Buying pre-loved clothing and furniture is as popular as ever - and for many reasons!
Whether you're trying to save money, concerned about the environmental impact of ‘fast’ fashion and new furniture, or simply because you prefer finding unique pieces that most people won’t have - any of these reasons are good enough to get hunting.
Not everyone lives near op-shops, and, to be honest, not all of them are great! It can be a little frustrating trying to find a needle in a haystack. For this reason, having online options is really useful.
Here’s a list of some great online stores that sell or give away clothes for adults and kids, and also furniture.
This has to be my favourite and probably one of the better known sites too. You can find so much on here from Vintage, handmade and new clothes, jewellery, furniture, toys, books, the list goes on! There are sellers from all over the world and you will most certainly find something quite special on here, I know I have many times. You can also sign up to be a seller yourself, but if you’re just wanting to sell off the clothes you don’t wear anymore, make sure they’re of great quality to match the competition of this marketplace.
Think of Freecycle but with a few less restrictions and a whole lot easier to use - I've found Freecycle a little tricky. Ziilch is Australia-wide so technically if you lived in Sydney, but saw something in Melbourne that you wanted, you could ‘buy’ it, whereas Freecycle you are put into a group depending on where you live, and you can only give away and pick up from that area.
All you need to do is sign up as a member, which is free - you can then search items that you're looking for, or 'sell' things yourself. Everything is FREE!
This is a predominantly kids site, but there’s an adult category. It’s a little sparse, but I’m guessing they're looking to grow that area of the site. There’s an option where you can see if Reloved would be interested in buying your pre-loved clothes - you can then get store credit or a percentage of the sale.
When the 'Marketplace' part of the Asos website came out, I was very happy! It’s certainly where the cool kids go to dress. There’s a real mix of styles and the site definitely funks up the clothes!
A good thing about the Marketplace is that it’s worldwide, so the choice is far greater than a lot of other site. They do also have small independent labels on this part of Asos, which are not preloved, so just be aware incase you are looking for only secondhand.
Originally 'Round She Goes' is a fashion market that’s held twice a year in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. It’s a market that’s brimming with preloved and vintage fashion and accessories.
The online shop has been a natural progression from the markets, and there’s a real community feel to it. Emma who is the founder has a complete passion for preloved, you can tell this is her life! It's quite lovely when you see that.
This site is a bit more high end fashion, with some designer labels at really good prices! But it’s not all high fashion, there’s also the everyday pair of jeans too.
You can also sign up and become a seller on this site too, so if you have some gems in your closet this might be the place!
A UK based site that delivers internationally with a passion for all things vintage! Not everything on this site is preloved, some is Vintage inspired. There are some lovely pieces on this site, but it is quite a niche market, so it won’t be suited to everyone.
I love this site and have ordered from them twice. It’s mainly a kids store, but there are a few womens' clothes on there too.
The clothes are a great price and always in amazing condition. When ours arrived, they were all packaged up in brown paper and ribbon, and smelled amazing - it’s these small touches that impress us as consumers, and what makes us goes back again.
Obviously eBay has to be on this list, as it’s been around for a long time now, and you can get some pretty nice things on there. It has its place in the secondhand market, but more and more the new items are outweighing the preloved. You can however buy pretty much anything on there from clothes to cars, computers to Stamps! It’s a good place to sell, as sometimes you can get way more than what you expected - if you have the right bidders, but equally you can get nothing too!
I debated on whether to put this on the list, but decided to as I buy so much from these pages! Most towns and suburbs have their own 'Buy Sell & Swap' groups on Facebook. You can get some real bargains from them too. I tend to get most of the kids' clothes from there, and a lot of their toys too. I’ve also bought clothes for myself and my husband. You do have to be on the page and waiting for something to be posted, and jump on it, as so many people are on there - This is pretty annoying at times, as most of us have better things to do. But it seems to work well, certainly around where I live everybody uses it, and it’s quite the norm to ask where someone got something, and they respond - Buy Sell Swap!