When you think of swapping, organizations such as Freecycle, Craiglist, and other names come to mind. Well, here is a new one to add to the Spring cleaning list…Swap Mamas, a new social networking swap site geared towards swapping everything a mama could want. Swap with another mama for clothing, toys, household products or anything your heart desires to keep it off the curb and in someone’s home. Why Swap Mamas?
” Because swapping is WAY easier on your bank account. It’s better for the environment. It feels good to GIVE. And let’s face it. Bottom line? No matter WHAT the economic climate, it’s just plain smart.”
Interesting. Swapping, socializing, being green and spending less green. Sounds like a winner to me. Read on.
SwapMamas was started by Darcy Cruwys, a mom, who realized from her own experience of receiving children hand-me-downs from generous friends that others could benefit from swapping as well especially those in need. When the economy tanked, Darcy wanted to pay it forward from the generosity she received to create a website for others. So, Swap Mamas was born with the following philosphy:
“Sometimes you may want to swap, Even Steven. Sometimes you may simply want to clean out your garage and donate your goods to another Swap Mama. It’s entirely up to you. The hope, of course, is that if you GET, you also, somehow, GIVE. Believe me, the money you’ll spend on shipping is NOTHING compared to what it would cost to purchase new goods. The only way this concept works is if everyone who GETS, GIVES when they can.”
Once you make the connection, Swap Mamas is out of the loop and it is up to the two parties to work out the shipping details. As a general rule, the Giver generally takes care of the shipping costs so that technically no funds have transferred. A true swap. The website provides links to UPS, US mail, and FedEx to figure out the shipping costs. Check out the website’s FAQs for more information.
What I love about the website is the social aspect that Swap Mamas bring to the table. You can join various groups such as Mama Needs, boys’ clothing sizes’ 6 and up, Books for Mom, and many others. Meet fellow moms, share stories, or ask for advice and feel good about giving your once loved possessions to someone who will cherish them as well. Grandmas can join too since you might be helping to take care of your grandkids.
Since it is a Ning forum (similar to Facebook), you can create your own groups and make your own personal page. Green Talk has its own Ning and it is easy peezie to form groups especially for technically challenged people like me.
Spring is right around the corner. Isn’t it time to make some space in your home? Give a little love or receive a little love? Swap it, Mama. It is only a click away.
Catch more of Darcy on her entertaining blog, Mommypie.
Thoughts about swapping online? Planning to do some Spring cleaning? What are some of the items you need to get rid of or need?