16 Feb 2018

Paperclip - Buy, Sell, Swap | App Review

There are currently two very large bags under my desk full of clothes, makeup and other items that I'm desperate to sell, or even give away. This is because, as someone who gets anxiety from clutter - and as someone who has learnt to lean slightly more towards the minimalist side of things, rather than the 'keeping clothes that I kid myself I will definitely wear one day' side - I regularly have clear outs of my drawers and my wardrobe. I don't like to keep stuff that I know I'm not going to use or wear regularly (or at all), and I rather the items are given to those who will get better use out of them. And - as a student with an unreliable income - selling unwanted items is a really handy to make way extra money.

I may be getting good at identifying and then tossing aside things that I know I don't really want, but actually sorting through the items that I've decided are worth selling seems to be another thing entirely. I say this with the knowledge that those two accumulating bags have been under my desk for over 6 months now. But this week, finally, I got round to putting everything up for sale. And I've very glad I did.

Coincidentally, this week I also found out about an app called Paperclip. And if I knew about this app sooner I may not have put off selling my items for so long.

Paperclip is a free marketplace app where you can buy, sell and swap with people locally (or within your preferred radius). One thing that's unique to Paperclip that I like is that they have recently removed prices, allowing instead for offers. This helps to ensure that you're getting the best price for what you're selling.  If I found this app earlier I would have gone through my unwanted pile a lot sooner, as I believe this method is an efficient way to make sure your stuff sells.

The process of selling on Paperclip is also really easy. You can take a quick picture of your item with your phone, upload it to the app, write a few lines about it, and then put it up for sale. There are no fees to buy or sell on Paperclip. There are also groups that you can join on the app, where you can buy, sell or swap items that relate to a specific interest.

Like most people, I also like to shop. And I often like to buy things second hand, as I care less about someone having worn a dress a couple of times and more about the much lower price tag. In fact, with certain items, I feel like owning them second hand adds to the experience (vintage clothes are better when they're actually vintage, and I enjoy imagining the previous owners of aged books, especially when I find hidden notes inside). The app is great for buying pre-owned, low price items.

Unlike a lot of other similar apps and sites, there is the option of getting items for free. Which is great for your bank account, but also great when it comes to all that stuff taking up space in your home that you want to get rid of asap - giving them to people who could use them is of course preferable to placing them guiltily in the bin. Swapping items is also a popular option on the app, meaning both parties can simultaneously get rid of things they don't have any use for, and in return pick up something that they actually want.

Overall, from what I've seen, I think Paperclip is a very handy and efficient app to have. There are currently 200,000 users on the app, and I imagine this will continue to grow. And I for sure will be making a lot of use out of it. Maybe now's a good time to say an official goodbye to those bags of clothes under my desk.

Click here to download Paperclip from the App Store and here to get it on Google Play. You can also use it on web.

Disclaimer: This post has been kindly sponsored, but all views are my own.

Amani x 


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this app! I will have to look into this. My bf and I are planning a move over the next few months and I have a bag of his clothing under my desk that I've been meaning to sell or donate or something.

    Hope you have a great week :)

    1. Glad you found the post useful! Good luck with your move :)

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