"Even as the retail industry has slumped, dragged down by disappointing earnings and an unending trade war, resale is exploding."
- Forbes -
Secondhand Market Set to Hit $64B in the Next 5 Years
- ThredUp 2020 Report -
Not only is buying and selling second hand clothes a great alternative in favor of the environment, it is also a fantastic option for the wallet and an unending source for good finds.
Each of the options below offer different alternatives, it is of great utility to explore these differences to make the experience more enjoyable.
Keep this in mind when you look to buy or sell second hand:
Check for return policies, not all vendors accept returns.
Take time looking for natural fibers, some stores offer the option to check this out.
Ask from the vendors not to send you plastic wrap.
Some store have a global reach, try to find vendors around your area, this way you save carbon emissions generated through shipping.
Check for a guarantee of authenticity, this will ensure you get what you're buying from quality to real brands.
Some stores have strict animal welfare policies.
Look for consignment options.
Dig deep, there are infinite possibilities for all your wants and needs.
Here are some great options:
This San Francisco- based company launched in 2009 originally as a men’s shirt swap company, now they deal only with women’s and kids second hand clothing, ThredUp is one of the biggest online thrift stores with over 2 million items across 35,000 brands.
Is not necessarily the place for unique boutique vintage finds, but it offers a little bit of everything else. All of the clothes are very high quality. Purchasing works like other sites, but their selling process works really well.
If you want to sell, all you have to do is order from ThredUP a Clean Out Kit.
They'll send you a polka dot bag for you to fill with your clothes and ship back to them for free. Check for their accepted brands list.
EBay Inc. is a global commerce leader that connects millions of buyers and sellers operating in 190 markets around the world.
Vestiaire Collective is an online thrifting shop for vintage and high end clothing and accessories. They were founded in France in 2009 with the ambition to bring luxury secondhand clothing back into circulation instead of sitting unused in wardrobes.
Their online platform now has a global offer, with over 7 million members in over 50 countries across Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia.
They offer vintage women’s clothing as well as thrifting options for menswear, kidswear, bags, watches, jewelry, shoes and athletic gear and accessories.
Luxury Garage Sale is a designer online thrift store based in Chicago, USA. They were founded in 2011 and curate authentic, pre-owned clothing and accessories from top brands around the world.
They offer luxury second hand clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and accessories online some up to 80% off regular prices.
They use a consignment model for sellers and offer pre-paid shipping labels and in some cities, a pickup service.
A thrift store for the adventurers, Worn Wear is the outdoor clothing brand Patagonia’s offer of second hand clothing online. They sell gently used clothing for men, women, and kids, as well as used outdoor gear at discounted prices.
The company currently occupies the first position of cutting edge sustainable clothing brands, their dedication to corporate responsibility is remarkable.
ASOS Marketplace is a place for independent designers, vintage boutiques, consignment and thrift shops.
You can’t sell there as an individual, but if you have a vintage thrift business, you can sign up to become a selling boutique.
Etsy has a global network that will allow you to find local sellers. This helps to both support local businesses and reduce shipping emissions
Etsy also offsets 100% of their shipping emissions.
Urban Renewal is one of the more affordable vintage clothing online stores.
Rebag is a designer online thrift store dedicated to luxury bags. They offer every bag style you can imagine from backpacks to professional totes.
Geared toward the more modern side (with a few gem retro pieces here and there), Poshmark boasts over 25 million items across well over 5,000 brands.
In 2011, Founder and CEO Julie Wainwright started The RealReal out of her home, working at her kitchen table and visiting consignors at their homes with a U-Haul. What began as a scrappy startup has transformed the business of authenticated luxury consignment into a dynamic, global movement that champions not only quality and craftsmanship, but also sustainability and community.
From women’s, men’s and kids’ fashion to fine jewelry, watches, fine art and home decor, the RealReal is the world’s largest and most trusted marketplace for authenticated luxury.
Check our interview with Redress's Founder Rossanna Ceccato in Spanish.
Redress is the easiest and fastest way to exchange mint condition clothes that you no longer use. With Redress you can save up to 90% in your annual wardrobe budget.
For much more details about all these options and the second hand clothing industry, check out last episode.
Carolina Chavez clothing: Blazer from Katharine Hamnett and shirt from Goodwill.