11 Jan How to Shop Secondhand in the New Year
Happy Friday Friends,
I have dedicated my Fridays to usually midlife, inspirational, or other varied topics for the New Year. I would like to try a Friday Favorites once a month, and share with you some of the favorite things I enjoy, how I spend my time etc. Today, I am taking a reader’s request and writing about shopping secondhand. I know, people often reassess their finances in the New Year, and by shopping secondhand, not only are we helping the environment, but also our wallets. Plus, what lady doesn’t love the art of finding a deal?
I have initially written about How to Shop on Poshmark, a few years ago, as I enjoy finding real treasures on this site, and have bought many pieces for my wardrobe there. So, have a read as there is much info there. I’m going to expand on this a bit, and tell you some ways to shop there as well as a few other sites that are out there, on-line.
This Teal moto jacket is from Anthropologie via Poshmark. Retails for $200, I paid $45.
I have been doing thrifting and consignment shopping for years, as I find a little $$ can go a long way, and I love the idea behind it. I love the fact that I can do this kind of shopping from the comfort of my own home, on the computer.
Do know, that some do not allow returns, so you need to be sure of the fit before your purchase.
This is my favorite on-line consignment store. Individuals post items, which can be new, used or slightly worn. The key is to narrow down what you are looking for by using the SEARCH feature, as well as being very specific. Shipping is $6.50, so whatever you pay, you can add that to the cost.
For example, Let’s say I am looking for a leopard coat. ( I did get this coat on Poshmark a few years ago, a steal at $25 and it is a vintage swing coat in perfect shape!
.Use the Search and look for women’s leopard faux fur coat size 4. Here I am being specific in what I am looking for “women’s “Faux fur” “Size 4”, “coat”.
You can then scroll through the coats and see what catches your eye.
Some sellers will be more descriptive than others. You always want to have the measurements of any garment.
Ask for the bust, shoulder, length measurement. You do this by tagging the seller. ex. @elegantlydressed may I have the bust, shoulder and length measurement to this coat? If you are looking at denim, ask for the inseam, the material content, the waist measurement.
Ask the condition if it is not listed. There are no refunds, so if you don’t see a snag in the pic and they didn’t mention it, you need to ask about the condition.
I also will go to certain Brands I like and follow them, knowing that new items will then show on my feed. For example, I have followed Anthropologie and have found amazing deals on gently worn Anthro items. By following brands in your search, that narrows down the selection to only that brand, and won’t overwhelm you.
You can use filters as well for size, type of garment, etc. This will narrow down your search too.
It is really important to tag the seller and ask the questions you need to make sure you get the right garment for you. If you need to see something that is not there, don’t hesitate to ask for additional pictures as well.
Making an Offer
Poshmark, as I mentioned, is individuals, so you can make an offer if you think an item is priced to high, but you are interested. Typically, if something is reasonable, I often will try to just recoup the shipping costs, and ask for about $7 less. If the item is a bit too much, I may ask for about $10 off. I think fairness is the key when making an offer. Poshmark is most definately a buyer’;s market. As a seller on Posh, people have offered rediculous and insulting amounts for an item I have listed. Ex. I had a Zara faux leather jacket up for sale for $75. A buyer offered me $20! Be respectful of the seller and offer what is fair. You use the Make an Offer button, and the Seller has time to respond. If she doesn’t accept, there may be a counteroffer, which you can choose to accept.
BTW, if you are interested in my closet. My Poshmark closet is @jess9642
This mustard goal velvet DKNY jacket was bought at Poshmark. I paid $45)
Ive bought 3 pairs of AG designer jeans on Poshmark. They were all in very good condition, worn once. These jeans were $35 ( retail- The Prima AG jeans on Nordstrom for $180) and the jean jacket is Anthropologie via Poshmark. ( paid $70. Retailed $190)
Both the Equipment silk blouse and the AG designer black jeans were purchased on Poshmark. The blouse which retails for $225, was purchased for $42 on Posh, the black jeans for $47 ( retail $170).
Faux fur cardigan sweater from Anthropologie via Poshmark. I paid $35 and it retailed for $125)
I have purses from Rebecca Minkoff and Zara that I have also bought from this site, as well as earrings from Kendra Scott at 50% off!
The Real Real
I have just begun, this summer, to shop on this site, The Real Real. This is a Designer Consignment shop, where items are sent in or collected by the team of the Real Real. The items, anywhere from purses, to shoes, jewelry and clothing, are listed. The listings are comprehensive with measurements, the condition of the item and return policy.
Read the About page. “The Real Real is the premier site for online luxury consignment with over 600 employees and multiple locations across the United States that accept and ship product worldwide.”
You can filter by category, price, size, designer, mens or womens. You can also search by brand, and they have an extensive Brand list to peruse. There is no negotiating with The Real Real, but there are sales, and items are quite reasonable, if you are looking for a designer fix at less of a cost.
The Real Real has Hermes, Chanel, Valentino, Prada, and many other higher-end designers.
They do offer a return policy, so take note. Items will say if they can’t be returned, online.
My hubby told me he bought my Prada bag there and it was in excellent condition.
I scored these slit front FRAME jeans from The Real Real for $50. They were $200 retail
This is another consignment store that hails as ” The world’s largest online secondhand shopping destination with thousands of like-new styles from your favorite brands at up to 90% off estimated retail.”
On Thred Up you can shop for clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, for men, women and junior styles. They, like the other consignment stores, have a filter to make the shopping less overwhelming and narrow down your search.
Like The Real Real, there is a favorite icon, the Heart, in the upper right corner, where you can save your favorite items. I love this feature! To the left, there is another icon, which saves your search, enabling you to look at your last search or former searches on the site.
They have designers such as Vince, Theory, Diane Von Furstenberg, AG and lots of other great brands. I haven’t shopped here much, but I have noticed some of their brands and the prices are sweet! I own one of these Equipment silk blouses, and at $225 retail, I can’t pay that! I purchased Equipment on Posh but Thred Up has this brand as well, for more around $50.
Currently, I am shopping my closet, as I have a fuller Fall/Winter closet having lived in PA. I received some lovely Christmas gifts and will be experimenting with mixing the items I currently own. When I do get the urge to shop, I’ll most likely be popping in one of these fabulous sites
They do have a .return policy.
I will have to check them out more! I have bought textured tights from them and a scarf.
Id love to hear if you shop second hand and shop on any of these sites? if not, would you try secondhand shopping, why or why not?
My closet on Poshmark is @jess9642 if you want to see what im selling!
Have a great weekend!