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.
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.
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.
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).
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!