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6 Of The Best Ways To Shop For Second Hand Clothing

Shopping is great, but have you ever shopped second hand? Now that’s a time. Second hand shopping is one of the most sustainable things you can do as a consumer to minimise your negative impact, and savvy shoppers have caught on: The Conversation reiterates that second hand shopping is on the rise, and because of the COVID19 crisis, this appears to have been driven by the affordability of second hand goods. So, in the spirit of second hand goods, we wanted to share six ways in which you can score some second hand clothing gems, without the big price tag.

6 Of The Best Ways To Shop For Second Hand Clothing

Written by Lola Asaadi. Main image by SWOP Clothing Exchange.


Shopping is great, but have you ever shopped second hand? Now that’s a time. Second hand shopping is one of the most sustainable things we can do as consumers to minimise our negative impact, and savvy shoppers have caught on: The Conversation reiterates that second hand shopping is on the rise, and because of the affordability of second hand goods, this appears to have been driven by the COVID19 crisis. So, in the spirit of second hand clothing, we wanted to share six ways in which you can score some second hand gems, without the big price tag.

Suitcase Rummage


Location: Australia.


Suitcase Rummage is hands down one of the greatest ways to shop second hand (EME tried and tested, of course!). Suitcase Rummage is, quite literally, a suitcase rummage; you waddle through and rummage through the suitcases of all stallholders until you find that hidden gem you’ve been searching high and low for. It’s really that simple. With Rummages in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, Suitcase Rummage is an accessible, affordable, and super fun outing to score some second hand clothing.

Suitcase Rummage via @Lulu_lyncia

Facebook Marketplace


Location: Worldwide.


You knew it was coming. Facebook Marketplace has been the cause of some of the greatest second hand clothing stories of our generation. With vintage leather skirts, pre-worn costumes and hand-made dresses (amongst many, many other goodies), Facebook Marketplace is definitely a hot contender for “the best second hand clothing hub” award. Beware, though: you could fill your wardrobe with just one scroll, so in the name of slow fashion, practise self control. 

We know you didn’t ask, but hopefully it’s helpful: we recommend limiting your search to a 5 kilometre radius of home and then slowly expanding if nothing tickles your fancy; be as direct as and informative as possible in your enquiry message to set yourself apart; and, like with any other shopping scenario, shop around to ensure you get the best deal and the best quality second hand item.

Depop


Location: Worldwide.


Depop is like Facebook Marketplace’s edgy younger sister. With Depop, buyers can find second hand, vintage, and new goods from all around the globe. Just remember to refine your search as much as possible, filter by location to avoid any disappointment, and read all the reviews you can – they’re there to help! As for sellers, they use Depop for a range of different things, from palming off a few unloved items to building a full-blown crochet bikini empire. So, whatever your niche and whatever your second hand clothing desire, you’ll find it on Depop. We can (almost) guarantee it.

Op Shops/Thrift Stores


Location: Worldwide.


We’re stating the obvious, but it’d be a crime not to include the trusty op shop and thrift store in this list. Arguably the cheapest option here, shopping at op shops and thrift stores is a great option for finding second hand clothing gems, and can be very light on the pocket as well. According to the ABC, charitable recycling organisations are dropping $13 million on sending unusable donations to landfill per year, and The Salvation Army alone spends $6 million a year on landfill fees, so buying items you know you’ll wear from op shops can be light on the environment, too. Half the fun of op shops and thrift stores is finding them in tucked away corners and hidden alleys, but for a comprehensive list of op shops in Aus, click here.

SWOP Clothing Exchange


Location: Australia


SWOP Clothing Exchange is for everyone, whether you’re buying, selling, or exchanging. With a focus on a circular economy and on second hand clothing, SWOP only stocks high-quality clothing that has come directly from their community. With stores in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as an online clothing hub, you won’t find a better place to score yourself some second hand clothing. The SWOP team is completely committed to inclusivity, to providing high-quality goods, and to campaigning for a circular economy, so they get a massive tick from us.

Poshmark


Location: US, Canada, Australia.


UK and Canada friends, this one’s for you. Poshmark is a social marketplace for new and used clothing. We all know online shopping can be a pain (especially shopping second hand), so Poshmark includes “personalised recommendations from millions of stylists, right at your fingertips.” Poshmark has dedicated Women’s, Men’s and Kid’s sections, so whatever your style, taste and budget, you’ll find that piece of second hand clothing you’ve been looking for.


Thanks to the typically lower price tag, as well as the sustainable aspect of buying a piece of clothing that is already in circulation, second hand clothing is well and truly on the rise. Events like Suitcase Rummage and second hand markets, as well as online marketplaces and op shops, are fool-proof ways that savvy shoppers can score themselves some second hand clothing whilst minimising their spending and hitting their sustainability quota along the way.

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