"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.