Where to buy second hand clothes online in Australia

Where to buy second-hand clothes online in Australia | Beanstalk Mums

Note: This article is checked regularly to ensure the information is recent and fresh. Last updated in 2021.

Ever wondered where to buy second hand clothes online?  

Op shopping is growing in popularity, and with good reason. Buying unique pre-loved gems is a real pleasure, plus you will save heaps of money. And the real bargains are to found online, all from the comfort of your home.

Pre-loved bargain hunting is the very best way to get your hands-on second-hand designer items, high-quality clothes and fashion accessories for a fraction of their original cost. And since most items are sold due to sizing issues, style-changes or need for cash, the quality is often really good.

But don’t take our word for it, why not take a look yourself? We’ve put together a handy list of the best places to buy second-hand clothes online.

Looking to sell your stuff? See: How and where to sell used clothes online.

Please note: Some websites have paid for insertion in this article, however all reviews are independently written by Beanstalk.

Where to buy second-hand clothes online in Australia

Zaful

Zaful sells brand new clothes and accessories that are on the trendy and young side (lots of cropped tops). Much like H&M and Forever21, the quality of the clothes can be questionable at times, but the styles are definitely cute and the prices are reasonable to average. Zaful has ongoing deals that are sorted into categories (from under $24.99 to under $3.99) so you can easily find what fits your budget. Their ‘Last Call’ sale section also has flash sales where you can grab hot items. Head to the Top Rated and Top Recommendations sections to see what other people are buying.

Range of items sold: Women and men’s clothes and accessories

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: Free standard shipping on orders over $64, otherwise from $7.76

What we like most: Cute swimsuits, plus size clothes, trendy and fun style

Mottanai

It’s rare to find a fashion brand that takes sustainability as seriously as Mottainai, an Australian online thrift store for affordable, pre-loved fashion. The name ‘Mottanai’ is a Japanese term that encourages the use of belongings for their entire effective life with respect and a sense of gratitude. Each piece is carefully inspected to ensure it will be of value to someone. Even their delivery service is carbon neutral using biodegradable and recyclable packaging. You’ll find your favourite brands here at up to 90% off the retail price in sizes from 4 to 22. What’s more, they also offer free shipping and free returns. If you’re looking to sell, their Clothing Exchange allows you to send in your pre-loved garments and receive store credit upfront. Store credit lasts forever, so you can take as long as you like to find something you love.

Range of items sold: Women’s clothes

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: Free standard shipping for orders over $50, otherwise $6.95

What we like most: Sustainable shopping experience, huge markdowns on top brands, free shipping and returns

RELOVED WARDROBE

Reloved Wardrobe makes it easy for you to buy high-quality preloved clothing and fashion accessories at a fraction of the retail price, all from the comfort of your own home. The Reloved Wardrobe website is very user friendly, allowing you to easily search for clothing by size, type, colour and brand. They offer a growing range of women’s preloved clothing and costume jewellery with the aim of reducing the number of fashion pieces going to landfill.

Range of items sold: Women’s preloved clothes and costume jewellery – sizes 6 to 16 plus

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: $8.95 flat rate shipping Australia wide or free shipping over $75

What we like most: Easy to search by size, recyclable packaging, plus they donate $1 from every order to GIVIT.org.au

Upparel

Upparel offers the hottest circular fashion for people who love clothes and sustainability. The Melbourne-based online retailer started as Manrags, a subscription service for men’s socks and undies. With a little push from the pandemic, they rebranded as Upparel to offer the world’s first recycled cotton socks and underwear. Their mission is to end textile waste through upcycling and extending the life of unwanted textiles. You can have the shop collect a box of your unwanted clothes in exchange for $25 worth of products, or shop for cool duds online. You’ll be doing yourself and the environment a favour!

Range of items sold: Women, men and kids upcycled socks and underwear

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: Free standard shipping Australia wide

What we like most: World’s first recycled socks and undies, lots of cool designs, Australia’s 2020 Sustainability Champions

Lifeline

Lifeline is Australia’s largest online op shop, selling preloved clothes, accessories, toys and books. What makes Lifeline stand out from other second hand shops is their huge product range and fast order processing. They have over 14,000 items listed online in 120 categories that are shipped from the warehouse within 24 hours. They also have an excellent vintage section where you can find one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories (we love the vintage band tees). Prices are what you’d expect, but there are some vintage pieces that sell for $100 and over.

Range of items sold: Clothes, accessories, games, toys, DVDs and books

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: Spend $5 or more online and get free shipping Australia wide, otherwise from $8.95

What we like most: Thousands of available items on hand, fast dispatch

The Closet

The Closet is an online marketplace for affordable, pre-owned fashion ranging from designer threads to shoes. Many of the items are still brand new with tags intact but are sold at a fraction of the original cost (up to 90% off your favourite brands). The Closet carefully selects the items to ensure they are authentic and in perfect condition. Whether you are a hardcore thrift shopper or just a mum who wants to look great while saving some money, the Closet is the place to go.

Range of items sold: Women’s clothes, shoes and accessories

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: $9 flat rate Australia wide

What we like most: Almost new items at a fraction of the cost, money-back guarantee

MORE PLACES TO BUY SECOND HAND CLOTHES ONLINE

eBay

eBay is the grandma of online thrift shops. The website has been around for decades with a practically endless selection of items, from vintage clothes to one of a kind jewellery and accessories. The experience is like Amazon shopping but you save much more money if you know where to look and how the system works. Some items are only up for bids like an auction, while others are available to buy instantly. You can always contact the seller if you want to negotiate prices or have a bid-only item available to buy now.

Range of items sold: Everything from clothes to books to electronics

Price range: $-$$$

Delivery cost: Depends on location

What we like most: Endless variety of preloved items, hard to find and one-of-a-kind items 

Material World

Material World puts a modern spin on the thrift shopping experience with its Material Box, a subscription box filled with preowned designer items at 90% off retail. The difference from other subscription boxes is that you get to choose what goes in the box based on your style profile. Each box comes with 5 designer items—usually coordinating tops, bottoms and accessories from different designers. Once the box arrives you can choose the ones you like and send back the rest. The personal styling fee of $49/box is waived completely if you decide to keep just one item.

Range of items sold: Women’s preowned designer clothes, shoes and accessories

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: Free shipping

What we like most: Stylist-curated boxes, trying on designer clothes and sending back what we don’t like

Carousell

Carousell is a dedicated apps for brand new and preowned clothing, accessories and everything else. Sellers list their items for free and you buy them on the app. You can also negotiate prices and shipping/meetup with the seller. The app is popular so you can expect to see a wide range of items, but like other online sites that lack a dedicated QA team, we suggest checking seller feedback and reviews to make sure you get exactly what you pay for. For sellers of second-hand clothes, Carousell can be a huge money saver as there are no fees, but you do get plenty of lowballers.

Range of items sold: Women and men’s preowned clothes and accessories and everything else

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: Free delivery if you agree to meet up with the seller, otherwise, shipping fees depend on location

What we like most: No fees for sellers, no shipping fees for buyers if they agree to a meet up

OUR FINAL SUGGESTIONS FOR SECOND HAND CLOTHES SHOPPING ONLINE

Etsy

Etsy is a favourite of the crafty, DIY and artist crowd, and it’s a great place to find second-hand and one-of-a-kind items, from clothes and shoes to toys and wall art. If designer is your thing, there are lots of vintage and brand-new vintage-y threads on offer. Etsy keeps promoting their items as being sold by independent sellers, but don’t be surprised if you find that many are shipped by big wholesale companies from overseas. The prices of some items are comparable to those sold by Amazon, but expect to pay more for unique finds or items coming from abroad.

Range of items sold: Clothes, accessories, home goods, toys, wedding supplies, art

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: Depends on location

What we like most: Unique and one of a kind items, great vintage pieces

Depop

Depop is a global marketplace app that is wildly popular with the younger crowd. It’s like eBay and Etsy mixed with Instagram, so no surprise that teenagers are the top users. You can also find lots of creatives and thrift store lovers here. Young people are reportedly making bank reselling second hand clothing as well as their own designs on Depop, but anyone can be a buyer or seller. Selling on Depop is pretty straightforward: List your item (from clothes to electronics to cards) for auction and invite bids, which you can accept at any time. Depop charges a 10% commission on the total transaction amount. For buyers, there’s a wide selection of low-priced, trendy fashion items and some high-end designer clothes.

Range of items sold: Clothes, accessories, electronics, event tickets, cards, art

Price range: $-$$

Delivery cost: Depends on location

What we like most: Trendy clothes, unique items, payment protection

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