Looking for a more sustainable way to sell and buy owned clothes? Not sure which online consignment stores to use? Well, this article has laid out three great online consignment stores that you can use that also helps the environment.
What are Consignment Stores?
They sell clothes and accessories that you don’t want anymore. Other people can shop around and buy your clothes. This is great for the environment since unwanted clothes aren’t being thrown into landfills. They sell great quality clothes for a good price with plenty of variety.
They also will donate clothes that don’t meet the requirements to be sold on their site. It’s very easy to use so anyone can use it. It leaves less of a pile-up of unwanted clothes in your own closet and all of these consignment stores promote circular fashion.
With 70 million users across the U.S. and Canada, Poshmark is a popular consignment store- I’m sure you’ve seen their commercials by now. One cool feature that they offer is a free authentication option so you can be assured what you’re getting is the real deal. They also prohibit price gouging, so you can feel safe that you’re paying a fair price for what you’re buying.
Poshmark is easy to use and is great for the everyday person. For all of those potential sellers out there, Poshmark is the way to go. It makes selling your clothes so easy that even your dog could do it. Make sure you do all of your selling through the site, so if any potential problems arise, you’ll be covered.
Be sure to check out our co-founder Rani Nicole’s unboxing Poshmark video on Instagram.
“Our mission is to put people at the heart of commerce, empowering everyone to thrive.”Poshmark
This consignment store promotes diversity and making the future of fashion circular. The RealReal was started by Julie Wainwright at her home and grew to be what it is today while keeping sustainability and community in mind.
They have 16 retail locations and have saved 896 million liters of water through people buying and selling through their site. That’s a lot of water. They’ve also saved about 18,732 of metric carbon.
This is your one-stop-shop for all of your designers brand needs. Their customer service is spectacular, and all products come in cute and reusable dust bags. They have a rigorous authentication process, so you know you’re getting the real deal. Are they currently sold out of a product you’ve had your eye on? Don’t worry, they have a waitlist that you can add yourself to so you can be notified when that item returns.
The RealReal also has a list of organizations that they’ve partnered with to further their movement towards sustainability. Some of the organizations they’ve partnered with are:
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
United Nations Climate Change Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
One Tree Planted: Million Tree Challenge
You can even check out Rani Nicole’s unboxing video of her purchases from The RealReal.
“We’re empowering consignors and buyers to extend the life cycle of luxury goods.”.The RealReal
The Vestiaire Collective started in France but is now available globally. They work to inform people that reusing and reselling is a smart and sustainable way to go. They also give every employee 2 days a year to support an organization of their choice. The Vestiaire Collective works to decrease their carbon footprint from buying through local people.
Another interesting aspect is that they created an internal task force to support:
Equal Opportunity, Women’s Empowerment, Ethnic Diversity, Disability, and LGBTQIA+.
“Clothing consumption is set to rise 63% by 2030,* but today we wear our items 40% less than 10 years ago.”Vestiaire Collective
Sell, Buy, Donate!
Using sites like these three can make a big difference in making the fashion industry circular. Not only will it save you money, but it’ll help cut down on waste from fashion, as well as doing good for the community. Although, if online shopping stresses you out check out, “5 Tips to Fight the Burnout of Online Shopping.”