It's been about two years that I've committed to curating a completely slow fashion wardrobe and I'm really proud of the progress I've made. This year alone, I only bought three new clothing items, two of them being non-maternity underwear from Kohl's and the other being pajamas for Griffin from Target because we took him there to pick out pajamas and new sheets to help with the transition into our new house.
Other than that, almost everything we've bought has been secondhand. From books and toys to furniture and clothes, these are the best websites I've found for secondhand shopping.
My Favorite Secondhand Websites
Kidizen: Best Secondhand Shop for Children's Clothing and Shoes
I came across Kidizen when I was searching for a secondhand shop for kids' clothes since I had just joined the Garment 2020 Challenge which means I made the commitment to "buy less, buy better, and buy responsibly, both for myself and other people in my life." I had just came across a super cute set of girl's onesies at Target and found them quickly on Kidizen in new condition. Since then, I've purchased my son's entire 3T wardrobe, including a denim jacket, 5 short-sleeved shirts, 4 long-sleeved shirts, 7 pants, 2 shorts and 4 shoes for $150. I'm kind of obsessed.
ThredUp and Slowre: My Favorite Secondhand Shops for Women's Clothing and Shoes
When I'm not shopping at brick and mortar thrift stores, my best finds for clothes and shoes have been on ThredUp and Slowre. I recently found the Sienna Tradlands Sweater I had been pining for for two years on Slowre. On ThredUp, I bought a Frank and Eileen denim shirt for $55 (originally $250) and Eileen Fisher slacks for $32. The reason why ThredUp is my favorite compared to other secondhand online shops like Poshmark and Tradesy is because you don't have to register to browse the site and they allow you to return items for a small fee.
Better World Books: Best Online Used Bookstore
Whenever I'm looking for cookbooks, novels, non-fiction books or children's books, my go-to is Better World Books. They sell their books for the fraction of the cost as Amazon, the used books are always in great condition, shipping is free and every time you purchase from them, they donate a book to someone in need. Does it get any better than that?!
Facebook Marketplace: Best for Large Items and Furniture
I only started using the Facebook Marketplace for buying and selling about a month ago and I absolutely love it. We've purchased our Joovy Double Stroller, the Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet and Little Partners Learning Tower all at really affordable prices. We were also able to sell our extra meat smoker, wine cart and Boppy. My favorite part about the Facebook Marketplace is that it connects you to others in your community and provides the potential for real-life friendships. The couple we bought the double-stroller from invited us to go to Disneyland with them and their boys sometime. And because you are meeting up rather than shipping, it's much easier to offload bulkier items that are taking up valuable space in your home.
I have yet to find a good secondhand shop that sells men's clothing. If you know of one, please let me know!
Bonus Hack: If you have a favorite brand or shop like Anthropologie or Madewell, spend a few hours or a day at their brick and mortar locations to try on clothes to see how they fit and what your size is in a variety of brands. Then, you can either search for specific items on ThredUp or filter by brands that you know you like and fit you well.