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The Best Resale Websites You Should Know About

Which sites are the best, which are the easiest to use, and which carry the rarest hidden gems when it comes to online consignment? We suggest you start with the below.

We’ve outlined all the details of what you need to know—whether you’re a buyer or seller—when it comes to the buzziest and coolest resale sites of the moment. And beyond the nitty-gritty details, we’ve also included each’s X-factor—you know, the special quality that makes one stand above the rest. For instance, a VIP concierge service, a killer return policy, or a stand-alone store that brings the resale experience to live.

Read on for the best resale sites you need to know about. Then start rethinking how you stock, as well as cleanse, your closet.

The site: Vestiaire Collective

The gist: With fans ranging from editors to It girls, Vestiaire has been a go-to resale destination since its launch in 2009. According to the site, approximately 30,000 new items are added to its offerings every week. North America’s president, Kari Albert, also tells us that the site has become a worldwide destination for buying and selling vintage and resell clothing and accessories. “Women in Charlotte, North Carolina, can shop the closets of women in Milan and Paris!” she explains. “We are truly a global fashion community.”

The hottest brands on the site: Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Céline, and Gucci. “We can’t stock enough,” says Albert.

The must-know info for the sellers: According to Albert, selling on the site can be as easy as snapping a few flattering photos of your items. And if you have any trouble figuring out an appropriate price, simply refer to the site’s Resale Calculator. Not in the mood to take photos at all? You can check in with the concierge service to see if you can have your items picked up at your home.

The must-know info for the buyers: While major name brands are the hottest tickets on the site, Vestiaire has a rich range of offerings, with new products added every day. Albert says that discounts range “from 40% to 70%+ off of the original selling price.” Keep in mind that the hardest-to-find items are an exception: “There are times when rare and special luxury items sell for more than the original selling price. For example, Hermès Birkin bags have increased in value 500% over the past 35 years!” Plus, for your safety, the site authenticates all of its items and works with handbag, watches, and fine jewelry specialists to ensure everything is legitimate.

The X-factor: Not only does Vestiaire have some very fashionable fans, but it also counts some of the coolest women in fashion—including Rachel Zoe, Tina Leung, and most recently Toni Garrn—as guest curators. What’s more? Earlier this year, it also launched vintage, alongside collaborator Chloë Sevigny, making Vestiaire so much more than an average resale site.

Vaunte. About: Formed by Andy Shin and two former Gilt Groupe alumni (Leah Park and Christian Leone), Vaunte is a curated luxury e-commerce marketplace that allows you to shop the closets and homes of some of fashion’s cognoscenti, including Charlotte Ronson, Nicole Trunfio, and Clare Vivier.  . What You’ll Find: Luxury brands for women, men, and the home. A quick browse revealed a Lanvin fuchsia silk sleeveless gown ($545), Christian Louboutin brown leather and braided rope wedges with chain detail ($235), and an Alexander Wang duffle bag in sand suede ($190).
How It WorksIf You’re Selling: Not just anyone can list their items on Vaunte; you must apply to become by submitting pieces for review or be invited by some who is already a member. If you submit items for review, Vaunte will pick what they want from your selection, suggest a retail price, and photograph each item at their headquarters. If You’re Buying: Everyone can shop simply by signing up for the site. Commission Rate: They take 40% of the final sale price. Shipping: The exact cost of shipping is calculated at the time of purchase and is based on the cost from the Vaunte Headquarters in New York City to the destination. Returns: All sales are final.
Shop Hers. About: Founded in 2012 by former model Jaclyn Shanfeld, Shop Hers is a luxury, e-commerce marketplace that allows members to both sell and buy pre-owned designer clothing and accessories. Bonus: the site allows you to search according to body measurements, so you can easily find sellers who wear a similar size. What You’ll Find: Women’s luxury apparel and accessories. We spotted everything from a pair of Chanel nude and black cap-toe heels ($120) to a Rag & Bone brimmed fedora ($100) and a Christian Dior silk jersey cocktail dress ($1100).
How It WorksIf You’re Selling: Shop Hers gives sellers two options when listing products. If you want to list the items yourself, it’s as simple as filling out an online form with the designer, type of item, price (note: this is entirely up to you!), and photographs.Don’t have the time? Try the VIP service! All you have to do is ship the items you want to sell to the Shop Hers headquarters and they will photograph, price, list, and manage all communication for you. If You’re Buying: Click on section to shop by category or new arrivals, or use the tool to find sellers with your same size. Commission Rate: If you’re listing the item yourself, Shop Hers takes 18% commission; if you use the VIP service, they take 35%.Shipping: Once you are notified an item has sold, you have three business days to ship it to the Shop Hers headquarters via FedEx, UPS, or USPS.Returns: 14-day return policy
The Real Real. About: When it comes to hassle-free consignment stores and flash sale sites, The Real Real offers the best of both worlds. You can shop or sell pre-owned clothing, handbags, shoes, and fine jewelry via daily-curated designer sales. (Think: vintage Hermes or Chloe.) Even better: some sales offer up to 90% off retail prices. What You’ll Find: Hand-selected, authenticated luxury pieces for women and men. Recent finds include a 3.1 Phillip Lim mint silk top ($125), Alaia black leather sandals ($275), and a Dolce & Gabbana brocade skirt ($225).
How It WorksIf You’re Selling: You must register online and ship items directly to The Real Real headquarters for authentication. If You’re Buying: Sign up online for free to begin shopping designer sales right away. A First Look Membership is $5 a month and gives shoppers access to sales 24 hours in advance. Commission Rate: Consigners will be charged a 40% commission rate on all sales. Once you sell at least $5,000 in merchandise, you will only be charged 30% commission.Shipping: Shipping costs will be reimbursed once the item has sold.Returns: You will receive a credit card refund within 14 days of a shipment. The return package must be shipped back to The Real Real within 21 days with a Returns Authorization number, which can be requested by emailing customerservice@therealreal.com.
Threadflip. About: Perfect for the savvy, social media-loving gal, Threadflip is a mobile app and online marketplace that allows sellers to upload images of products straight from their closet. What You’ll Find: Women’s clothing, accessories, bags, shoes, and jewelry from contemporary brands. During a recent shopping excursion, we found everything from a Michael Kors gold shell watch ($177) to an Alexander Wang blue tote with rose gold hardware ($432) to an Acne pink leather moto jacket ($307).
How It Works If You’re Selling: Members with the mobile app can upload photos directly from their phones and list items by adding a description, selling price, and selecting a shipping method. If You’re Buying: Similar to an e-commerce site, Threadflip gives you the option to buy right away or add the item to your cart. You can even get to know the seller by clicking on their profile and following them as you would on Twitter. Commission: You will be charged 20% commission on everything sold. Shipping: As soon as an item is sold, sellers will be emailed a pre-paid shipping label.​Returns: Policies are at the discretion of the sellers. The buyer must notify the seller of her wish to return an item and provide specific reasons within three days of receipt.
Walk In My Closet. About: Launched two months ago by Ambre Dahan–the design director of Joe’s Jeans–and Parisian expat Amandine Rohmer, Walk In My Closet lets you sell and purchase pre-owned apparel, shop new designer items, and discover current trends with the help of their online magazine. Additionally, you can browse the site’s inspirational mood board and create and manage your own virtual closet by putting together an inventory of everything you own. What You’ll Find: New and pre-owned designer pieces for women. Cool stuff on the site includes Isabel Marant wedge sneakers ($110), a Giambattista Valli yellow printed silk dress ($460), and Pierre Hardy green leather slingback sandals ($175).
How It Works:If You’re Selling: Referred to as “recycling,” the process of selling your pre-owned clothing involves submitting any item for review. If Walk In My Closet likes your piece, it will go live for sale. They also offer an exclusive Concierge Service, which includes authentication, complimentary door-to-door shipping, and management of each sale. If You’re Buying: You can purchase items from the “new” and “recycled” sections with a 3-day return policy. Commission: Walk In My Closet takes a 25% commission on all regular sales and 35% for the Concierge Service.Shipping: Sellers will receive a pre-paid shipping label once their item has been sold. You have two business days to drop off the package at UPS for shipment.​Returns: You can send a request for return within three days of receipt of purchase, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis provided the item is damaged, does not meet its description, or is counterfeit.
Bib + Tuck. About: This members-only site offers a unique “shopping without spending” experience–think of it as online bartering–in which you give (Bib) and take (Tuck) women’s clothing and accessories. When you join, you’re awarded 20 “bucks” to start. You can also earn virtual credits by selling items, or buy them for $1 per credit. What You’ll Find: A mix of affordable and designer brands for women. We recently spotted Elizabeth & James slingback black cork wedges (50 bucks), a Jill Stuart cherry-print dress (75 bucks), and a Tory Burch yellow printed top (48 bucks).
How It WorksIf You’re Selling: When you list an item you want to sell–otherwise known as Bib–you must include photos and a price. Once it sells, you will receive virtual bucks for the amount of that piece and an email with a prepaid shipping label. If You’re Buying: You’re able to shop the closets of other members–otherwise known as Tuck–using the bucks you’ve purchased or earned from selling items. Shipping: The buyer will pay a shipping fee of $9 or $12 depending on the size of the item.​Returns: All items are final sale.
Copious . About: Focused on social media, this site allows shoppers to connect with other users through Facebook, Twitter, and personal blogs. One thing to note: you need a Facebook or Twitter account to sign up–otherwise you’re out of luck.  What You’ll Find: Luxury and contemporary apparel brands for women and men, home décor and accessories, books, and do-it-yourself crafts. In a quick browse, we discovered a pair of Miu Miu black velvet bow platforms ($200), a Zara floral collared shirt ($35), and a Guess pink floral summer dress ($39).
How It WorksIf You’re Selling: Once you sign up via Facebook or Twitter, you can start listing items by clicking on the add button on the top right corner of the site (it’s bright pink, you can’t miss it). You can add a single item or create a curated collection. If You’re Buying: Browse the new products on your Copious homepage with the options to follow certain users, love an item, or shop now. Commission: Sellers are charged 3.5% on all sales and buyers are charged a 6% marketplace fee.Shipping: Sellers are responsible for shipping and handling costs.Returns: Buyers must notify Copious within two days of receipt about any issues in order to make a return. 

While online consignment shopping is certainly convenient, sometimes these are the IRL consignment stores that top our list in L.A.

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This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

The site/app: Rebag

The gist: While you may be familiar with Rebagg, started in 2015, Rebag is the site’s relaunch with a new name and a refreshed commitment to changing the way people shop for the most valuable items in their closet. “Our goal is to be the authority on luxury handbags,” founder Charles Gorra tells us, “and ensure every bag you own is a bag you love. We want passionate bagaholics to instinctively embrace Rebag’s sustainable cycle of endless luxury.”

The hottest brands on the site: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, and Céline are big hits, but brands including Mansur Gavriel and YSL have recently increased in popularity, according to Gorra.

The must-know info for the sellers: Gorra recommends consulting Rebag’s list of brands before submitted any products to sell. “Our experts will make an offer on your handbag based on the pictures submitted. We recommend taking detailed photos in good lighting so that we can accurately recognize and price the bags. It’s always better to add notes regarding any apparent wear or damage.” Gorra says honesty and transparency go a long way in this process so that the best price can be determined. Once the price offer is communicated to the seller and accepted, the seller can receive payment in less than a day.

The must-know info for the buyers: For those shopping bags from the site, Gorra told us that they can expect a range of different discounts. “Most items are at deep discounts, quite often around 40% to 70% off their original retail price.” However, Rebag is not just about finding handbags from decades prior. “Many bags we sell are from the current season at a fraction of the retail price—and look as good as new,” he says.

The X-factor: Besides becoming a destination to find this season’s It bag for less than retail price, Rebag has streamlined the process of buying and selling gently loved luxury handbags by simplifying the peer-to-peer sale process. Plus, for those in New York, the brand also recently opened a concept store so customers can experience the site in an IRL setting.

The site/app: Tradesy

The gist: Simply sign up with your email and start browsing Tradesy’s massive offerings that range anywhere from Gucci to Zara. Items come listed at up to 90% off retail, and unlike some other resale experiences, returns are accepted and handled by Tradesy—making the process a bit less stressful for shoppers and sellers alike.

The hottest brands on the site: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Christian Louboutin, and Tory Burch.

The must-know info for the sellers: On Tradesy, sellers are able to set their own prices, but it’s essential to be honest and provide at least three images of the product that speaks to its condition. A flat commission fee of $7.50 is applied to every item sold up to $50; after that, a 19.8% commission will be applied.

The must-know info for the buyers: While buyers will have to decide whether or not to accept a seller’s price, Tradesy tells us that the site does run additional promotions to receive extra discounts off listed items. Furthermore, all products are 100% authenticated, and if the item you purchase is not what you expected, you can return to Tradesy for a refund.

The X-factor: Tradesy’s offerings include truly rare designer collectibles. The latest example comes by way of the Illma Gore shop, which is selling works of art made with iconic luxury fashion items. Anyone in search of a Louis Vuitton toilet for a cool $100,000?

The site/app: The RealReal

The gist: When it comes to hassle-free consignment stores and flash-sale sites, The RealReal offers the best of both worlds. You can shop or sell pre-owned clothing, handbags, shoes, and fine jewelry via daily-curated designer sales.

The hottest brands on the site: Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Cartier. Heritage brands or classic timeless pieces like Van Cleef, Cartier, and Chanel Flap Bags are often in demand, as well, especially all Hermès handbags (particularly Birkins and Kellys), according to a representative at The RealReal.

The must-know info for the sellers: The first step is to register online and ship items directly to The RealReal’s headquarters for authentication. All products go through rigorous inspection from brand and category experts, gemologists, and horologists, who sign off on products before adding to the site. If you’re not up for shipping your items, there are eight offices in the U.S. for dropping off your pieces in person.

The must-know info for the buyers: Sign up online for free to begin shopping designer sales right away from products at a range of different discounts. A First Look Membership is $10 per month and gives shoppers access to sales 24 hours in advance.

The X-factor: Besides a very hands-on and closely monitored process, The RealReal claims to have the “largest selection of pre-owned authenticated luxury items.” And before the end of the year, the site will open its a brick-and-mortar location in New York, its first.

The site/app: Poshmark

The gist: This site puts the power in the sellers’ hands by allowing them to curate their closet of items they’d like to resell, upload their own photos, set their own prices, and accept their own negotiated offers. Buyers also have endless options when it comes to perusing preloved pieces—both luxury and everyday—though an easy-to-use app.

The hottest brands on the site: Nike, Lululemon, Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, J.Crew, and Tory Burch.

The must-know info for the sellers: Download the app and start taking your images. Poshmark tells us that a cover image for your product is very important for a listing. Also keep in mind that shoppers need to provide a product description for their listing and, in order to promote sales, share their listings with their followers and to the Poshmark community at large. Once a sale is made, Poshmark will send you a prepaid label to easily ship out your item, and payment will be transferred to your account once the purchase is received by a buyer.

The must-know info for the buyers: Poshmark truly runs the gamut from fast fashion to quality luxury items to sold-out gems that are practically impossible to find elsewhere. And for those who are a fan of the haggle, shoppers can make offers to sellers for a better price. Of course, it’s up to the seller if they want to accept.

The X-factor: It’s really the social element of Poshmark that sets it apart from other resale sites. “Poshmark is a social platform by nature, and being successful on the app means being social, too, by engaging with other Poshers through likes, comments, and shares, just like any social network such as Instagram,” the brand told us in a statement. One of the unique ways the site taps into this community is through Posh Parties, which happen regularly and come with a designated theme, such as “Wardrobe Goals Party” or “Best in Jeans Party.”

The site/app: Depop

The gist: The app sets up sellers with the freedom to upload their own photos, descriptions and set their own prices. With an emphasis on lifestyle imagery and on-model shots, a successful Depop page looks pretty similar to an Instagram account of curated vintage clothes. Buyers can search for any number of pieces when it comes to clothing, shoes, accessories and even tech items.

The hottest brands on the site: Supreme, Brandy Melville, Tommy Hilfiger, Urban Outfitters, Adidas, and vintage.

The must-know info for the sellers: First download the app and start snapping cool photos of what you’re selling. Depop encourages sellers to be descriptive with the fit and condition of the product. They recommend shooting on model images in natural light that clearly show the object being sold. You’ll need to input the sizing and brand information (if applicable) as well as the price. Keep in mind that the price you list won’t be the exact amount you earn, as Depop takes a 10% commission. You can choose to pay for shipping yourself or ask the buyer to pay and you’ll need to set up a PayPal account to transfer your earnings.

The must-know info for the buyers: You can peruse all the listings on their website, but when it comes to buying, you also need to have the app downloaded. Depop encourages community on their platform, which means as a buyer, you can like, save and comment on any listing as well as chat privately with the seller, which can be helpful when negotiating prices.

The X-factor: The major selling point for Depop is its community of cool creative people with genuinely good style. Many Depop users go on not only to shop and sell clothes and accessories but for styling and outfit inspiration, too.

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