Mom on a budget? 4 ways consignment can help!

Mom on a Budget? 5 Ways Online Consignment Can Help!

When we think of one thing that doesn’t ever seem to change, it’s the fact that children will always, always grow out of their clothes! Not only do they physically grow out of the sizes, they quickly grow out of the styles and no longer want to wear the once fabulous light-up sneakers they begged for just months ago.

Buying the latest and greatest items for their closets can seem like quite the expensive task.  With back to school shopping upon us, we also have to think about what the kids will wear and still like in the colder months ahead.  Shelling out a couple hundred bucks at once may not keep you on your budget and that is where online consignment can help! (more…)

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Be a successful consignment seller

6 Tips & Tricks To Be A Successful Consignment Seller

We have all reached a point when we want to clean out our closets, cabinets, and play rooms but aren’t always sure what to do with the items we no longer use.  Considering the condition of your items, you may not want to just throw them away or put them on the curb, but who really has time to have a garage sale these days?

Swap.com makes it simple for sellers to make money on clothes, toys, décor, sports gear and other goods, as – once you ship your gently used baby, children, women’s, and maternity items and they’re accepted for sale – we will photograph the goods, store them and ship them out to buyers. All you have to do is price your items then sit back and wait for the proceeds to appear in your PayPal account every 14 days. Swap.com will even buy your accepted items if they haven’t sold after a few months, ensuring you’ll earn some cash for your closet-clearing efforts. (more…)

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Earn Your Allowance

How to Earn Your Allowance Using Swap.com

Kids these days spend a ton of time online, so why not encourage them to use the computer to earn a little cash?

Indeed, a recent study from the Pew Research Center shows that 24 percent of teens, ages 13 through 17, go online “almost constantly” and that 56 percent of teens reported going online at least once a day.

But if you fall into one of these age brackets, all that time spent on the tablet, smartphone, or desktop doesn’t have to be devoted to Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. Instead, try spending some of that screen time making money selling your old stuff at an online consignment site – with your parents’ permission and help setting up an account, of course. (more…)

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Benefits of Buying Used Baby and Kids’ Clothes

There is something almost magical about baby clothes; they’re impossibly small, precious and sweet. It is hard to resist buying a pair of soft, organic cotton pajamas or tiny little socks and shoes. We might not even look at the price tag, initially. That is until we realize that, as magical as the clothing, is our baby’s ability to outgrow every item in the blink of an eye.

While most of us will indulge our craving for new sweet baby clothes with the first baby, many of us quickly realize that pre-owned clothes make more sense as our families grow.

Although kids don’t grow as fast once they hit the 2-year-old mark, they still go through clothes much faster than adults. A 3, 4 and 5 year old will still change sizes every season or even twice a season. Fortunately kids’ clothing styles are more stable than adult’s fashions, so a Spiderman t-shirts used by your 10-year-old 6 years ago will still delight your 4 year old today. We took some time to explore the benefits of buying used baby and kids’ clothes to help you stay within budget. (more…)

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Buy Used Toys Online – Summer Fun for Less

Soon kids will be out of school for the summer, three months of freedom, fun in the sun and unstructured days. Within the first day or two of these three months of bliss parents everywhere will hear the very familiar phrase “I’m bored.”

 

Yes, three months off school is a long time to entertain kids and keep them from uttering those three dreaded words. We will sign them up for classes, take some family vacations and organize playdates, many, many playdates.

 

Something that might help ease the transition into unstructured time is new activities and toys. Toys specifically designed for outdoor play can engage kids for hours and burn the extra energy they might use up complaining of being bored.

 

Consignment stores, like Swap.com, are a great resource to stock up on new toys for the summer, for a fraction of the price you’d pay at regular retailers.

 

Some items that are great to purchase used for outdoor play are sprinklers, inflatable pools, balls, Frisbees, roller blades, beach toys, and a variety of sports equipment. Many items are often brand new and can be found in the original packaging for a fraction of the cost.

 

Pool toys are often available too; whether it’s diving rings, arm bands, snorkeling equipment or safety vests for little ones, consignment stores make stocking up easy, fun and economical.

 

And for those days destined for the indoors, due to weather, illness or any other reason, there is also board games, puzzles, movies and books. A variety of budget friendly options that give parents a fighting chance against those three dreaded words.

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A school raises over $2,000 with Swap.com fundraising service

Hawthorne school in Illinois raises $2,174 with Swap.com fundraising. In total, 879 items were added to the fundraising account. All of the items came from only 20 families. The sales period was from 10/13/2013 until 1/7/2014. 566 items (65%) were sold to Swap.com customers during the time of the fundraising and the remaining items were acquired by Swap.com. Total proceeds to Hawthorne were $2,174.

The Swap.com item fundraising service works as follows:

  1. Fill in the fundraising application form here
  2. Organize an event to which people will bring their unused baby and kids’ items.
  3. Swap.com will organize a pick up or shipping of the items to the Swap.com logistics center in Addison, IL.
  4. Swap.com will list the accepted items on your fundraising account for 90 days (or as agreed).
  5. Your organization will receive the proceeds of the sold items (after Swap.com deducts its selling fees) by PayPal or check
  6. Swap.com will pay a lump sum for the remaining items on the fundraising account after the 90-day selling period is over.

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