Whether you’ve been visiting thrift stores for years or have just recently discovered a passion for secondhand clothes, there are so many good reasons to buy clothes used. Thrifting gives you a chance to find clothes with a story, craft unique looks you couldn’t buy in any other store, or recreate trending styles at a fraction of the cost. Buying from thrift shops is also a great way to invest in sustainability; by electing to give a used piece of clothing a second chance, you avoid contributing to fast fashion that’s designed to wear out fast and end up in a landfill.
Whether you’re shopping for sustainability, to curate your style or to save some money, thrifting has never been easier or more fun. In addition to your local thrift shop, you can use your phone to find vintage and secondhand clothes across the country. From new apps like DEPOP and ThredUP to the tried and true websites like Ebay and Etsy, here are six easy ways to snag the perfect thrift finds from the comfort of your home.
The DEPOP works a lot like Instagram, except you can buy anything you see on your feed that you like! You can filter your feed according to your sizes in everything from jeans to shoes so the app only shows you the things that will fit you perfectly. You can search for items to see hundreds of options, or just scroll through the recommended finds that DEPOP thinks you’ll like. It’s all the fun of a day at the thrift store with none of the hassle.
ThredUP prides itself on being THE place to find high-quality brands at a fraction of the cost, making it a great site to look for the dress you saw and loved in your favorite celebrity’s story last week. You can search by brand or category of clothing and even filter by price range; brand-name finds for under $10 are waiting for you to discover them!
Poshmark shows you secondhand clothes being sold by users just like you, allowing you to connect and even negotiate on price over thousands of items.It’s an easy way to find users selling thrift store looks you love, and you have the option to bundle your purchases to save money.
If you’ve always prided yourself on digging through thrift store bins for vintage gold, Etsy is a great place to start doing the same online. Etsy is a site for artists to sell their handmade crafts, but it’s also a great venue for vintage secondhand clothes and unique fashion. Etsy vintage sellers’ prices tend to trend higher than some other sites, but they also offer endless amounts of inspiration and interesting, high quality pieces.
You might not expect it, but Ebay is full of thrift store finds sold by individual stores. If you know where to look, you can find anything from discounted Gucci bags to fine jewelry to vintage Levi jeans. You might have to consult a few guides to find your way to Ebay’s best thrift stores, but once you do you’re sure to find a few pieces you love.
If you like a thrift store experience that feels more like shopping online than haggling with a user, Swap.com is a great way to find fully vetted vintage and secondhand gems. Secondhand clothes are sent from sellers to Swap’s distribution center, inspected for quality and then shipped to you so you can be sure that you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for.
The promise of thrift shopping is that you’ll always come away with something you didn’t expect to find, and there’s no reason you can’t have that same experience shopping from home. We could all benefit from adding a few “pre-loved” thrift store finds to our collection, and picking up an item with a history that still has value left to give can be a great way to live sustainably.