Posts by Melissa

ModSwap Goes to Maine!

ModSwap Goes to Maine!

This winter, we secretly partnered with ModCloth to pilot test our long-awaited “Swap in a Box” kit, including a chapter from our upcoming book and some other goodies, so their “ModSquad” ambassadors around the country could try out hosting swaps at home for their friends and fellow bloggers. One of our friends, the effervescent Michelle Smith of MaineBelle and Goodwill of...

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#SwapLove in Brokelyn w/ SarahBibi

#SwapLove in Brokelyn w/ SarahBibi

Ever since the early days at Shoestring, I’ve been a huge fan of Brokelyn, a super stylish budget living blog catering to Brooklyn and the boroughs. Which is why when contributing writer Caroline came to our ModSwap in Manhattan in September, and then contributing photographer Sarah asked for our help organizing a clothing swap at home for her bloggy friends this winter, I was so pumped!...

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Swapped Gifts + Holiday Swap Soirees

Swapped Gifts + Holiday Swap Soirees

Giving swapped gifts is a fabulous way to turn something “old” into something “new” for someone else, but it can be tricky. Secondhand & swap gifts are usually more thoughtful and personal, because they require a level of knowledge about the personality, hobbies, and passions of the recipient, but they easily come off as tacky, too. If you’re shopping for...

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Cookie Swap Tips

Cookie Swap Tips

My mom’s Christmas cookies are legendary. I mean, for real: generations of cousins, neighbors & family friends have come to equate the holiday season with the taste of her bright green, generously frosted, cinnamon-dot-bedecked almond butter Christmas tree cookies. The wails can be heard ’round the world the years that her schedule as a nurse has prevented her from baking the...

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Plaid Friday: Shop Local

Plaid Friday: Shop Local

One of the things we’re most proud of about the way we host swap events is the impact we’ve been able to make by partnering with our favorite locally owned, independent businesses, both at home and when we’re on the road. As many swap organizers know, there’s usually a void in the schedule on swap day (between the drop-off period and when the swap starts), during which you...

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