It’s 2019 and secondhand shopping is cool, y’all! With an ever-increasing awareness on the fashion industry’s impact on communities and the planet, shopping secondhand has shed its old stigma and has acquired a well-deserved following. I know you’re all fashion lovers, so you’re likely familiar with traditional brick-and-mortar consignment shops, but did you know that you can shop and sell secondhand fashion right from the comfort of your home? That’s right folks, you can save the planet and save money all while eating ice cream in your pyjamas in front of your computer by shopping from online consignment stores.
Here’s a list of 5 of my favourite online consignment stores that ship to Canada!
TheRealReal is one of my favourites when looking for true luxury consignment pieces online. TheRealReal accepts and sells men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, fine jewellery, watches, fine art, and home furnishings in good to pristine condition from brands listed in the Designer Directory. Some things to note before shopping your little heart out: the RealReal applies a shipping fee of approximately $45 CAD to Canadian orders and duties are paid upon arrival (which can be a lot).
Don’t know if you’re after budget or luxury items? thredUP has a variety of brands for everyone’s style and budget. Prices start at $0.99 and go up into the thousands. I, myself, have bought secondhand pieces from a wide range of brands like Aritzia, Reformation, Zara, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce & Gabbana on thredUP.
What’s really cool about thredUP is its Clean Out Kit, which easily allows you to send in your clothes to sell for cash or store credit. thredUP also gives you the option of choosing to donate your clothing instead of consigning — which means that instead of receiving cash or credit, thredUP will make a donation of $5 per bag that you donate on your behalf to a charity of your choice!
Vestiaire Collective is very similar to the RealReal because it also specializes in luxury consignment. However, Vestiaire is different because sellers have the option of selling items directly from their homes or the option of consigning their items with Vestiaire Collective and having Vestiaire Collective sell the item on their behalf. My favourite thing about Vestiaire is that you can negotiate up to 30% off the stated price of an item directly with the seller so you can score even more of a discount!
Some things to note before shopping is that Vestiaire Collective applies a shipping fee per product according to the origin of the item and your delivery address. On top of that, it charges an authentication fee of 2% of the price of the item up to a maximum of approximately $16 CAD. Orders from private sellers are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. However, orders from professional sellers are returnable within 14 days of receiving your order.
A favourite of the gram’s most popular bloggers is What Goes Around Comes Around. While this luxe designer store has gorgeous locations in the States, if you’re not willing to travel, you can shop all your designer needs from the comfort of home. This luxe consignment store is known for its insane selection of designer brands like Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, YSL, and Prada, to name just a few.
What’s great about shopping What Goes Around Comes Around online is that all the prices are in Canadian dollars. But buyer beware because the duties and taxes will all be calculated at checkout. Also, if you buy in store, everything is final sale but if you purchase online, they’ll let you make a return. Online for the win!
If you’re after the most luxe designer items, we suggest taking a peek over at Le Prix. Formerly known as Snob Swap, this online consignment retailer allows users to both sell, and buy previously owned designer items. From Chanel to Hermès, McQueen and more, the site offers top designer items for up to 90% off. While returns and shipping is free if you live in America, but for us Canadians, the shipping fee is a flat rate of $35 and all sales are final.
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