Online Thrifting — The New Wave

Photo posted by @goodfair on Instagram.

The leaves are beginning to turn and the scent of pumpkin spice is filling the crisp autumn air. Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time to revamp your wardrobe. What better way to find new, trendy pieces than by thrifting them from the comfort of your own home!

Online thrift stores and consignment shops have recently gained popularity — ThredUp, Depop, The RealReal and Goodfair — to name a few. These online storefronts allow customers to both buy and sell clothing, handbags, accessories and more. The common thread among these shops? They’re thrift stores, reimagined, with an emphasis on sustainability, affordability and most importantly, style. 


ThredUp is one of the largest online thrift stores with over 35,000 brands, ranging from Levi’s to Lilly Pulitzer and millions of items to choose from. The company prioritizes educating shoppers and bringing awareness to the global fashion waste crisis. They encourage customers to shop with intention and to refresh their style while also reducing their waste. ThredUp even promotes upcycling your wardrobe by using secondhand garments and fabric scraps to create brand new pieces. Their mission: to reject throwaway fashion culture and encourage circular fashion. 

Photo posted by @threadUp on Instagram

Depop describes itself as a fashion marketplace that offers some of the most unique items to match every person’s unique style. They offer a global online community for buyers and sellers, alike, while emphasizing their goals to create a diverse, inclusive and less wasteful world. Depop stands out from other online thrift stores because of its community aspect. The platform hosts over 30 million sellers from all different backgrounds like artists, designers, collectors, influencers and creatives. Every member of the Depop community is able to both inspire and be inspired while making a difference for the future of sustainable fashion. 

Photo posted by @Depop on Instagram
The Real Real

The Real Real considers itself a game-changer in the world of luxury consignment. They began at founder and CEO Julie Wainwright’s kitchen table as a startup focused on sustainability and community. The business quickly evolved into a global movement, valuing quality and authenticity.  They even consign home decor and art in addition to clothing, jewelry and other accessories from hundreds of luxury and designer brands. From Adidas and Birkenstock to Tiffany & Co. and Valentino, The Real Real’s team of pro consignors check every item for authenticity and quality before selling at an affordable price. The Real Real lives up to its name and is truly the place for real-deal runway styles on a budget. 

Photo posted by @Therealreal on Instagram

Goodfair, though it shares a similar mission of creating a more sustainable fashion future, prides itself on its passion for encouraging real change. Rather than selling particular brands of secondhand clothing, Goodfair sells any and all pre-loved items. They strive to educate about the environmental benefits of being a conscious consumer and buying thrifted rather than fast fashion while offering carefully curated themed bundles of clothing. Goodfair bundles are sorted into categories from pre-loved crewnecks and shirts to retro knit sweaters and unisex jeans. 

Another part of what makes them unique is their No New Things Pledge. They challenge all of us to become more conscious consumers and pledge to buy nothing new for an entire year — only buying secondhand or essential items. You’ll even receive a discount on future orders if you successfully complete the challenge. Goodfair gives people the knowledge and tools to truly commit to creating a better future, one thrifted piece at a time. 

Photo posted by @Goodfair on Instagram

So what are you waiting for? Try thrifting new pieces this season – your fall wardrobe (and planet) will thank you!Show us some of your thrifted fall finds by tagging us, @VALLEYmag, on Instagram.


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