Swip Swap | The Way To New Garage Sale

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There is a definite new trend in the world of Facebook.  One that will capture the attention of any bargain hunting mom.  It comes with the words “Swip Swap” and has taken finding deals for your home, family, self and kids to a whole new level.

So what exactly is Swip Swap”?  

Swip Swap is Facebook’s version of Craigslist.  It starts with a Facebook Group being created by a set of administrators in a given area.  Then it becomes a posting board for pictures of items for sale – mostly items for the house, decor, anything for kids, shoes and even clothes.  I’ve seen everything from iPads and cell phones, to dog crates, swimming pools and dining room tables.

How does it work?  The goal of these groups is simple.  Allow members to post pictures of items they are selling.  (Each site has requirements for details that need to be included like price, location and exchange point.) Then the first person who comments on the picture that they want it, gets the item.  They then work with the seller to set up the “swap”.  Super easy!!

I’ve been participating in these sites for a quite a while now – both as a seller and as a buyer and I can guarantee that this is much easier than CraigsList.  Not only is it quicker to create the posts and communicate with the buyers and sellers, but it is also easy to browse.  One of my favorite things about it is that I love being able to bargain hunt during the kids nap times.  I don’t have to get up early on a Saturday morning and drive all over town h0ping to find that one special deal – I can sit on my couch and find it!

Want to find a “Swip Swap” site in your neighborhood?

No problem!!  Just type “Swip Swap” in the top of your Facebook search window and I’m sure you’ll be bombarded with a list to choose from.  But just in case that doesn’t work, here is a list of my three favorite “Swip Swap” sites here in the valley.

  1. North Valley Swip Swap
  2. Swip Swap Scottsdale
  3. Swip~Swap Anthem

PS: Keep in mind that each “Swip Swap” site out there has its own set of rules and regulations that are usually posted at the top of each group.  Make sure to read up on those before participating.  Happy swapping!!

Have you used any of the Facebook Swip Swap sites?  What is your favorite?  Do you have a different one that you would recommend to our readers?

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About Abbi

Never wanted to be a stay-at-home mom! Now with four young kids, she is kept on her toes from dawn to dusk and wouldn't have it any other way. A former project manager in corporate America, she has long since traded in high heels and power suits for flip flops and PINK sweats; but still tactfully applies those hard earned skills managing her chaotic household. When inspiration strikes, her creative outlet results in decorated shoes that will often be seen adorning the feet of family and friends. You can also find her sporadic ramblings on her blog, Blessed Beyond Measure.

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7 Responses to Swip Swap | The Way To New Garage Sale

  1. Talley Sieglen September 26, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    I’ve been using the Swip Swap mobile app and love it way more than the facebook groups for swapping… it shows the distance of where itens are posted from where I am and I can set the distance that I’m willing to swip swap.

  2. Allbert October 14, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    It seems that Swip swap has made garage sale easier and quicker. Nice post.

  3. Ginnie January 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    The Anthem Swip Swap admins are horrible. They block people for no reason, they don’t reply to questions and they have isolated 1/2 of the community. I know there are rules to follow but when you can’t delete at a certain time (heck they close for 4 days) then they just ban and don’t give answers. No exceptions. They banned one guy because his picture was too scary for them. (It was just his photo). Hope the other swip swaps are better because the one in Anthem needs new admins!

    • Kim February 3, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Hi Ginnie! Anthem Swip Swap hasn’t booted anyone (I know that, since it’s mine, lol). I think you’re thinking of Swip Swap Anthem. Lots of kicking off there. Also, they are the ones that shut down monthly for deleting. I’ve not taken Anthem Swip Swap down at all. I just don’t want anyone confusing the two! lol, I’m nice!

  4. AZ Swip Swap February 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Looking for a swip swap in your area? Compiled list! Yeah! If you can think of any I am missing let me know :)

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