday season. This is one of our favorites!

  1. Download these sleigh shapes
  2. Trace the shapes.
  3. Cut them out with an X-ACTO knife.
  4. Decorate to your liking.
  5. Give to the little ones as a toy!

There are four examples of ways you can upcycle the Swap.com box this holiday season. There are endless ways to use your box to cut costs, help the environment, and celebrate a festive holiday. We want to hear from YOU. Please post photos of your own upcycled creations on Instagram with #SwapUpcycle for a chance to be featured on our social media.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy holiday.

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Weekend Getaway With Conor

This weekend, I am jetting from home sweet home Chicago to Washington D.C. to visit friends and family. I absolutely hate everything about flying, except for the people watching, so I need to make sure I pack efficiently to avoid checking a bag. No city escape would be complete without the essential travel items. Here’s what I’m bringing along this weekend to tackle the Capital in style.

Banana Republic Traveler Jeans

These traveler jeans are a must-have for any urban excursion. I’m so obsessed with them that I own 2 pairs. Their stretchy and lightweight enough to toss into your weekender bag. These are the ultimate go-to jeans for any Kerouac enthusiast on a weekend adventure.

Sneakers

For sunrise runs along the National Mall. One of my favorite parts of D.C. is the accessibility of the whole city. Anywhere you need to go is just a jog away.

Denim Shirt

People always call D.C. a swamp town. I don’t know if that’s intended to be a dig at politicians or just commentary on the climate, but it is legitimately humid all of the time. I don’t know how people do business casual on the Hill without sweating through their clothes. Since it is October, it definitely might be a little breezy earlier in the day, so this denim shirt is perfect to throw over a white tee and take off when it gets too humid.

Button Down Shirt

I’m a firm believer in having a button-down available accessible to you for almost any activity. Whether I end the night at a bar in Adams Morgan, on the water in Georgetown, or landmark-gazing on the National Mall, I know I’ll be dressed to impress with a clean, wrinkle-free button down.

Those are four items that are helping me enjoy the perfect weekend escape. I want to know what YOU’RE wearing on your weekend getaway. Tag us on Instagram @swapconsignment to share your adventure attire with us and for the chance to be featured on our social media. Have a spooky Halloweekend!

 

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Style

Whether you’re a daily horoscope fanatic or a cautious skeptic, you absolutely know your Zodiac sign. Few people can resist at least taking a look at what the stars have to say about your life. So stop wondering, open up your mind, and take a look at what your Zodiac sign says about your style. We’re confident you’ll discover something new about your fashion sense!

 

Aquarius

You’re all about that boho style. You’re a free-spirited fashionista who loves to experiment, and play with prints and patterns. You love wearing tye-dye, bright colors, and flowing outfits. Just because you’re whimsical doesn’t mean your head gets lost in the clouds. Aquarius-es are intelligent and are excellent listeners.

 

Pisces

People naturally gravitate towards a Pisces. You prefer soft, flowing dresses and blouses with just a hint of sexiness. When a Pisces walks by, everyone wonders “Who IS that girl?” You have an easy breezy vibe that makes people want to be more like you. Your style isn’t unique because you’re trying to be different, it’s unique because you don’t know how to dress any other way.

 

Aries

You keep on your toes at all times. Aries are always ready to adapt to their surroundings and can transition from day to night seamlessly. You’re laid back and gravitate towards athleisure-type clothing, along with simple layers.

 

Taurus

You’re fashion-forward but practical. You love to rock bold, creative patterns and differentiate yourself from the crowd. You’ll never sacrifice comfort for style, though. Your creativity seems effortless because you balance form, function, and fashion perfectly. Though your style is just the right amount of wild, you’re a responsible, patient, and dependable person.

 

Gemini

A Gemini is never afraid to try something new. You don’t mind mixing it up on a daily basis and have the most eclectic style of all the signs. You’re always rocking the latest trends and have no problem creating your own personal outfits. You’re excellent at mixing and matching patterns and fabrics that others can’t.

 

Cancer

Cancers love to keep it classy and sophisticated. Just like your style, you are put together, refined, and elegant. You love to dress up and go out for a fancy night on the town. When it comes to your personality, you’re empathetic and love to help friends and family out whenever you can.

 

Leo

You absolutely love colors and making a statement with your clothes. Your sense of humor and exuberant personality bleed into your clothing choices, as you’re a risk taker who isn’t afraid to try something new. It’s only fashion after all, and the reward of sticking out is too great to be worried about what other people think. Besides, you’re too happy-go-lucky to not pull it off.

 

Virgo

You’re feminine to the max without overdoing it. You have a playful style that still remains adult and polished. This fits well with your hardworking, professional lifestyle and personality. Everything in your outfit is chosen with detail and for a reason. You’re loyal, analytical, and all about looking good.

 

Libra

You definitely lean towards the darker colors in your wardrobe and usually mix and match different looks. One day you may be rocking a jumpsuit, the next, a more masculine look with a studded jacket. Whatever it is, you make it your own. Just because your fashion is edgy though, doesn’t mean your personality is. You strive for harmony and are a cooperative person.

 

Scorpio

Scorpios have a bold but refined style; classy with a little bit of an edge. You value consistency, and are brave to confidently rock outfits others can’t. You use your clothes to express whatever you’re feeling on a particular day and although you like to have a routine, always carry an aura of mystery.

 

Sagittarius

About the only sign more mysterious than a Scorpio is a Sagittarius. You love to flaunt bold patterns and colors, and you most likely wear a ton of black. You’re independent but have a great sense of humor. You prefer feminine silhouettes and clean lines. You love to get out, roam, and be on your own.

 

Capricorn

Your fashion sense is methodical yet simple. Each item in your wardrobe is carefully chosen, and you’re smart with your money. You won’t buy a new outfit unless you’re absolutely sure it looks amazing and will be put to use. You love classic clothes with a little twist, and won’t wear anything that is uncomfortable. As a person, you’re responsible and diplomatic.

 

Well, did we nail it? If so, you’ve got to get to Swap.com now to explore your style. If not, then prove us wrong. Shop now >

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IT LIVES! The $50 Halloween Giveaway Spooktacular Is Here…

The Deets

Did someone say GIVEAWAY?

WE DID. Halloween: the season of Pumpkin Spice and endless Hocus Pocus viewings. It’s also the perfect time to show off that Halloween costume that you pieced together. What’s even better than getting a bag full of candy on Halloween? Getting $ to shop Swap fashions! Instead of getting tricked into paying full retail for your fall and winter fashions, get treated to a store credit just by sending us your Halloween photos. We’re giving away two $50 gift cards–one on Instagram and one on Facebook. Here’s how you can win.

Instagram Contest Info:

One winner will be chosen from Instagram. We will post all photos on our own Instagram account at the same time on Thursday, November 2, 2017. The photo that has the most likes on Friday, November 9, 2017 will win a $50 gift card.

How to enter on Instagram:

  1. Post your photo to your personal Instagram account with #SwapHalloween by Wednesday, November 1 at midnight PST.
  2. We will post your photo on our Instagram on Thursday, November 2 and tag you.
  3. Tag your friends and family in the photo so they like it.
  4. The photo with the most likes at midnight PST on Friday, November 9, 2017 wins a $50 gift card.

Facebook Contest Info:

Another winner will be chosen from Facebook. Send us your Halloween photos by Wednesday, November 1. We will post all photos at the same time in an album on Facebook. The photo that has the most shares by Friday, November 9, 2017 at midnight PST will win a $50 gift card.

How to enter on Facebook:

  1. Post your photo PUBLICLY on Facebook with #SwapHalloween by Wednesday, November 1 at midnight PST.
  2. Tag us in the photo.
  3. We will put the photos in an album on Facebook on our page on Thursday, November 2.
  4. Encourage your friends and family to like and share the photo.
  5. The photo with the most likes by midnight PST on Friday, November 9, 2017 wins a $50 gift card.

Tips to win big!

  1. Share the photo on your own Facebook page, asking your friends and family to like the photo.
  2. Ask those close to your to share the photo on their own pages to help you win.
  3. Tag your friends in the comment section on Instagram to drive them to your photo.
  4. Add hashtags in the Instagram comment section that pertain to your photo to help garner more likes.
  5. Increase your chances of winning by entering on BOTH channels!

(^which you will be able to do if you win!)

ANY QUESTIONS? Add them in the comment section below.

We’re excited to see your costumes. Happy Halloween!

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Day-to-Night Style with Jane

How do you handle the trials and tribulations of going from a work outfit to something more appropriate for your evening concert, date, or dinner with friends? Do you change at the office? Run home, eating up an hour of your precious post-work social time?

Pro Tip: Outfits that transition from work to play are possible! The key is to find classy pieces to build upon, then dress them modestly for work and change it up for a flirty edge when you leave the office.

Start with a black dress, jumpsuit, or well-cut pants and top. Depending on how casual your workplace is, begin the day with a cardigan or blazer and some sensible flats. When the sun goes down, change into those high heels and swap the blazer for a glitzy shawl (or nothing at all 😉)!

Here are a few examples of outfits that go from a day at the office to a night out on the town:

1.  Casual Office –> Dinner out with the ladies

Foundation: This elegant jumpsuit:

Daytime: This office cardigan:

Daytime: These glorious Cole Haan flats:

Evening: This glittery number:

Evening: These hot heels:

2. Startup Office –> Ke$ha Concert

Foundation: Jeans & Glittery top:

Office: This all-business Blazer:

Office: These no-frills Flats:

Concert: These wedges are concert perfection! Glittery, comfortable (they’re TOMs), and tall, so you can see over the crowd:

Concert: This Batman trucker hat (wear it backwards for that cool-girl style, or forwards to keep the glitter bombs out of your eyes):

 

3. Business Casual –> Date Night!

Foundation: This Little Black Dress:

Office: This Theory Blazer will have you looking at home in the C-suite:

Office: These simple black loafers:

Date Night: Add some heat with this red layer:

Date Night: And really turn it up with these pumps:

Cheers to saying good-bye to that bulky “after work” bag! Let me know the treasures you find on Swap.com take you from day to night.

 

 

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The 10-ish Best ‘Bang For Your Buck’ Items on Swap.com

With over two million unique items at up to 90% off retail, finding the best deals can sometimes be overwhelming. Luckily for you, our Swap.com staff has scoured the site and found the 10 (-ish) best ‘bang-for-your-buck’ items on the site.

WOMEN’S APPAREL

Banana Republic Dress- $13

This Banana Republic dress is a steal, especially because this will be a yuletide hit at upcoming holiday parties.

 

 

H&M Utility Jacket- $15

Bomber jackets are always in style and can be paired with so many trendy items. The bomb.com? Try Swap.com.

Timberland Boots $52

This next one’s a two-fer. Two pairs of women’s Timberland boots, one for $52, the other for just 28 bucks! Timberland makes high quality shoes that usually go for upwards of $150, but if your’e fast enough, you can nab them on Swap.com for under $100!

Timberland Boots $28

 

Sharp Nike Zip-up-$14

Daaaang. This Nike women’s zip-up is fresh. It’s perfect for a brisk fall run and for your wallet.

JCrew Jeans- $7.70

Once you see the deals on Swap.com, paying retail price for jeans seems silly. Especially when you can buy a pair of women’s JCrew jeans that normally run almost $100 for just under eight bucks!

 

MEN’S APPAREL

Columbia jacket $21

A rugged, practical outer shell for how much?! With the money you save, Mother Nature won’t be the only one who can make it rain.

Under Armour Cleats- $24

Just in time for football season, we’ve got a pair of cleats, size 12, in great condition.

Nike Sneakers- $38

A pair of Nikes for under $50 is a rare site. And a pair this fresh? Even rarer.

JCrew Hoodie- $24

Fall is here and it’s time to stock up on your hoodies. This JCrew signature navy striped hoodie will keep you warm on those breezy autumn days.

 

Brooks Brothers Button Down- $12

Get your Thanksgiving day outfit ready and look like a million bucks while spending only $12.

KIDS’ APPAREL

Under Armour Jacket- $12

Your son will love to throw on this hip, comfortable Under Armour jacket. It’s bright blue is eye catching so you won’t lose sight of him jumping into a pile of leaves.

Carter’s Girls Snowsuit- $16

You’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of this darling girls’ snowsuit that’ll have her singing “Do you want to build a snowwwwman?” Yes. The answer will always be yes.

You can do it, too: use the filters to search for your desired clothing type for your favorite brand. Within a few minutes, you’re likely to score a great deal! Try it out >

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