How I Buy and Sell Clothes

WHEN friends and family ask how I get my hands on so many clothes in the space of a year to supply my fashion blogging lifestyle, I always let them in on my secret. I love finding a bargain as much as the next gal and spend a lot of time preparing for the end of summer/winter sales. However, for all of the downtime in-between, I am an avid second-hand clothing hunter and salesman! This is probably due to the fact that as a 16-year-old, I started working at a second-hand clothing store and stayed at that job for over two years. I know that working there amongst a steady stream of heavily discounted clothing inspired what has become a lifelong obsession with fashion, and is also where I learned to improvise with my style.

I try to take care of my clothing so that if the time comes around, I can sell it to someone who will appreciate it as much as I did. As you can imagine, I have a lot of clothes coming in-and-out of my closet, and my personal rule is: if I have stopped wearing it, then it needs to go. I rarely keep items for sentimental reasons and almost never regret selling my unused clothing to a new home. Having this system in place keeps my wardrobe fresh and allows me to stay inspired throughout the entire year!

So how exactly do I buy and sell second-hand?


I grew up in Washington State, where thrift shopping is a way of life and an easy way to get your hands on great pieces for amazing prices. I worked in a local group of second-hand clothing stores in the Pacific Northwest, but I am a huge fan of the Buffalo Exchange franchise which is all over the United States. In a place like Seattle, thrift shops are easy to find and dangerous for someone like me who can get happily lost amongst rows of discounted clothing. These stores are much harder to locate here in The Netherlands, but if you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have found a few gems in the heart of Amsterdam!

Nicole Parise wearing an Amour sweatshirt from & Other Stories in The Netherlands

Button-Up: Scotch & Soda

Jeans: Zara

Bag: A.P.C.

Shoes: Fila

Sweatshirt: & Other Stories


When I lived in the states, there was an app called Thread Flip where I first started selling my clothes by snapping pictures with my phone and listing them for others to shop. It was so simple to sell my clothing this way, and I found a ton of amazing lightly-used items that became the basis for my very first blog posts! Sadly, Threadflip is long gone, but luckily I found Depop only a short while later to continue listing and selling my clothing worldwide. Check out what I have currently listed by following me on Depop!


My last avenue for second-hand treasures are the online marketing platforms such as the eBays and Craigslists of the world. Since these sell more than just clothing and homeware, this route takes a little more persistence than the other two I listed, but can also be more rewarding. Here in the Netherlands, the main online marketplace is called Marktplaats where you can buy anything from clothes to coffee machines from people all over the country. I prefer finding items in thrift shops and on Depop over something like Marktplaats, but it does have advantages – there are fewer people searching for clothing and you can snatch up some great finds. For example, my boyfriend recently found a blazer originally worth over 1000 euros for only a 15!


If you’re a luxury buyer, the authenticity of these items is always a gamble, but I do have a few tips to share to prevent any surprises:

Google the label. You can learn a lot by simply taking a look at other versions of the tag or label. Can’t find it? Then there is a decent chance that it is not real.

Check the Seller. Especially on spaces like Depop and eBay, take a quick scan to see if they have a good rating and if they sell other items in a similar price range. Things like too many of the same item or a brand new account should raise a red flag!

ASK! Chat with the seller about the authenticity of the item – when did they buy it? Do they have original receipts? If you are buying a designer item that you believe to be authentic, I always recommend sending a message before buying to double-check that they are a genuine, active seller. Better to be safe than sorry!

If you are also an avid thrift shopper, I hope this helps you find more things that you love. And, don’t forget to let me know if you have any suggestions that I have not listed here!

Nicole Parise wearing an Amour sweatshirt from & Other Stories in The Netherlands


  1. March 12, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Great ideas! There are not very many thrift shops where I live, so it is a bit more difficult like in Amsterdam I would imagine! Love these ideas, I alway use ebay for selling clothes! xx

  2. March 13, 2018 / 2:03 am

    Helpful post! I follow Threadsobsessed on YouTube and she thrifts all the time and is a top canadian seller on Depop, I’ve recently gotten back into thrifting and I think I might give depop a try, looking for vintage levi’s!

  3. March 13, 2018 / 4:54 am

    SUCH a good post! I’m definitely going to have to try Depop to sell some of my old stuff.

  4. March 13, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Nice, you get to change up your wardrobe, cut down on waste and enjoy wearing what you keep. I like this. In the consumer world we live in it is good to shop second hand and also use what we have as well as get rid of things cluttering our space. Thanks for the practical ideas.

  5. March 13, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    I sell my clothing on Poshmark and Facebook groups and I have had really good luck with those platforms.

    • Thomas
      March 14, 2018 / 9:39 pm

      Would you mind sharing some examples of groups? Would they be good for mens clothing as well?

  6. March 13, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    Great tips! I love thrifting and I’ve used Poshmark before!

  7. March 13, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    I also love Vestiaire for designer goods – you know it’ll be authentic! I use it to sell my second hand clothes/accessories. Thanks for sharing your tips – and I love your jumper too, bTW!

  8. March 13, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Thrift shopping is my life And selling clOthes backor getting a discount is always the way to go

  9. March 13, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Thrift shops are my favorite place EVER! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good shopping trip at stores that aren’t used clothes but a good cheap find is always a plus.

  10. March 13, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Great tips! i scour those thrift stores for clothes in great condition and when i’m donei also try to sell it on fb or consignment stores.

  11. March 14, 2018 / 3:52 am

    I’ve been tagging along to Buffalo exchange with my sister long before the clothes ever fit me. Now I sell on eBay, Tradesy, PoshMark and Facebook Groups. Thank you for the suggestion on DePOP. I’m going to try it out!

  12. March 14, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    I’m with you on being a bargain shopper. there’s no reason to pay full price if you don’t have to!

  13. March 14, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    I tried online thrift shopping for the first time this past year and loved it.

  14. March 14, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    It’s easy to get duped when it comes to the nicer brands. I often get a little freaked out that I’m going to pay all that money and not realize I’m getting duped!

  15. March 14, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Thrift stores are something I need because I have four kids, ha! If I had to rely on paying retail every time they needed something, I would be living under a bridge.

  16. March 20, 2018 / 3:34 am

    These are great tips! I’m a huge fan of a bargain and am known to frequent this amazing second-hand store we have in town. Adding a few additional tips & tricks based on this post 🙂

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