Shopping second hand or vintage is a bit like a treasure hunt. To find the hidden gems, you often have to dig, scour, examine, research, and occasionally make some wrong turns along the way. But what once required hours of sorting through racks of clothing and shelves of shoes, bags, and homewares, we now have access to from the comfort of our own homes, with the ease and convenience that is online shopping. Wondering where to buy second hand clothing? Whether online or in your local area, we’ve done the work for you by putting together this guide.
In our globalised world dominated by fast fashion giants, buying vintage and second hand provides a refreshing (and not to mention, more sustainable!) way to shop. It allows us to add items to our wardrobe without using additional resources in the manufacturing process, to give unwanted items a second life, and to discover unique and special pieces along the way. As sustainable and ethical consumption resonates with more and more people, vintage and second hand fashion has become increasingly popular. People who once turned their nose up at the idea of using someone else’s hand-me-downs are quickly converting for both price and the planet, which we love to see!
In our globalised world dominated by fast fashion giants, buying vintage and second hand provides a refreshing (and not to mention, more sustainable!) way to shop.
So whether you are new to the pre-loved market or an experienced thifter, we have put together a comprehensive guide on where to buy second hand clothing to help you find your next vintage treasure in person or online.
Where to buy second hand clothing online
A peer-to-peer platform that allows you to buy and sell luxury items. Vestiaire’s items are independently authenticated and evaluated to ensure the described condition matches the actual item you receive.
thredUP (US and Canada only)
A popular online second hand shopping destination boasting 15,000 new arrivals daily. It is the world’s largest fashion resale marketplace with over 35k brands—from Gap to Gucci—at up to 90% off retail prices.
Thrift+ (UK only)
A social venture that sells your donated clothes for you and splits all profits equally between you and your nominated charity, while also boasting a huge selection of second hand items to buy.
A global platform that offers a curated selection of pre-loved luxury items looking for new homes. You can even search by pre-owned ‘Positively Conscious’ pieces, which is part of the project we at Good On You teamed up with FarFetch to curate.
Empowering consignors and buyers to extend the life of luxury items, the RealReal is a popular luxury reseller that offers a large collection of authenticated designer pieces.
Reluv (AU only)
Reluv is one of Australia’s largest online retailers of secondhand clothing and accessories. From new with tags to gently used, plus size to premium brands, if you are looking to shop for clothing and minimise your impact on the planet then Reluv is for you!
Zalando Pre-Owned (Spain, Germany, Poland, France, Belgium, and The Netherlands)
Launched in September, Zalando’s Pre-Owned is closing the gap between new and pre-owned clothes for European customers, all with unmatched convenience in the usual Zalando fashion.
Mottanai Clothing (AU and NZ only)
Mottainai Clothing is an online thrift store located in Australia. It sells affordable pre-loved garments at up to 90% off retail price in a range of conditions and sizes. “Mottainai is a Japanese concept that encourages us to use our belongings for their entire effective lifespan. We believe this can be applied to our consumption of clothing, in order to help reduce the environmental impacts of the fashion industry.”
The fashion of today largely becomes the waste of tomorrow, and Australia-based Airrobe is tackling this urgent problem through tech innovation—creating a new way to shop and a new way to extend the life of your purchases.
Re-Fashion (UK only)
Re-Fashion believes the future of fashion is circular and wants to eliminate clothes waste. For good. That’s why they resell pre-loved pieces for up to 85% off the original price. Better yet, every purchase raises funds for charity!
The go-to place to buy and sell pre-loved maternity wear and kids’ clothing. Kids grow so fast, so second hand just makes sense for the little ones!
Patagonia is a forerunner in sustainable fashion, and their Worm Wear used clothing program reiterates that. Find a wide selection of clothes that are either directly second hand, repaired, or even completely recrafted, because “the best thing we can do for the planet is cut down on consumption and get more use out of stuff we already own”.
A peer-to-peer social shopping app, commonly used by fashion bloggers, where you can list items that you are selling, and purchase from other users.
Vinted (EU only)
Gain access to a large online community where you can buy and sell pre-loved clothing, boasting 25 million members, thousands of brands, and a whole lot of second hand style.
Poshmark (US and Canada only)
A social commerce marketplace to buy and sell new and used clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Old school sites like eBay and Gumtree have stood the test of time for a reason. The auction format always gives you a shot at getting pieces for less than you originally thought, if you’re lucky!
Second hand store directories
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, there are plenty of guides and directories that help you locate second hand and vintage stores near you for the classic thrifting experience. Here are a few to browse:
A global directory of vintage and second hand shops recommended by the host of the Pre-Loved Podcast.
A detailed list of Australian stores selling goods for the community and charitable organisations.
A curated and comprehensive US thrift store directory; whether you are looking for a particular item, specialty store, or a consignment store in a particular city or state.
Clearing out your closet? Here’s our tips on how to sell used clothes.