Reduced price tags aside, shopping the thrifty way means you’re also purchasing in a sustainable way. From vintage finds to gently used furniture, source your home decor from pre-owned destinations and contribute to a more eco-friendly economy by extending the life of beautiful items. Ahead, we’re breaking down the pros and cons of six different sites to add to your interior design inspiration and shopping destinations (if you haven’t already). We also included three Poosh picks from each site so the items are basically begging for you to become their new owner and provide them with a stylish second life.
The pros: Support small businesses and vendors from across the world. Sustainably shop through its online thrifting curations. Well-curated collections to inspire your interior design eye. Items are screened and vetted to meet the brand’s highest style standards. For most items, you can buy at the listed price or make an offer.
The cons: Given there are many options, it can be time-consuming to dig through the vast selection. Items go quickly since 85% of inventory is vintage and the majority one-of-a-kind.
3 Poosh picks:
Rust Indoor/Outdoor Cordless Table Lamp
Price: $298 (set of 2)
Round Glass Top Chrome Cylinder Side Table
Paul Mayan for Habitat
1980s Vintage Vop Waterfall Bench in Cheetah Print
Vintage On Point
The pros: Designer scores for a fraction of the original cost. Items are screened to meet the brand’s aesthetic standards. Once you create a profile, you can heart and save items to your account and check back frequently to see if they’re still available. Allows you to own hard-to-find clothing and decor at a reduced price tag. Great place to find unique (high-end) gifts for your loved ones.
The cons: Items go quickly since there’s only one of each piece. Prices are set with no option to make an adjusted offer.
3 Poosh picks:
Vintage Italian Terra-Cotta Vase
Wool Throw Pillows
Price: $255 (set of 5)
Set of Walnut Candle Holders
The pros: This one doesn’t fall under pre-owned (well, there are some vintage options), but it’s worth mentioning to support small businesses and vendors from across the world. The holy grail for crafters and gifters who love a personalized touch. Prices are typically super affordable. You can literally find anything; you just have to know what to search for and spend a little time reading the vendor reviews.
The cons: With so many options, it can be time-consuming to sort through the large selection. Product imagery isn’t always the most high quality. Depending on where the item is coming from, shipping can take longer than expected.
3 Poosh picks:
Mira Handmade Beech Chair
Oval Concrete Tray
Marquise 43 Modern Coffee Table
The pros: Access to items that are no longer available directly from the original brand. Typically no shipping charges.
The cons: Items are not vetted to ensure quality check. Sellers aren’t always reliable with the condition of an item.
3 Poosh picks:
Glitzy Plaster Cube Side Tables
The Heights Furniture
“Tig” Metal Counter Stool
Crate & Barrel
Mid Century Modern Came Window Seat Bench
The pros: Although items are not vetted to ensure quality, for the most part, sellers tend to post and note visible damages and normal wear and tear. You can submit new offers on items in your area. Some vendors will hand-deliver items for an additional small fee. Direct communication with seller. Once you make a profile you can heart, save, and create personalized collections based on what you’re eyeing. Sellers on this platform typically want to get rid of things quickly so they can be more willing to accept a lower offer compared to other online secondhand shops.
The cons: Sellers can be “in talks” with multiple offers at a time before they mark the piece as sold, so you have to follow up to confirm they for sure accepted your price before you get your hopes up on an item. You have to drive to pick up the item unless you’ve negotiated an added charge for delivery.
Download and check the app for listings in your area.
The pros: Great prices, real-life photos, and direct communication with the seller. A local and quick way to add new furniture or decor to your space.
The cons: Items are not vetted to ensure quality. You have to arrange payment with the seller directly, which adds another layer of coordination. Sellers can flake, so be sure to only send payment after you’ve received the item or once you’ve received the tracking number (if you agree on shipping).
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