We all love online shopping. I would say that is a reason why a lot of people stray away from thrift stores. Thrift stores are hard work. They are meant for those that love the hunt & find searching for hours and maybe walking away with one find fun. But what if you could have both- the greatness that is secondhand shopping from the comfort of your bed?
The ability to buy secondhand(which I am 100 % for to help save a little bit of clothing waste) & have a search engine where you can type in exactly what you are looking for without the hours scrolling – it exists!
Some of you may already know that online thrift stores are a thing, but for those that don’t – I’m going to break it down for you in this post .
Top 4 Best Online Thrift Stores to Buy & Sell
let’s start with the best (in my opinion) & the most popular . I’m sure you have heard of it before . I have purchased & sold through Poshmark for years now . Poshmark is my favorite reselling community of all . Fun fact : I am actually a part-time reseller on the app- it’s my source of income!
Poshmark is very similar to other reselling apps that I will mention later, but more popular among our generation therefore more options to choose from because there are more sellers. The search engine is very advanced and will find you exactly what you are looking for and if you are interested in actually selling your items individually, the app makes it very simple to do so- from listing it to shipping it!
Honestly- I live and breathe this platform everyday because it is my job so I could go on and one about it. However, if I didn’t sell on this app, it would still be my #1 pick so I highly recommend shopping around.
Thredup is my favorite go-to online thrift store outside of Poshmark. Their system works different, but essentially they have every brand you can imagine at around 70 percent off retail price. From fast fashion brands to designer pieces, it’s a huge selection to choose from. I have bought SO many items from Thredup.
As far as selling your own clothes to them- it works very differently than most online reselling apps . You can request for one of their bags to be shipped to your home(for Free)! Fill it with all the clothes you would like to see if they would accept & drop it off at the post office. It already has a pre-paid shipping label so the only thing you will have to pay for is if you choose the $15 fee option for them to return the clothes to you they choose not to take. I always opt for the free option, which means the donate whatever clothes they don’t want to other charities .
There are a couple of cons with the sharing process that I wanted to mention:
- It usually takes A LONG TIME for your bag to be processed and sorted through. I have waited at minimum of a month every time . If you are in a hurry to get cash, this is not the best option.
- In the past, I have not received that much money per item, I make more money per item when taking my clothes to Plato’s Closet or something more along those lines. I still send my clothes in that Plato’s Closet does not take and use whatever credit I get on my account with Thredup to purchase from their site!
Ebay is a given, but one site I feel people often forget to put into the thrift store category. Amazing deals can be found through this site on clothing and hard goods. I have bought some amazing Christmas presents on Ebay for a 1/3 of the price at retail.
You have the option to get into bidding wars for items, but if that is not your thing, there are plenty of sellers that offer buy now options for items. You can just adjust your search to only include those items!
I felt like I always put Ebay into the category of the site that my dad used to try to find used old cars on. I only recently started to realize how many sellers there are on Ebay that strictly sell fashion items & there are plenty of clothes I actually would want to own.
I don’t have much to say about this one, because my experience is very limited. It is very similar to Poshmark and is another great online source for reselling clothes and works the same for the most part.
Tradesy and Vinted are also two others that fall underneath this same category! If you can’t find a certain item you are looking for on one platform, I would try the others listed here as well!
I hope this article was helpful to start your shopping with some of my favorite online secondhand stores. I feel this is a small way we can do our part to eliminate so much waste, especially in the clothing industry. Happy Shopping!