We pile our closets with trendy clothes that our overflowing cabinets can’t contain all the outfits we’ve bought over the years. Much of the time these clothes that have gone passé end up in landfill or discarded somehow for nobody wants to be seen in last season’s ensemble. As per the Council for Textile Recycling, the average US citizen disposes about 70 pounds of clothes in a year and as textile waste piles up, we follow the problem to its source: the rise of disposable fashion.
The problems associated with fast fashion are plentiful and we’ve covered the topic in great detail over the years. But you’re here for the best apps to buy and sell unworn clothing and preloved fashion. So here are the ones we recommend you download:
For those looking to unclog their closet space, Poshmark is one of the best platforms for you to buy and sell used clothes. It’s free to download whether you are an android or IOS user. It is the perfect venue for fashion lovers to come together and share their love of style.
To date, there have been about two billion social connections on Poshmark, 25 million items uploaded through mobile phones and around 5,000 popular brands you can search to make life easier. If you are looking into refreshing your wardrobe without having to purchase brand new threads, this is a good place to start.
One of the most popular preloved social fashion apps for millennials, Depop makes buying and selling preloved and vintage clothing cool AF. With a strong community of stylish creatives, a few even making six figures by being smart about styling and fostering community, this is preloved shopping’s answer to Instagram and the place to go for some serious style inspiration and one-of-a-kind pieces. It is also the perfect place for entrepreneurial fashion lovers wanting to start a green business selling used and vintage fashion!
This is the place for buying and selling true vintage fashion and one-of-kind upcycled clothing, amongst other unique, handmade and personalised items. Unlike eBay, you won’t find mass manufactured fashion goods on Etsy. Independent buyers and sellers are looking for custom, quirky, upcycled, vintage or antique on Etsy so if that sounds like you, this is the platform we recommend.
If you are ready to Marie Kondo your fashion collection, Vinted is a great platform to buy, sell and even swap pre-loved clothes. The app is free and user-friendly. Just upload the photo of the item you’re selling, add a brief description and a price and you are good to go.
This is an online marketplace where you can shop for rare finds, items that aren’t in stores anymore and outfits for the entire family. If you think that quality clothes should have a long after life (after your wardrobe that is), Vinted is a good way to recirculate your clothes.
Of course this list wouldn’t be be complete without eBay. It is the largest yard sale on the World Wide Web and has preloved, vintage and used designer fashion galore. All you need to do is download this free app, create an account and you can either search and bid or buy items outright or if you’re looking to sell, upload quality photos with a brief description of the clothes and starting price. You can either set an asking price or sell by auction, your choice. This is the app of choice for preloved designer fashion at accessible prices!
The online home of collaborative fashion consumption, ThredUp is the world’s largest online thrift store where you can buy and sell high-quality secondhand clothes. ThredUp’s mission is to inspire a new wave of consumers to prioritize second-hand first before purchasing brand new items to reduce the negative impact that fashion has on the environment and at the same time create a small impact on your time and your wallet.
Some shoppers will still strut down the mall with an armful of brand name shopping bags as it somehow elevates their status knowing that people can see that they have cash to splurge and tell the world that they are ‘living the life’. But for those on a budget and want to reduce the effects of global warming through their consumer choices, shopping with these second hand fashion apps is a practical, sustainable and convenient way to do so. Now that is embracing a green life!
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Feature image via ThredUp.