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Shopping second hand is not only a more sustainable option than buying new, but it could also save you a pretty penny.
With the cost of living set to rise steeply this year, we've been looking for ways to cut back on our spending without having to forgo the little luxuries that make us smile.
Finding pre-loved items from top designers and brands is a great option if you've got expensive taste but don't have the budget to match.
The thrill of finding quality items at great prices and getting to revel in the fact that "it's vintage darling", can be yours without too much effort if you know where to look. So we've rounded up some great online shops that specialise in second hand fashion, tech and furniture.
Best second hand clothes websites UK
Home to a huge volume of authenticated designer clothing and accessories for men, women and children at up to 70% off the original retail price. Shop from sellers across the UK or around the world. With such a vast array of items available it is wise to set up filters to help you trawl through the options.
A second-hand fashion community with more than 45 million members all buying and selling pre-owned clothing for men, women and children, as well as homeware. Download the free app to get started browsing and if you find a particular seller whose style matches your own, then you can "follow" them to get notified whenever they upload something new.
OK, so Thread doesn't technically specialise in second hand clothing, however it does give you the option to filter through its range of branded menswear and womenswear to only look for items made from recycled or upcycled materials. Sign up to the site for free, answer some questions about your personal style and a stylist will carefully curate a selection of products for you to choose from.
This is a virtual charity shop, where brands and individual sellers can send pre-owned clothing to be re-sold with a portion of the proceeds being donated to a charity of their choosing.
Oxfam's online charity shop has dedicated sections for women's designer, men's designer and vintage pieces, making it easy to find high quality items, while also raising funds for the charity.
Stylist Katty Patterson curates a gorgeous collection of premium vintage pieces in sizes UK 12 and up, with a mission to provide "killer options for curvier bodies without the need to compromise".
To curate this competitively-priced range of secondhand pieces (including quirky vintage, luxury designer, contemporary brands and the best of the high street), One Scoop Store's founder Holly Watkins scours car boot sales, charity shops, thrift markets and a network of private sellers.
Offering secondhand women's clothing from high street brands and designers at up to 80% off their original retail price, Re-Fashion is focussed on reducing fashion’s carbon footprint and driving circularity in the UK. Money raised from reselling clothes is used to fund sustainable fashion initiatives and support individuals who pioneer the reuse, repair and remaking of textiles.
Specialising in secondhand designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. You can browse the site or create an account to "favourite" the brands you love and save your sizes for personalised recommendations from the team.
Best second hand technology websites UK
Billed as a refurbished (super)market, Backmarket sells professionally refurbished products from brands including Apple and Samsung. With prices up to 70% off the original retail price, all items are graded as either fair, good or excellent based on their cosmetic appearance and technical condition, so you'll know just how much use your pre-owned item has undergone. There is a 30 day returns policy and items are sold with a minimum warranty of 12 months.
eBay has a section dedicated to "certified refurbished" products (previously purchased items that were returned to the manufacturer and have been restored and vetted to ensure they work like new). With a range of appliances, TVs, smartwatches, laptops and phones available from brands including Dyson, Shark, Apple, Samsung Russell Hobbs and AEG, customers can save up to 30% compared to the RRP of new goods. Items are covered by a 12-month seller guarantee, so if the item is faulty, it will be repaired or exchanged free of charge.
Amazon Warehouse is home to Amazon's customer returns. Some items are listed at close to retail price but others are reduced by up to 50%. Amazon promises all items listed are quality used, open-box products which come with a statutory legal warranty, and states it has a "hassle-free" return process.
Amazon also has a section dedicated to "like-new" refurbished smartphones, laptops, tablets, video games and home appliances. All items listed are tested by qualified suppliers and are backed for one year by the Amazon Renewed Guarantee.
You can buy "like-new products" direct from Apple with savings of up to 15%, all of which come with a one-year warranty.
You've probably seen CeX stores dotted about on high streets, but did you know they also sell refurbished phones, games consoles, TVs and other electronics online? All sales come with a 24 month warranty.
Not just a place to offload your old CDs, Music Magpie also stocks a wide range of refurbished phones, tablets, Macbooks, headphones and smartwatches, all of which are covered by a 12 month warranty.
Buy refurbished iPhones, Samsungs, Airpods and smart watches here and you could save up to 40% off the original retail price. All devices come with a 12 month guarantee and Reboxed make each phone sold "carbon neutral" by planting five trees and paying to offset its lifetime emissions.
Best second hand furniture websites UK
This online marketplace specialises in vintage and antique furniture to suit a range of budgets and styles, all sold by independent furniture dealers. You can shop from carefully curated collections, or filter your search results by designer, colour, style, material or period, to find the perfect pieces to fit into your home. Vinterior offers pieces in over 25 styles, including Mid-Century, Art Deco, Retro, Modern Scandinavian, Shabby Chic, Bauhaus, Industrial, Boho, Rustic, British, French, Italian and Chinese Antiques.
Shop pre-owned items from around the UK via independent sellers on Etsy's marketplace, many of which have be painstakingly restored or beautifully upcycled to make them truly one-of-a-kind purchases.
Preloved is a marketplace designed for individual sellers who are hoping to part with pre-owned items including furniture and homeware. The site takes some searching, but there are some real bargains to be found.
Billed as an "online marketplace for extraordinary design", 1st Dibs' mission is to capture "the magic of the Paris flea market, connecting those seeking the most beautiful things on earth with highly coveted sellers and makers". Shoppers can interact with sellers to buy directly, negotiate a price or bid on items at auction. As well as furniture, the site also sells fashion, art, jewellery and even NFTs. Not all items are secondhand but you can search specifically for vintage or antique pieces.
Designed to make shopping for affordable vintage, secondhand and upcycled furniture easier, this online marketplace curates items from specialists across the UK.
Set in a former picture house in Chiswick, West London, The Old Cinema has been specialising in vintage and antique furniture since the 1970s and you can now shop its collection of art deco and midcentury furniture, lighting, gifts and art online too.
A marketplace where professional dealers and non-professional sellers add their vintage furniture, Scandinavian style pieces and second hand decor. This is a real treasure trove with furniture, soft furnishings, kids' decor and lighting to suit a variety of styles and budgets.