Sustainability and frugality are the fashion buzzwords to live by
Thrifting is super fun! It’s also awesome for the environment (duh, you’re buying something already made that needs a new home) and you may even make a little money doing it. Pre pandemic times, I enjoyed making a day of it and going to local markets and stores such as Rosebowl Flea Market or Decades Inc. Thankfully thrifting has become more mainstream online due to the prominence of major online players like The Real Real, Rebag, Depop, and Vestaire Collective as well as fashion’s change in focus towards more sustainable practices. That means it’s EASIER than ever for you to join in on the fun and make positive changes towards fixing our broken fashion and consumer systems which combine to create one of the most wasteful industries on the planet. Check out the five outlets below, how to use them, and why I like them for my consigning, reselling, and upcycling needs.
While you're here, you can learn more about The Green New Deal and how it works to create new jobs and clean up our environment through generation-defining policies.
1. The Real Real - The largest online platform for luxury and contemporary goods. They have EVERY designer you could imagine and because of their reach, items you list sell very quickly. I make it a point to check The Real Real before I purchase any new items. They most likely have it or something similar. Consigning is easy with a prepaid label they send you, then they appraise, price, and list your items. They send back or donate your items that don't work for their customers. Simple and quick!
2. ThredUp - Almost as popular and as well known as The Real Real but for non-luxury goods, is ThredUp. Think J.Crew and other mid-tier brands. They will send you a bag with a prepaid label too! All items will be appraised, priced, and listed. They then send back your unwanted items or donate them on your behalf.
3. Poshmark - I JUST started using this site and within ½ a day I sold my first item! It’s addicting! There is a lot more work involved to get your items on there: taking pictures of each item mulitple times as a flat shot, on a body or mannequin, plus pricing the items, putting in all the details, and creating the listing in its entirety. The good news is you set your own prices and Poshmark takes a nominal fee from your purchases vs. the above two sites that take 30%-40%.
4. Etsy - I have been a long time fan of Etsy, it’s my fine jewelry secret spot….sssshhhhh! I don’t sell things on there BUT I do find great items. In particular, vintage tees and hoodies, two staples of my wardrobe. This site is a wonderful way to support small businesses, friends’ side hustles, and discover new brands.
5. Good Will Stores - Thank goodness this place is still open! If I am very certain that I cannot sell the items, then I certainly do not want them to end up in a landfill. I make two to three donations to the Good Will of SoCal stores within a year. It’s a write off that you can manage easily during tax time. If you buy higher end items like I do, it’s pretty easy to get to that write off tier where it is beneficial to your tax return.
I would like to give honorable mention to Craigslist. I don't use it for fashion but I do use it for home goods and sporting goods. I have successfully furnished many apartments with items I have found on there and I have purchased surfboards, skateboards, and bikes. It's truly a massive market and free to list on.
What are some of your online or local spots to buy and resale fashion? Drop me a line at email@example.com with your suggestions.