Buying second hand doesn't have to mean trawling through racks of musty smelling clothes at a dingy op-shop, although it is a great way to find a bargain, it’s not for everyone. There are plenty of great places out there to suit any budget or taste, you just need to know where to look. 

The Real Real

This is the ultimate designer consignment store. It has basically every luxury item you could think of available. I haven't purchased anything (yet!) so I can't comment on that process but I do have a items tucked away on my wishlist for when I feel like a splurge. The website is really easy to navigate so you’ll have no problem finding what you want out of the 1000's of items listed. They force you to sign up before you can browse and are quite spammy with the emails (I unsubscribed after what felt like the 20th email in a week!). Buying designer goods is an unnecessary indulgence but you can totally justify it here because a) it's way cheaper than new (unfortunately you don’t get the nice boutique experience but you can shop in your undies!) b) you are buying something pre-loved and giving it a new wonderful life. 


Some people love it, some hate. I personally love it and have bought majority of my pre-loved clothes from here (and a fair bit of my furniture). A few tips if you find it overwhelming:

  • Search brands you know and love; it makes it easy to find items that are actually second-hand (not ebay stores selling new). If it's a brand you wear often you will be familiar with sizing and fit.
  • Ask sellers questions (exact garment measurements is a good one!).
  • Always pay via Paypal, they have an excellent dispute process.
  • Don't be afraid to return items if they don't match the description or have faults that the seller didn't list.

Once you buy a few things you will develop your own strategy for finding what you like and bidding!


It's a bit more hit and miss than Ebay but it's great if you love vintage t-shirts. Just be mindful postage is nearly always ridiculous if it's an overseas seller. It’s also fun to scroll through and see what fun stuff people are selling (you’ll discover some interesting things!).

A quality vintage store

This is my second favourite way to shop, next to Ebay. It can be a little more expensive than eBay but these shops have done all the hard work for you with a curated selection of good quality vintage clothes. My favourites are Miss Brown Vintage, Vintage Sole and American Rag. I love vintage Levi jeans and have bought all of mind from these stores plus a lovely vintage dress from Miss Brown (they put elastic waist bands in all the dresses so it’s really easy to find one that fits).

Do you have any secrets for second-hand shopping or a favourite shop that you would like to share with us? Let us know in the comments.