I’m a Consignment Convert – Here Are My Secrets to Shopping Secondhand

POPSUGAR Photography / Jamila Stewart

A lot has changed in the resale world as of late. Long gone are the days when Goodwill was the primary option for finding pre-loved treasures at hefty discounts. In its place, there are a bevy of resale clothing sites and marketplaces that boast millions of items to shop at any given moment.

Shopping pre-owned can be intimidating. With a sea of inventory and new shops entering the market at rapid speed (from traditional e-commerce to Instagram boutiques), it’s totally understandable why some may be hesitant to shop secondhand designer items. But throughout my countless thrifting sprees (aka my method of coping with being stuck inside), I’ve discovered that resale marketplaces aren’t particularly difficult to navigate – you just need the right guide. And I’m more than willing to share my tricks of the consignment trade.

Up until the start of the pandemic, I’d always been apprehensive about authenticity when it comes to peer-to-peer shopping. That fear quickly evaporated when I dove headfirst into the pre-owned fashion world with Tradesy, Poshmark, Vestiaire Collective, Grailed, The RealReal . . . the list goes on (once you start, you really can’t stop). Becoming the proud new owner of a gorgeous vintage leather Dior clutch certainly didn’t hurt either (disclaimer: this Tradesy transaction was comped). While many resale marketplaces are strikingly similar, there are key differences to consider if you’re ready to join the consignment movement.

Scroll through to see my takeaways for successfully shopping secondhand everywhere on the interweb, plus a little insight into how to avoid counterfeit items.

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