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.
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.
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!*
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.
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!
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!*
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.
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.
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Do you have a favorite place to shop secondhand online?
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