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Sometimes it’s necessary to buy something new but, as so much stuff already exists in the world (fun fact: it’s predicted that man-made mass now outweighs all life), it’s often more economical, and certainly better for the environment, to buy second hand or rent something instead. Alternatively, you might want to sell or rent something out to make some coin.
Either way, here are our favourite used/pre-loved/vintage and rental apps.
One for fashion lovers, Vinted began in 2008 when the founder was moving house and wanted to offload some clothes. She must have had a lot because she created a website to do so. Things snowballed from there and Vinted now operates in eleven countries, where you can pick up anything from coats to wedding dresses.
What we like: wide and varied selection.
Another one for fashionistas, Depop (app only) started in London and has since expanded to the US and Australia. It began life as a social network where readers could buy clothes featured in a youth culture magazine. As you’ll see, it’s focused around streetwear: think Balenciaga, North Face and the like (the majority of users are under 26). You can also purchase accessories like phone cases too.
What we like: the opportunity to pick up some ‘on fleek’ style bargains
Freecycle is a non-profit platform where it’s possible to pick up furniture, baby clothes, craft supplies, books and much more. The way it works is you join up to five local groups and trade in accordance with their processes.
What we like: some free gems available, non-profit.
Craiglist began life as a site promoting local events before expanding out into other categories such as jobs and dating. It’s possible to buy, sell and ‘barter’ or trade things on there as well. A famous example of the latter is the man who started with a red paperclip and, after 14 trades, ended up with a house.
What we like: could swap a paperclip for a house.
An interesting name certainly! Fat Llama is a slick app that allows you to rent, or rent-out, anything from cameras to sewing machines to furniture. They cover all items up to £25,000 via a guarantee, so there’s only the inconvenience if something is lost, broken or stolen.
What we like: the saviour of many a photoshoot.
Shpock, meaning “shop in your pocket”, is a nice looking online marketplace that’s popular in Europe and the UK, particularly Germany. There’s good variation, catering for everything from power tools to property to catering services.
What we like: easy to get going.
The choice can be a bit overwhelming, and then there’s keeping track of your bids, but it’s still the king of secondhand marketplaces with a much-improved interface and UX compared to back in the day.
What we like: trustworthy seller ratings.
Gumtree goes beyond material goods and can be used to find jobs, spare rooms and even shop rentals. Go on for a microwave, end up opening cafe and joining a football team.
What we like: Great variety.
One for the music heads. Discogs is frequented by music lovers to buy and sell music, particularly rare vinyl. Some of the prices will shock you, but you’ll still be tempted.
What we like: the chance to pick up some rare cuts.
There you go, that pretty much covers everything! Buying second hand can take a little longer but it’s possible to pick up some real bargains. Also, to keep stuff to a minimum, why not rent instead?
Do you have any favourites you’d like to share? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org.