Use Social Media to Buy and Sell Unwanted Items to Friends


Photo: courtesy Oodle

You've done the grunt work of your spring cleaning, but now what? What do you do with all the things you no longer need? Recycling is the obvious choice but even better is extending the items life by selling it or giving it away.

Enter Facebook Marketplace powered by Oodle, which provides users the platform to buy and sell their unwanted items with friends.

The idea behind Facebook Marketplace and Oodle is to enable users to connect with people they already know and trust. There's also a real estate component which allows real estate agents and car dealers to link their listing with their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Of course, it's suggested that you want out for potential scams.


Photo: courtesy I-ELLA

There are other ways to buy and sell, or even swap, your unwanted items such as clothes online. We've written about I-Ella, as well as ReFashioner, which both offer users to buy, borrow and sell their clothing and accessory items online.

And if you're interested is something more intimate and in-person, try organizing a clothing swap or household item swap with friends and family members. Rules usually vary from swap to swap but the general idea is that you bring your unwanted goods and pick up some new treasures. Some even have a philanthropic spin, like one that I recently went to where there was a $5 suggested donation to the Red Cross.

Plus, knowing that your unwanted goods will go into the hands of friends might serve as motivation to transition the ol' wardrobe from winter to spring or whatever else has been piling up.

Have you tried the Facebook Marketplace and Oodle or any of the clothing swap sites listed above? How was the experience? Tell us in the comment section, below.

Also a stylist and the founder of PastFashionFuture.com, Emma Grady is the resident fashion expert at TreeHugger.com. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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