Despite all the benefits of online shopping, I still prefer an old-fashioned brick-and-mortar buying experience--I like to be able to touch fabrics, try things on and dig around elbows-deep in a clearance bin. That said, my love for in-person shopping definitely doesn't stop me from fantasizing about potential online purchases. Digital window shopping can be just as much fun as the real deal, and with a whole crop of new secondhand and vintage retail sites popping up, it can be all the more tempting for deal hunters like myself. What online finds am I wishing I had in my closet right now? Check out this Wednesday Wishlist:
Nifty Thrifty is a relatively new Brooklyn start-up specializing in drop dead gorgeous vintage pieces. While some of their higher-end and rarer merchandise is well out of my price range, the well-curated site still stocks plenty of great stuff at the $50-and-under point, making it a great place for budget-minded beginners to start building their vintage collection. I'm fiending after these comfy-looking pairs of printed pants (pictured at the top of this post!), both for $35, and also love this adorable light lavender dress with mesh detailing ($25).
I've certainly sung the praises of ClosetDash before, but also want to mention that the shop adds new arrivals to its site every Wednesday. ClosetDash's stuff tends to move quickly, so time is definitely of the essence when it comes to scoping out new items. Right now, I'm eyeing this sheer, 100% silk Behnaz SarafPour for Target blouse ($8.99), this Lilly Pulitzer top ($29.99)--which is the perfect, eye-popping shade of teal--and this cute blue-and-white printed dress ($7.99).
If you love shopping for high-end labels and practicing retail advocacy, Fashion Project is a great new site that allows you to do both. The resale shop features donated designer finds, with the majority of each piece's sales dedicated to a charity of the donor's choice. Some of the site's partnerships include tie-ups with established nonprofits like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dress For Success and The One Fund Boston, among many others. While some of Fashion Project's stuff is predictably priced sky-high, there are also plenty of reasonably-priced designer goods in great condition, and splurging feels so much better when you're also funding a cause worthier than your closet. I'm loving this boho-chic Nanette Lepore dress ($50), this Milly top ($40), which would be great for a fall work-ready look, and this gorgeous mini wrap dress by What Goes Around Comes Around ($90).
As with all forms of secondhand shopping, however, the styles and sizes stocked by these online retailers are extremely limited. Once any of the above items are gone, they're gone for good, so if you love it, move fast. Happy hunting!