My favorite online vintage & second hand stores

I love finding hidden gems in second hand stores. Nothing like finding a vintage one-of-one from a small thrifty boutique.  What makes it even better is when I know I’ll get it for a great price. 

Most people in the world wear second hand clothes so why not look for some ‘hidden gems’ for yourself right? 

Believe it or not, there are wins across the board for wearing thrifty clothes

I have saved tons of money visiting websites of my favorite thrift shops.

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There’s plenty of high-quality clothes and of sustainable material.  The prices for second hand clothes are much more reasonable. 

Shockingly, there has been 10 million tons of clothes that have ended up in landfills in the previous year.  The average American throws away about 80 pounds of clothes every year alone. 

It’s very beneficial to shop for secondhand clothes because you are saving the environment while saving in your bank account at the same time. 

Resale shopping saves so many unique, good quality clothes from being wasted. 

Most clothes casually thrown away aren’t even recycled in any way.  That explains why the vast amount of clothes the population wears temporarily ends up at landfills.  

It’s more to resale shopping than just saving the environment for discounted prices on clothes. 

You’ll be sure to find high-quality vintage items from even the smallest of second hand stores. 

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You’ll be proud to support small businesses that have one-of-a-kind pieces you’ll fall in love with.  Regular clothing stores never have those exclusive, vintage pieces that you happen to find in the small secondhand businesses we support. 

Let’s continue to do that as we’re contributing to eliminating waste in our environments and supporting those businesses that stand behind that same cause.

Here are my favorite vintage and online second hand stores:

1. ThreadUp

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On ThredUp’s website, thredup.com, you can search through a wide range of designer styles for a fraction of the price.  They have great sales and many different search options

You can make money by sending any clothes you no longer use for resale.  They can give store credit, a prepaid gift card, or send money via PayPal. 

According to their website, they only accept less than half of the clothes they receive based on ensuring high-quality resale items.  How’s that for guaranteed quality without spending a pretty penny?

2. Etsy

Searching vintage items on etsy.com is very convenient too.  Many different sellers have individual items for a variety of brands. 

You can even find vintage designer brands for lower prices than some competitors.  There’s no limit to what you can find on Etsy

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Find a few sellers who are more your style and likely have secondhand items you’re interested in.  Save them in your favorites on Esty and now you can access their inventory much easier.

I found this amazing seller on Etsy by the profile name of ‘rawsonchicago’. 

They have an average five-star rating with lots of great reviews. The fabrics have great quality, and everyone loves the fast shipping

The clothing is worth every single penny.  You’ll find great one-of-ones from rawsonchicago on Etsy

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Visit etsy.com/shop/RAWSONCHICAGO and see why other resale shoppers like myself rave about this seller.

3. Ebay

ebay.com has been around for years and it is very similar to Etsy. 

There are tons of search options from searching by the brand, type of clothing, size, color, and more

To get a look at what’s secondhand, simply apply the ‘pre-owned’ filter in your search options. 

I recommend finding some go-to sellers when shopping on eBay and save them to your favorites too, just like Etsy.  Narrow your search so it’s much easier to browse through. 

4. Adored Vintage

Is an online boutique where I can find many different vintage items.  The coolest part is how you can search their vintage items by era.  

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Adored Vintage has styles going back as far as the 1910’s!  Talk about an overflow of one-of-one pieces. They provide product descriptions explaining each piece’s physical condition along with the photos of course. 

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I could appreciate that since Adored Vintage is an online boutique and it’s not the same as an in-person shopping experience.  It’s a plus when any online second hand store does this. 

But when viewing each product, there are sustainable care directions provide as well.  What a way to preserve amazing clothes with a lot of history. 

Imagine the way we can make an impact on the environment if we preserve clothing and they continue to last for decades.  

Check out adoredvintage.com, a cool business I found on Instagram

5. Boheme

To my ladies who love Bohemian style clothes, Boheme is great place to grab your secondhand threads

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They sell more than just clothes for women and children, but also household items and accessories

Boheme has vintage one-of-ones and the clothing has great quality

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If an item is a little more worn, Boheme notifies you in the product description when viewing the item.  And yes, the price will be even cheaper. 

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Check out bohemegoods.com to catch all your Bohemian vibes.

6. Na Nin’s second hand store

Secondhand items are great to buy at Na Nin’s online store. 

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They provide product descriptions of flaws of the pre-owned items they sell but encourage to contact them via email if any other questions and concerns arise. 

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For Na Nin to be an online store, they establish great trust with their customers.  The products are preserved well and made of quality fabrics.  If you’re a silk lover, they have plenty of those items in their secondhand collection

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Go to shopnanin.com and see what this small business I found on Instagram has to offer.

7. Ochre

Is another small shop on Instagram I absolutely love. 

Ochre is a small resale store that has some quality vintage items for very cheap prices.  They don’t have a large collection, but you may find an item worth looking at. 

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Ochre sells other items too like books and mugs which are also vintage

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Supporting small businesses that prevent wasting clothes makes me a proud resale shopper. 

See Ochre’s unique pieces at ochreshop.com.

8. Depop App

Want to do some thrift shopping on an online store that has somewhat of an Instagram feel?

No problem.  Download the Depop app and see for yourself.  If you go to depop.com, you can have the app download link sent straight to your smartphone. 

You set up your shopping profile based on your interests and clothing sizes.  From there scroll down the timeline of products and get a product’s description in the post when you click on it. 

It’s a different experience shopping with Depop but it’s a great way find those sellers with unique, pre-owned clothes.  Depending on the seller, you can even get free shipping on your discounted items. 

How cool is that?

9. Poshmark

Poshmark has the social media feel also.  You can shop poshmark.com as you normally would do in another online store.

But when on your personal homepage when logged in, you’ll see a timeline of people posting about items for resale.  The search options are great, and the network of sellers is huge.  Find the perfect designer item too as there are so many brands to search through.

Secondhand shopping can be beneficial in several ways. 

Wasting clothes is an unnecessary environmental threat.  There are some cool styles out there just waiting to be brought back to life. 

I’ve given you a rundown of my favorite online second hand stores and you should give them a look if you’re not familiar with them. 

Great second hand stores have those ‘hidden gems’ that we can’t let end up in a landfill wasting away

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Let’s continue to enjoy our eco-friendly hobby and collect those high-quality, vintage one-of-ones.

Sustainable fabrics are great to look for. 

Search for fabrics made of organic cotton, industrial hemp, organic wool, soy cashmere or silk, and other fabrics that contribute to helping the environment.

Organic cotton has no toxic chemicals or synthetic material in it.  Over a quarter of the world’s pesticides are used in conventional cotton alone (Spector). 

Clothing made of hemp is very sustainable.  As you may know, hemp is a renewable natural resource.  That’s money well spent in a thrift shop for lasting fabrics.

Other fabrics like organic wool, Tencel, and soy cashmere or silk are good to look for on the clothing racks also. 

Organic wool does not contain toxic chemicals and is a highly renewable fabric.

Tencel is a fully biodegradable fabric.  It might be a little harder to find a Tencel piece in the secondhand shops.  However, check it out if you come across any Tencel pieces. 

Soy cashmere and silk can be a good choice because soy fabrics are made from soybeans or even genetically engineered. The fabric being genetically engineered helps decrease the use of natural resources. 

Keep all these eco-friendly fabrics in mind when shopping for new threads.

What’s your favorite online secondhand and vintage shops?

How to embrace natural living – [Easy 10 step guide]

Today I want to talk to you about natural living,

Have you ever wondered how to increase your overall health and your impact on the environment?

Do you care about your well-being and want to make an impact on your body as a whole?

If so, it may be time to learn how to embrace natural living.

Living naturally can significantly benefit both your health and the environment.

Just by making a few simple and conscious changes in your life, you can embrace natural living and start making a more positive impact on both yourself and the planet.

What Does Natural Living Mean?

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When you think of the words natural living, it is likely that you are confused about what this vague statement means.

In general, living naturally involves getting back to the basics.

Natural living goes back to the roots of humans by avoiding everything that is not naturally and ethically made on Earth.

Why Should I Embrace This Change?

By including green habits and nature as a part of your everyday life, you are more likely to experience greater physical and mental health benefits.

Not only will this benefit you, but it will positively impact the environment as well.

Aspects of natural living include avoiding chemicals and excessive waste and adding more sustainable habits in your life. If you do this, you will not only be happier, but you’ll reduce your impact on the planet.

Here are my 10 Steps to embrace natural living:


When you have a guide to tackle transitioning to natural living, the process could not be easier!

Here, you can follow this detailed guide in the best ways and steps to take to begin living naturally.

Let’s start!

1. Change Your Diet Habits

We are what we eat and we all know that a healthy diet is an important part of our lives.

Switching what you eat to organic, naturally grown foods, you can avoid putting unnecessary chemicals into your body.

The best way to do this is to shop from the farmers market or local food markets and to look for USDA labels.

These labels indicate whether the food you purchase is organic or naturally grown without pesticides.

Additionally, by focusing less on meat and eating less processed foods, you will reduce your own carbon footprint impact.

Just by reducing or removing animal products from your diet, you are saving the world of its horrendous water waste.

Statistically, it takes 53 gallons of water to produce a single egg, 468 gallons of water for a pound of chicken, and 1,800 gallons of water for a pound of beef.

Compared to this, growing a pound of crop or fruit only uses an average of 15 gallons of water. Because we only have a small amount of drinkable water available on Earth, it’s important to conserve it.

Keep this in mind the next time you reach for the meat instead of healthy vegetables! Consume responsibly and support the farmers.

2. Avoid Purchasing and Using Plastics

One of the major issues that humans contribute to on the planet is the amount of waste they produce.

When landfill builds up, the lighter waste tends to become airborne and make its way into our oceans.

For reference, there are currently five oceanic gyres of plastic that are twice the size of Texas floating in our oceans.

These plastics release chemicals into our water, and they also create harm to animals who mistake them as food.

When digested, plastic can lead to death from starvation and chemical poisoning. To prevent this, using less plastic will help the ecosystem.

In order to use less plastic, you can avoid purchasing foods, such as fruits or vegetables, that are wrapped in plastics.

It helps to buy in bulk or to purchase loose products, as you can customize how much you need and waste less. Additionally, be sure to bring your own reusable bags to the store when you shop.

This allows you to forego using tons of plastic bags that could end up in landfills polluting our fragile environment.

3. Recycle and Compost

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to “conventional” waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Just by recycling, you can efficiently conserve materials. Recycling involves re-purposing used materials into new products instead of tossing them away.

This can be done with any material, especially plastics. One example of recycling is composting, which involves using your food and paper scraps to create dense soil.

Compost, made of 100 percent organic matter, can save you water because natural matter absorbs up to 5 gallons per pound of compost. This means that compared to traditional soil, you’d be using less water to contain moisture for your plants.

To start composting, collect your food scraps and paper waste in a container.

Things that you can put in a compost pile include sawdust, pine needles, dried grass and leaves, shredded cardboard and newspaper, greens tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable waste, and weeds or flowers.

Some things you should avoid putting in compost include ashes, dairy products, diseased plants, seed-bearing weeds, and either human or animal waste.

Make sure to chop the pieces into small chunks and add them to brown and green plant material.

Keeping this moist and turning the mixture will ensure your compost will form properly.

4. Consider Ethical and Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

There is often a hidden truth behind many of the beauty products you may use.

Companies tend to test their chemical composition on innocent animals.

During animal testing, laboratories either place drops of these compositions into animals’ eyes, or they’ll shave a patch of fur off the animal and topically apply the cosmetics.

In more extreme cases, force-feeding takes place. These can lead animals to get extensive rashes, have organ damage, internal bleeding, blindness, convulsions, and even death.

Protect animals by avoiding beauty products that have been tested on animals.

Some brands that test their products on animals include NARS, L’Oreal, MAC, Maybelline, Revlon, Lancome, Burberry, Almay, and many more.

Instead, check out eco-friendly and ethical beauty alternatives like Axiology, Lilah B., Josie Maran, ILIA, Kjaer Weis, Antonym Cosmetics, Elate Cosmetics, RMS and Tata Harper.

5. Avoid Fast Fashion Companies

A big issue in the clothing industry involves fast fashion companies.

This is not a common or known topic, and conditions are often hidden.

Fast fashion means that inexpensive clothing is produced rapidly and unsustainable in order to produce high turnover rates for faster sales.

In the process, a lot of water is wasted, excess clothing and carbon emissions are created, making our environment less stable.

Rapid consumption of apparel and the need to deliver on short fashion cycles stresses production resources, often resulting in supply chains that put profits ahead of human welfare.

Statistically, 12.8 million tons of clothing are sent to landfills each year in the United States alone.

The more clothes we make, the more waste we contribute.

Additionally, these fast fashion workplaces are expected to lead to a 60 percent increase in current levels of carbon dioxide emissions. The more excess carbon in the planet, the more greenhouse gases erode the ozone layer.

Examples of fast fashion companies that lead to this issue include H&M, Bershka, Guess, Forever 21, Topshop and more.

Instead, stick to sustainable stores like People Tree, Patagonia, Reformation, HARA the Label and Everlane.

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These companies provide their workers with good working conditions, sustainable and ethical fabrics and they focus on improving the environment rather than harming it.

Check the documentary “The true cost” for more info in this niche.

6. Consider Purchasing Second-Hand Clothing

If you purchase clothing from a second-hand or thrift store, you are minimizing the amount of clothing that are sent to landfills every day.

One of the best ways to help the environment is by reducing the amount of garbage waste you produce and send to landfills, and this can easily be done by reusing materials.

Getting hand-me-downs, shopping at thrift shops, and using fewer materials will ensure that your carbon footprint is smaller.

An alternative to purchasing clothes is to rent them.

There are plenty of online stores that offer you to rent and return clothes for a scheduled amount of time.

Doing this allows you to use a fashion item for an event and return it, saving you both money and waste.

Check out Rent the Runway for an ethical and sustainable company that does this.

Did you know that the fashion industry itself creates 20 percent of the world’s waste?

When you shop at second-hand stores, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll meet some people with similar interests and save the environment while doing so!

7. Live a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is a new trend that’s going around the United States.

The idea of minimalism preaches that simplicity and freedom are more important than material possessions.

By minimizing the number of materials you have, you will declutter your house and your life.

Additionally, doing this means you create less waste in the world.

When you have fewer products, you’ll contribute less to landfills when its time to toss them out. This will reduce significantly your waste since you’ll be throwing out less.

To start living a minimalist lifestyle, it’s best to declutter what you currently have.

A tip to do this is the five-second rule. Take an item and take five seconds to determine if you’ll use it soon. If you will, put it in a keep pile. If not, create two separate piles – one to donate and one for recycling.

The recycling pile should only contain products that are so badly worn out that nobody else could get good use from the item. This allows you to reduce your possessions while donating or recycling what you don’t need.

This rule works with things you’re looking to purchase as well.

If you see a product that you’ll get good use out of, get it. If you think for five seconds and determine that you’ll only use it once or twice, don’t purchase it.

The key to minimalism is to buy less and to be less impulsive with the items that you do want to get.

Living a minimalist lifestyle will improve your quality of life, as well as your environmental surroundings.

8. Spend Time in Nature

Because people are beginning to rely more on technology, people often forget to spend time outside.

Spending more time in nature, such as going on a picnic or hike, will make you healthier.

Studies conducted by the University of East Anglia have proven that if you expose yourself to nature more, you reduce your risk of type II diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and even premature death.

In order to ensure you lead a healthy, meaningful life, getting outdoors is the way to do so.

Some ways to spend more time in nature include going on more walks, having outdoor picnics, meditate or even doing any work you may have to do outside.

If you find yourself riding in your car or using useless amounts of electricity inside, take a walk or a bike ride instead.

Not only does this give you the health benefits of spending time outdoors, as mentioned above, but it helps the environment.

9. Drive Less

The less you use your car, the more you reduce your environmental impact.

For every gallon of gas burned, a car produces 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other various global-warming causing gases.

This means that about 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases come from driving alone.

Another option is to carpool or take public transportation. This, while still contributes to pollution levels, makes it so that on one tank of gas, multiple people get to the same place.

This saves each individual person from using copious amounts of gasoline, which would produce insane amounts of pollution.

Opting to walk or take a bike ride will reduce your carbon footprint on the planet significantly.

10. Drink Lots of Water

Staying hydrated is one of the most important features of life.

Your body is made up of cells, and each and every one of those cells needs water to function properly.

Certain functions that would be inhibited if you were to drink less water include your bodily waste production, muscle output, and the ability for your blood to carry oxygen.

The long-term benefits of drinking lots of water and staying hydrated include having proper bowel and kidney function, having clear and smooth skin, and your eyesight can even improve!

Some tips on how to drink more water include always having a reusable bottle of water handy.

If you have water, you are more likely to drink it rather than purchasing something that you don’t readily have.

Get a reusable water bottle that you love.

Whether that be because of the pattern it has or the shape, a fun water bottle will encourage you to drink more liquids.

The more hydrated you are, the better your body will perform, so be sure to drink up!

Embrace Your Natural Living Today

When you live naturally, not only will you be saving yourself from health issues, but you will be helping the environment and world around you as well.

For a healthy, beneficial way to live life, embrace natural living, one step at the time in the right direction for a sustainable future!