“You give away more clothes than I own,” said a friend years ago when I showed up to a dance rehearsal with a couple big bags of clothes to share. It wasn’t the first time I found myself purging large amounts of clothing, and it certainly wasn’t the last. Eventually I started thinking about my shopping habits, and I began to realize that I was guilty of mindless consumption, but many years would pass before I would make significant changes. I felt okay with the rapid cycle of mixing up my wardrobe because it was fun, plus I would pass along my discarded clothes to friends, or donate them to charities. Little did I know what actually happens with donated clothing. (Spoiler: Almost all of it ends up in a landfill.)
It’s officially fall! Here in Los Angeles, we don’t have the same clearly defined seasons or wardrobe changes, yet we all still crave one. We’re ready to take any excuse to pull on a new comfy sweater, even if it’s just sitting in that air conditioned coffee shop Downtown. On the site we have “jumpers” for all occasions and all variations of this crisp season. If you’re like us and prepping for fall in a warmer climate then we have some less-heavy pieces to get you into the spirit. On the other hand, if you live in an area with actual seasons and are looking to cozy up as it cools down, we’ve got you covered as well! And, as always, for those adventurous types who want to shake things up, we have fun pieces to really make a statement these next few months. Fall doesn’t just mean pumpkin spice everything, it means looking great and feeling good!
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.