Times. Are. Wild.
We’re all quarantined to some degree and wondering what the future holds. Online shopping is suddenly becoming the safest way to get some retail therapy. There are a ton of online vintage and used clothing stores that will keep you shopping sustainably while you’re stuck at home. I’ve put together a list of unique businesses with a little something for everyone.
Thredup + Poshmark
These are the two major online retailers for consignment shopping. I can’t not mention them, but odds are that you’ve already heard of them. I love both, but I won’t go into too much detail since this post is meant to highlight businesses that you might not be familiar with.
Thredup is the self-proclaimed “world’s largest online secondhand clothing destination.” They’re constantly re-stocking and also offer a seasonal “goody box” with pre-selected items. Poshmark connects shoppers with “seller stylists” who offer secondhand clothes at a discount. You can shop by category and/or follow a seller if you vibe with their style. Some sellers offer discounts when you buy multiple items from them.
Photo: Ragstock Facebook
Ragstock has been recycling since before it was cool. Founded in the early 1950s with one location and a few employees, Ragstock now has several brick & mortar locations and a huge website. Their focus is on vintage, but they do have newer items available as well. They’re a great option for holiday wear, especially Halloween and Christmas.
Goodfair is an online vintage and used clothing store that focuses on fairly priced, recycled apparel. In order to keep prices low, they do things a little differently. Instead of listing single items, Goodfair sells in “bundles” of anywhere from three to nine pieces of clothing. You choose a bundle, like “Comfy Zone” or “Distressed Holy Grail Tee,” choose your size, and that’s it. Prices range from $20-$85.
Photo: Ballyhoo Vintage Instagram
Ballyhoo Vintage is a small business with a huge collection of vintage clothing. They specialize in unworn stock items and handpick every piece. You can find items from the 1930s through the 1990s, for women, men and children. They also have a “Vintage Living” section and sell sewing patterns. Get free (domestic) shipping when you spend $100 or more.
Depop connects independent sellers with shoppers. They do have a website, but it works best when you download the app. When you sign up, they ask a few questions about your style, preferred brands and size. Once you’re set up, it feels like a second Instagram. Depop is a great way to live green while supporting independent creators + small business.
The RealReal is on a mission to make luxury fashion sustainable. They buy designer clothing + bags and then sell them at a discount online. The company has also set a goal to go carbon neutral by 2021. If you want to live more sustainably without giving up on trendy, designer goods, the RealReal is a great option.
Photo: Golden Trash Instagram
Golden Trash is an Instagram-based shop that concentrates mainly on 90s and early 2000s fashion, though they do sell older items as well. They handpick every piece and shipping is always free! Throw them a follow for posts just as sassy as they are sustainable.
The online vintage and used clothing stores in this post are my favorites because they bring something different to the table and strive to make fashion more eco-friendly. Send me a message or leave a comment if you have a favorite retailer that I should check out.