Thrift online? Here’s how to save big on second-hand purchases
If you’ve ever been thrifting, you’re familiar with the highs and lows. There’s a lot of sifting before you unearth a hidden gem — and, even then, it’s a gamble whether your special find happens to be your size or fit.
That’s why we’re thrilled about one of the latest savvy shopping trends, online thrifting: A concept that zeroes in on the good associated with thrifting, like low prices and the eco-friendly habit of recycling clothes. But, unlike actual in-store thrifting, you can search for what you need, rather than stumbling upon something you might like while on your quest to find, say, a perfect pair of denim.
Here’s the 411 on online thrifting and second-hand shopping, along with where you can find great deals:
eBay: This online marketplace open for bids revolutionized the second-hand market years ago. And while new “online thrift shops” have popped up, eBay remains a great site to bookmark under your deals tab. You’ll be able to bid on everything from jewelry and art to electronics and sporting goods. Plus, earn 1 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com when you shop at eBay.
Why we love it: You can stay on budget by setting a limit for what you want to bid on your finds.
thredUP: You’ll save up to 90 percent off retail price on second-hand, name brand clothing at this online consignment shop that is surging in popularity. You can search thousand of items by category or by brand, including faves like Kate Spade, J Brand, Hanna Andersson, Lululemon and more. There’s special sections for maternity clothes, handbags, shoes, and kids clothes.
Why we love it: You can make money on this site, too. Request a “clean-out kit” to send in your clothes, which should be in excellent condition, on-trend and in-season and be from a top brand. (Some faves that sell well include Theory and J. Crew).
Groupon: We’re about to reveal a savings hat trick: Search Groupon for deals at second-hand stores nearby your neighborhood. You’ll find deep discounts shopping second-hand; plus you’ll save even more; and you’ll earn Cash Back on your Groupon purchases with ShopAtHome.com. From reclaimed art supplies to discounts at local consignment shops, Groupon is full of thrifting deals.
Why we love it: Groupon helps you support local businesses in your neighborhood.
The Attic: You won’t just find designer clothes at this online consignment shop. You’ll also find a curated vintage collection with unique pieces. This store started in a Pennsylvania college town and now operates online, too, with clothes, housewares and accessories that aren’t sold in the brick-and-mortar shops.
Why we love it: Adding a unique vintage piece to your closet is a fun way to set your wardrobe apart. You’ll find plenty of fun, “from-the-past” pieces online.