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10 Places to Shop Secondhand Online

10 Places to Shop Secondhand Online

Sustainable Fashion

Last Updated on November 23, 2020

Did you catch my last post how to master second hand shopping? Be sure to check it out because #4 is so important when it comes to shopping for secondhand clothing online.

A lot of people lack access to quality thrift stores or the time to dig through a bunch of piles searching for that one hidden gem – this is where online shopping can really come in handy.

Before I go shopping, I always like to have a list of the pieces I’m looking for. As someone who previously had a shopping problem, this prevents me from over buying and really keeps me on task. Check out my post Why I Wait 30 Days Before Buying Anything for more information and why you might want to add a waiting practice to your shopping schedule.

second hand stores:

One of the major advantages of shopping online is that you can search for the really, really specific things that you’re looking for. Many online secondhand stores will let you filter your search by color, size, brand, and price point to find something matching your exact criteria. 

And, if you’re looking to sell some of your clothes be sure to check out my blog post were I’ve rounded up the 7 best places to resell your clothes online like Flyp and ThredUp the first stop on our list of best places to shop secondhand online!

1. ThredUp:

I’m a huge fan of ThredUp*. I have probably spent a small fortune on all of the clothes I’ve bought through them. Their search function works very well, and all of the clothes I’ve ordered have been very high quality. 

I really like that they list the fabric so I can make sure I’m buying natural fibers. 

I also love that I can return items that don’t fit. I still try to be really careful with what I purchase because I don’t want to be contributing to a lot of extra carbon miles for returning. 

ThredUp ships in cardbord and tissue paper keeping things totally plastic free! 

I can always find exactly what I’m looking for on their site. If you haven’t used ThredUp before you can get $10 off your first purchase!*

2. eBay:

I have bought quite a few pieces off of eBay as well as homewares. My mom was super into eBay when the site first launched. She used to buy and sell all the time and taught me a few tips and tricks. 

Whenever, I’m looking for something specific, I turn to eBay.  Some sellers allow you to return, and others don’t. So, always double check if you’re not sure what you’re buying will fit. 

When you purchase on eBay make sure that you leave a note to the seller asking that the items are shipped without any plastic.

Also, make sure that you check the secondhand box on the left hand side when searching for items to ensure that you’re getting a preloved item.  

Check out my guide for Zero Waste Online Shopping

3. Poshmark:

I’ve bought from Poshmark before. It’s a great app, but you can’t return what you buy so you have to be really careful. 

I find a lot of the items on Poshmark to be a little overpriced. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, it’s a great app, but I prefer the safety of being able to return what I buy. 

Make sure that you ask lots of questions, know your measurements, and ask the seller for plastic free packaging!

4. Swap:

I just placed my first order from Swap.com* and I’m eagerly awaiting the box to report on the quality of what I receive. The deals are so, so good! Almost too good…. like “What’s the catch” good. 

I have seen some of the same items on Swap.com available on ThredUp at a much higher rate. I wonder if it’s just because they’re less popular? 

I was almost scared to share my newest discovery because I wanted to keep it all for myself!! The deals are sooooo good. 

Swap.com isn’t the best at listing out their fiber content, so it doesn’t hurt to double check online. In the above graphic you can see that they list polyester/silk where thredup just lists silk.

With a quick double check on google, I can see that the garment is 100% silk. I will definitely report back how the quality is. Get $10 off your first order!*

EDIT: 

I received my first box from swap.com and the quality is amazing!! Unfortunately, everything in the box was wrapped individually in plastic. I will be sending the company an email because that was a real bummer. 

You can only return items for store credit so I decided to keep what I ordered. I filmed a fall haul on YouTube with the items I got. 

I spent $150 on the box for 12 really amazing pieces made out of silk, cotton, tencel, and other natural fibers. 

The Rest: 

I have not ordered from the other six sites so I can’t attest to their quality or how they work. I have been a serial browser on Real Real, Tradesy, and Vestaire. 

5. The Real Real

6. Tradesy

7. Vestaire Collective

8. Grailed

9. Vinted

10. Depop

Do you have a favorite place to shop secondhand online? 

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  1. I’ve used thredup and not had the same experience. I was very careful about the items I choose and waited until I could order several items at once to reduce shipping. However, the Items online say 100% cotton but once I received them the tags say 60% cotton 40% polyester. I refused to send it back because they aren’t clear about the return policy. I’ve been told everything from $2-$9 processing fees for returns. It was great to be able to shop from home but I’d prefer my local thrift store.

  2. hi ! Thanks for all your blog and amazing tips! But for the online shopping I would courage to go to a second hand store in your neighborhood or city, because when we order online we contribute to the carbon footprint; at least these shipping methods are buy bicycle ? and also we can help our community to growth. Thanks again for your blog, this is my new life, going zero waste, and all your recipes for the self care are amazing ??

  3. Thanks for this great list. Lately I’ve been buying a lot off Facebook Marketplace! The best part is I can filter to find local things and there’s no packaging when I buy the items ?

  4. Hi Kathryn! Thanks for your list. I am in love with swap.com already. Recently I have been dying to get to the thrift store for some shopping for the kids. I am expecting a new baby so he still needs more clothes and my daughter will be needing some size ups for her clothes and shoes. Having the online thrift option is helping me with both of these tasks so I can beat family members to the punch so they don’t go and buy her brand new shoes or jackets.

  5. Hi Kathryn,

    Since ATL has a big thrift shop scene where I can usually find everything I need, I opt out of online shopping (unless I’m looking for something super super specific). I have Poshmark for the times when I need to buy certain clothes and love that.
    One thing that I slack on a little bit is buying clothes with natural fibers – I kinda go off the assumption that all ethical consumerism is accounted for by buying re-used. Plus, I found these bags that keep microplastics from exiting in the wash. I’m not sure how well they actually work, but I figure it’s better than nothing?

    Thanks for the post!

    1. The guppy bag is better than nothing, but I think it comes down to personal preference. I personally don’t feel comfortable in synthetics because they irratate my skin and aren’t breathable.

  6. I would not recommend The Real Real for shopping. Even though the clothes may be designer & look awesome for secondhand, all of their measurements are waaaay off! I have ordered clothing before that had measurements listed at my size (or larger – for my second & third attempts at getting clothes that would actually fit) & have received garments that were literally 6-8" narrower/shorter at all points of measurement upon arrival.

    I’ve spoken to their customer service & their response is that designer fashion houses are allowed to copyright dimensions for clothing…even if they’re inaccurate! So that’s what they have to put on their site. I even have a friend who works there, & she isn’t allowed to update the measurements to reflect the actual size of the clothing for most brands, so they end up being listed as "10" when they’re closer to a "2". (My 36" bust, 30" waist dress actually clocked in at about a 28" bust & 22" waist.)

    Since most of their items (at least on sale) aren’t returnable, & they don’t refund shipping costs, it ends up being a waste of money & time. Plus, no one feels good trying on clothes that should fit them & having them be way too small! After placing 4 orders – of ever-increasing clothing sizes, as my self-esteem was dropping correspondingly – I’ve given up & closed my account.

  7. There are a lot of online places that sell great secondhand clothing for kids: kidizen, mykidsthreads.com, berrikidsboutique.com, schoola.com and more.

  8. Dollarbabyclothes.com is super cheap but really nice. Their clothes start off at $1 and they have weekly deals.

  9. Just warning everyone, I’ve been getting incorrect clothes from thredUP that I can’t return and they don’t have customer service. Wouldn’t recommend them for a bit

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  11. Love this! I used to shop around but now I always buy from a pre-loved clothing store on ebay. It’s called Thread Rush. All the measurements are always accurate and once I needed to ask a specific question and they got back to me so fast! Plus the clothes are shipped in only a polymailer with no extra shipping slips – so less paper waste!