Where and how to shop second hand online: my favourite online consignment stores

Best online consignment stores: eBay
Rebecca Minkoff tote purchased on eBay

I love second hand shopping. I’m not an expert but I have snagged a few amazing pieces over the years. I also live in a remote area where the options for shopping second hand are somewhat abysmal so I’ve done a lot of research about second hand shopping online. Today I am going to share the fruits of my labour with you, my lovely readers! Here are my favourite online consignment stores and thrifting options!

Brass clothing dress from eBay
Brass Clothing dress purchased on eBay

The Classic: eBay

Years ago, when I was still living in the Heart of the Klondike, I became something of an expert eBay shopper. There are not a lot of companies willing to ship to a post office box so eBay was a goldmine for me! My first post after the blog reboot was all about my best tips to score a great deal on eBay. Check it out here!

Best online consignment stores: Sam Edleman shoes from Poshmark
Sam Edelman flats purchased on Poshmark

The Newbie: Poshmark

For a few years now I’ve been jealously reading about the amazing deals some of my American blogger friends found on Poshmark so I was absolutely thrilled when Poshmark finally became available in Canada! I signed up for the beta testing phase and I haven’t looked back. Not only have I found some amazing pieces, but I’ve also made a couple sales. The thing that makes Poshmark different from eBay is that the shipping costs are set. It makes everything so much simpler and it’s more affordable. Check out my Poshmark closet here!

Best online consignment stores: Babaton (Aritzia) camisole from Poshmark
Babaton Camisole purchased on Poshmark

The Social: Instagram

There are a few Instagram accounts that post sellers’ items for a small fee. I’ve found this to be a great way to get your hands on certain niche items such as popular pieces from ethical brands. The items are usually in excellent condition and priced at a discount of at least 30%. Some sellers choose not to ship to Canada, but I’ve found that most are open to it. I’ve listed my favourite accounts below.

@noihsaf.bazaar
@thegeneraleconomy
@selltradeplus (size large and up)
@cute.top.shop (Canadian)
@heyjude.collection (vintage, Canadian)

Best online consignment stores: Everlane top from Poshmark
Everlane Heavyweight Tee purchased on Poshmark

The Online: Online Consignment Stores

Lastly, a number of online second hand and consignment stores have popped up over the last few years. These are an excellent resource for certified designer items if that is what you are in the market for. They are also great for high quality clothing and shoes at discounted prices. Below is a list of a few of my favourites. You can sell with these sites if you don’t have a local consignment store and you have items that meet with their criteria.

Love that Bag (Canadian, pre-loved designer bags)
The Upside (Canadian, a great spot for designer clothes at deeply discounted prices)
Truce (great vintage selection)
Thredup

 

I’d love to know if you have any favourite online consignment stores that I’ve missed! Let me know in the comments!

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20 Comments

  1. Definitely going to check out some of those online consignment shops! I do my online second hand shopping pretty much exclusively with Posh, but I think it’s time I diversify 🙂

    1. I am obsessed with Poshmark but the other options are great as well. The Instagram shops are definitely worth a look – there are so many ethical items listed there!

  2. I’ve had success selling on Noihsaf Bazaar; but I’m always too late for the best deals as a buyer. I like STSF (selltradeslowfashion) on IG; each listing has a 24-hour window, so everyone has a chance to review listing and decide if they want to commit to buy. The seller chooses the winner at random (if there are more than one interested). I really appreciate that they don’t take a “first come, first served” approach! I’m never fast enough for those.

    1. Oh yes! I forgot about STSF:) Thank you for mentioning it! I like it as well. I have had the too slow problem with some of the other sellers but I just figure it wasn’t meant to be.

    1. Hi Sophie! I’m not sure if Poshmark is in the UK either. I think you guys are often in the same boat as us here in Canada – things are always available in the US first. You should definitely look into Instagram sale accounts though, I am sure there are some that are based in the UK. Thanks for reading!

  3. Thank you for this! I’m definitely going to start trying to shop more second hand if I fancy something new. I love boohoo but I’m painfully aware of the fast fashion issue and a website as cheap as that can’t be any good for the environment!

  4. I actually do shop from eBay – usually for other things besides clothing though. I’ve heard great things about Poshmark and will definitely have to check it out soon.

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

  5. Thank you for this post! On Saturday I went to several thrift stores in my city & 1 only had books, 1 mainly had knickknacks & the other 2 only had kid’s stuff so I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t find any that had clothes so I’ll definitely look into online stores!

    Karalee
    Tales of Belle

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