The Pro’s and Con’s of Shopping Swap.com: Online Consignment Store

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Hi guys! I was kindly given the opportunity to shop at Swap.com for a few items of my choice. If you haven’t heard of Swap.com like I hadn’t, it’s an online consignment/thrift store with brands from Old Navy, H&M to Banana Republic and the Gap. It was pretty simple shopping on the site, like other fashion shopping sites, which was nice. I was given a promo code that you guys can use, valid 1/8 – 1/31 for 40% off most of the items on Swap.com. Free shipping if you spend over $10! 

The code is: CASUALCOLIE 

Feel free and use it! So, I’ve been wearing most of the sweaters a few times since I’ve received them to give you a more accurate review. It’s nice how the sweaters I found were all under fifteen dollar as it’s an affordable choice when looking for clothing. Most of the sweaters are pretty good quality and in good condition. I made a list of the pro’s and con’s of my experience and opinions of Swap.com. First, I’ll share the pro’s, then get into detail about each of the sweaters I purchased, ending with the con’s. Hope you find this helpful! 

Pro’s of Swap.com 

  • convenience of shopping online 
  • affordable option (especially for certain name brands you may favor for better quality)
  • comfort-ability (most clothing is already somewhat ‘worn in’ which sometimes makes the fabric of the clothing more comfortable and soft)
  • environmentally friendly (instead of throwing out clothing that is in good condition in the landfills, the clothes find another home) 
  • Most of the items are one of a kind as they are second hand (That means there’s an even lower chance someone is wearing the same thing wherever you go. Bonus points, girl.) 

Item’s Shown: 

Gap cream sweater — cotton, nylon 

Gap blue cardigan — cotton, polyester, wool 

Ann Taylor pink sweater — silk

Tommy Hilfiger navy sweater — cotton

 

I thought it would be nice to share with you more in depth about each sweater and my preference of each. Just like anything else you purchase online, there are some you favor over the other for a variety of reasons. So, here’s a list of the items in order from my favorite to least (I luckily like all of them though!)Hope this is a somewhat helpful guide to online second hand shopping at Swap.com

Gap cream sweater — cotton, nylon (good condition)

So happy about this sweater! It’s my favorite of the bunch so far. It’s one of the comfiest things I’ve ever owned. Super soft and the fit is just right for a sweater, not too snug and not too big. I think this is a classic staple to any wardrobe, as I picture it being in any minimalist’s wardrobe. There are so many ways you can style it since it’s in a neutral shade, without getting bored of it. It’s comfy, without looking frumpy! It’s all about comfort without looking like a slob. Only thing is, most sweaters tend to pill after so many wears and this one has a few of those, but I can get rid of them with a fabric -pill remover.

Tommy Hilfiger navy sweater — cotton (good condition)

Yep, this one’s my second favorite. I actually quite like pairing navy with black, so I wore this sweater last week with black skinnies and it looked good to me. I like the design of this sweater as there are little pom pom like details, which make it a little different than the classic sweater design. It’s a more fitted sweater, but pairs well with my high waisted black jeans. I’ve never owned anything from Tommy Hilfiger, but I’ve always thought it was a nice classic brand. 

Gap blue cardigan — cotton, polyester, wool (good condition)

The color! I love this shade of blue as I find the color calming to look at. My favorite color also happens to be blue, so that helped me like it more too. Haha! I really like wearing cardigans when it’s cold out, so this one is a good one. I have yet to own something with wool, until now! It definitely depends on the quality of the wool just like any other material, but when I first wore this I found it a bit itchy. The feeling of itch didn’t last long though, which is quite odd. By the end of the day, I was comfy in that thing. 

I did spend some time depilling the heck out of this cardigan, but there are just so many that I eventually gave up. I think I’ll be wearing this around the house from now on as my go-to R&R cardigan with sweats and slippers. So ideal for an evening by the fire reading or watching a holiday film. Unless I try and depill it again with the fabric-pill remover once more. 

Ann Taylor pink sweater — silk (good condition)

I have yet to wear this one. Not because I don’t want to, but based on what I feel like wearing day to day. I haven’t felt like wearing it yet, but will within the next week. I’m somewhat fascinated by the feel of silk and wanted to know what a sweater made of silk actually felt like. It feels similar to cotton, yet smoother. I got the size I usually am, yet this runs a little small so I’ll pair it with high waisted pants or a skirt. 

I think that the company may have not noticed the subtle stains on the sweater (in the armpit and the chest which is yellowish in color), but I acknowledge this is a minor detail that can probably be fixed. I don’t mind it as I’m going to be using it as a layering piece under a jacket of some sort. It’s more of a long sleeve tee since it’s not super thick as it’s made of silk. 

I’ll quickly mention the Con’s to Swap.com or second hand clothing in general, as I briefly spoke earlier on the Pro’s:

  • unknown wear (without being able to touch the product and see the possible wear, there’s a chance you’ll find pills or a stain)
  • not new (some people favor having something brand new, never worn — most of the time this is me, but after learning more about the fashion industry’s impact on the environment I’m more open to better alternatives)
  • limited selection (what’s there is what’s available, that could mean something not in your size that you want) 
  • off season (trendy pieces are harder to find, yet possible since lots of trends cycle back) 
  • company workplace (reviews online appear to be rather negative from employees who worked there) 

Side note: I realize that if I wanted something in absolute superb condition as if it were like new, I would’ve filtered my options to the ‘new with tag’s’ or ‘like new’ choices, which I most likely will in the future depending on the item. Sometimes it’s nice getting a bit of a worn in tee since it’s comfier, you know what I mean? I do think the good condition is the best description to use for these sweaters as most of them do not have stains, holes, or too much wear beyond repair.

Overall, I think Swap.com is a pretty good online shop for second hand clothing. It’s always worth considering when shopping for clothing to look at consignment/thrift stores. Once again, I hope you guys found this helpful in any way. 

Comment below if you’ve ever done any online thrift shopping? How was your experience? Do you own anything second hand? 

Thanks, 

xoxo 

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