Closet Shopping! A New Way to Thrift Shop!
So, you’re all stoked for the Summer of No Pants, and you look in your closet, and….you’re not feeling it. So you go check your bank account…and you’re feeling it even less. Is that you? Time to hit the thrift store! Except the kids are home for summer and no way does your 8-year-old boy want to go thrifting with you. So what now?
Closet Shopping! Woohoo! I’m talking about virtual thrifting. peer-to-peer closet shopping apps and websites that let you buy and sell secondhand clothes from your computer or smartphone. Have you tried it? There are so many new ways to snag a bargain and refresh your wardrobe. Heck, you can even swap with some of these apps and get new-to-you stuff for the price of shipping.
Apps and secondhand clothing sites are a great way to thrift shop from your phone or computer. They usually take a small percentage of the sale or a flat fee from sellers, and they offer both buyers and sellers a platform and protections when closet shopping. If you’re looking for something specific (skirts and dresses, right?!) then, these apps make it easy to filter your results and find great deals!
Twice – This is such a great way to shop second-hand, and probably the easiest way to sell your own stuff. Basically, you can send in a box of well-cared-for clothes (they pay the shipping), and they send you an offer. They pay via PayPal or store credit, or will send your stuff back for a $5 flat shipping fee. Then, they take the pics, post them and sell everything for you. Anything unwanted by you or Twice goes to charity. As a buyer, you can sort and filter your results. All of the pics are high-quality, and they give you all of the details and measurements, as well as offer cheap shipping and a great return policy where you can keep it for 30 days and return with free shipping if it isn’t for you. The site looks great, and they only accept high-quality used clothes, so you can score a great deal here!
Poshmark is an app that makes browsing closets really easy. You can easily filter by several categories. So if you want to shop Anthro dresses in your size, just plug in your parameters and see what pops up. There are “Posh Parties” three times a day where you can reach many buyers at once, all sharing around a theme, and Showrooms, which have themed, curated listings. They also encourage social interaction, finding your “stylemates” (people who share your taste and size) and sharing each other’s lisitings. Buyers and sellers work directly with each other, but Poshmark helps keep some protections in place – making sure sellers get paid and buyers don’t get ripped off. (Also, shameless plug! They offer a referral credit, and the first 10 peeps who sign up using my referral code will get a $5 credit to spend in-app. My code is: BUDVN ). Poshmark is available in PlayStore and iTunes.
Vinted is very similar to Poshmark. In addition to buying and selling, there is also a Swap option, so if you’re savvy enough and have clothes to get rid of, you could re-vamp your closet for the cost of shipping! There is a Forum you can post to, but the whole format is less social and a bit simpler than Poshmark (no parties, showrooms, etc.). It’s easy to navigate and has all of the filters so you can find what you want in various categories. Again, you get the protection from flakey sellers and buyers by working through a third party. Vinted is available in PlayStore and iTunes
If you prefer to shop or sell without a middleman, Instagram has become a great way to do this! There are a lot of folks who host virtual tag sales by snapping a photo and posting to their personal Instagram accounts. But how do you find these people and their great deals?! Hashtags, my friends. Hashtags.
Current results for #shopmycloset
All you have to do is search for certain hashtags in Instagram, and a bunch of sales will pop right up for you. Here are a few that I found:
There are a few pros and cons to this method. Biggest con is that you may get a flakey seller (or buyer). I’m not sure if there is a great way around that. On a positive note, nobody is taking a cut, so you can often find even better deals than on an app. If you’re the type who likes to hunt through every rack in the thrift store searching for that perfect piece at a crazy prize, this may be the method for you! Oh, and if you find a closet you like, be sure to follow that user so you can find her again!
Instagram Closets and Boutiques
Instagram Closets belong to one seller, selling her stuff from her closet. Instagram Boutiques are a collective of sellers or one seller/store selling second-hand clothes that are not necessarily from their/her closet(s). When you are shopping directly from someone’s closet, often those folks sell sporadically. So you may not see a listing again for several weeks or months, or possibly never again. But, if you find someone who is your size and shares your style, that can be really awesome! Boutiques usually give you a more curated selection in a variety of sizes, and they tend to post more often. Here are a few boutiques I like:
@shopstalematevintage – I love this boutique. She has a lot of great pieces in the $10-$20 range. Even her “pricey” items are a steal!
@dressinginart – The tag line for this account is “Closets coming together” and it seems to be a hub for many different sellers. As far as I can tell, different users submit items to this account and sell through it, so there a variety of styles and sizes to choose from.
@noihsaf_bazaar – This one is a bit higher end, but if you’re looking for a deal on designer digs, this is a great boutique!
There are many more out there! If you know of one you’d like to share, please comment here or tag me (@stinky_crafter) in IG and I’ll take a look and may add to the list! Happy thrifting!
Full Disclosure: I was not sponsored or paid to share any of these sites, apps or Instagram feeds. Some links do have referral codes, so I may get store-credit if you sign up for an app via my link.