Whether you're looking to sell, shop, or simply swoon, chances are there is an online consignment shop out there waiting to serve you. But how do you know which ones are really worthy of your time and effort? We did some digging for our November #bestofdigi feature, and came up with these eight online consignment shops we think are standouts. From Bib + Tuck's expert curator to SnobSwap's option to swap instead of sell, we found each of these sites to be exemplary in their own way. Plus, all of our picks offer an unparallelled vetting processes to ensure that what you're buying -- and selling! -- is the real deal. (Speaking of deals, check out the discount codes some of the sites featured throughout the #bestofdigi categories, including fashion, beauty and health, have offered up exclusively to InStyle readers. And be sure to tell us what deals you picked up on social media using #bestofdigi.)
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1. Bib + Tuck
bibandtuck.comShop: Swap high-end clothes and accessories with fellow fashionistas.Sell: Upload pics, set a price in "bucks" (Big + Tuck currency), and an expert curator may say yes or nay.Shipping/Returns: Buyers pay a shipping and handling fee of $9 or $12; free for sellers.Number of users: 20,000 Average Price: $80App? YesSeller's Cut: 100 percent, but bucks earned must be used toward Bib + Tuck purchases.Extra Intel: Won't take Target, Forever 21, Old Navy, and other lower-priced retailers.
2. Designer Social
designersocial.com Shop: A vetted selection of pre-owned designer handbags, shoes,and jewelry. Sell: Ship merch to the concierge service, or submit photos online. Shippings/Returns: Buyers pay standard UPS/USPS rates. Sellers get free shipping. Number of Users: 15,000+Average Price: $850App?: NOSeller’s Cut: 60 percent of concierge sales; 75 percent of self-submissions. Extra Intel: Blake Lively is a fan!
poshmark.com Shop: An all-inclusive mix of designer, mass market, and everything in between. Sell: Take a pic of the item, identify one for your “Covershot,” then set a price. Shippings/Returns: Buyers pay shipping, starting at $5. No returns unless purchase is damaged.Number of Users: 1 million+Average Price: $250 for designer; $30 for mass marketApp?: YESSeller’s Cut: 80 percentExtra Intel: Sign up for virtual Posh Parties, which are themed real-time events.
refashioner.com Shop: Strictly vetted luxury, vintage, avant-garde, and contemporary labels. Sell: Snap three pics, and its staff check quality and say yes or no. Shippings/Returns: Sellers cover fee via USPS flat-rate boxes; returns for items from “featured closets.”Number of Users: 10,000Average Price: $75App?: NOSeller’s Cut: 78 percent Extra Intel: Although denim jackets and vests are accepted, jeans are not.
5. Shop Hers
shop-hers.com Shop: Pre-owned items(some new with tags) from luxury brands like Chloe and Hermes. Sell: Upload a pic; an in-house stylist may approve or reject. Shippings/Returns: Standard shipping rates. Full refund minus 5 percent restocking fee within 14 days. Number of Users: 100,000Average Price: $300–$400App?: NOSeller’s Cut: 82 percent for self-posts; more for VIP concierge service Extra Intel: A Style Soul Mates equation links you with matching measurements.
snobswap.com Shop: Designer and vintage pieces from users and top consignment stores. Sell: Add a pic, description, and price—and note whether you’re open to a swap. Shippings/Returns: Shipping rates and return policies differ by seller.Number of Users: 70,000Average Price: $125–$250App?: NOSeller’s Cut: 85 percent Extra Intel: A personal-shopper tool helps members find what they’re looking for.
7. THE REALREAL
therealreal.com Shop: Luxury goods that pass a multiple-point, brand-specific authentication process. Sell: Free pickup in 16 cities via White Glove Services, or request a free shipping label. Shippings/Returns: Buyers pay standard FedEx shipping rates; most items can be returned. Number of Users: 1.2 millionAverage Price: $300 per orderApp?: YESSeller’s Cut: 60 percent, up to $5,000 in sales; 70 percent for more than $5,000 Extra Intel: 1,000 new items added every day.
tradesy.com Shop: Fast fashion and some beauty next to luxury picks in every category. Sell: Listings take mere minutes. Pick your own price, or let the site suggest one. Shippings/Returns: Provides a prepaid, pre-addressed USPS shipping kit. Returns on anything. Number of Users: 500,000Average Price: $160App?: YES Seller’s Cut: 91 percent Extra Intel: Began as a bridal site, so it has more than 25,000 wedding gowns.