In my family, we love resale shopping. There’s just something super thrilling about finding amazing stuff for cheap!

Today the options for shopping—and selling—recycled designer fashions are rapidly expanding online as well as in the brick-and-mortar resale community.

Here are five awesome newcomers to the designer consignment market online—if you love designer resale shopping, you’ll love these new finds!

What to check before you buy

Of course, when you’re shopping recycled brand name fashions online, you need to do a bit of extra research before you make a purchase.

Pre-purchase research to do:

  • How the site ensures brand name authenticity.
  • How the site helps you determine if the piece will fit you.
  • How much of a discount you’re really getting off the retail price.
  • What the return policy is (if any)—some sites will not offer returns.
  • How shipping works.
  • What the commission is if you want to sell.
  • If there are any additional ways to earn (friend referrals, "likes," etc.). 

5 Awesome design consignment shops

These designer consignment shops take resale shopping to a whole new level with curated collections, social media networking, crowdsourcing resale boutiques, measurement comparisons against items offered, brand authenticity verification and other 21st century musts.

1. SnobSwap

SnobSwap was created by two sisters who wanted to recreate their own lifelong habit of "shopping out of each others' closets" online. Half shop, half swap and all discount, SnobSwap brings together several designer consignment boutiques under one URL.

  • Website: https://snobswap.com
  • Sell and buy?: Yes.
  • How it works: You can sell on your own or via the Closet Concierge (right now there’s a waiting list for Concierge services).
  • Special offers: Create a new account and get $10 off your next order; browse the Sale page for special deals; Refer a friend and you both earn $10 off.

 

 

2. Walk in My Closet

Walk in My Closet bills itself as a "clique" that you join—complete with a selection of curated online "influencers" for reference. You can also catalog your closet online as you add new pieces.

 

 

3. Vaunte

Vaunte was created by two of the founding members of Gilt Group (Christian Leone and Leah Park). The site is both an education mecca for budding fashionistas and a direct line to the latest styles (all at a discount).

  • Website: https://www.vaunte.com
  • Sell and buy?: Yes.
  • How it works: You join for free, create your account and then can buy and sell at will.
  • Special offers: Create a new account and get $50 off and free shipping; earn a 1% commission on referred friends sold items.

 

 

4. The RealReal

When you sell and shop with The RealReal, you never have to worry if your "designer" item is a knock-off, because the RealReal team authenticates every piece before listing it for resale.

  • Website: https://www.therealreal.com
  • Sell and buy?: Yes.
  • How it works: Sell your items (send them in or arrange for a free pickup), and pay a 30% commission. Most items sell fast (within a few days). Shop online and buy designer brands at a big discount.
  • Special offers: Frequent sales and discounts (right now they have a 20% off offer going). You can earn gift cards as you sell (right now there’s an offer to earn a $100 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card when you consign 10 items). If you become a First Look Member for $5 a month, you’ll get access to special sales and promotions.

 

 

5. Shop Hers

Shop Hers was created by a former model who knows the importance of sizing and fit. Shop Hers is part social network and part shop and sell. You can connect with others who share your style preferences and sizing (a perk called Style SoulMates). You can also confidentially upload your measurements for easier shopping.

  • Website: http://shop-hers.com
  • Sell and buy?: Yes.
  • How it works: You can sell privately (for a 12% commission) or via VIP services (35% commission).
  • Special offers: Create a free account and get 15% off your first purchase; special sales (right now is "The Best of the Bag"), join the Inner Circle once you have spent $250 and get exclusive access to sales and free shipping on every order; 20% sale and 50% clearance pages all the time plus there’s a Just Reduced page for extra savings.

 

 

Don't Miss Out on These Top 5 Designer Consignment Shops