A guide to thrift shopping online

Thanks to the Internet, you are now able to shop just about everything online. You can get your groceries delivered to your doorstep, appliances and even one-of-a-kind thrifted clothing. 

Yes, you can now thrift from the comfort of your couch, thanks to technology. Thrift stores, like Thrift World, have second hand stores online through their websites and social media accounts where you can browse and shop. 

Thrifting online is simple and easy for anyone, no matter their age. Use this guide to learn how to thrift shop online like a pro and get the best deals. 


Find an online store

The first step to thrift shopping online is finding somewhere to shop. There are several ways to shop thrift online; those included websites, apps and social media accounts. Check out the website of your favorite thrift stores to see if they have an online inventory.

There are apps like Depop and Poshmark where you can thrift and resale your clothes. Lastly, do not forget to check your favorite thrift store’s social media accounts - like Facebook and Instagram. These two platforms now allow businesses to sell their products. 

Know your measurements

If you have ever gone thrifting in person, you know that vintage clothing can be sized a little differently. Vintage clothing could either run smaller than today’s sizes. To avoid running into the issue of buying something too small, know your measurements. 

You can measure yourself using a measuring tape. Then, when you find something you like online, be sure to check on the item’s measurements. Online thrift stores will normally add the measurements of the item on the descriptions. 

Search by categories 

Now that you know what your measurements are and which online thrift stores are available, it is time to start your thrifting. It may be overwhelming to know where to begin your search. One tip of how to thrift shop online is to search by categories

This will help narrow down your search to items you want to see. Some of the categories to consider in search are: 

  • Brands
  • Styles
  • Cuts
  • Colors 
  • Prints
  • Patterns 
  • Materials 

Have a lot of patience 

One of the things people enjoy about thrifting is the rush of hunting for items. You can spend hours in a thrift store trying to find the best thrifting finds. It is no different when thrifting online. To find the items you are looking for, you need to set time aside

You might not find what you are looking for right away. Come back to the second hand stores online on another day. These stores typically update their inventory regularly with new thrifting finds. Plus, some stores on certain days might even have special sales or offer free delivery. 


At Thrift World, we have an online store that offers one-of-kind items like women's, men's, children's and vintage collectibles. Do not forget to also check out our Facebook and Instagram shops! Check our online thrift store here.

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