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.
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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.