Jessie Matthews and her son Charlie McKeiber think that the SwapItBaby website is a great way to save money.
Jessie Matthews and her son Charlie McKeiber think that the SwapItBaby website is a great way to save money. Max Fleet

Net swapping makes space

BUNDABERG region mums are taking advantage of a new website that allows them to swap children’s clothes and goods for free.

Among them is mother-of-one Jessie Matthews, who said she was constantly frustrated with her rapidly filling cupboards of unneeded baby goods until she discovered the website SwapItBaby.

“I’ve been swapping outgrown clothes and other items I don’t need anymore for almost six months now,” Ms Matthews said.

The website allows parents to post photos of children’s items they no longer need in exchange for points, which they can cash in for other products listed.

Ms Matthews, who lives at Moore Park Beach, said she had both given away and received items for son Charlie McKeiber.

“At this stage, it probably hasn’t saved me much because I’ve been mainly listing items, but it does mean I no longer have to store them anywhere and they had been piling up,” she said.

“All the items I’ve received have also been in really good condition. That could be because kids Charlie’s age are growing out of things before they can wear them out.”

Ms Matthews said the website, which is free to join, was easy to use.

“It is free to list things and if someone wants that item, they will swap it for their points. You will then get an email with the person’s details and then you just have to send it off,” she said.

Ms Matthews said for most items postage cost about $5 and whatever postage was paid was redeemed in points, which the seller can use to ‘purchase’ goods.

Ms Matthews said she had only found one fault with the website.

“At this stage there are not many boys’ items listed, but the more people who join the more items there will be,” she said.

SwapItBaby founder Emma Jarvas came up with the idea for the site after realising many of the items she had kept from when her son was a baby were not suitable for her daughter.

“I thought it would be fabulous if you could have a second-hand type shop where you could choose what you want and just swap it for other items,” she said.

Items such as clothes, bedding, toys and books can be swapped.

The website was launched in August last year and already has more than 600 members.

To swap your own unwanted children’s clothes and toys visit www.swapitbaby.com.au.



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