Whether you are after one-off vintage threads, pre-loved designer pieces or even a luxury item that you’ve been lusting after at a more affordable price, we have rounded up some of the best online places to shop second-hand from the comfort of your own home.
Depop is kind of like the Instagram of second-hand clothing, a space where ‘creatives’ can buy and sell unique pieces. This app is popular amongst fashion influencers so you’re sure to find some amazing and on-trend pieces for affordable prices.
One of the original marketplaces to buy and sell used goods, eBay is a treasure trove for great second-hand pieces not just for clothing and accessories but furniture and homewares as well. It’s a great place to find high-end and designer pieces at more reasonable prices (so long as you bid properly) or perhaps those that are no longer stocked in stores.
It does take some patience and time to scroll through many, many pages to find what you are looking for but it is worth it – make sure you set your country/location to avoid disappointment and a timer so you don’t forget to bid when an item is being auctioned off.
Founded in 2009, this e-marketplace is the one to bookmark if you’ve got a taste for high-end goods and luxury labels such as Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Celine.
Vestiaire buys and sells a curated selection of pre-owned luxury fashion both women and men at 30-70% odd the original retail prices. Unlike online community marketplaces like Depop and eBay, Vestiaire have an in-house team of experts that authenticate all designer pieces in a bid to fight counterfeiting so buyers can purchase with peace of mind.
Etsy is an online marketplaces that focuses on handmade and vintage pieces; an indie marketplace of sorts. Like eBay you will need some time and patience to browse through its extensive offerings because there are so many independent artisans, designers and sellers offering their unique, custom or vintage wares but it’s worth the effort. You support independent makers and find one-of-a-kind pieces that few people can say they own.
The Real Real
Launched as away to revolutionise re-sale of luxury pieces, The Real Real platform empowers consignors and buyers to work towards a more circular model of fashion by extending the life of garments and accessories. Like Vestiaire they have a team rigorously authenticating luxury pieces from brands such as Prada, Hermes, Gucci and Burberry. The site also caters to both men and women and sells consigned high-end clothing, fine jewelry, watches, fine art and home decor.
Urban Outfitters Vintage
With new pieces every week, Urban Outfitters Vintage gives you a regular fashion fix. From vintage finds to one-of-a-kind pieces and in-house repurposed clothing, customers are sure to find something cool, bohemian or unique on this site.
The platform curates styles in four catergories:
- remnants where by deadstock fabrics are used to make new designs,
- one-of-a-kind which as the name suggests are unique standout pieces you won’t find anywhere else,
- vintage collection curated by their in house Urban Renewal team, and
- recycled up-cycled vintage pieces that are re-imagined and remade to bring past styles inline with current trends.
The largest online thrift and consignment store is thredUP. Founded in 2009, the platform originally started as a men’s shirt fashion swap and now has apps so buyers and sellers can shop and sell from the comfort of their phones anywhere in the world. With a vision to have the smallest impact on the planet while still creating an easy platform to shop and sell, it’s no wonder thredUP took off.
According to thredUP‘s website they add over 40,000 new arrivals every. Single. Day. So get shopping. They have also started their own non-profit Circular Fashion Fund to distribute funds to individuals and organisations working towards creating a more sustainable future.
“If everyone bought just ONE used item instead of new this year, it would have a huge collective and positive impact on the planet.” — Olivia Wilde
Grailed is a community marketplace just for men, a great idea since it is soften hard to find eco brands for men especially in comparison to what’s on offer for women. From vintage, streetwear to designer pieces the platform has new pieces dropping daily, so if you’re buying or selling a men’s item, this is the platform for you.
Millions of people buy and sell on Poshmark, easily making it one of the most popular second-hand fashion platforms in the world. The app is free to download and with a community of die-hard fashion lovers that enjoy showing off their sense of style, you’ll get to shop millions of wardrobes (at bargain prices), offload yours to make some quick cash – and perhaps make some new friends along the way.
Vinted is a community-driven pre-loved platform to buy, sell and even swap pre-loved clothes at super affordable prices. Buying and selling is made super easy with an intuitive app that allows you to browse items, upload images of products you’re selling, and communicate easily with interested parties. With a platform boasting 25 million members, thousands of brands, and a plethora of second-hand style suggestions, give Vinted a try!
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Feature image via thredUp.