In our quest to become more sustainable, we’re constantly looking for new ways to develop smarter, more eco-conscious shopping habits. Despite there being a growing number of eco-friendly fashion brands to shop, there’s nothing more sustainable than buying vintage and resale.
Whether you’re looking for unique fashion finds or trying to earn extra money by cleaning out your closet, there are plenty of online consignment sites to both buy and sell on (please don’t just throw out your clothes when you’re done with them!). Additionally, therein lies troupes of influencers, stylists, and independent entrepreneurs who are applying their critical tastes to foster their own secondhand shops. Whether conducting business via DM on Instagram or on a full-fledged site, the up-in-coming movers and shakers of the circular economy are altering our perspectives on resale fashion by presenting handpicked objects, clothing, and accessories in cohesive edits with distinguishable flair.
Aside from being good for the environment, these luxury consignment sites are the best ways to score those one-of-a-kind designer pieces everybody else on Instagram won’t already have. Shop (and, in some cases, sell) all the best below.
Known for its vast collection of Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Céline, and more, Vestiaire Collective is an ideal site for both buyers and sellers of designer fashion. Unlike many other consignment sites, Vestiaire Collective allows sellers to choose the price of the items they are selling. After submitting three to five photos, descriptions, item condition, and an asking price, your pieces go up on the site, similar to eBay’s setup. Vestiaire also offers tips for sellers on how to price items correctly. As for shoppers, there are plenty of designer gems to be discovered, whether you’re looking for shoes, bags, sunglasses, or ready-to-wear.
From summery renditions of ’80s pouf-sleeved dresses and animal-printed trousers, to ribbed creamy knits and throwback shorts suits, Subrina Heyink’s eclectic edit aggregates period pieces for a modern-day wardrobe. In any case, the stylist-turned-vintage maven stocks her site with items that feature acute detailing in minted condition. Reference the highlights on her Instagram page for instructions on purchasing items via DM.
Luckily for non-New Yorkers, SoHo’s ultra-cool vintage boutique is also available to shop online. The luxury site’s curation is top notch—featuring the coolest vintage finds from Céline to Chanel, YSL, and beyond. While shopping vintage online can often be overwhelming, the site’s edited trend and curation sections make it easier to find the pieces you may be looking for.
The feed on Elia Vintage is evocative of the French Riviera in the ’90s, with a collection that marries seaside ease with minimalist evening selects. Open-weave crochet sweaters are paired with cloth shorts nipped at the waist, structured cream-yellow blazers are layered over miniskirts, and embellishments make an occasional appearance by way of form-fitting cocktail dresses. Rolling crisp renditions of workwear and destination pieces into one platform, Elia Vintage stands as a dependable go-to for lightweight staples to wear during summer or after quarantine.
With stores across the United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Dubai, and beyond—LXRandCo is an international sensation. But for those who prefer to shop online, its digital selection is constantly being updated with a wide selection as well. The site sells only handbags, watches, and jewelry—making it easier to navigate for those who are on the hunt for cool throwback accessories. Sellers can take items to one of the many boutiques for in-store for appraisal or submit images online for cash on the spot.
Ready to part ways with your old designer bag? Rebag gives sellers cash for designer handbags based on condition, designer, and price—right up front. Instead of waiting for the bag to sell, sellers can get a free binding offer, mail it to Rebag with free shipping, and get paid within one to two days.
Founder Neko Jamilla scours for gems that rekindle the best in fashion moments that colored the 20th century. From ’90s Dior Rasta sandals to a ’60s pink crochet skirt-and-top set, you will want to keep an eye on Jamilla’s feed to claim wardrobe artifacts before they are gone.
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If you don’t have a closet full of Saint Laurent and Prada to sell, thredUP is here for you. The site accepts brands like J.Crew and Banana Republic in addition to its designer repertoire. Like The Real Real and Vestiaire Collective, thredUP also takes clothing, shoes, handbags, and more, but sellers have the option to earn the selling price back or donate the money to a charity of their choice, so you can feel really good about cleaning out your closet.
If you’re looking to sell items from your own closet, The Real Real makes life easier by offering free in-home pickups so you don’t have to mail your items in to sell. Alternatively, you can ship your items directly to them for free or visit a Luxury Consignment Office for a valuation and drop-off. Then, the site does all the work for you: authenticating, photographing, pricing, and listing your items to sell online. Sellers earn up to 85 percent commission for the selling price of their items (one of the highest rates in comparison to other sites). If you’re looking to buy, The Real Real boasts an insanely large selection of designer items from vintage bags to shoes, apparel, accessories, and even furniture that any fashion lover could have fun perusing through.
Marquise Miller sources crisp double-breasted suiting, retro designer staples, T-shirts, and artisanal objects from around the world to maintain his thoughtful curation of streamlined treasures in his showroom. Book an appointment online to get an exclusive look at the arsenal of classic finds Miller and his team have stocked in their market, and follow their Instagram Stories for updates on incoming pieces.
Featuring strictly luxury consignment, LePrix (formerly known as Snob Swap) allows users to both sell and buy previously owned designer items. Sellers can list however many items they wish without cost, and then earn 85 percent of sales. From Chanel to Hermès, McQueen, and more, the site offers top designer items for up to 90 percent off.
Curating a vintage store is like arranging an orchestra: Every instrument needs to be aligned to create a symphony. It’s an analogy that Retro Rhapsody certainly lives up to. From sleek knits with feather trims to eye-catching pearl brooches, the vintage store—and its accompanying Instagram account, Small Needs—offers styles that are all about the details.
“New Bottega” fanatics can take refuge in Vinti’s edit of linen separates, trench jackets, and leather goods. The collage of muted garments accented with textured accessories offers a wealth of pieces that can slip seamlessly into a timeless wardrobe.
Fashionphile has been one of the leading online destinations for designer and luxury handbags. Founded in 1999, the brand is known for its incredible customer service and features the largest selection of preowned vintage, rare, and limited-edition handbags from luxury designers Dior, Bottega Veneta, Loewe, and Old Céline.
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Thrilling is a digital marketplace for curated vintage and one-of-a-kind items from boutiques across the United States. Ninety-five percent of the local businesses are owned and run by women. Thrilling promotes an approach to sustainability and features rare pieces at every size and price point.
The luxury fashion e-retailer recently launched an exclusive archive Chanel collection from Rewind Vintage Affairs. The assortment, previously part of a private collection from glamorous socialite Catherine McNulty, is composed of 49 pieces in total, including bags, shoes, jewelry, and jackets.
The founders of BLK MKT Vintage see each treasure they adopt at their shop as a piece of one’s narrative. Co-owners Kiyanna Stewart and Jannah Handy cherish vintage items as relics of cultural significance and sentimental value that speak to Black history, artistry, and strength.
“When I see cultural artifacts—whether they be books, photographs, vinyl records, or personal letters—I am reminded that we’ve existed in so many iterations, despite white supremacy’s attempt to tell us otherwise,” Stewart writes on their site.
From nostalgic collectibles and pieces of literature to varsity jackets, the thoughtful collection of memorabilia makes the shop a special destination for meaningful pieces that can be passed from one generation to the next.
The notion of “try it before you buy it” is being officially amped up at this e-comm-meets-rental site. Based on a membership club model, users have access to designer handbags, jewelry, watches, and diamonds for a monthly membership fee, starting at $99 a month and with no set return dates on any items. Basically, you can get a dream closet of Chanel, Hermès, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Gucci, and more without fronting your life savings. And if members happen to fall in love with a piece and want to keep it forever, they have access to purchase at discounted rates.
Founded by Lakeitha Washington, Washington Ave is a Louisiana-based online store that offers an assortment of styles with an ’80s bent. From cherry-red leather jackets to broad-shouldered houndstooth blazers to sequin gowns, the inventory screams Dynasty. And we’re totally here for imbuing Dominique Deveraux vibes.
Studying fashion design at FIT in New York, Alysha Cassis-Shaw wanted to still be involved in the industry after relocating to San Francisco in 2014. So three years later, she started Neutral Ground, an online vintage store that puts her degree to good use. From Gucci loafers from the ’70s and a pair of metallic sandals from Charles Jourdan to a luxe swing coat with a chinchilla fur collar, Cassis-Shaw has curated a thoughtful collection of some of the best vintage styles in the annals of fashion.
MAW SUPPLY, which stands for man and woman, was founded by Norman and Rachelle Clark in 2012. Their goal was to curate a selection that was equal parts chic, casual, and sustainable. And nine years in business, the husband-and-wife team certainly accomplished all that, filling their Etsy store with a bevy of wares, from Hawaiian shirts to embroidered pullovers from the ’80s.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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