A Shopping Alternative

Retail sales have taken a hit because of the recession. But shoppers haven’t disappeared altogether; some have turned into swappers. As reported on Mainstreet.com, clothing swap groups have become popular on Meetup.com, a site that helps users organize or find meetings based on common interests. Everyone who brings something to the swap event may take something. What’s left over usually gets donated to charity.

Looking to swap other stuff? Sites like Swaptree.com and Paperbackswap.com help people trade books, CDs, DVDs, and video games. Totsswapshop.com is for people who want to trade kids’ clothes, furniture, or toys.

Of course, you don’t need a web site to organize a swap. Just put the word out among friends or co-workers. My wife recently complimented a friend on her outfit. It turns out she got it at a swap she organized among employees of her business.

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