After reviewing hundreds of stores, I made an edited list of on-line vintage shops. By vintage, I mean both vintage and secondhand/thrift pieces, with a focus on women’s clothing (I may do a housewares version one day–we’ll see!).
I chose stores with interesting stock, acceptable mark-ups, (usually) pleasant websites, and good reputations. I try to update the list every few months, so it stays relevant. However, it’s not an end-all, be-all list: great new sellers pop up every day, and there’s no way I can list them all. Conversely, placement on the list doesn’t guarantee anything, so shop carefully.
The directory is ordered alphabetically and by price range (below). Happy shopping!
|PRICE KEY (avg price per item)$ $0-$30$$ $30-$75
Stunning prices, varied collections. Extremely fun to hunt through.
Spurred by rising fees, more and more vintage sellers have migrated from self-hosted sites and eBay to Etsy. What’s good for sellers is also good for buyers: Etsy stores combine easy to use, reliable interfaces with low prices (plus, no insanity-inducing auctions). Check out the Etsy Vintage Directory for an edited list of sellers.
CHEAP & TRENDY
Slightly pricier than the thrift-store items (often due to auctions), but still easy on your pocketbook.
OTHER VINTAGE & SECONDHAND RESOURCES
These collections were down for maintenance. We’ve heard good things about them, though, so we’ll review them ASAP.
|FASHIONISTA FINDSHigher prices than Cheap & Trendy stores, but still with affordable finds across the board.
SPOILED BY SUCCESS
POSH & LOVELY
Too expensive for most of us, but some truly stunning selections. Prices typically start at $500 (although some only start around $250).
FOR COLLECTORS, COSTUMERS, & HISTORIANS
These stores focus on collector’s items rather than wearables. Prices frequently range between $650-$2000+. Extremely fun to look through.