How to Thrift/Secondhand Shop on Etsy

Since quarantine 2.0 seems to be inching its way closer and closer around the corner, I’ve mostly resulted to looking for things to buy online in my boredom. It is a terrible habit that I have only broken in the sense that I do not actually buy any of the things that I shop for online, I just simply add them to my cart and then either delete them or add them to a list for later once I see the total amount of all the items. Sticker shock is a good motivator not to buy things.

Recently however, I have been longing to be able to walk into a thrift store and be surprised at all of the wonderful things on the shelves and racks that are so unique and can’t be bought in bulk. There is just something about the atmosphere of a secondhand shop that cannot be readily replicated online. It can also be very hard to find secondhand stores online that aren’t just clothing centric. A ton of the things that I like to get at thrift stores is home decor that I can upcycle and make my own.

I decided that I wanted to see what Etsy had for secondhand items. Etsy is more widely known for being a great site to find handmade items by small business owners, but they also have a wide variety of vintage and secondhand items if you know how to search for them. The best thing that I’ve found shopping with Etsy recently is that Etsy offsets all of its carbon emissions from all their deliveries, making them a more sustainable option where you can also support small business owners.

Etsy has its own rules and regulation of their site that anyone who is reselling an object:

“Reselling” is selling an item that you, the seller, did not make or design. Etsy’s marketplace includes handmade items, vintage items, and craft supplies. Reselling is only allowed in the vintage and craft supplies categories.

Everything listed in our Handmade category must be made or designed by you, the seller. Reselling is not allowed in Handmade. Read more in our Handmade Policy.

Examples of prohibited reselling include the following:

  • Creatively repackaging commercial items (for example a gift basket consisting of non-handmade items)
  • Curating a collection of others’ handmade goods that you did not design or make
  • Selling items made or designed by another seller who is not part of your shop
  • Selling traditional handicrafts or fair trade items that you did not design or make

Etsy reserves the right to remove listings that do not follow our policies. Sellers remain obligated to pay any fees incurred in listing such items.

So it is definitely possible for people to resell on Etsy, and after some quick searches, it seems as though that is what a lot of people are doing. There are countless shops on etsy with the words “thrift,” “vintage,” and “closet,” among others where the seller’s primary focus is finding secondhand items to resell on Etsy.

But how do you find these shops?

The easy answer is by carefully selecting keywords to search by and making sure that you are searching in Etsy’s vintage tab. For an overall thrift store experience, I recommend just simply searching the keywords below:

Thrifted

Secondhand

Vintage Secondhand

Vintage Thrift

Of course as always with searching for something specific, you can always add whatever you are searching for into the search bar. I recommend these extra categories to look at:

  • Decor
  • Clothing
  • Home
  • Jewelry
  • Books

Some Good Shops on Etsy

Here are a few shops that I’ve found on my own searches for secondhand shops on Etsy with links if you want to check out what they have for yourself!

littlebitofvintageco

oilandbrassvintage

Vintage1Shop

EccentricThriftCo

ForeverThrifty1

JuniperHue

MoonAvenueVintage

Sidewlk

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