It’s morning now and the pungent smell of rotting garbage makes me want to vomit. Where am I? And how did I get here?!? All I know is it smells awful. I’m dirty and surrounded by rubbish. I can see putrid fruit, torn homeless plastic bags and containers, ripped newspapers, broken old furniture and moldy shredded fabrics for miles all around. A nasty half-eaten cheeseburger buzzes with flies nearby. I can’t move—I am so soggy and muddy from the rain the night before. In the distance, I hear a bulldozer moving piles around. And a crew of gulls swirls around and spends the hours picking through for desirable bits.
A new school year is arguably more intense than a new calendar year. It wasn’t long ago that I was a student, so it may be the nostalgia talking, but moving past Labor Day always makes me want to do another round of closet cleaning. This time doesn’t always bring a movie-style makeover, though it definitely provides an opportunity to reflect on past personal style, and make choices about future ones. If you’re a parent sending your little ones back to school, it might be time to swap in some older pieces, and make room for new favorites! Did you know that Swap Society has an amazing selection of gently used kids clothing? Let your kids grow and experiment without having to break the bank. From adorable onesies to sassy dresses, our site can be a one-stop-shop for you and your kids. The added bonus? We curate collections of like-items to give you the most bang for your buck (or points, rather!) From babies to preteens, we’ve got classic, practical, and fun styles for all of your back-to-school students.
While we’ve already discussed why we swap, and how it has impacted lives, we want to reiterate one of the most important reasons for swapping: community. In our technology obsessed culture, current political climate, and hectic lives, community can be hard to come by. However, swapping creates a space (whether in person or not) for individuals to connect and appreciate the differences between us.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: fashion rules are meant to be broken! As September rolls around we’re particularly excited to throw out the antiquated “no white after Labor Day” fashion law. Why has it been a rule anyway?
We’re so excited to launch our new monthly series called “Swapper of the Month.” Each post will feature different rockstar swapper and sustainable fashion guru! Naturally, we’re starting with the one and only Karen Housel. As a former EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) employee, and currently an EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) specialist at Universal Studios, it’s safe to say that Karen has her facts straight about mother earth. In addition, she is the brains behind the popular sustainable fashion blog, Sustainable Daisy, so she understands the importance of style as well. We’re more than grateful to have Karen as a supporter of Swap Society!