Many women have designer duds that have sat dormant in their closets for months-maybe even years. Now, two Central Ohio women are providing an avenue to trade them for goods ladies actually want.

Many women have designer duds that have sat dormant in their closets for months-maybe even years. Now, two Central Ohio women are providing an avenue to trade them for goods ladies actually want.

Mary Jo Ciatto, 35 of Dublin, and Kris Harwood, 34 of Clintonville, recently launched Shetrades.com, a site that allows users to post unwanted clothing, jewelry, purses, shoes, and more online that they want to trade for points. Once something sells, the points can be used to purchase other items on Shetrades.com.

"It is an opportunity to recycle your closet and save money," Ciatto said. "This is not garage-sale material. It's very nice, slightly-used or not-used-at-all designer merchandise."

The idea came to the women last fall, when Harwood became pregnant.

"I was thinking of how I could acquire all the baby things I need at an affordable price," Harwood said. "My business partner was thinking something similar with designer purses."

The site's users have the opportunity to buy points to get started, where one dollar equals one point. This seems to be a popular feature since it speeds up the process and gives a familiar online shopping feel. (Women can also donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the site's charity.)

Besides shopping, Shetrades.com provides women a place to connect and share information. The site features book reviews, trivia games and space to ask questions and leave tips.

"A portion of our ultimate goal is not only to trade items, but also to trade life experiences," Harwood said.

With almost 300 users from across the country and 300,000 hits a month, Shetrades.com is off to a great start.

"We are growing faster than a lot of sites that are like us, and we are quite pleased with that," Ciatto said.

Shetrades.com is a full time job for Ciatto and Harwood, who both also play the role of wife and mother. Harwood does real estate work as well. They have put countless time, effort and money into running the site, and encourage women to use Shetrades, especially during this economical downturn.

"Swap, don't buy new," Harwood said. "This is a great way to save money."