As seasoned vintage and luxury second hand shoppers, most of us have felt the pain of paying extortionate amounts of money for shipping and custom fees when shopping at overseas online boutiques. It might be totally worth it for that one-of-a-kind item you have been looking for for ages, but we all appreciate the opportunity to save a buck when possible.
The easiest way to skip large shipping & customs fees is to simply shop nationally. Which is why I wanted to share my shortlist of the most popular online shops for vintage and second hand clothing and accessories in the United States. I hope you find it helpful!
Caveat - Many sites mentioned below are in fact international but offer the ability to filter on local sellers. So make sure you filter on sellers/shops in the US to avoid unnecessary shipping and customs charges.
Etsy is a renowned marketplace connecting you with independent vintage sellers and artisans. It has a huge selection of vintage clothing, accessories, and other more contemporary, and hand made finds. The platform's popularity lies in its diverse inventory, allowing you to discover one-of-a-kind pieces while supporting small businesses.
2. ASOS Marketplace
ASOS Marketplace offers a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories from various independent sellers. With a strong focus on trendy and fashionable vintage styles, the site appeals to younger audiences seeking vintage items with a contemporary twist. Expect lots of colorful 80s and 90s styles!
We all love eBay. As one of the earliest and most popular online marketplaces, featuring an extensive collection of vintage clothing items, it's a go-to platform for both buyers and sellers, offering a vast range of vintage pieces from different eras and styles. Do make sure that your seller is located in the US to avoid extra shipping and customs charges.
I have gathered my best tips for vintage and premium second hand shopping on eBay in this blog post if you're interested. 😊
Depop is a mobile-first platform mainly catering to a younger generation interested in sustainable fashion and unique vintage items. It has a strong social aspect too, with users being able to follow, like, and interact with the sellers and their items, contributing to its meteoric popularity.
Find my best tips for shopping on Depop right here!
5. Beyond Retro
Beyond Retro is a well-established vintage retailer with both physical stores and an online presence. Their online store offers a curated selection of high-quality vintage clothing, attracting customers looking for authentic and well-preserved vintage pieces.
While not exclusively a vintage marketplace, Poshmark has a thriving vintage section. It is an app-based platform known for its social and interactive shopping experience, where users can buy and sell pre-owned and vintage clothing.
Vinted is a popular online marketplace for buying, selling, and swapping pre-loved fashion items, including vintage clothing. The platform allows users to create virtual closets to list and showcase gently used or vintage fashion pieces for sale (or trade!) with others. Vinted's popularity can be attributed to the user-friendly interface and its focus on creating a sustainable and affordable fashion community.
8. Vestiaire Collective
The European-based platform Vestiaire Collective is a luxury-focused online marketplace where you can buy and sell pre-owned and vintage designer clothing. With strict quality control, the site offers authentic, high-end vintage pieces, making it popular among fashion-forward shoppers. I always use the Vintage filter to find my next wardrobe gems!
I have an entire post dedicated to how to shop on Vestiaire. Click here to get the tips.
9. The RealReal
Similar to Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal specializes in luxury vintage and pre-loved clothing, accessories, and designer items. They had some early issues with their authentication process, but have since bounced back and increased in popularity as they really doubled down and implemented a more rigorous authentication process.
10. Ruby Lane
Ruby Lane is an online marketplace known for antiques and vintage collectibles, including vintage clothing and accessories. If you are interested in unique and rare vintage finds with a touch of nostalgia, this is the place for you!
Did I miss a shop?
Please let me know in the comments so I can add it to the list. Your tips are super important to keep this helpful for all us vintage lovers out there 😊
Want to get my best tips for how to shop for vintage clothes and accessories in store? Get all the tips in this post: How to shop for vintage clothing in store.