Confession time: I’m a hopeless night owl. I’m also an avid thrift shopper, collector and professional reseller. Happily, the multiple sides of my personality can be satisfied regardless of the time of day.
Online thrift shopping has become an economic powerhouse. According to Statista, the global market for secondhand clothing is expected to hit $351 billion by 2027. But there’s so much more than apparel churning through the resale market. From vintage board games to midcentury pottery, the world is your (online) thrift store.
So log-on and load up: Here are some of my favorite 24/7 shops.
The sheer volume of listings makes eBay the perfect place to shop for obscure items, discontinued products and hard-to-find brands.
2. Facebook Marketplace
When you’re looking for the big stuff, shop local, and these days, that means Facebook Marketplace.
I recently bought a pre-owned (but still in the plastic wrap) queen-size Tempur-Pedic mattress from a seller 45 minutes away. Though its retail value was roughly $3,400, the mattress was listed for only $250. Score!
Grailed is a marketplace for new and used clothing. With a focus on streetwear and sneakers, the app feels geared toward Gen Z and millennial shoppers. Still, with a healthy selection of luxury brands too, Grailed’s inventory is interesting and the bargains are there (if you don’t mind hunting for them).
It’s the go-to site for millennials and Gen-Zers who are looking to buy and sell vintage clothing and accessories. The vibe is definitely toward casual streetwear, where personal style and fresh fashion interpretations rule.
The site is uncluttered and incredibly easy to use. Users can shop by brand, clothing category, or event (think “spring vacation” or “festival”). And with pricing brackets that start at under $10, it’s easy to shop without busting the budget.
6. Housing Works eShop
Based in New York City, Housing Works is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting AIDS and homelessness. Housing Works eShop is an online extension of its 11 brick-and-mortar thrift stores scattered throughout New York and Brooklyn.
With a more curated selection of clothing, accessories and housewares, Housing Works offers a unique thrift shopping experience. Less virtual digging and more discovering.
In the mood for a Goodwill trip at at 2:00 a.m.? I’ve got you covered. ShopGoodwill is the nonprofit’s online shopping platform.
Two of my favorite things about this site: First, there’s no huge online markup. Opening bids and buy-it-now prices are comparable to in-store prices. Second, if you get creative with search terms, it’s possible to score incredible deals. Staff members who handle listings simply can’t be experts in every category. Every once in awhile, a treasure slips through.
See also: 9 Pro Tips for Online Thrift Shopping
Nextdoor connects people within specific neighborhoods. Users can post local alerts (“There’s a runaway poodle trotting down Maple Street!”), share tips and promote nearby businesses and nonprofits.
A secondary feature of the app allows members to post items for sale. Similar to Facebook Marketplace, it’s a convenient way to shop for secondhand items locally — especially tools, appliances, and large pieces of furniture. And the best part? Buying and selling on Nextdoor helps people build connections in the real world, and it always helps to know your neighbors.