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The best designer resale sites

31/08/2021

As we all slowly start to ease out of lockdown and return to busier routines, fuller diaries, and catching up with loved ones in person, we finally get to wear all of those clothes we’ve been neglecting due to spending so much of our time inside (most likely, wearing loungewear).

With that time spent away from our everyday wardrobes, some of us may start to feel that it’s time for a little style refresh – perhaps your taste has evolved or maybe you actually feel that you have too many clothes that don’t quite fit with your new lifestyle. So, now is the time to start approaching your wardrobe in a smarter way.

Are you really making the most of the clothing and accessories you already have? Are you guilty of holding on to something that you’ll probably never wear again, for the wrong reasons? A decluttered closet is the first step to making your existing clothing selection work as hard as possible; after all, you’re unlikely to wear something if you’ve forgotten it’s even there.

As Japanese author, consultant and decluttering connoisseur Marie Kondo so famously says, you should only hold on to things that “spark joy” – whether that be because it holds fond memories, or simply makes you feel fabulous when you wear it.

“It’s about heightening your sensitivity to what brings you joy,” she says. “Once you’ve completed your tidying, there is room to welcome meaningful objects, people and experiences into your life.”

Streamlining your wardrobe is not only good for the soul but good for the environment, too. As we educate ourselves more on how our choices affect the world around us, become more sustainable with fashion has never been more appealing. Whether it’s through researching brands thoroughly, shopping from eco-conscious labels, opting for rental fashion instead of buying new, or selling your old pieces – there are so many great options to consider when it comes to having a greener approach to fashion.

Learning how to be more mindful with your purchasing habits will likely result in less waste, and fewer regretful impulse buys. That’s good news for our planet, as around £140 million worth of clothing goes to landfills every year, according to Wrap.

Of course, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t be simply throwing your old clothes away; donate them to charity or contribute to the circular fashion model by selling your designer wares on a luxury resale site, of which there are now plenty of great options to choose from.

Here, we round up the best resale websites around, all of which are reputable, easy to use and well-edited. Whether you’re looking to sell a designer handbag, a pair of shoes or perhaps a piece of clothing that no longer “sparks joy” for you, but might for somebody else, then visit one of these sites below. Just try not to buy twice as much as you sell…

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VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE

Vestiaire Collective has one of the largest selections of pre-owned goods, posting thousands of new listings each week – and is a favourite with the Bazaar fashion team. Boasting an online fashion community of more than 3.5 million shoppers, items you buy on Vestiaire Collective are guaranteed to come from a respectable wardrobe. A nifty feature is the ability to set email alerts, letting you know when a particular item you are hunting for is listed. The site also hosts regular flash sales, which means your money can go even further.

 

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EKC LUXURY

EKC Luxury specialises in rare and desirable goods and experiences. The platform guarantees authenticity with personal customer service and delivers worldwide. To keep your pieces in tip-top condition, EKC Luxury’s expert partner ateliers and jewellers repair and restore to the highest standard with the latest technology and expert eye. If you fancy a change, buy, sell and swap in safe hands here.

 

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REBELLE

Online marketplace Rebelle has a concierge service that offers a 48-hour turnaround, including authentication and delivery. The site has a fast-growing customer base and sees accessory categories (bags, shoes and jewellery) bring in the highest resale value.

 

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CUDONI

Cudoni is easily one of the most convenient resale services. Arrange your at-home collection over the phone or online, then company experts will value your luxury items and take care of the entire process for you. Cudoni will send updates as to how your sales are progressing and informing you once your pieces have sold. Efficient, hassle-free and simple to use, this an ideal service for those short on time.

 

 

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RESELLFRIDGES

With Selfridges, you can either shop from its permanent resale platform as part of its ambitious sustainability initiative, Project Earth. Here, you can either shop from a curated edit of pre-loved designer pieces, be it a chic Gabriela Hearst dress or a vintage ceramic vase from the Sixties, or sell your own unwanted accessories in exchange for credit to use online or in-store. Think of it as a way of updating your wardrobe or home, while also decluttering.

 

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VIDE DRESSING

French company Vide Dressing launched in 2009, making it an early pioneer of the resale market. It aims to offer a second life to the fashion items lying deep within people’s wardrobes worldwide, thus enabling buyers to indulge and sellers to earn. It sells a mix of high street and designer items, ideal for anyone who wants to monetise both ends of the fashion spectrum, whether you’re clearing out H&M or Hermès.

The real selling point of Vide is that its users can quickly list items in just minutes: you take photos, describe the piece and then set the price. Vide Dressing then puts your items into specific selections and newsletters designed to target the buyers who are most likely to purchase your pieces.

 

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COCOON REFRESH

Luxury handbag rental site Cocoon launched Cocoon Refresh, a new concept that also allows customers to sell their pre-loved luxury bags and receive payment in the form of cash or credit towards membership with the site. The site works as a subscription service that allows you to rent different designer bags every month, meaning you can refresh your wardrobe as much as you like; great news if you love that new-bag feeling, but find yourself getting bored quickly.

 

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DEPOP

Although Depop is not all strictly luxury (and does tend to cater towards a younger crowd), it is not to be overlooked when it comes to finding bargains from high-end designer labels. After collaborating with brands such as Ralph Lauren and Richard Quinn in the past, Depop is fast cementing its status as a well-respected source for luxury finds. The app is a global marketplace for fashion— a social space where you can see what others are liking, buying, and selling.

 

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SELLIER KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, Sellier promises you the finest luxury ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and accessories. “Whether you are buying or selling, we are passionate about creating the best possible experience for our customers and consignors,” explains its website. Sellier Knightsbridge also has a collection of authentic Hermès bags available for resale in London.

 

 

HEWI LONDON

HEWI (Hardly Ever Worn It) is like eBay, but exclusively for new or barely worn pre-owned designer goods. Shoppers can watch items, follow sellers and choose to either “buy it now” or make offers on future purchases. Sellers can list items themselves without fees, or alternatively opt for the VIP service, whereby HEWI London will handle everything on your behalf – from collecting items to handling all buyer enquiries. This allows you to sell anonymously; all you need to do is choose how you want to be paid.

 

FARLEIGH.IO

Farleigh.io is a self-proclaimed hybrid of Depop, Pinterest and Instagram. Farleigh.io is a social marketplace of shoppable products — everything from homeware to jewellery and clothes. With an easy-to-use interface that’s been developed for simplicity and style, users design their own shop windows that look professional and slick — and with a quick click-to-buy mechanic taking you straight through to an in-built checkout.

 

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DESIGNER EXCHANGE

Established in 2013, Designer Exchange was the first company to offer instant cash payment and exchange on designer items. It’s the right place to head if you are thinking about swapping your Chanel for an upgrade. Every one of the items is checked in-house by a team of experts to make sure everything is authentic and top quality. As well as being available online, Designer Exchange also has stores in Knightsbridge, Kensington, Manchester, Birmingham and Madrid.

 

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EDIT SECOND HAND

The team at Edit Second Hand carefully selects the highest-quality designer pieces, offering shoppers authentic designer labels at up to 70 per cent off retail price. Listing pieces on the site is easy: simply email a round-up of items you want to sell and Edit will respond with an estimated price of what it will pay for them. Our favourite thing about it is the speed of the service; you will receive payment for your items within two days of them arriving at Edit’s HQ.

 

 

BAGISTA

Bagista offers pre-loved designer bags a second home; customers can buy, sell or swap their luxury handbags. The company is great at keeping its followers in the loop, regularly posting to Instagram Stories about new arrivals, so you can keep on top of the latest product drops. Before a bag makes it onto the site, it’s been checked by experts to ensure authenticity, whether it’s a one-off piece or everyone’s favourite must-have.

 

 

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REWIND VINTAGE

Rewind Vintage specialises in unique luxury vintage fashion, stocking pre-loved items from top labels including Chanel, Saint Laurent and Celine (or Céline, as the case may be), as well as rare vintage pieces. Rewind has also launched its own project that customises classic designer bags and provides customers with a personalisation service. To sell with Rewind, contact an authorised representative via phone or email to arrange a consultation.

 

From Harper’s Bazaar UK

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