Best Online Thrift Stores to Buy (& Sell) Secondhand Clothes

Thrifting in person is always an adventure, and with so many online thrift stores and apps now available, purchasing used clothing has never been easier. Online options make secondhand shopping more accessible and considerably less frustrating if you are having trouble finding your size. For the best success, choose items with photos showing all sides of the garment, list measurements, type of material and condition.

Below is a guide to second-hand shopping online to help find your next preloved treasure. Happy browsing! 

Poshmark

Poshmark is a very popular and user-friendly website and app for secondhand items. Sellers and buyers have easy communication between them and it is simple to find specific items through their search functions. You can sort item searches by item type, brand, price range, condition and shipping.

Selling items is made easy with printable shipping labels and payment processing built into the app. 

-The Breakdown-
Great for: Women, Men, Kids, Accessories, Home, Pets, Designer
Available In: United States, Canada, Australia 
Size Range: XXS – 5X; petite, plus, maternity, junior 

Can you sell your clothes? Yes, through their app. While it is free to list items, Poshmark does take a fee from any sales.

Vinted

Vinted is a European website and app focused on peer to peer sales. It has the feel of a social media app with the organization and details of retail websites. Buyers can message sellers to see more photos, ask questions and finalize a sale. The app features an icon to save favourites to your board for inspiration or to save for later. You can sort item searches by item type, condition, proximity to you, colour and price.

There is a comment section on each item page where buyers can ask questions publicly for the seller to answer about the product.  Selling items is made easy with printable shipping labels and payment processing built into the app. 

-The Breakdown-
Great for: Women, Men, Kids & Baby, Accessories, Shoes, Beauty, Toys & Games
Available In: UK, United States, Canada, Europe
Size Range: XXXS – 3XL; No other size filters available.

Can you sell your clothes? Yes, through their app. It is free to list items and Vinted does not take any fees on sales. 

Where to buy secondhand clothing online

thredUP

thredUP is a thrift and consignment shop website that focuses on designer clothing and recognizable brands, as well as very affordable sales, with some items advertised as less than $5. You are purchasing from the website directly, and will not have contact with the original seller. 

If you’re looking to clean out your closet with some kickbacks, but aren’t as concerned about making money from your items, thredUP will send you a bag to fill up and sell them on your behalf. 

-The Breakdown-
Great for: Women, Shoes, Accessories, Kids, Designer
Available In: United States, Canada 
Size Range: XXS – 5XL; petite, plus, maternity, junior, tall

Can you sell your clothes?  Sort of – thredUP functions like a consignment shop, where the company assigns the cost of items that sell and will pay you through cash or credit, or you can donate to charitable partners. Currently only available to residents of the United States.

Thrifted

Thrifted is a London, UK based clothing website that focuses on designer, vintage and retro pieces. They focus on styles from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s as well as sportswear. Items are priced higher than other thrift stores and are often based on brand recognition. You’ll find unique and trendy vintage pieces rather than primarily new fast fashion, as found on many other websites. 

-The Breakdown-
Great for: Mens and Women’s Vintage, Designer, Sportswear
Available In: UK, Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and more
Size Range: XXS – 3XL; some categories only list up to an XL. No other size filters available. 

Can you sell your clothes? No 

Where to shop secondhand fashion online

Depop

Depop is an app based second-hand clothing platform that has the look and functionality of social media apps like Instagram. Searching for specific items is more difficult than other apps, as each seller might list items differently and you may need to message them for more information. You can search by brands and item type, and you’ll see suggested or similar items pop up as well to customize your feed. 

They offer a payment system or allow you to use Paypal, and the seller is responsible for shipping. 

-The Breakdown-
Great for: Womens, Mens, Jewelry, Accessories, Art, Home, Beauty, Kids, and more
Available In: UK, United States, Canada, Europe, International
Size Range: XXS – 4XL; some categories only list up to certain sizes. No other size filters available. 

Can you sell your clothes? Yes. It is free to list items through their app. When it sells, Depop takes 10% of the sale. 

Swap

Swap is a US based online consignment shop that focuses primarily on fast fashion with some designer clothing. Clothing can be filtered by material, colour, brand, condition, and price for easy searching. You are purchasing from the website directly, and will not have contact with the original seller.

Sellers are subject to the consignment fees, but are able to print prepaid labels for easy shipping within the United States.

-The Breakdown-
Great for: Women, Men, Kids & Baby, Shoes
Available In: United States
Size Range: XXS – 4X; plus, short, long, petite, maternity, juniors

Can you sell your clothes? Sort of – Swap functions like a consignment shop, where the company assigns the cost of items that sell and will pay you through cash or credit, or you can donate to charitable partners. Fees depend on the price of the sale, cash or credit methods and processing charges. 

Where to shop secondhand online

Beyond Retro

Beyond Retro is a UK based vintage clothing company that features used and up-cycled garments. While shipping is available worldwide, there are also store fronts available to UK based customers, as well as options to shop online and pick up in store. You’ll find unique and trendy vintage pieces rather than primarily new fast fashion, as found on many other websites. 

The website lists garment measurements, condition and fabrics for each garment, and also provides sorting by era and brand. 

-The Breakdown-
Great for: Women, Men, Sportswear, Accessories, Shoes, Vintage, Designer
Available In: UK, United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, International
Size Range: XS – XL; many sizes are estimated due to the nature of vintage and specific garment measurements are available. 

Can you sell your clothes? No

Netflea

Netflea functions like an online flea market for European customers and sellers. Sellers send items to a warehouse, where they are then sent to the buyer. Buyers can order multiple items from multiple sellers and receive their items in one parcel. Items are listed with size, colour, brand and condition. 

-The Breakdown-
Great for: Womens, Mens, Childrens, Accessories, Shoes, Sport Equipment, Designer
Available In: Europe
Size Range: XXS – 5XL; No other size filters available. 

Can you sell your clothes? Yes, you will send items directly to the warehouse, which will then be sent to the buyer. 

Worn Wear (Patagonia)

Patagonia is well known for crafting products that are aimed to work for life, and their Worn Wear project continues this by reselling used items that no longer serve the purchaser. Although only based in the United States right now, they are looking to expand the resale program. Items found on the Worn Wear website tend to be durable, high quality pieces such as jackets, fleece sweaters and gear, and they choose not to resell t-shirts, swimwear, socks and underwear. 

-The Breakdown-
Great for: Womens, Mens, Kids & Baby, Gear; all items are used Patagonia brand 
Available In: United States
Size Range: XXS – XXL

Can you sell your clothes? Sort of – Only Patagonia products are accepted for resale. The company will inspect each item and assign it a value if it fits their quality standards. You will be paid in credit once your items sell, which can be used on their websites or in their stores (US only). 


For more sustainable brands with secondhand online resale stores check out our guide to circular fashion brands.

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Christina is a settler living on Treaty No. 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is a Master Composter Recycler volunteer for the City of Edmonton and loves sharing knowledge and tips about composting, recycling and reducing waste. When she’s not saving bags of leaves from her neighbours garbage cans, she enjoys making jokes with Rapid Fire Theatre. Catch more of her thoughts on waste on her blog yegtrashtalk.wordpress.com

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