5 OF THE BEST SECONDHAND & VINTAGE SHOPPING SITES
At the start of our eco-friendly journey, we made a vow. To reduce our environmental impact and overall waste by refusing to buy any ‘new’ clothing. By new, we mean items directly from shops producing the pieces for retail, especially fast-fashion, opting to buy our clothing from secondhand and vintage stores instead.
In Australia alone, more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill each year and if you’ve ever taken your old clothes to a charity/op shop, you’ll know just how full they already are and how many clothes are waiting to be hung up.
There are 4 advantages to buying secondhand and vintage clothing:
- Reduces your environmental impact
- Doesn’t promote exploitative work conditions
- Saves you hundreds of dollars
- You’re extending the lifecycle of existing items of clothing
Secondhand and vintage shopping isn’t for everyone, though. We love spending a Saturday morning rummaging through the rails of almost forgotten clothing. As an item catches our eye, we imagine the story behind the piece. What was happening in the world at the time, who might have worn it, what fabulous events has this piece seen, how many countries has it travelled, who has fallen in love wearing this dress?
But we get it. Romantic illusions aside, vintage and secondhand shopping can be dusty, sometimes dirty and there always seems to be that smell in vintage stores that you just can’t put your finger on.
If this is you, we’ve got a solution for you – buy your secondhand and vintage clothing online. Yes, that’s right, from the comfort of your living room!
From what used to be teenagers flogging their cheap hand-me-down’s for a few dollars, vintage and online shopping online has come along way. From luxury designer items to near-new pieces that sell out everywhere else, you can find just about anything online for a fraction of the price of retail stores. Here are 5 of our favourite places to buy secondhand and vintage online:
THE BEST SITES TO BUY SECONDHAND AND VINTAGE ONLINE:
Depop was founded by the co-founder of PIG magazine and RETROSUPERFUTURE sunglasses, Simon Beckerman. Initially created as a social network where PIG’s readers could buy items featured in the magazine.
These days, Depop is home to 15 million+ stylists, designers, artists, collectors, vintage sellers, sneakerheads and more. You’ll even find a lot of your favourite Instagram influencers selling their old clobber there too.
Touted as the world’s largest online thrift store, thredUP carries more than 35,000 name brand items. The store accepts maternity, children’s, and inclusive sizes, as well as jewellery and accessories.
To sell, simply request a Clean Out bag and fill it with high-quality name-brand pieces. Once a team member goes through your shipped items, you’ll be notified of your payout. On average, 40 percent of received items are accepted and sold online, while the rest are donated or responsibly recycled.
Vintage Marketplace was born in 2009 after founders, Katie Hofman and Jai Spence, took a trip to the States with one intention: to find the best vintage gear on the market and bring it home to Melbourne.
Since then, Vintage Marketplace has launched a successful online store, two Victorian-based retail stores, and gained a collective following of over half a million across all social media channels.
ebay has been the go-to for vintage and secondhand buyers for years now. The platform is a rabbit warren for adult & children’s apparel, vintage items, bags, shoes, accessories ranging from designer labels to cheap pre-loved items.
Poshmark describes itself as the #1 place to buy and sell fashion. Poshmark is more than just a shopping destination, it’s a vibrant community powered by millions of Seller Stylists, who not only sell their personal style but also curate looks for their shoppers, creating the most connected shopping experience in the world.
Unfortunately, it’s only available in the US and Canada at the moment, but we’ve got our fingers crossed it expands soon!
Do you buy secondhand and vintage online? Let us know your favourite sites