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A guide to online thrift shopping

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best secondhand websites and how tips on how to shop them. Want more? We talk about this topic in episode 4 of our thrift podcast.

ThredUP (enjoy $10 first purchase with this link)
Village Discount Outlet
The Real Real
Offer Up
Facebook Marketplace
ASOS Marketplace
Everything but the House

How to make the most of our your secondhand purchase online:

Know your measurements: whether you’re shopping for clothing or furniture online, knowing the necessary measurements will ensure that your next favorite coat or dresser will fit nicely. If the item does not list the measurements, contact the store or seller and request that information before making your purchase.

Take advantage of discount codes and referral programs: be sure to sign up for email lists and texts to receive notifications for free shipping or sales. If a store offers a referral program like ThredUp, share your referral code with friends and family to and you both earn credits. If a store has a high free shipping minimum, shop online with a friend and split the shipping cost.

Use search filters wisely: online secondhand stores tend to have large volumes of inventory so things can get pretty overwhelming rather quickly. We recommend narrowing it down to a very specific item, brand, or size.

Stick to brands you already love: if you’re hesitant to buy something because you can’t return it or try it on, use the search filters to browse brands and styles you know well. Already being familiar with a brand’s quality and sizing will reduce the element of surprise when you receive your item in the mail.

Read each store’s policy: you’d be surprised to find that some stores actually accept returns. Take a moment to read the store policy before you make a purchase.

Shop items new with tags: to get the most out of your online purchase, browse for items that are new with tags.