When I opened my BOF newsletter the other morning, I was repulsed (but definitely not surprised) when I saw a statistic from the tagline of this article a la WWD that claimed: “50 million outfits will be only worn once this summer”. With a hook like that, I of course clicked. Read for yourself, but the article contained lots of info on the reality of single-use outfits for festivals, insta pics, and brand deals alike.
The urge to pick up the newest arrivals at Zara is very real, and trust me when I say I’m no stranger to shopping at the mall, but I definitely shop secondhand a lot as well. In fact, some of my most those-are-so-cute-where’d-you-get-them pieces are from my local secondhand stores. I’m super lucky to have the best-stocked Goodwill ever 1 mile from my house, but I’m aware that not everyone is so blessed by the thrift gods. SoooOooo here is a list of 6 of the best places to shop preowned online.
The sister site to Grailed, Heroine is a streetwear/grails-focused community marketplace. If you want cool pieces no one else has from your favorite designers’ collections, this is the place.
Current Fave Find: This Moschino Jacket
Known as the Instagram-style selling community, Depop is a collection of vintage and handmade items, with some newer thing sprinkled in. It’s a marketplace focused on creatives, and I’m an avid member.
Current Fave Find: This 1920’s Corset
The most popular, but also the most controversial, online consignment site would be TheRealReal. I’m a loyal customer of TRR’s and, to my knowledge, none of my items have ever been counterfeit, but there have been authenticity problems recently. They have the coolest designer clothing, bags, shoes, and home items that people from all over send in when they’re done wearing. Personally, this is where I have found some of my favorite secondhand finds.
Current Fave Find: This Vivienne Westwood Clutch
LePrix looks like the same concept as TheRealReal and sites like it, but LePrix is different because you’re actually shopping from designer boutiques all around the world, over 600 of them in fact, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.
Current Fave Find: These YSL Tapestry Mules
More vintage-focused, Refashioner includes pieces from personal collections, from celebrity estates to private closets, and each item includes it’s own “story” in the description. This is where you’re going to find *that* piece you’ve been looking for.
Current Fave Find: This 70’s Leather Jacket
Online Vintage Boutiques
With the secondhand boom just starting, online small boutiques are popping up all over instagram, and often quickly moving on to their own sites (myself included!). Sites like Na Nin Vintage and I AM THAT have led this crusade, but it seems as though it’s just starting.
*Note that I didn’t include Poshmark. In short, it’s because everyone knows it’s a thing and they’re also pushing new-with-tags and wholesale items more than secondhand. If you’ve never heard of it, now you have.
Words by Kate Sullivan