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Secondhand Clothes Shopping Sites Cater to Frugal Fashionistas

Oct. 10, 2014
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When shopping online, you don’t have to pay full price to get stylish garments from your favorite designers. Several community-based, mobile and traditional used clothing retailers have popped up online, allowing you to grab great deals on barely used basic and luxury labels. If you’re shopping for secondhand clothes, there’s a lot more out there than just eBay. Check out these 10 sites to find used fashion at a discount.

Traditional online retailers


The California-based thredUP offers women’s and children’s clothing (both boys and girls), as well as shoes and handbags, at up to 90% off new prices. You can find $70 cocktail dresses for under $20 and stylish sweaters for $12 or less. Offering clothing only in like-new condition, the site features top brands like J.Crew, H&M, Gymboree, Levi’s and Gap, and you can select from designer labels like Kate Spade, Ella Moss and Tory Burch in its X Collection. Free shipping is available on orders of at least $50, and returns are accepted within 30 days.


Twice sells women’s clothing, shoes and handbags from popular labels such as Ann Taylor, American Apparel, J.Crew, Kate Spade, Banana Republic and Ralph Lauren. With a broad range of prices, Twice offers great choices for all kinds of budgets. You can find $30 shirts for under $9 and pants marked down from $50 to only $11, or at the higher end, a $1,425 dress for under $400. The store only accepts items less than 5 years old in recent and popular styles from classic brands. Sign up for daily emails to get 10% off. Twice accepts returns on U.S. orders within 30 days.


Tradesy offers women’s clothing, bags, shoes and accessories. The site has a good collection of formal wear, including suits and even wedding dresses. Although the focus is on women’s clothing, you can occasionally find some children’s items and groomswear as well. There’s a broad range of prices, with tops and dresses under $20 and luxury labels in the hundreds. The site offers free shipping and returns, and a free iPhone app is also available.


One of the few secondhand retailers to feature exclusively men’s clothing, shoes and accessories, Grailed comes in two versions: Grailed, for high-end designer pieces, and Grailed Basic, for mainstream brands like J. Crew, Brooks Brothers and Uniqlo. With a large selection of items over $100, Grailed isn’t the least expensive used clothing retailer you’ll find, but it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for men’s fashion.

Community-based marketplaces


Threadflip offers a community-based approach to buying and selling used clothing. The site lets you choose women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes and bags directly from the items’ previous owners. With a minimum asking price of $10, the store offers great discounts on fashionable items, and through its interactive nature, you can encourage sellers to lower their prices by “liking” their pieces. Take the site’s style quiz to find and follow users with similar taste. Once you’ve set up a profile, Threadflip customizes your shopping experience by showing you products that are available in your size, preferred colors and favorite styles. Shop carefully, because sellers are only required to accept returns on items that are faulty, fake or falsely advertised.


Stocked with both women’s and men’s fashion, Dresm offers a broad selection and friendly prices. Designed for clothing too new for thrift shops but rejected by high-end consignment stores, the site lets individuals set up their own online shops, and purchases are managed through PayPal. You can find items under $10, and prices rarely exceed $100. Although the site doesn’t offer a traditional return policy, any item you buy can be relisted with no listing fee.

Mobile platforms


The app-based Poshmark lets you buy and sell women’s clothing through your phone. Users upload photos of the items they want to sell, and potential buyers attend “virtual shopping parties” to find items grouped by label or type, like designer handbags or cocktail dresses. But you don’t need a phone to join Poshmark — the online shop is also available to visitors browsing the Internet on their computers.


Available as an app, Copious lets you buy used clothes and bags from other users. Accounts are linked to Facebook to verify identities, and you can follow your social network to see what your friends are putting on sale.

High-end labels


The SnobSwap lets you buy and swap designer women’s clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories from and with other users on the site. You can choose items by condition ranging from new and like-new to well-worn. While you can grab some items in the lower range, like an $8 top, the site also features high-end labels like Armani, Christian Dior and Chanel, with price tags over $1,000. Stick to the sale selection to find the most reasonable prices.


The luxury consignment retailer the RealReal offers up to 90% off on a broad selection of women’s and men’s clothing, fine jewelry, watches and fine art. The site features high-end labels like Chanel, Hermès, Manolo Blahnik and Cartier.

Written by Melinda Szell

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