Vinted, one of my favorite places to shop, is a site where you can buy, sell, or swap clothes with other fashionistas. It’s a fantastic idea, and, since most of the clothing on the site is pre-loved, you’ll often find amazing deals! Vinted has over 11 million users, many of whom have dozens of items to sell. You’ll definitely find something (or a great many things) that you’ll adore.
Here’s how it works: A seller will take pictures of the item she wants to sell and then upload them to the site. People who like the item but don’t want to buy it quite yet will add it to their favorites list. Be careful, though! If you hesitate for too long, someone else will buy the item. Most of the time, only one person is selling that particular item on the site at any given time. So, if you miss it, you’re out of luck.
As with all thrift stores, you have to exercise a certain level of caution when buying anything. A picture on a website doesn’t always tell the full story. Too many times I have snagged an item for an unbeatable price only to find out that it reeks of cigarette smoke. Because of this, I have learned to feel skeptical when I see a price that’s too good to be true. Not that that’s stopped me from using Vinted above all other stores- thrift or otherwise!
If you’re thinking of selling your old clothes on Vinted, know this: there are lots of websites out there through which you can buy and sell used clothes, but too many of them accept only designer brands or take what I think is too large of a percentage of each sale. There are sites other than Vinted that aren’t like that, but I still have found Vinted to be the easiest to work with. Also, don’t expect people to be buying your items left and right. There’s a lot of cool stuff out there and people won’t stumble across your stuff all that often. When I first realized this, I was disappointed. However, I kept at it and now get to sell items all the time. If you persevere and refine your selling technique, you’re sure to do well out there.
Now, a note about buying. You can negotiate prices with the seller, but don’t lowball them. Always make sure that your offers are reasonable. Not only is this the courteous thing to do, but you are more likely to win the item if you are willing to pay the price that the seller put it up for.
Still unsure about buying second-hand clothes online? That’s okay. Wearing clothes that used to belong to someone else can feel weird. You may never know who the person was or what occasions they wore the items for or what other items they paired it with or how it did or did not reflect their personality. If this is why you hesitate, then don’t fret! There’s a major social media component to Vinted and most sellers would be more than happy to chat with you about anything!
At first, I told myself that I would only buy second-hand if the item I wanted was available nowhere else. I got over that sentiment when I saw all the vintage items, one-of-a-kind items, and incredible deals. I hope that you feel the same way when you try this out.
Written by: Rachel Manning