Every so often, we take a moment to spotlight a business or organization run by a member of the Shanghai Mamas community. This week, Shanghai Mamas is proud to feature Shanghai Mamas Mariam Hofberger, founder of MAMASWAP.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you link to Shanghai Mamas.
Mariam: I have been in Shanghai with my husband for about 5 years now. We are both from Germany but have been living in a bunch of different countries in the past years. At the moment, we are expecting our first baby!
I heard of Shanghai Mamas in the first weeks after I moved to Shanghai through a newly made friend. Back then, I already made a memo to myself, to one day, when I am ready to become a mama, I’d surely join Shanghai Mamas.
Why did you start MAMASWAP and how did you start it?
Mariam: After the decision of starting a family was taken, and to prepare myself about what’s to come as good as possible, I was not only reading piles of books, but also started joining several WeChat mom groups around Shanghai.
In the process, I soon began to wonder, how I would be able to combine my lifestyle as a minimalist and supporter for sustainable living, with all the essential purchases a baby would require already in the first few months, not even beginning to think about all the following years, where clothes, toys and books would need to be updated almost constantly.
I started looking for ways and platforms that could meet my needs. It turned out, the options were limited and far from practical. Of course, there are plenty of group chats for second-hand sales, but when you are looking for something specific, it doesn’t take long for you end up overwhelmed since the chats offer no search options or any sort of structure. Other buy and sell platforms used among expats in China, are not specialized in mom and baby items and therefore not ideal either.
I was looking for a platform, which could help me find, buy and sell baby items in an efficient, hassle-free way, with a good user experience and tailored for busy parents. I could not find any and that’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands- I created MAMASWAP.
I put lots of effort and love into building the website which is neither for profit nor backed by any kind of corporation. I created it out of passion and with the dream of having a platform available for parents which would one day become synonymous for pre-loved maternity and baby items throughout Shanghai and, maybe eventually, all of China.
Fun Fact about your business/ organisation?
Mariam: What started out in a moment of anxious OCD of a “wanna be mommy”, actually turned out to become a handy tool for the mom community in Shanghai!
Where can we find MAMASWAP?
Mariam: Just sign in to mamaswap.cn on your mobile browser or desktop. You can also click MAMASWAP and have it opened right here in WeChat.
For the first 25 listings MAMASWAP will cover the costs for deliveries within Shanghai. To redeem this offer, please add the text ‘seen on ShMamas’ to your item description on the post, and Mariam will contact you to organize delivery costs. Limit one per person.