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The millennial’s guide to thrifting

Guest blogger Tiffany Poon introduces the top three apps to de-clutter your wardrobe.

“Why on earth did I buy that pair of black studded platform heels?”

Still brand new and not even worn once, they’ve been sitting neglected at the back of the shoe closet, waiting to be taken out. Now they’ll be thrown into a black plastic bag with dozens of other unwanted items, ready to be donated to the nearest charity shop.

In all honesty, hauling a gigantic black bin bag filled with fashion regrets down the street is not an experience anyone would want to relive on a regular basis. Especially after experiencing that bitter feeling when the thrift store -employee hands you only £20 for items that cost you so much more. That is, if you were too mean to give them to charity in the first place.

Luckily we are living in a fabulously digitalised world, where selling your unwanted pieces and shopping pre-loved treasures can be done online with the help of apps to assist your foray into the sustainable fashion movement. These enable you to clean up your wardrobe and restock it with new threads without stressing your wallet or state of mind.

1. Depop

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What it is

From vintage Campbell’s soup flasks to freeze-dried Amazonian bugs or iron-on patches for your jeans, Depop seems to have it all. You can find a huge variety of vintage fashion items such as Levis cut-offs, AC/DC T-shirts and, occasionally, some amazing finds such as a Mulberry Alexa bag from blogger Chiara Ferragni, of Blonde Salad fame.

Why you should try it

The app’s Instagram-like format is easy to use and understand. Sellers are 100 per cent in control of the selling price, while buyers can negotiate prices but also opt to swap their own items for others on the app.

What you should be wary of

Buyers need to bear in mind extra shipping costs which can go up to over £20 for international shipping; it’s free to list an item for sale but the seller is charged with a small fee if an item is sold through the app.

Highlight

Very promising sellers such as famous bloggers Aimee Song (@songofstyle) and Chiara Ferragni (@chiaraferragni); available for both Apple and Android users across the globe.

2. Vinted

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What it is

Vinted is the perfect app for those who are looking for an outfit for a specific occasion. Wedding, job interview, you name it. Vinted will help be your personal stylist. To save time on mixing and matching different pieces, browse items under different themes such as party looks or work outfits. The app focuses on buying, selling and swapping second hand clothing, shoes and accessories from high street brands such as Brandy Melville, Lipsy, All Saints and Topshop.

Why you should try it

Vinted will issue a full refund if the item does not reach you, is damaged or does not fit the description provided. Also, your money is safe as payments do not go through to the seller until you have received your order.

What you should be wary of

Accounts could be blocked if sellers hold multiple accounts with the same credit card (eg family members registering individual accounts with the same credit card) which could lead to the confiscation of account credits. You may also face penalties should you ask for unreasonable prices for items you are putting up for sale.

Highlight

Vinted makes use of a pull-out sidebar menu which gives users easy access to read messages, upload items, and change app settings. Users also have the option to follow brand profiles such as ASOS or All Saints specifically making rummaging through virtual closets so much speedier.

3. Threadflip

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What it is

Saw something on Nasty Gal or ASOS that you are dying to have but the brands are now out of stock in your size? Fear not. You might find them on Threadflip and at a fraction of the original price (up to 70 per cent off retail). Other than the usual high street labels, the app is also ideal for those looking for pre-loved high end products such as the classic Chanel 2.55 Reissue bag or the iconic Hermes Kelly bag.

Why you should try it

A great selection of designer brands at discounted prices at your fingertips, need we say more? The original prices and the discounts are listed letting you know exactly how much you save. The -app is easy to browse through and use plus, with the buyer protection guarantee, items are eligible for free returns and full refunds.

What you should be wary of

Phone app access is limited only to U.S Apple App store, hence Android users and potential buyers outside the states can only shop through the company’s website. As for the boys, sorry to tell you that Threadflip only sell women’s fashion.

Highlight

The app focuses heavily on high-end brands such as Mulberry, Alice + Olivia, and J.Crew and can be up to 50 to 70% off retail price. An Editor’s Picks section is available for customers with less patience for digging.

Students from London College of Fashion.

This article was originally written for Again Magazine, created by students from the MA Fashion Journalism course at the London College of Fashion (some pictured above) and inspired by the ethos of Love Your Clothes.