Ten sites to exchange your way to the things you want, instead of buying them.

Swap Shop has moved on a bit since the iconic TV show from the 70s and 80s. In 2019, swapping is the newest online trend. So why not make the most of what you’ve got – and swap it for what you don’t have?

I asked Natalya Walker from Boataffair, who have introduced the first boat swapping community, to think of ten sites where you can exchange things, instead of buying them. Check out these ten great swapping sites.

SWAP BOOKS AT BOOKMOOCH


bookmooch.com



A bookworm’s dream: BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books. Every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from someone else.

SWAP TICKETES AT TRANSFERTRAVEL


www.transfertravel.com



One person’s pre-booked cancellation is another’s last-minute opportunity: if your travel plans don’t suit any more – swap or sell your tickets on TransferTravel, the platform for your unwanted travel plans that is revolutionising the travel world…

SWAP YOUR HOME AT LOVE HOME SWAP


www.lovehomeswap.com



Home swapping was the swapping trailblazer, and now you can exchange your pad for one in a holiday location on many exchange platforms, such as Love Home Swap.

SWAP YOUR TOYS AT APPYTOY


appytoy.com



Appytoy lets you give away your child’s pre-loved toys and get the ones they really like in return – so you can clear space in your attic and pass toys on to other children and institutions, such as crèches and special needs schools.

SWAP YOUR BOAT AT BOATAFFAIR


boataffair.com



The only platform where you can swap your boat in the same way you swap your home is Boataffair, who introduced their swapping community last year, prompting much excitement those with anything from a tiny sailing boat to a fancy yacht.

SWAP YOUR MONEY AT WESWAP


www.weswap.com



WeSwap is a people powered site and has shaken up the travel exchange world: the site lets travellers around the world spend, store, swap, and manage their currency in a completely new way.

SWAP YOUR CAR AT CAR & AWAY


www.carandaway.com



You’re heading for a ‘cost neutral’ holiday if you swap your car for a parking space. At Gatwick Airport you can do just that – get free long stay and let Car & Away valet and rent out your car when you’re travelling.

SWAP YOUR PLANTS AT GREENPLANTSWAP


www.greenplantswap.co.uk



GreenPlantSwap is a free, award-winning service for those with green fingers, helping them learn about, record and share what they grow. On the site you can connect with gardeners with plants to swap and gardens to share near you.

SWAP ANYTHING AT SWAPZ


www.swapz.co.uk



Swapz is one of the original swapping sites where you can exchange practically anything, from mobile phones, computer games and DVDs to antiques, art and even comics.

SWAP YOUR CLOTHES AT SWISHING


www.swishing.co.uk

Swishing is the UK’s only all-in-one online clothing exchange and retail fashion store. You can earn virtual money credits for the items you send in and use them to ‘Shop the Swaps’ from other members and pay less on the item price.

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May 2019

By Annabel Jack