Guide to Shopping Online: Threadflip, Copius, HipSwap & Poshmark

I was chatting with a new friend I met at happy hour and was shocked that she had never heard of some of my favorite secondhand shopping websites. I was happy to chat her ear off on some sites that fashion bloggers take for granted. These sites are great because you’re targeting people who love fashion and high end designer items. You also get more for your money than a local consignment store. Here’s a few of my fave pics. Scroll down to the bottom for some tips on buying/selling.

Threadflip is unique because it gets to know your taste and recommends items based on your preferences and “loves”.  You can recommend items to friends registered on Threadflip, too. It’s very visually appealing too as it’s set up like Pinterest. If you’re too busy to deal with listing your items, you can use their White Glove Service, where you send items to Threadflip and they’ll style your items, take pics, and take care of shipping.

Copius is a one stop shop where you can shop bloggers closets, like Man Repeller. I just snagged this Alice & Olivia lace top for $30. Shipping is most often included, so prices, although high at times, are upfront. They pride themselves on their social media integration, so you know who you’re buying from a la 6 degrees of social network separation.

HipSwap makes shopping local. You can discover what’s for sale in your neighborhood-they’ll even deliver in NYC & LA in a cute pink truck with a mustache, naturally. It’s different because it’s more than just clothing and accessories; you can shop boutiques, famous closets (e.g. Kyle Richards of RHOBH ), art, home decor, etc.

Poshmark is a free app exclusively for your iPhone. Karina & Lauralai stopped by their Live from New York Posh Party in April to meet the fashionable Poshmark team! Users can easily upload images straight to the app and price their items to sell. Poshmark hosts themed Posh Parties throughout the week that makes it easy for you to share or shop specific items (e.g. Chevron & Stripes, Neutrals, Cocktail Dresses). While you can only purchase on the app, you can view users closets online, check out mine, here.

Guide for Shopping/Selling

Fees for selling/buying

  • Theadflip charges a 20% commission fee, the buyer pays for shipping.
  • Copius charges a 3.5% commission fee, and a 6% marketplace fee for whatever the items sells for.
  • Hipswap charges a 3.5% commission fee, the buyer pays shipping. Local delivery is $5.
  • Poshmark charges a 20% commission fee, the buyer pays $7 flat rate shipping.

Tips

Pictures can make a break a sale! For fashion bloggers, it’s easy to get those great images. Check out Taylor Sterling’s guide to taking pics on your phone.

Know how to price your items. Check our what other similar brands and items are going for so you can price your item competitively. It doesn’t hurt to do a quick ebay search either.

Don’t just post an item and forget about it. Not selling? See what items are selling and try to emulate those items. You might want to take pictures from a different angle, add more information such as dimensions to a handbag, or such it up and lower the price-you’re trying to get rid of it, right?

Have you tried these sites? What’s your fave place to shop secondhand online?

Erin

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