Person: “Oh my gosh, I love that dress.”
Me: “Thanks, I got it secondhand”
- A conversation I have had many times.
If you know me or follow me on Instagram, you’ve heard me go on and on about my passion for thrift stores. I get all kinds of things from the thrift store from my wardrobe to my home decor, but to start this series, I want to talk about clothing.
“But I can just go to the mall and get a NEW shirt for $8”
Sure. But there’s a lot more to the story than you getting a good deal on that shirt.
The Story of Stuff Project, has some incredible information and resources regarding sustainability. In this article, they explain why cheap, fast fashion is such an issue.
One way we can help is by NOT participating in fast fashion. Buying clothes from ethical fashion brands and buying vintage/secondhand is a great way to avoid fast fashion. Does the thought of going into a thrift store make your skin crawl though?
Good news! Thrift shopping is more than just visiting your local Goodwill now. These days, we have an abundance of options when it comes to finding clothing secondhand. I know so many people who HATE going into a secondhand store. I love the chaos and mystery, but I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so I want to focus today’s post on places to thrift online! Save money and save the planet without even leaving the couch, ya’ll.
One of the things I love so much about shopping on Poshmark is how easy it is to search and find specific items and brands you are looking for. If you’re not already a Poshmark shopper, use the code POWELLANDCO when you sign up to get $5 toward your first purchase.
Some of my favorite pieces have come from Poshmark including the Just Black skinny jeans I wear all the time (thanks for the recommendation Alex Z!) and my Bed Stu Las Cruces sandals (that I only paid $35 for!). They are pictured below.
The world’s largest online thrift store! The prices are a little steeper, but it’s so easy to find exactly what you’re looking for and they have coupon codes and sales all the time. I am really enamored with their set up!
Facebook B/S/T Groups
A thrifter’s best kept secret. If you have a certain style or are loyal to certain brands, this can be a super helpful tip! Search Facebook groups for BST (Buy, Sell, Trade) groups for the brands you like. Make sure to read the rules of any group you join and almost all of them use PayPal, so be sure to have that set up!
Every so often I will see friends create Instagrams solely to sell unwanted items. I have scooped up some really great pieces from these! Search hashtags of your favorite brands + for sale (ex. #madewellforsale) to find things you might be interested in.
Mercari is another great place to shop for secondhand items online. I typically find that things are less expensive on this app, but there is not as much selection. It’s a great place to check, though and a total treasure trove for vintage items!
I’m not really an eBay gal (it intimidates me!), but there is definitely some great deals to be found there, especially with vintage items.
I had to stop shopping here, because it became addictive fast! I know people who have found some real gems on here, though so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Happy secondhand shopping, friends! I hope it saves you some money + contribute to saving our planet.