The ultimate guide to buying plus size second-hand clothing

Second-hand clothing rail.

Second-hand, or thrifted, clothing is on the rise. It’s kinder for the environment. It allows for more unique dressing. It’s fun for foraging. It’s cheaper. But where do you go to shop for second-hand when plus-size clothing?

Second-hand clothing is more than just a trend. The interest in re-using old items is just growing and growing. With a rise in environmental concerns and a disenchantment with fast-fashion, I believe the interest in second-hand clothing isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Sadly, however, charity shops aren’t always the friendliest when it come to plus sizes. Rarely do I find items above a size 16 in my local shops. When I do find items in my size, they’re often not quite what I’m looking for. That isn’t to say I haven’t found some real treasures in my local Hospice shop but I have needed to come up with some clever tips and tricks for shopping in them. You can read all about these in my post about plus size vintage clothing.

Instead, most of my clothing comes from second-hand selling shops. In fact, the vast majority of my maternity wardrobe and future baby’s wardrobe has been sourced this way. You could say I’ve become obsessed with hunting down a piece of second-hand clothing. It does, after all, keep me amused whilst off work. I’m currently searching for a good winter coat – hopefully a Jaegar one as my last was a delight. It sadly outgrew me after uni and was passed on via eBay to (hopefully) be loved and cherished by a new owner.

So, where do I shop for plus size second-hand clothing? Well, online of course, and these are some of my favourite places to browse.

Second-hand clothing folded on shelves.

Facebook

They say Facebook is taking over the world and they’re right. It’s commerce platform for buying and selling is where the majority of my baby stuff has come from. Marketplace is fantastic for sorting all sorts of second-hand items located close to you.

I would beware before choosing to sell on Marketplace though – especially shoes. I’ve had problems with shoe-fetish men targeting me after posting a pair of heels for sale.

Facebook specialised selling groups are fantastic to finding clothes in your own style or size range. You normally need to request to join the groups and abide by their rules but if you’re an honest buyer/seller then this shouldn’t be a problem.

My favourite places are listed below:

Fuller Figure Fuller Wardrobe – a female only selling/buying & fashion advice/chat group for ladies who identify with having a fuller figure. There are no size restrictions in this group but most items are over an 18. They have a separate group for fuller figured males too.

PSC Buy, Sell & Swap – exclusively for size 16+ ladies this group provides a place to buy, sell or swap clothes, jewellery, accessories, underwear, handbags, new makeup & perfume and shoes.

Shop A Plus Size Bloggers Wardrobe – this group gives you a chance to shop from the wardrobe of your favourite bloggers! A number of plus size bloggers (myself included) list items that they have for sale so you have a chance to bag a bargain. 

Second-hand clothing being carried.

E-Bay

This one really goes without saying doesn’t it? Ebay dominates the market when it comes to second-hand clothing sales.

Browse regularly, save searches for items you’re particularly interested in, and you can find some fantastic bargains here.

Mobiles Apps

There are so many second-hand selling apps out there -for all kind of things. Depop is probably the largest for second-hand clothing (and you follow me there by searching for CurvyGirlThin).

Instagram

Most of your favourite bloggers will run clothing sales which allow you pick up some great bargains. The very nature of the job means that we get sent more clothes than we need and selling these on often helps us create more content to share with you.

These sales are mostly run through instagram. Some bloggers will have a separate selling account and others will do specific sale nights on their stories. If you love someone’s style, why not drop them a message and ask if they run sales? You might just get lucky!

Stay safe when shopping second-hand clothing online

My parting word of advice … always pay via PayPal goods and services. This way you’re insured for unscrupulous sellers, lost parcels, or shoddy delivery men!

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13 Comments

  1. November 3, 2019 / 5:54 pm

    I’ve found this at the most perfect time – I’m a plus size woman just getting ready for a wardrobe declutter to get together a holiday fund! I already love the FFFW group on Facebook but I’ll certainly be giving Depop a try now too, thank you for the heads up! x

  2. November 3, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    I would never have thought to look for Facebook groups rather than just on the usual marketplace – top tip!

  3. November 3, 2019 / 9:20 pm

    This is such a handy guide! I like to buy a lot of second hand but don’t always know where to get plus size stuff from

  4. November 3, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    I’ll definitely be checking out those Facebook groups – I didn’t realise there was groups like this, so handy!

  5. November 3, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    It’s much harder to find plus size second hand clothes in my experience. I love Facebook groups and EBay for finding bargains.

  6. Melanie williams
    November 4, 2019 / 12:32 pm

    There are some really good and useful tips here. I am forever saying that I am going to buy more seconds, so will give some of these ideas a whirl xx

  7. November 4, 2019 / 1:30 pm

    I am always on ebay! But I hate that postage has gone up so much over the years.

  8. November 5, 2019 / 9:07 am

    These are great places you have found. I love eBay for finding clothes

  9. November 5, 2019 / 11:48 am

    Great tips, these! I’m a firm advocate for second-hand clothes – I only ever shop at our local charity shop (which has a lot of plus size clothing available).

  10. November 5, 2019 / 1:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I always thought that charity shops are the only good place for second handed stuff. Little did i know that some places are at my finger tips aka the apps 😃

  11. jenna farmer
    November 5, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    this is such a useful guide-shopping second hand can feel like a minefield at times!

  12. November 5, 2019 / 9:50 pm

    I love buying second hand clothes for both my budget and for the environment. Great selection of places to buy plus size second hand clothes online, never thought to look for groups on Facebook.

  13. November 7, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    Yes! Everything is online right now. Even if you’re not really able to fit the clothes physically, some stores really have those full description to the details where you would really know how they’ll fit you. I love shopping second-hand fashion clothes.