If you’re a Goodwill groupie, Savers supporter or general yard sale yuppie, this is for you.
Perhaps I’m just late to the game, or perhaps quarantine has facilitated a boom in the industry, but lately while I’ve been late-night social-media scrolling, there’s been one particular genre of Instagram account that I’ve become absolutely infatuated with: secondhand thrifters.
So, it’s exactly what it sounds like: Each account acts like a storefront, where owners go out to their local thrift stores, antique houses or flea markets and look for the much-coveted diamonds in the rough that you always hope to find at these venues. They’ll post their goods on Instagram, set a price and start taking orders! Packing and shipping is done themselves (they’ll quote you on the shipping cost based on how far away you live, or if you’re close enough, pick-up is usually free!), payment is accepted via cash apps and you can get a brand (secondhand) new lamp, dish set, mirror, vase, you name it, delivered to your door without lifting a finger.
It’s become a hobby of mine, to be quite honest.
Each secondhand thrifting account has their own set of rules and processes, but the kind of stuff they uncover is brilliant. From marked-down high-end pieces (I’m talking a Le Creuset French press for quite literally over half the retail price) to vintage hidden gems, these are the kind of decorative goods that add character and personality to a home, items that come with a story and an affordable price tag.
Here are some of the best accounts I’ve uncovered during my foray into Instagram thrift shopping. Make a purchase yourself or, if you're a flea market fanatic yourself, gather some ideas to open up an online shop yourself!