These Secondhand Fashion Services Will Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

These 13 Secondhand Fashion Platforms Will Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

What’s old is new again—for your personal style and for the health of the planet. Give your wardrobe a sustainable makeover with secondhand shopping.

With an estimated £140 million worth (around 350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfills in the UK every year, there’s a tonne of pre-loved shopping apps out there whose mission it is to make secondhand your first choice.

And “old” business is booming. The secondhand economy is now worth more than $24 billion. Currently, online garment resale sites are growing faster than the fast fashion industry, which it’s expected to double in the next 10 years. 

Here are the most loveable of the pre-loved apps, sites, shops, and services.

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1. Depop

The fave of fashion lovers of all ages and aesthetics, Depop is probably the most well-known and well-used secondhand clothing app. With over 11 million users, log on to find anything and everything from vintage sweater vests and classic Converse to last season Louboutins. One of the things that make Depop so popular is that the app mimics Instagram, making it super easy to navigate your way around and buy and sell. It has a real community feel, offering a platform for e-commerce sellers looking to grow their fashion empires, offering great start-up tips to newbies.

Depop is the fashion marketplace app where the next generation comes to discover unique items–including A-list celebs. With a global community buying, selling, and connecting to make fashion more inclusive, diverse, and less wasteful. A great way to access the wardrobes of fashion bloggers, influencers, and collectors whilst making money recycling your unwanted clothing, Depop is more than a second-hand clothing app. It’s a next-generation global community making fashion more inclusive, diverse, and sustainable. 

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Vestiaire Collective Raises €178 Million to Grow Sustainable Secondhand Shopping Platform
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2. Vestiaire Collective

In spite of its Parisian DNA, the Vestiaire Collective commands an international community of more than 7 million. These fashion-savvy members in 50 countries buy and sell luxury pre-loved clothing. From its conception, the secondhand apparel app’s aim was to get high-end fashion pieces out of closets and back into circulation. Its resale model is based on a carefully curated catalogue of designer brands – Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, and Celine to name just a few – that are all checked for quality and authenticity. On a daily basis, more than 3000 “new” items are uploaded by sellers, meaning that there is a constant source of high-quality womenswear, menswear, and accessories for fashion addicts needing their next fix! Good to know – Vestiaire Collective offers a 10% discount for students who love big brands but have small wallets. Recently, valued at over $1 billion, the uber-unicorn of pre-loved is ploughing funds into upping app technology.

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These Secondhand Fashion Services Will Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

3. Vinted

Now an online marketplace with more than 37 million users, Vinted started off small. Lithuanian Milda was moving house in 2008 and had too many clothes to take with her. Her mate Justas built a website so she could give away her clothes to friends. Today, Vinted helps sustainable shoppers in the UK, US, and Europe sell, buy, and swap secondhand wardrobe items for men, women, and kids. With a focus on high street brands such as Zara, Boohoo, and New Look, Vinted offers a younger demographic to access guilt-free fast fashion. Super simple to work your way around, the app also offers the option to swap rather than buy and sell clothes. Plus, unlike many of the other resale apps, it’s free to list. 

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These Secondhand Fashion Services Will Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

4. eBay

Do not underestimate the fantastic fashion fare to be found on this old-school online auction site. Providing a platform to bag a bargain on secondhand clothing, shoes, jewellery, and bags too, eBay has upped its game with app features such as new item alerts and a search by your phone camera function. As eBay’s Head of Preloved, Emma Grant, recently told Cosmopolitan, “People are truly beginning to realise that simply by buying second-hand and extending the life-span of a piece of clothing, they can make a huge difference to the environment.” 

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Balenciaga, Stella McCartney Join The RealReal's Luxury Fashion Recycling Program
ReCollection 01 Dries Van Noten floral blazer Photo: courtesy

5. The RealReal

Another “scrappy start up,” nowadays The RealReal is both a virtual and bricks and mortar second hand luxury clothing marketplace. As well as 16 retail locations in the US, where customers can sell, get expert advice, and valuations, the app offers pre-loved high end women’s, men’s and kid’s fashion online. With hundreds of professionals – brand authenticators, gemologists, and horologists –assessing the quality of thousands of items each day, you can rest assured that you will be purchasing the RealReal deal. Check out The RealReal’s first upcycled capsule collection featuring brands such as Dries van Noten and Balenciaga.

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These Secondhand Fashion Services Will Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

6. thredUp

ThredUp describes itself as “an online consignment and thrift store for your closet, your wallet, and the planet.” With an impressive A to Z of over 35,000 brands – think Adidas and Abercrombie to Zac Posen and Zara – the focus is on shopping smart and sustainably. The app provides a super easy resale experience, plus offers up to 90% off estimated retail value for women’s and kids’ secondhand apparel. So far, this champion of the circular economy has processed 100M garments, displaced 1B lbs of CO2e, and cut $3.3 billion off the estimated retail value of secondhand sales.

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These Secondhand Fashion Services Will Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

7. Tradesy

Tradesy offers you the fashion freedom to sell new, unloved, or old, pre-loved pieces to fund your next shopping spree. The app makes it easy to list high to low-end garments and accessories in minutes, even offering gratis image enhancement. When you make a sale, you get sent a pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping kit, complete with beautiful packaging and – joy of joys – the company processes returns so you don’t have the hassle. Important to know, Tradesy does deduct a flat commission fee of $7.50 for sold items less than $50. On sold items $50 or more, the brand deducts at a rate of 19.8%.

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These Secondhand Fashion Services Will Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

8. Hardly Ever Worn It

An excellent space for those looking to wardrobe detox or declutter, Hardly Ever Worn It (HEWI) makes secondhand clothing selling a seamless experience. Specialising in designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children, this app has tonnes of approval and authentification processes in place to make sure you get what you pay for. Plus, HEWI is fond of a celebrity collaboration so offers the opportunity to snap up your big screen crush’s Saint Laurent.

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These Secondhand Fashion Services Will Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

9. Rebag

Love luxury handbags but not the prices? Rebag sells authentic second-hand arm candy for a fraction of the original price. Plus, you can sell you pre-owned bags and put the proceeds towards your new purchase. In terms of selling, the bag does need to be in tip top condition. Once you’e received a quote, you’ll receive 100% of the cash as soon as you’ve sent the item in. From Stella McCartney’s Falabella Vegan Snake Skin Mini to a Chanel Deauville Raffia Tote, there’s a large array of prices, brands, colours, and information available. Even better, the company bags further “green” points by offering as much as 80% credit on bags that are bought and sold via Rebag within a year. 

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Nike Takes a Big Step Forward for Sustainability: Selling Used Shoes
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10. StockX

Desperate to get your hands onto – and your feet into – the Nike Sacai Vapor Waffle in tan? Then head to StockX, the site for the sustainable sneaker and streetwear fan. Whether you’re after Yeezys, Retro Jordans, and Adidas or Gucci, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton, this app is heaven for footwear freaks. StockX is a new concept in circularity – a live ‘bid/ask’ marketplace. Buyers place bids, sellers place asks, and when the two match, it’s magic! Well, actually a transaction happens automatically. So it is kind of magic.

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These Secondhand Fashion Services Will Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

11. My Wardrobe HQ

A genius garment rental service, My Wardrobe HQ (MWHQ) offers up classic icons, missed highlights from seasons past, and everything high-end item in between. You can wear your rented outfit for 4 to 14 days and send it back via a pre-paid shipping process. What about the boring stuff like ironing, dry cleaning, etc? MWHQ takes care of that too. And what if you fall in love and just can’t say goodbye? Get in touch via the app and see if you can adopt. MWHQ believes it can extend the life of a garment by up to 15 times. Plus, the company plants a tree for every transaction. So get renting. 

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Neiman Marcus and Fashionphile Expand Luxury Resale Services In Sustainability Push

12. Fashionphile

White-glove resale service Fashionphile is available in select Neiman Marcus department stores and expanding. It’s got a big focus on handbags and accessories. The company helps shoppers list, sell, and buy luxury items at a fraction of the cost they’d pay for them new. And expect to see the company expand—Neiman Marcus is a minorty stakeholder in the brand eyeing a circular luxury secondhand market as a big part of its future.

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Sustainable Fashion Comes to 50 Asda Stores In Vintage Secondhand Pop-Ups

13. Asda x Preloved Vintage Wholesale

Leading UK supermarket chain Asda has embraced secondhand style in 50 locations. A partnership with the Preloved Vintage Wholesale brand, its George clothing sections are now offering consumers secondhand goods for a fraction of the price.

“We know that sustainable fashion is something that’s really important to our customers and colleagues,” said Mel Wilson, George at Asda’s global professional lead—sustainable sourcing and quality. “They’re passionate about us encouraging everyone in the U.K. to think about the issues of waste and how we can make fashion and textiles more circular, so that we really can reduce the number of garments that go into landfill.”

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