You guys may or may not know by now, I’m not a great second hand shopper. Haha…yes, I am aware of the “irony” in that statement considering that I own an online secondhand boutique for slow fashion. Maybe I should qualify that I HAVEN’T been a great second hand shopper until now?
I’m still not very good at thrift or second hand shopping in person, I’ll be the first to admit. I get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff at Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or even some of our local resale shops. Interestingly enough I don’t have the patience to sift through racks and racks of crap (sorry) to find the diamond in the rough in person, but put me in front of a computer, and hours later I’ll find what I’m looking for, and then some.
When I want to look for something secondhand for myself online, I always look at The Real Real first. I have only ever bought one thing on eBay and never from Poshmark, Thredup or the like, but I’ve made multiple purchases from The Real Real and have been really happy with every experience. (if you don’t have an account at The Real Real already, when you use my referral link to sign up for one you (and I) will get a $25 account credit to use on your first order!)
Just now, as a matter of fact, my pre-loved Robert Clergerie oxfords arrived – they were less than $100!!
They fit me perfectly (I have owned about a dozen pairs of Robert Clergerie shoes over the years and am very familiar with the sizing), but were also returnable, so I wasn’t worried that they wouldn’t work out for me. Anyway, I know where I can resell them if I need to 😉
I’ve found that about half the time things I’m looking at are NOT returnable, so you do have to pay close attention to the return policy for each item, but their pricing usually makes taking the risk worthwhile. In fact, their pricing/ease of ordering is The Real Real’s biggest draw IMO. These shoes, for example, were priced a teeny bit low IMO, and I’ve seen lots of items there that are similarly priced REALLY REALLY well.
(The only thing that bugs me is that they don’t use style names, or product names in the titles or descriptions. Like, Rachel Comey legion jeans are just “high rise wide leg jeans.” Eh, I’m being picky, I know, but I find style names are important.)
Speaking of Rachel Comey though, they usually have some nice pieces, priced well :
Rachel Comey alpaca blend sweater (medium) | $52
I’m also always browsing Stella McCartney. In fact, I haven’t told you guys this yet, but I did buy a Stella McCartney bag from TRR a few weeks ago:
IT HAS A BIRD ON IT!!!!!!!!
(I looked at this bag full price when it first came out, because BIRD, and vowed that if I ever saw it secondhand I would buy it for myself and enjoy the hell out of it, no questions asked. I did buy it, and will enjoy the hell out of it, but it can’t be my everyday bag…yet…)
They also have a great selection of Ace & Jig (which sells out quickly because the prices are VERY good).
Ace & Jig Long Sleeve top (small) | $93.75
And of course, it’s not a bad place to look for James Perse, although they do not mention where an item is made, so you wouldn’t be able to tell (unless you’re familiar with the brand) if it is an item made for “outlet” stores or for the main brand. That’s not generally a problem though, most items are main brand, but if you get something that is made in Guatemala or Mexico, those are definitely outlet pieces.
James Perse ruched dress (size 3) | $40
I got my first pair of Nili Lotan pants from The Real Real, and I take a look there every once in a while for her sweaters:
Nili Lotan silk & wool striped sweater (small) | $66
Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto midi dress (XS) | $100
Yohji Yamamoto plaid button-up top (medium) | $100
Oh, and not only are their prices pretty good to start with, they usually have a coupon or sale of some sort. Right now a lot of items are an extra 20% off with code REAL.
Anyway, besides Slowre of course, I definitely recommend The Real Real for second hand shopping online – they have a great selection of designers, individual items (all of my purchases have been in excellent condition so far), and the prices are more than fair.
If you don’t have an account already, you will get a $25 account credit when you use my referral link (and so will I) to sign up for one, and as you can see $25 goes a long way depending on what you’re looking at 🙂
Have you shopped at The Real Real before? How has your experience been? What are your other favorite places to shop second hand online?