How To Use Depop to Buy Good Second Hand Clothing
If you have never heard of Depop before, it is essentially an app where anyone can list their clothes to sell to others. It is pretty similar to eBay or Poshmark, except the process of listing items is so much quicker and the user base is refined to people selling clothes and accessories. I discovered it 3 years ago and have sold over 200 items since then, alongside buying too. Therefore I feel like I know the ins and outs of how the app works and how to successfully purchase what you want for a much lower price than buying on the high street.
Related Post: How I Sold Over 200 Items on Depop
STEPS ON FINDING WHAT YOU WANT ON DEPOP:
Step 1: USE THE SEARCH FEATURE
There are different ways you could initiate a search for what you want through:
- The brand name (e.g Brandy Melville)
- The type of clothing (e.g black flared trousers)
- Combine brand and clothing types (e.g Topshop jumper)
- Using key words and being specific! (e.g black Topshop Jamie Jeans w26 l30)
If you are unsure of what you are looking for be generic, then get inspired by the items that come up and refine your search as you find new styles. For example, you may search black denim skirt, and find a type that has buttons up the front - therefore you can make a new search saying "black button up denim skirt" so that you aren't just scrolling endlessly forever.
In addition to this, use the search filters to refine the search down to the categories, sizes, brands and price you want. Something to be wary of, is that not all sellers use these filters properly when listing items, so it may be better to select multiple sizes such as S, 8 and w26 rather than just size 8. Also I have noticed that a lot of sellers categorise clothing differently, so it may be worth looking through the original search and finding an item that could have been listed wrong - the price may be better!
Step 2: SHOP BRANDS YOU ALREADY KNOW
- "Hey would this fit a size 8?"
- "Would this fit a w26?"
- "What is the measurement for the inner arm of the sleeves in inches?"
- "How long is this skirt in cm?"
- "Is the material stretchy?"
- "How many times have you worn this?"
Step 4: ASK FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE ITEM
Step 5: LOOK AT SELLER PAGESIf you find an item in your size and style, it's likely that the seller has listed lots of things that fit your criteria. It's a good idea to follow people who are your size, so that when their items come up on your feed, you aren't scrolling past things that wouldn't fit. Also you should look at who the seller is following, and look at their items
This especially applies to finding unique vintage pieces. This space is great for inspiration and styling suggestions, the pieces are usually being sold by experienced and more professional sellers. However, it may be more difficult to find your size - this is where the search feature is better. Regardless of that, it is still a really useful section of the app, especially for items that you may not know how to describe.
So, that concludes the first post in my new Depop series. If you haven't given Depop a try yet, I'd say take the plunge and try a new way of shopping - you'll be surprised how much money you can save by shopping second hand. Future posts in this series will include: how to sell, Depop myths busted and finding the cheapest clothes - so make sure to save the link to my blog or follow me on social media here to be notified of the remaining posts in my series!
If Depop doesn't work for you, have you tried Thred Up?
What are your techniques to finding clothes you love on Depop?