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Vintage items are in and continue to be… so where can I find some goodies?
Marketplaces have popped up to cater to your vintage needs. And to be socially conscious, it doesn’t hurt to consider your options and find second-hand items before you look for newer clothes.
The prices are great, and authentication has been a strong focus… so you know you’ll get items that are legit and make your wallet happy. So I put together a few spots for you that you can check out online…
Grailed has a massive presence in the aftermarket. That’s because they have every designer brand that you could imagine. And with a huge list of items from Palm Angels, Chrome Hearts, Prada, and more… you’ll be able to get some of those coveted items you’ve been looking for… for a fraction of the cost.
One of the best things about Grailed is that it’s not an aftermarket controlled by the company. It’s your typical marketplace, where sellers are looking to offload items. So you don’t have to go with the sticker price if you don’t want to. You can negotiate, message the seller directly and get the best deal without ever having to step out your front door.
Tons and tons of new items pop up daily. And everything has an authentication guarantee. So you’ll know the items are 100 percent legit.
Vestiaire Collective rivals Grailed for the quality of the platform. They may not have as many items as Grailed does, but it’s definitely a place to find some vintage and designer items if you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for the new shit.
And the prices rival Grailed. You might even be able to find stuff that’s at a lower clip. One thing that I have to note is that this store is based out of the U.K. It may not matter in most situations, since they ship directly to the U.S. But it’s definitely something to look out for, in case you may come across shipping delays.
Vestiaire Collective has a strong sustainability mission. They are the first resale platform to become a B Corp. They focus on reducing their footprint and have a great community around this messaging. Something that a lot of resale sites don’t tout.
Depop is the resale community that gets flack. And that’s because it’s known for having high schoolers lowballing with some weird ass items trying to make a quick buck. But the platform has gotten much better since the app has matured.
You may not find all the designer items in the world on Depop, but you will find more unique items from indie makers and local fashion designers that you can support. And what’s great about that is you’ll get unique items that you won’t find anywhere else besides Depop.
Another thing about Depop is that it’s focused on influencers. That’s the concept the platform was built on. I don’t have to warn you, but sometimes influencers try to fuck their audiences over. And it’s more prevalent now than ever. So just be mindful of that before you shop on the site.
True Store, most notably True Vintage, is a direct vintage marketplace. There are some perks to that. The company handles all the goods, so you know you’ll be getting the best stuff through the store’s authentication process. The downside is that the site won’t be updated as aggressively with new items as much as some of the others.
True Store does have designer items. More than Depop would. So you’ll be able to snag some Prada, Gucci, and others if you’re on the site at the right time. But you’ll have to check constantly to find stuff that’s your size because that’s the issue I’ve run into in the past.
Pricing is pretty on par with some of the other shops, so you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for most of the items. And the company is also based out of the U.K. so shipping times will be a little bit longer than you’re used to.
Don’t be afraid to shop this way. It may seem weird, but some of the best items in my closet have been found at secondhand marketplaces and have been repurposed. A lot of these items are in my rotation and I absolutely love the prices I got them for 💸💸
See you next Sunday,