Buying clothing that is vintage, thrifted, or secondhand is great for the environment since you are reusing clothes that would normally end up in a landfill, while also saying no to fast fashion. It is also great for your pocketbook (usually). Thrifting gives you the opportunity to buy something that others may not have, express your unique style, and save some serious money in the process.
In the time of coronavirus, when so many people are seeing their pay cut, or disappear altogether, stores that specialize in secondhand clothing are important resources. Whether you want to buy a top for under $10, or want to grab a rare luxury vintage option, it’s important to know where to shop. We have compiled the following list of 25 of the best places to shop for vintage and thrifted fashion.
Etsy has long been a go-to resource for those who want original, hard-to-find handmade goods, as well as vintage. There are seemingly endless stores that curate their goods to fit into a certain aesthetic, theme, or time period, making it easy to find just what you’re looking for.
Another website where you can fall down the rabbit hole of thousands (if not millions) of options for secondhand and/or vintage clothing is eBay. If there is something specific you want for addition into your wardrobe, you’ll probably find it on this website.
If you’re looking for a vintage/secondhand luxury brand treat to cheer you up, then head on over to Treasures of NYC’s website. There you will find all the big names–Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Hermes, Versace, and more, at a reasonable price.
Need to grab a vintage or new everyday T-shirt, or the perfect summer dress? Want some jewelry or a designer item? Need to sell some clothes you don’t wear anymore? You can do it all on Poshmark. You can even accrue a balance from items sold and use that directly to buy something new.
According to their website, “The Way We Wore® is the ultimate destination in Los Angeles for high-end or everyday vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories for women.” But you don’t have to go to L.A. to shop their impressive selection of vintage gems–you can shop online!
VINTAGE GUCCI 90S BLUSH PINK SHORTS, Available at thewaywewore.com, $95
On its site, Ruby Lane has a seal proclaiming it the “#1 trusted vintage marketplace,” so you can feel comfortable shopping from its selection of antique and vintage fashion, throwback decor, art, and more. Like many other vintage/secondhand websites, you can also sell your valuable items for some extra pocket money.
Depop is the destination for all the cool kids of Generation Z, who want to buy and sell trendy, fashionable clothing. The app looks like Instagram, allowing you to get a visual of the plethora of options available.
GOS Sprayed Pattern Denim, from josfrenk, Available at depop.com, $37.33
ThredUP’s claim to fame is that it is “the largest online consignment and thrift store,” which means that there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for on its well organized website. Added bonus? You get up to 50% off on your first order.
Fabletics Track Jacket, Available at thredup.com, $21.59
What Goes Around Comes Around is a New York City based vintage store that specializes in “the finest luxury vintage.” Here is where you go (online for now) when you want something from a special Louis Vuitton collection from years past, or a gilded Chanel belt to dress up your white tee and jeans.
Chanel Black Leather and Gold Chain Belt, Available at whatgoesaroundnyc.com, $760
1st dibs is another luxe website where you can find the unique and sought after in terms of furniture, art, jewelry, and fashion. They have thoughtfully set up a section on their homepage entitled “dear Mom,” for your Mother’s Day gift giving needs.
FASHIONPHILE, a company in which Neiman Marcus has a minority stake, describes itself as “the leading and most trusted source in the secondary market for luxury handbags.” In business since 1999, the site lets you nab a pricey secondhand bag, jewelry, watches, and accessories at a good deal, even offering 60-day layaway.
Louis Vuitton Monogram Small Ring Agenda Cover, Available at fashionphile.com, $225
You’re social distancing at home, but may need some crucial items added to your day-to-day wardrobe. Tradesy, “the luxury fashion resale marketplace,” lets you shop for fashionable options from the comfort of your own home.
Sam Edelman Gold Metallic Andy Sandals, from SimplyChic, Available at tradesy.com, $55
We all want fashion, but getting it for a great deal is a total win win. Vestiare Collective offers “the best of pre-owned fashion at 30% to 70% off original retail price,” and we are so here for that, especially in today’s economic climate.
Converse Cloth Low Trainers, from juanjo, Available at us.vestiairecollecitve.com, $28.98
You may already shop ASOS for on-trend fashion, but have you checked out their marketplace? There, you can shop vintage, independent label, and multi-brand finds.
Vintage Adidas Three Stripe Embroidered Tracksuit Bottoms, from Old But Good Vintage, Available at marketplace.asos.com, $26.17
The Real Real guarantees that the designer and luxury goods you buy from them are legit, thanks to their in-house authentication team. When you join the site, you automatically get at $25 credit towards the buy of your dreams.
Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Wooden Bangle, from , Available at therealreal.com, $37.50
“Vinted is open to everyone who believes that good clothes should live long.” We were surprised to find stylish spring and summer worthy pants for under $10. And you can sell the clothes you don’t use to buy new items!
PACSUN Flowy Orange Boho Pants, from vnssngn, Available at vintedcom, $8
Another website you should check out for chic new and vintage fashion is Farfetch. The company describes itself as “luxury fashion at your fingertips,” with options, for women, men, and children, from over 3,000 brands.
Reformation Floral-Print Jumpsuit, Available at farfetch.com, $290
Thrifting is all about the thrill of the hunt, the feeling you get when you unearth newly discovered treasure. Your neighborhood Goodwill can produce some of these gems, but sadly we can’t go in person right now with COVID-19. Luckily, you can head over to shopgoodwill.com to nab some antique, vintage, and secondhand gold.
What if you need clothes now, but don’t have the energy and/or desire to search for each item? Material World will do the work for you, as the company is “a personal styling service delivering pre-owned designer items at 90% off retail.” 90%! That’s a lot of savings for style.
Available at materialworldco, “5 pre-owned items, $29 styling fee, free shipping both ways. Your $29 styling fee is credited if you buy at least one item.”
It’s fun to shop a consignment store online, but LePrix takes it to the next level by offering a selection “curated by the best designer consignment boutiques in the world.” We’re talking over 600 stores, and you get free shipping with every purchase!
Ralph Lauren Black Label Size Large Cashmere Sweater, from , Available at leprix.com, $60
Beyond Retro has physical stores in the UK and Sweden, but with the magic of the internet, you can get in on their vintage goodness right at home. Think comfy tees and sweatshirts, stylish dresses, and more, from the 1960s to the 1990s.
1990s (Ikeda) Pinafore Dungarees, from , Available at beyondretro.com, $52.28
Swap.com offers thrifted items such as clothing for men, baby, children, and women (including maternity!), toys, and more, at great prices. You can also get rid of the items at home you no longer want, for a profit.
Grey Just Living Maternity Casual Pants, Size L, Available at swap.com, $11
Next on our list of secondhand websites you’ll want to shop from is LXRandCo. They specialize in luxury handbags, small goods, jewelry, and watches, keeping laser focused on carrying the best in their niche categories.
Hermes Guernesey Porte-cartes, Available at lxrco.com, $171.50
Calling itself “the most sustainable brand on earth,” The Vintage Twin features “hand-picked and reworked vintage” which you can shop on your own, or with the help of a stylist. The completely free service (no fees and no commitment) has you take a 90-second styling quiz, after which a stylist will send you a link to a collection curated just for you.
Champion Reverse Weave Tie Dye Sweatshirt, Available at thevintagetwin.com, $88
Our final suggestion for must-visit vintage/thrifted/secondhand shopping websites is EL CYCÈR. Never got that rad item from a luxury brand’s one-off collection? Now’s your chance to add it to your cart. Think throwback pink Dior monogram, Chanel sweats, Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse sneakers, and other unique finds.
Christian Dior Navy Diorissimo Waist Bag, Available at elcycervintage.com, $640