swapping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11390/all en-US 10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6130474993_59a2f0f5eb_z.jpg" alt="retro kitchen" title="retro kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The next time you go away, how would you like free accommodation? It has a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom suite (often more than one), and all the devices and accouterments of home. In fact it <em>is</em> home &mdash; it's just somebody else's home. And in exchange for taking care of the place, you get to stay there for free &mdash; as a house-sitter.</p> <p>In a recent post I wrote about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">how to travel the world full-time for $17,000 a year or less</a>, I outlined a number of ways to get free accommodation, of which house-sitting was one. And Wise Bread colleague Maggie wrote some great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/housesit-on-your-next-vacation">tips for house-sitting etiquette</a>. Today we'll go a little deeper into how to effectively land and enjoy a house-sitting job. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a>)</p> <h3>Why House-Sit?</h3> <p>I love house-sitting because it gives me a chance to live a slice of &ldquo;local life&rdquo; in my chosen destination, and in some cases I've discovered places that weren't originally on my list of travel destinations. In fact, I could barely spot the Caribbean island of <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2011/12/introduction-to-grenada/">Grenada</a> on a map before accepting a house-sitting gig there last October, and I loved so much that I'm back again for more house-sitting.</p> <p>But I'm also not the only person who thinks house-sitting is an ideal way to see the world. If you're interested in house-sitting, you might be up against some stiff competition. Here are 10 ways to get the most out of a house-sitting membership, and to increase your chances of being noticed by homeowners.</p> <h3>1. Join a House-Sitting Membership Site (or Two)</h3> <p>I belong to a few house-sitting membership sites, and despite annual fees of approximately $50 each, they're well worth it &mdash; I make this money back tenfold in what I save on accommodation. Most sites offer worldwide opportunities; some focus on certain regions (such as <a target="_blank" href="http://www.aussiehousesitters.com.au/">Aussie House Sitters</a>), and others (like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.caretaker.org/">The Caretaker Gazette</a>) offer various volunteer and work-trade positions as well as house-sitting.</p> <p>I feature a comprehensive list of house-sitting sites in my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">full-time travel article</a>.</p> <h3>2. Sign Up For Notifications</h3> <p>Most house-sitting sites allow you to set notifications so new house-sitting opportunities that match your criteria (including location or available dates) arrive in your inbox. These real-time alerts are important for increasing your competitive edge (see tip 4, below).</p> <h3>3. Create a Comprehensive Profile</h3> <p>I've been contacted directly by homeowners who have asked me to house-sit based on my profile alone. In some cases they didn't even bother to put out a listing, and instead hand-picked a few house-sitting candidates they were interested in. So it's important to create a profile that tells homeowners a lot about you.</p> <p>Some sites allow you to upload photos (and even video), and this is important to give you a personable side. Homeowners are taking a leap of faith by inviting a stranger to care for their homes (and sometimes pets); go the distance by making yourself a little more familiar.</p> <p>Lisa Logan of <a href="http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/">TrustedHousesitters.com</a> says it's important to provide references (previous house-sits, employer, or character references), and you'll also increase your edge with a police check. &ldquo;Put yourself in the shoes of a homeowner and think about the information you would like to have. Be very clear about what experience and attributes you have that make you a great house-sitter.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <h3>4. Reply Quickly</h3> <p>One of the reasons it's important to stay abreast of notifications is because you need to reply almost instantly to get noticed by a homeowner. If a house-sitting opportunity seems ideal to you, you're probably not the only person who thinks so, and homeowners can receive hundreds of applications very shortly after posting a listing.</p> <p>You'll dramatically increase your chances of being noticed and considered if your application is in the first bunch.</p> <h3>5. Keep It Short and Sweet</h3> <p>Logan says &ldquo;write a succinct but informative introductory email. Homeowners may receive anything up to a hundred emails, and they won't want to read anything too long. Your email links to your profile where you can really go to town and let a homeowner know all about you.&rdquo;</p> <h3>6. Remember Why You're Needed</h3> <p>While keeping it short and sweet, it's important to show the homeowner exactly what you provide that they want in a house-sitter.</p> <p>I recently asked a homeowner how she selected her last house-sitter couple amidst the sea of applications she received. &ldquo;It's easy,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;They were the only people who asked about or even took an interest in my dog!&rdquo;</p> <p>Reading through her listing, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize she was most concerned about providing company and care for the dog, yet most of the applicants regaled her with why <em>they</em> wanted to stay in her desirable destination, instead of why <em>she</em> might like to have them there.</p> <h3>7. Ask Lots of Questions</h3> <p>No two house-sitting gigs are created equal, so it's important for there to be an open dialogue between the homeowner and house-sitter so there are no nasty surprises. This can be easily enough achieved with emails (and a Skype conversation if possible). I've traveled halfway across the world for house-sitting jobs; you'd better believe I had my bases covered before <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">booking that airfare</a>.</p> <h3>8. Consider a Written Agreement</h3> <p>If you don't know what questions to ask, a written agreement can be a good place to start. When implemented, it sets out clear expectations, protecting both the homeowner and house-sitter from miscommunications.</p> <p>&ldquo;This encourages a homeowner to consider everything from home security to pet care, garden maintenance, emergency contacts, and more. This is a great starting point to make sure you're asking all the right questions,&rdquo; says Logan.</p> <p>TrustedHousesitters has a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-sitter-faqs.php">template agreement on their FAQ page</a>, an incredibly comprehensive 17-page document covering items like who pays for what, contingency and liability plans, local numbers the house-sitter might need, and exact responsibilities of both the homeowner and house-sitter.</p> <h3>9. Make Sure the Finances are Fair</h3> <p>Some house-sitting gigs are paid, and some aren't. Some homeowners require house-sitters to pay for utilities and/or provide their own car, while others will provide all that <em>and</em> pay a stipend. I asked Lisa, &ldquo;What gives? How do I know if I'm getting a good deal or being ripped off?&rdquo;</p> <p>She said &ldquo;every house-sit is different, and a house-sitter should only agree to what they are comfortable with. House-sitting should be a mutually beneficial exchange and a win-win for both parties. Generally the longer an assignment, the more likely you'll be asked to pay for utilities, but that's not always the case.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">I once cared for three big dogs in a large country home with labor-intensive gardens. This was no small task, and when I considered how much money the homeowner was saving by not having to kennel the dogs and hire a gardener, I felt like I should have been paid. But their generosity in taking me out before and after their trip, showing me the area, allowing me to use their car (including adding me to their insurance), giving me free reign of the house, and inviting me to stay with them as long as I wished afterwards made it all worthwhile.&nbsp;</p> <h3>10. Be Flexible</h3> <p>Being flexible with your expectations, location, and living requirements will increase your chance of enjoying your house-sitting gig. This is part of what travel is about; experiencing a different side of life, in a different location, and pushing your boundaries.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Logan says &ldquo;our most experienced house-sitters tell us that you need to be flexible, prepared to roll up your sleeves, and have a good sense of humor, and then you'll have a great time!&rdquo;</p> <p>As with many things in life, you never really know what you're going to get until you get there. Enjoy the ride!<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><strong>Discount for Wise Bread Readers</strong></p> <p>If you'd like to try your hand at house-sitting (or having house-sitters care for your home), <a href="http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/">TrustedHousesitters.com</a>&nbsp;is offering a discount to Wise Bread readers.</p> <p>You can choose from the following:</p> <ul> <li>House-Sitting Membership: 25% off</li> <li>Homeowner Membership: 6 months free</li> <li>Combined Premium Membership: 50% off</li> </ul> <p>Simply enter &ldquo;wisebread&rdquo; in the promotional code box, regardless of whether you are applying for a house-sitter, homeowner, or combination membership, to receive your discount.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Tips%20for%20Landing%20the%20Perfect%20House-Sitting%20Gig.jpg&amp;description=10%20Tips%20for%20Landing%20the%20Perfect%20House-Sitting%20Gig" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Tips%20for%20Landing%20the%20Perfect%20House-Sitting%20Gig.jpg" alt="10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-like-a-local-how-to-tap-into-the-local-scene-while-traveling">Live Like a Local: How to Tap Into the Local Scene While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-hawaiian-resorts-you-can-book-with-rewards-points">8 Amazing Hawaiian Resorts You Can Book With Rewards Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation">7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Coupons Travel budget accommodations house-sitting swapping Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:24:10 +0000 Nora Dunn 917827 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Online Swap Sites http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-online-swap-sites <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-online-swap-sites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/swap cds.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-dealista-file"> <div class="field-label">Dealista MP3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://media.blubrry.com/dealista/traffic.libsyn.com/dealista/dealista016_swap-sites.mp3" target="_blank">Dealista #16: Swap Sites</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article shares tips from the 16th episode of <a href="http://dealista.quickanddirtytips.com/">Dealista</a>,our podcast that'll help you get more for less.</em></p> <p>Buying new is so pre-recession, and with so many online swap sites available for the picky trader, there&rsquo;s no excuse not to get out there and start trading your excellent-condition, used items for something of equal value. We&rsquo;ve already covered a handful of the best clothing swap sites around (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-websites-for-swapping-your-clothes-and-refreshing-your-wardrobe">check out these 5 favorites of our own Xin Lu</a>), and in a recent Dealista episode, we dig a bit deeper to cover makeup, books, and video games, too!</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the scoop on the rest of our top picks.</p> <h2>MakeUp Alley</h2> <p>While some people will get icked out by the thought of trading makeup, there really is no better way to snag those hard-to-find and discontinued items that you find yourself unable to live without. <a href="http://www.makeupalley.com/">MakeUp Alley</a> has over a thousand new items added daily, making this free-to-register site a legit way to score that certain shade of blush you thought you&rsquo;d never find again. New products, samples, and slightly-used items are the norm here, although we highly recommend you steer clear of anything that appears gross. (Used mascara is always a no-no. It&rsquo;s a common way to get an atrocious eye infection.)</p> <h2>BookMooch</h2> <p>Monthly book rental sites are hot markets right now, but why pay even $10 to read someone else&rsquo;s cast-offs? With <a href="http://bookmooch.com/">BookMooch</a>&rsquo;s totally free swap interface and so many listings to choose from, you can read for the cost of media mail postage &mdash; and nothing more! Those with extra books lying around and no interest in accumulating more may find their donation program a good fit. (You can donate your used books to charities like African Literacy and children&rsquo;s hospitals!)</p> <h2>SwapTree</h2> <p>Ever since CD Warehouse went bust, many of us have sadly been unable to dump our used CD&rsquo;s and DVD&rsquo;s anywhere they may be wanted. <a href="http://www.swaptree.com/">SwapTree</a> has super-intuitive free swap system, however, there is a slightly less-slim chance that someone out there may want your used copy of 80&rsquo;s hair band ballads. Throw in the ability to trade video games and books, and you have yourself the all-in-one site for entertainment swapping! Just trade items of like-value, and skip the need for complicated transactions. As long as the items are worth the same, they can be traded outright for the cost of shipping (books for DVD&rsquo;s, for example).</p> <h2>Swaggle</h2> <p>Before your drop $40 on that genius-baby babble toy, see if you can get it for free! <a href="http://www.zwaggle.com/">Zwaggle</a> guarantees that even if your little Einstein doesn&rsquo;t like it, you&rsquo;re out nothing more than the cost of shipping. With free sign up and trading points that can be earned and used for redemption on baby clothes, toys, books, swings, and nursing accessories, it&rsquo;s just like a baby consignment sale without the high markup and piles of unmarked onesies. The built-in FedEx shipping tool makes sending and tracking easy (you&rsquo;ll never wonder if your package made it there), and a charity option lets you donate your earned points to causes that help kids so that they can shop for free! (New users get points just for signing up.)</p> <h2>SwapBabyGoods</h2> <p><a href="http://www.swapbabygoods.com/">SwapBabyGoods</a> is another wonderful option for parents on a budget. This swap site lets those without anything to trade get in on the action, too! See something you like? You may be able to buy it outright, making it a perfect option for those who don&rsquo;t want to wait around until they&rsquo;ve given things away.</p> <p>Ready to trade? Read these additional quick and dirty tips for getting the most out of swap sites.</p> <h3>Research, Research, Research.</h3> <p>Swap sites can be a dime a dozen, making it hard to tell which ones are on the up-and-up. Use your instincts and steer clear of anything that doesn&rsquo;t show much activity and a limited number of new listings. (The same goes for traders, who only have feedback to give them credibility. If you can&rsquo;t find anything positive about a trader, don&rsquo;t swap with them!)</p> <h3>Keep it safe.</h3> <p>Even though you&rsquo;re not using cash to make a purchase, common sense should be used to keep your personal and financial info away from those who may use it for evil. Keep your screen name unlike your real name and avoid posting anything too personal to your profile (pictures really don&rsquo;t have to be used). Sites that handle shipping for you are a good bet for keeping your info more private, as well.</p> <h3>Read carefully.</h3> <p>A photo is worth a thousand words, and many people prefer listings that use them to explain the condition of an item. The more complete a description, the more you have to go on, so avoid listings that appear confusing or don&rsquo;t explain anything about the item to be traded. Swaps should be treated like a sale!</p> <h3>Use common sense.</h3> <p>Don&rsquo;t ever swap disposable items that aren&rsquo;t in their original packaging and wash clothing items as soon as you receive them. If you get something that isn&rsquo;t in the condition promised (or arrives broken or damaged) go back to the trader to find a reasonable solution. Most sites don&rsquo;t offer a formal grievance process, so be prepared to handle disputes on your own.</p> <p><em><a href="http://dealista.quickanddirtytips.com">Dealista</a> is a collaboration between Wise Bread and <a href="http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/">Quick and Dirty Tips</a>, the producer of popular podcasts such as <a href="http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/">Grammar Girl</a>, <a href="http://moneygirl.quickanddirtytips.com/">Money Girl</a>, <a href="http://winninginvestor.quickanddirtytips.com/">Winning Investor</a>, and <a href="http://mightymommy.quickanddirtytips.com/">Mighty Mommy</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you enjoyed these tips you can find more in <a href="http://dealista.quickanddirtytips.com">our show's archive</a>.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-online-swap-sites">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-more-places-to-buy-sell-and-trade-books">17 More Places to Buy, Sell, and Trade Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/magazines-for-free-or-cheap">Magazines for Free or Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-mobile-shopping-apps-for-your-phone">16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps For Your Phone</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping dealista swap sites swapping Tue, 08 Dec 2009 14:00:08 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3937 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Websites for Swapping Your Clothes and Refreshing Your Wardrobe http://www.wisebread.com/5-websites-for-swapping-your-clothes-and-refreshing-your-wardrobe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-websites-for-swapping-your-clothes-and-refreshing-your-wardrobe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fashions.jpg" alt="Vancouver Fashions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.clothingswaps.com/">Clothing swap parties</a> have become popular in recent years as frugal and fashion conscious men and women find that trading clothes is a great way to update a wardrobe for next to nothing. For those of you who are not into attending or organizing these parties, it is possible to trade your gently used clothes from the comfort of your home. Here are five websites that help you achieve this.</p> <h2>Swapstyle</h2> <p><a href="http://SwapStyle.com">Swapstyle</a> is a fairly old clothing swap site that has a large number of listings. It is open to those in the United States, Australia, and Europe. You have to post a picture of the item you want to swap and can also set a sale price for the item in case someone wants to just buy it. There is a fee to become address verified and there is a fairly rudimentary ratings system. Basically you can give a positive &quot;token&quot; for someone who sent something good and a negative point for someone who did not keep their promise.</p> <h2>Rehash</h2> <p><a href="http://rehashClothes.com">Rehash</a> is a site where you can exchange clothes and also textbooks. It works like SwapStyle, but it is a little easier to use in my opinion. You can sign up for an account and put in a short description of your item with several pictures. Then you can specify if you would like to trade with everyone or locals only. You can also put up what you are looking for. When you bid on an item you can drag and drop the items you are willing to trade, and then if the bid is accepted you can negotiate with the other &quot;Rehasher&quot; how the swap should be conducted.</p> <h2>Dig N' Swap</h2> <p><a href="http://dignswap.com">Dig N' Swap</a> is another simple site that works like Rehash or SwapStyle. It does not have as large of a selection as the other two sites, but it is free and pretty easy to use. All you have to do is search and bid on the items you want and negotiate a swap. The downside to this site is that it seems to be somewhat neglected so you may not find what you want.</p> <h2>thredUP</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thredup.com">thredUP</a> is a brand new site available to those in the United States that has a different approach to the clothing swap. You do not have to upload any pictures or deal with any descriptions. Instead, you simply fill in a few details about the items you want to trade such as brand and color. Then you can order thredUp envelopes and the website's algorithm will match the swaps for you. It is sort of like a clothing lottery, but you can set your clothing preferences in your profile and hope for the best. You can also review the items you received and receive points that you can redeem for more envelopes and other gifts. Right now the cost is $25.00 for 3 prepaid envelopes, but new users will get the first three envelopes for $12.50. I personally think that the price for the envelopes is a bit steep considering that the service is only focusing on shirts right now, but if the selection gets bigger and more valuable pieces of clothing may be swapped then it could be worthwhile. Also, it definitely takes time and patience to find the things you want on the sites that require a photo and description so this site might save you quite a bit of time. Right now the site is still in testing and you can sign up instantly through <a href="http://www.thredup.com/invites/Lu5116">my invite link</a>. thredUP is currently offering a free envelope for each person you invite.</p> <h2>Closet Infinite</h2> <p><a href="http://closetinfinite.wordpress.com/how-it-works/">Closet Infinite</a> is a service that is only available in Singapore right now, but the concept is fairly interesting. Basically, people could donate the pieces of clothing they no longer want for a 6 months subscription to the Closet Infinite clothing rental service. The donated clothes or accessory is not returned, but the donor would have access to borrow all of Closet Infinite's inventory of donations. Supposedly the company is working on an international version, but I imagine it is not too hard for someone to set up a similar service in any country.</p> <p>Generally it is good etiquette to trade items that are in good condition. If you do decide to trade items in person then it is probably safer to do it in a public place, and if you do mail items then you should check if the shipping costs are worthwhile. Sometimes it may be cheaper to just buy something at a thrift or consignment shop. If you do need to clear out your closet and get clothes that are &quot;new to you&quot;, then clothing swapping is definitely a budget friendly way to refresh your wardrobe.</p> <p>Have you ever swapped clothes on these sites or at a physical party? How was your experience?</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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