1. Paperback Swap
If you’re a bookworm like me and have overflowing shelves (or your entire apartment and garage) of books you’ve read but haven’t yet traded in at your local used bookshop, stop by Paperback Swap. The site explains itself pretty well: Mail a book. Get a book. Any book you request is yours to keep, share or swap. No late fees. No processing charges. No hidden charges. Every time you mail a book to another member, you can request one for yourself from over 2.9 million books. I joined Paperback Swap in fall 2007 and have happily been swapping books ever since! There are several other similar sites to this one, but PBS is my all-time favorite.
2. Makeup Alley
I was informed in a recent issue of Glamour magazine that a pale gold nail polish made by Revlon looks great on everyone. I believed this until I bought it and tried it on at home. Obviously not everyone! Makeup Alley (or MUA as users lovingly call it) is a remedy to buyer’s remorse in situations like these. At this site (which is also fee free, by the way) you can trade skincare, makeup, and body products as well as perfume and a few stray books and CDs.
BONUS: First of all, let me say that I’ve just found this site so I can’t vouch for how it works, etc., but it sounds like a lot of fun. Swap-bot organizes group swaps and a community of creative individuals. Swap-bot takes the hassle out of participating in group swaps by organizing all of the participant information and doing all of the partner assignments. On Swap-bot, you can host swaps, join swaps, and chat with other swappers from all over the world. Give it a try!