The perils of Swapdom

I was super excited last week to get word that my first ever swap on Swapdom had been approved! I swapped a sweater from my Etsy shop for this fantastic Prabal Gurung for Target dress, which arrived in the mail on Tuesday:

I immediately started thinking about how I was going to style this. Given that it's still below freezing here (I am so sick of winter right now, it is not even funny), I knew it was going to involve layers.

One of the things I love about this dress is that the palette can be taken in any direction. I was looking at white, tan, navy, black and gray accessories with this dress, and they all seemed to work! I decided to go with a gray and black bolero and a gray pearl necklace, which I felt like helped the colors of the dress pop a little bit more. Then I wanted to mix it up with the shoes, so I chose these putty-colored ballerina heels from my Etsy shop (link below).

You can buy these tan ballerina heels in my Etsy shop - only $12!
I'm really happy with this dress, which is absolutely lovely. It came to me brand new, with tags, and certainly it was a bargain compared to the original asking price. But my one quibble with Swapdom is with the shipping costs. All shipping is via UPS, which is considerably more expensive for smaller/lighter packages than U.S. Mail. I understand that by doing it this way, Swapdom is able to standardize the shipping costs, since UPS charges a flat rate regardless of shipping distance. But I did have a little bit of sticker shock when I realized that my "free" dress in this swap was actually going to cost me more than $15. (Edit: Swapdom now offers shipping via USPS! Rejoice!)


Is $15 a lot of money to pay for this dress? For most people, no; for me, yes. If I had seen this dress hanging in my local consignment or thrift store with a $15 price tag on it, I would not have bought it. I rarely spend more than $5 or $6 per item when I shop — that's just what I feel comfortable with. (And that's what enables me to do a LOT of shopping!) If you're someone who really seeks out certain labels or brands, I can see how these swaps would be a really good deal. But it's not a good fit for me.

Zebra stripe bolero: Express, consignment
Gray pearl necklace: Gift
Coral and aqua colorblock dress: Prabal Gurung for Target, Swapdom
Plum tights
Tan ballerina pumps: Vintage, for sale in my Etsy shop


  1. Well, that just eliminated the possibility that I will use Swapdom. Cute dress though! Perfect colors for spring!

  2. Hi Emily, Turi here with Swapdom. Thanks so much for posting about the beautiful dress you got by swapping on Swapdom! I wanted to give you a heads up that we're actively working on a more budget-friendly shipping option, which we hope to roll out in May. Currently you can "get a quote" on shipping before you request an item with a click of a button. Cost of shipping via UPS is calculated based on distance and weight so it will vary item to item. If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out at Thanks again! Turi

    1. Thanks for weighing in on this! Like I said, I totally understand why it's set up the way it is right now, and I probably should have paid more attention to it to start with. I just got so excited about "swapping" that I didn't really think about the fact that I would be paying for shipping! Again, I think it makes a lot of sense for a lot of people. I'll definitely be interested to learn more about the new shipping options when they are available.


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