As I mentioned previously (Swap It To Me,) I’ve started using swap.com. I did not anticipate getting so into it. Although I never really do. And now I’ve got one more online distraction to add to ever-growing list. I’ve already made four swaps and I’m pretty pleased with the results. But today something strange happened. I got two packages and I was only expecting one. I have no idea who this person is that sent me the other package, but it contained an old beat up copy of “The Dreamer’s Dictionary.” ‘From A to Z, 3000 Magical Mirrors to Reveal the Meaning of Your Dreams.’ I definitely did not swap anyone for this. It’s just not something I’d ever pick up to read. No offense to anyone that might, I don’t have anything against it. It’s just not something that would pique my interest. And it was printed in 1975. Unless I’m in a used book store, I am not going to go out of my way for anything this old.
So me being me, I daydreamed this entire wacky scenario in which I have been sent this book with some sort of evil spirit in it that will now be haunting my dreams. My imagination has never quite aged with the rest of me. It still tends to run quite wild at times. But seriously, why in the world did this guy send me this book? I don’t even know where Evans Mills, NY is. Pretty sure this means Freddy Kruegar is after me. So if you guys don’t hear from me, call a detective, would you?
This was all meant to be sort of funny, but I’m pretty sure I’ve just come off as a crazy person. Eh. I’m okay with that.
Over the past year I have signed up to attend every clothing swap event I could find. I have things in my closet that have never even been worn. Thanks for thinking that dress might fit me mom, but it’s been awhile since I was a size 4. And it has not been post-baby, that’s for sure. God love her for still thinking that of me though. Oh, it was a final sale? No problem. It will look great in my closet. I will however, be back into a size-6 by May. There I wrote it, so it has to come true, right? I gain a dress size every winter (sometimes two.) I don’t know when I will learn. Winter does not mean sit on the couch and eat cookies every night. Because then spring comes around and I have to work twice as hard. But I digress.
I sign up for these clothing swaps constantly because I love the idea of them, but I never actually get to one. Either something comes up, or I’m just wiped out from the week and too tired to actually go. I used to put things on eBay once in a while, but I rarely got what my items were worth and then actually packing things up and mailing them got to be a bit much. $15 is not always worth the trouble. I donate stuff to Goodwill, but I don’t know how effective that actually is. Are my clothes doing anyone any good? I tried putting dvds up for sale, but no one wants to buy my dvds. I don’t even want my dvds. There’s nothing wrong with them, I’m just tired of them. And with netflix, I don’t even need them. So last week I discovered Swap.com and I’m becoming slightly obsessed with it. I’ve just starting listing my items. My goal of getting rid of stuff is obviously not going to be accomplished here, but I can get rid of stuff and get stuff in return that I might actually want. I’ve already made offers on several books. My husband and I are at the book store all the time, but this way I can just swap for new books and get rid of some that I won’t read again. Our bookshelves are overflowing because we have been so unwilling to part with any of them. It’s time to come to terms with the fact that overflowing bookshelves do not make us look any smarter. We just look like hoarders.
You obviously have to do some digging because people do list a lot of crap on here. It can be like an online thrift shop that way. But once you find people who appear to have the same interests as you, you can follow them and when they add new items it shows up on your feed. This is also a great place to trade kid stuff.
It’s certainly not for everyone, but I thought I’d share anyway for those people like me that are compelled to belong to anything and everything that turns up on the web.