Good afternoon lovelies! As you know, Vintage Indie wouldn't be possible without all of my fabulous sponsors. This month we have some new sponsors aboard and we'd like to welcome Swap Vintage first! You might be wondering what Swap Vintage is all about, so I interviewed site owner Mitzi Swisher.
Swap Vintage is a unique online community set up specifically for members to be able to swap vintage items (20 years old or older) with one another - while it has a lot of the features of a regular social network, the main focus is to facilitate trading of items.
Why did you start Swap Vintage?
Also, if you are a seller, you often have items that never sold, or that weren't quite good enough to be listed to begin with, but are still good things. Instead of selling these unwanted treasures at a yard sale or giving them to charity, Swap Vintage allows folks to use them to get items they really do want, or need for their collections. It's a win win situation!
I also have categories on the site for artists and crafters who use vintage supplies in their work - there is a popular term - destashing - which means to purge your studio of supplies you've been hanging onto but you won't ever use. Swapping is a great way to destash and get new supplies at the same time!
As a swapper, what kind of goods can one expect to find there?
Does it cost to join Swap Vintage?
Membership on the site is $5.00 a month, paid via the PayPal subscription service. A 30 day free trial is currently available so people can give the site a try, after that they will be prompted to set up the PayPal subscription.
You can create an account without signing up for the free trial - but you won't be able to access most of the pages. You will need to sign up for the Free Trial in order to access most of the site - (view the Forums, interact with other members, etc.).
Swap Vintage isn't a free site for two reasons:
1. Requiring payment
helps reduce spammers and scammers. I realize the free trial period
could be an enticement to them still, but I wanted to make sure when the
site was new there was a free trial for everyone to be able to join and
try it out. We will see how things go, if changes need to be made in
the future, I will figure out the best course of action. My goal for the
site is for it to be a commerce free zone - no ads, no items for sale,
and definitely no spammers and scammers!
2. This project is literally a one woman show - me! And since I have no day job, I cannot afford to work on a project of this size for free - even though I wish I could. So, I set a monthly price that I think will not be a burden to anyone who wants to become a member - hopefully it will be enough to cover the time it takes to Admin the site and to keep it up and running (hosting fees, etc.).
Thanks again to Mizi and Swap Vintage for sponsoring Vintage Indie this month. If you or your business would like to sponsor Vintage Indie, please let me know. We're offering a summer special and have extended it though August!