Welcome to Your New Online Shopping Addiction

In today’s busy world, even shopping can sometimes feel like a chore. So why not put those hours spent sitting at a desk in front of a computer to better use? Former Lucky staffer Francine Ballard saw the need and created DesignerSocial.com, which serves as a hub for those who want to sell or swap designer handbags or jewelry. It’s like Bag, Borrow or Steal in a more permanent form, kind of like eBay though you know your loved pieces are going to a good home, and sort of an extension of ThredUp but you can buy AND sell. The best part about the site? There are no fees for pick-ups. So basically if you want to sell an item, zero stress is involved for you. You’ll even receive 70 percent of the money your bag or accessory sells for. “I felt that there was a void in the marketplace for fashion-conscious, time constrained professional women like me, so I modeled the site after the way people I know shop the Internet. Bags and accessories are great,” says Ballard, “because you don’t have to worry about fit.” It’s also pretty perfect timing, as the site launched just in time to participate in Lucky Shops. [Reuters]