Shop Smart: The Swoperz Preloved Children’s Clothing Guide

One of the first things parents learn is the majority of children grow fast. As well as costing a small fortune, buying lots of new clothes is not good for the planet.   

Keeping up with kids’ clothing needs can sometimes feel like laying the track ahead of a speeding train. Luckily, we have made it easier than ever to stay ahead of the fashion curve and be environmentally friendly!

Swoperz, our award-winning preloved marketplace, is a secure, sustainable alternative to fast fashion, where kids aged six to 16 can explore and discover their own style.  

Whether you want to buy or sell clothes, you will find a wide range of kids items, including school uniforms and shoes, on our platform. 

But how easy is it to find and buy preloved children’s clothing? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to this second hand revolution, so let’s dive in! 

Buying and selling clothes online

Back in the day, a jumble sale was the best place to pick up second hand children’s clothing. Thankfully, the internet has made the entire buying and selling process a lot easier. 

Sites like eBay and Facebook allow users to buy or sell single preloved items or bundles of children’s clothes in every category, from baby clothes to teenagers. 

Sellers can make a little extra money and free up some space at home. For buyers, especially those on a budget, it’s a great way to buy brands for their little ones at a fraction of the cost. 

For everyone, it’s a great way to reduce their impact on the planet. 

Buyer beware

Although there are some lovely clothes available from online sellers and Facebook community groups, it’s always wise to play it safe. 

Read the experiences of other buyers using vendors on eBay or Facebook before you pay for anything, to make sure their services can be trusted. 

Alternatively, use Swoperz. It is a cashless and safe verified site, where the kids do the swapping but parents and caregivers oversee all transactions. 

From High Street brands to designer style 

One of the greatest things about the second hand clothes shopping community is the diversity of preloved items on offer. 

Many sites and sellers feature High Street clothing brands right next to designer names, and all of them are waiting to be picked up at a fraction of their original price. 

If you love brands from Alexander McQueen to the United Colors of Benetton, you’re going to adore the second hand revolution! 

Something for everyone

The second hand clothes market really does have something for everyone, from lovely baby clothes to adorable dresses and the funkiest tees. 

For example, a teenager who decides to donate last season’s jeans to the Swoperz site will delight the kid who finds them. 

That, at least, is something to smile about, when you consider that around 300,000 tonnes or 30% of unwanted clothes, worth roughly £140 million, ends up in UK landfill sites. 

Additionally, less than 20% of used clothing is recycled in the UK. Selling on eBay or using Swoperz is a great way to boost that figure, save money and the planet! 

Sustainable second hand children’s clothing

When it comes to children’s and baby clothes, buying second hand brands doesn’t just make financial sense. It’s also good for the environment. 

The fast fashion industry is responsible for 8% to 10% of global CO2 emissions, accounting for around five billion tonnes per year. That’s more than the air travel sector. 

Unlike new clothes, the cost to the planet from the second hand clothes sector is much lower. It generates fewer emissions and waste, and uses less resources like water and energy. 

Of course, when your baby or child has outgrown what they are wearing, their parents can add it to a bundle and either donate it, swap it on our site or sell it online to a buyer for a low price. 

It is the ultimate virtuous circle! 

An almost endless supply of kids’ clothing 

Let’s be honest: kids’ clothes are cool. With every new season, we’re seduced while shopping into buying this or that item from a brand, thinking our kids will wear it until it falls to pieces. 

Sadly, it’s not always the case. Who hasn’t gone gooey over some lovely baby clothes, only for them to never make it out of the bags? 

UK stores offering exclusive discounts on their childrens range encourage us to buy the same outfits in a couple of sizes just as your little one decides they don’t like it any more… 

We’ve all splashed out on something, thinking “they’ll grow into it”. Sure enough, three growth spurts later, the lovely thing you paid good money for is still in the drawer. 

Secondhand platforms like Swoperz or online communities are the perfect place to buy and sell these preloved items. 

In doing so, they provide a near-constant supply of good quality clothes for the kids in a family, giving users a chance to pay a great price for their favourite brands. 

There really is something for everyone, all year round and for low subscription fees. 

Swoperz: the award-winning, preloved children’s clothing marketplace

It couldn’t be easier to join in the second hand children’s clothing revolution. 

Signing up

The first step is to sign up to our site. Choose from the free category, which allows every child to swap their school uniforms and sports kits or the all areas package, with its low fees. Kids with this account can also swap their uniforms and sports kits for free, and: 

  • Get 20 tokens per child on first approved upload
  • Unlimited access to hundreds of great quality preloved kids clothing
  • Safe verified online swapping community

We’re also keen to work with schools, sports clubs, local authority retailers or other potential partners. 

Getting started 

Once your parent or guardian has verified the child’s identity, they can take and upload images of the clothes they want to swap. 

Grownups must verify the pictures and any information and oversee all shopping and transactions. Each swap earns users tokens which can then be swapped for more items. To find out more, read our FAQs here

Stylish and sustainable

As well as the ability to safely search a wide range of age-appropriate, preloved clothes, children using Swoperz also learn about digital currency and how to budget while shopping. 

Additionally, they are also taking part in a sustainable action, reducing their reliance on fast fashion and doing their bit to reduce emissions. 

Who knows, perhaps they will inspire the rest of the family and their friends to join in and explore the stylish world of second hand clothing? 

Start swapping! 

Ready to join the clothes swapping revolution? Brilliant, we can’t wait to have you on board! Choose your subscription package here

If you have any questions, check out our FAQs. Alternatively, you can email us at and we will get back to you straight away.