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Nine Places to Shop for Secondhand Clothes Online in 2021

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Wondering where the best places to shop for secondhand clothes online are? Here are nine sites that make online shopping easy!

A common theme in any discussion about ethical shopping and ethical fashion is that it’s far too expensive for the average person to shop ethically.  I won’t lie, ethical clothing does tend to be more expensive than its fast fashion, mass-produced counterparts.

There is simply no getting around the fact that if you want to buy ethically produced and fairly made new clothing that respects the rights of the garment workers, then you do need to spend a little more.

However, if you want to shop ethically on a tiny budget then don’t forget that the single most ethical and sustainable way to buy clothes is to shop secondhand.

Where to Shop for Secondhand Clothes Online

Shopping secondhand isn’t always easy.  Maybe rummaging around a charity shop doesn’t sound appealing to you. Or perhaps you’re too time-poor to amble around your local charity shops. Maybe it’s impossible to find the sizes you want in your average charity shop.  The good news is that there are heaps of ways to shop for preloved secondhand clothes online.  Here are nine to start you off:

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eBay

Ahh, eBay*.  eBay is possibly one of my favorite places to shop for secondhand clothes online.

I’m sure everyone knows what eBay is and does, but perhaps you haven’t used it yet.  Well, eBay can be a veritable goldmine for secondhand clothes online.  I feel like anything you could ever want or need is on eBay.  To be honest, most of my online secondhand shopping, nay, most of my wardrobe has come from eBay.  It’s the first place I look when I’m in need of something.  A lot of the time I don’t need to look any further than eBay.  However, eBay can be a little overwhelming for beginners so see my top eBay buying tips here.

I do have a few eBay niggles.  Photography quality can vary, and item specifics can be scant, depending on the seller.  Many sellers don’t offer a returns service.  And you can only combine postage if you are buying multiple items from the same seller.  In the last few years, it also feels like eBay has become awash with brand new clothing direct from China.

You definitely do need to be on your toes with eBay.  That being said, you can pick up some great bargains if you’re prepared to search.  And particularly if you are prepared to come back when the auction is ending to bid.  The good news is that in the last few years, more and more sellers have started to offer Buy It Now options.  This allows you to bypass the auction format completely.

Oxfam Online

Want to shop secondhand but still support a charity?  Try Oxfam online*!  Here you’ll find women’s clothing and accessories, as well as mens, kids, and vintage secondhand clothes online.  Essentially, everything that you can find in your local Oxfam shop is online.

Easy to navigate, you can filter by category, size, brand, price, colour, and condition.  So much so, I personally find things are easier to find on the Oxfam website rather than in-store!  I’ve also found women’s clothing going up to a size 28.

Unlike eBay, where the photography can be hit or miss depending on the seller, everything on Oxfam is photographed well.  Everything is shot from multiple angles, so you can get a clear view of your potential purchase.

Items are reasonably priced, although I feel a little more expensive than in-store.  It’s made up by the fact that delivery is just £3.95, no matter how many items you order.  For extra peace of mind, returns are free.  You also get the added bonus that your purchase is supporting a good cause.

Depop

Depop is new to me and I haven’t made a purchase yet.  Although I have spent a little while browsing the app.  I must say, I have been enjoying its Instagram-meets-eBay style format.

What I do like about Depop for buying secondhand clothes online is that if you find something you like you can buy it straight away.  None of this having to remember to come back at a specific time on a specific day to bid, like with eBay.  With Depop’s fixed-price format you also know how much something is, which can make it easier to budget.  That being said, I think you are more likely to get a bargain with the eBay auction-style format compared to Depop’s fixed price model.

I initially found it harder to find what I was looking for on Depop as the search function isn’t great.  Unlike eBay, sellers are allowed to use other brand names in their listings.  This meant that trying to find an item from a specific brand via the search function can be quite tricky.

I found I was having to wade through a load of items. That was until I happened the filter (on the search screen).  This allows you to filter your search results based on category, size, brand, and price.  This makes for a much better Depop experience!

Depop doesn’t encourage sellers to list item specifics so there is very limited information available.  You will need to message sellers to find out what the item is made of, for example.

Vinted

Vinted is a new-ish site where you buy, sell, and swap clothes, shoes, and accessories online.  It’s broadly similar to Depop, in that’s it a fixed-price format.  However, unlike eBay and Depop, where sellers pay to sell, on Vinted, buyers pay to buy.

Buyers pay a service fee of 3% to 8% of the item’s price, plus a “fixed fee” of 30p to 80p on top of their purchase.  Why the “fixed fee” is variable is something I don’t understand!

Vinted says that all buyer fees are clearly visible at the checkout, so there are no nasty surprises.  They say this fee covers payment processing and protection for your order, in-app postage options and tracking, and support from the Vinted team in case anything goes wrong.

I’m not too sure I’m a fan of the pay-to-buy format.  I also dislike the sliding fee scale, which is only visible come checkout time (making it hard to budget as you are browsing) so I personally haven’t purchased from Vinted yet.

ASOS Vintage

If vintage is your bag then try ASOS Vintage* where you can browse thousands of quality vintage items for men and women.  You can filter by size, colour, style, and material to hone down on a specific item.  Items are very well photographed, on actual models, which is something I always appreciate in order to anticipate how it might look on me!

When buying on ASOS vintage you do buy from individual sellers, so you will have to pay the shipping on each individual item unless you buy from a single seller.

Etsy

Etsy* is a veritable goldmine for secondhand clothes online. From vintage clothing for every occasion (even wedding dresses) to secondhand clothing that has been upcycled by creative artists. If you are in the UK, my top tip is to use the filter to only search for shops within the UK to avoid potentially pricey customs charges.

Rokit

Rokit* has a vast collection of pre-worn vintage & designer secondhand clothes in the UK that can be bought online. From sports, street, designer to vintage, whatever your style, Rokit stock it. And with a vast inventory, covering sizes XXS to XXL, Rokit’s size inclusivity is something to applaud.

Every item is cleaned and pressed before being added to the web page or sent to the store, meaning no nasty surprises either.

They have also developed our own Rokit Originals Range. This is a collection of reworked vintage pieces. This gives a new life to old garments and creates new items to be loved over the long term, keeping old clothes out of landfill.

Beyond Retro

Beyond Retro* is an online treasure trove of vintage and secondhand clothing for men and women, carefully sourced from around the world. You can shop by clothing type, by brand, by era, and even by type of fabric should you wish to avoid synthetic fibres. What’s more, Beyond Retro also has dedicated plus-size sections for both men and women, catering up to size XXL. There is also the ability to search for unisex clothing.

Use the exclusive code MORALFIBRES at the checkout to receive 15% off your order at Beyond Retro.

Vestiaire Collective

Vestiaire Collective*, a certified B-corp, resells men’s, women’s, and kids designer and luxury fashion. Each item sold on the site undergoes a rigorous authentication process before being sent to you so that you can shop with confidence. If you want to get a designer wardrobe at a fraction of the price, then Vestiaire Collective is the place to go. Browse by brand. Browse by clothing type. Or browse by size – it’s easy to find what you are looking for.

Have you shopped on any of these sites?  Would you recommend them?  Or have you shopped elsewhere for secondhand clothes online?  I’d love to hear! And if you are looking to sell clothes, then do check out my guide to selling secondhand clothes online.

If it’s vintage clothing you are looking for, do check out my guide on the best places to buy vintage clothing online.

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Travel

The Best Ethical Outdoor Gear for Adventurers

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Looking for the best ethical outdoor gear? Here are some of my favourites.

I may or may not have mentioned it a few times, but I have outdoor adventuring on my mind this summer. It’s been a tough few months, in more ways than one, for us. As such, the thought of kicking back outside in the sunshine without a care in the world is very very appealing.

Of course, you don’t need much when it comes to ethical outdoor gear. Or rather, you don’t need anything, for outdoor adventuring. You know, save for yourself and some wide-eyed enthusiasm, and maybe a fully charged phone just in case. However, there are some things that might be nice to have or might just be downright useful to have. Here are my ethical outdoor gear favourites.

Guide to Ethical Outdoor Gear

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Ethical Bags For Carrying Your Outdoor Gear and Essentials

For carrying your ethical outdoor gear in, then this handy tote bag from Millican* is seriously useful and ethical. It’s made from recycled polyester and converts to a rucksack at the tug of a strap for however the day’s adventuring pans out. Do check out my guide to ethical backpacks for more inspiration.

Wood Powered Stove

Ditch the fossil fuel-powered stoves. Instead try a portable wood-powered rocket stove for making cups of tea, or scran, out in the wild.  I can’t be without my plastic-free tea, not even in the woods.  I have to confess, I am lusting after one of these bad boys so badly.

Flasks

Speaking of tea, a handy flask to store said tea in is a key part of my ethical outdoor gear collection.  Let it be said, I take my tea very seriously, especially so when partaking in outdoor adventures.  Or, if you don’t like tea (who even are you?!), then you could just fill it with ice-cold water (also refreshing when outdoor adventuring).

Ethical Sun Protection

An eco-friendly sunscreen* is a must for your ethical outdoor gear kit, because sunburn isn’t cool.  And because I burn at even a hint of a ray of sun cracking through the clouds. Check out my guide to eco-friendly sunscreen for more suggestions.

Ethical Footwear

Depending on the type of outdoor activities, then you may need a pair of ethical sandals. I really rate Birkenstocks because my pair is 12 years old and still going strong.  I dare you to find a more durable pair of sandals.  Bonus points for being made of super sustainable cork, and you can even buy vegan versions now.

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A t-shirt with a pro-environmental slogan*, to help spread the word whilst out on your outdoor adventures.

Food

Finally, a plastic-free lunchbox for storing those all-important energy-giving snacks.  I confess, mine often contains Jaffa Cakes…! However, do check out my guide to plastic-free snacks for more eco-friendly snack inspiration.

Where do you like to go on your outdoor adventures? I have to say, I’m a big fan of Aviemore, and my new favourite, the Rhins of Galloway. And any ethical outdoor gear you’d like to share with me? As I come across more, I’ll update this article. I’ve also got a useful guide to sustainable camping gear, that also covers ethical outdoor gear. From eco-friendly tents to sleeping bags, and more.