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Shop second-hand with 100 per cent success thanks to our online picks
Thrift shopping isn’t always a straightforward journey, it can send you into a rabbit hole of unnecessary purchases – or extreme frustration – when you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for. But when you do finally land that three-seat sofa or designer dress for a fraction of the price, there’s no greater joy. Plus, you’ve also stopped something potentially ending up in landfill. To save you heartache and reduce those impulse buys, we’ve curated a guide of the best online vintage stores right now. And the best part is you don’t need to leave the comfort of your couch to shop!
It’ll come as no great surprise that this auction giant is on the list but when it comes to buying – and selling – it really is hard to go past. From homewares to winter coats and boots, the sheer number of users – locally and globally – means you’re bound to always find what you’re looking for.
An all-round favourite, Gumtree is especially good for tracking down items nearby that are a little harder to send in the post, like furniture or a fridge. And like EBay, it’s also super easy to list items you no longer need or use too. All hail the circular economy.
They might not be the first things that spring to mind but pre-loved and buy/swap/sell groups are all the rage on these two platforms. A quick search should help you find ones in your ‘hood or that pique your specific interests like kids clothing, furniture or accessories. Ask your network for their favourites and then share the love.
Whether you’re in the market for some pre-loved Chanel (#investmentpiece) or a designer trench coat (#capsulewardrobe), Vestiaire Collective has you covered. You’ll need to sign up to gain access to the goodies, and if you’ve had little luck finding that wardrobe staple (#30wears) in the second-hand department you can also buy new items too.
As far as we’re concerned Etsy is a gold mine of sustainable and ethical finds. From artisan producers to vintage stores across all types of categories, it’s truly got the lot. Just don’t blame us if you lose hours of your life trawling!
Impressionist art, vintage designer, one-off pieces of furniture; if you’ve got the means, 1stdibs has the loot. We’re talking Matisse lithographs to 1950s Rolexes and original George Nelson desk clocks.
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