In Boston, swap meets are en vogue

May 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

A recent Boston Globe article highlighted the modern-day swap meet, what could be considered one of the new trends in eco-friendly parenting.

While people have been swapping for decades, Boston parents are being turned on to organizations like Swaptree (a sharing service for books, cd’s, and videos) and thredUP, a consignment shop for children’s clothing.

The ideas aren’t new, but they’re great, especially when targeted at parents. Brand new books, videos, and clothes can add up, and why buy new when you can choose from gently used, perfectly good secondhand items? And better yet, you can feel good that you are recycling and reusing.

In fact, thredUP has been generous enough to donate clothes that don’t get swapped to Cradles to Crayons, continuing the recycling process. A few months ago, they generously gave us 80 shirts, and today we received 19 bags filled to the brim with children’s clothes.

What do you think? Do you have a need for swapping children’s goods? How else do you recycle your household items?

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