So, you have some stuff in your house that you no longer want but have an idea of a couple things you actually do want? Don’t feel like trying to sell them on Craigslist or Ebay? Why not try swapping your stuff for someone else’s? No matter what you want to get rid of, chances are that there is someone else, somewhere, who wants it or can find a use for it. By getting into swapping with others, you you accomplish four things all at once:
1. You get rid of your stuff
2. Someone else gets your stuff who can actually use it
3. You can get items you actually want
4. The exchanges keep stuff out of the landfill
There really is something to be said for looking for ways to avoid throwing things into a landfill. Those of you who know me already know I am a big environmentalist, so the idea of swapping with others instead of trashing really appeals to me! Luckily for all of us looking to swap our belongings out for other items, there are a few websites around to help.
Swaptree.com is a place where you can swap books, music, movies, and video games. All you have to do is list the stuff you have to swap and list the stuff you want, and make trades through the mail. These guys even figure out the postage and let you print postage from home, saving you a trip to the post office.
Barterthing.com A little different than swapping, these guys help you get started in the world of bartering. Trade a timeshare for lawn care service or haircuts for plumbing. Everybody has something that someone else wants, so why not look for it online before you pay for it elsewhere?
U-exchange.com combines bartering and swapping in one site. There are no barter currencies or commissions taken on trades, and you can even trade stuff like cars, boats, and homes.
If you don’t feel like trying to sell whatever you have, try to swap it for something else before you throw it in the trash. You never know what someone else may be looking for, and you might just find something you want that someone else has no interest in. It’s frugal and green all at once – 2 of my favorite things!