As the prices of goods and services continue to rise, many people are looking for ways to save some money on their purchases. Purchasing pre-owned clothing is one way to help keep your expenses down while ensuring there can be updates to the wardrobe or that the kids have more clothes as they keep growing. There are some things shoppers can do to help save money and ensure a smooth experience while shopping online for pre-owned clothing.
“Some people may be new to purchasing pre-owned clothing, especially when it comes to online,” explains Christine Trinh, co-owner of Toronto-based Beeja May. “The great thing is that online thrift shopping provides you with many more opportunities, and you can be more selective than what is within a few miles of your home.”
There are many good reasons for purchasing pre-owned clothing. Not only will it save money, but it allows more options, and it’s better for the environment. Clothing that may have otherwise finished its life cycle is given another chance to be used. This helps with sustainability issues and helps the planet not use as many resources.
Whether online thrift shopping for personal use or buying for the family, there are some tips to keep, including:
- Try to meet the free shipping minimums. Often, people may be close enough to the free shipping minimum that it makes sense to add in one more item. The money either goes to shipping or scoring one more piece of clothing.
- Do the shopping at an online thrift store that is well organized. This will save a lot of time and frustration. Items should be organized by size, brands, and more. This will help people quickly narrow the focus of what is available.
- Be sure to take advantage of any rewards program the online store may have. This will help shoppers earn additional items or rewards, thus stretching their dollars even further.
- Know what the company means by the item condition that is stated. Most companies have a standard guideline they follow when labeling the condition of an item. This will avoid getting things that were expected to be in better condition.
- Look for rescue programs, such as the one offered by Beeja May. A rescue program has partnered with companies to sell their dead stock or manufacturer defect items. The items are offered at deeply discounted rates, up to 50% off retail, providing access to new things at pre-owned rates. This program helps manufacturers, the planet, and consumers, making it a win-win-win.
“We have taken many steps to make shopping online for pre-owned clothing simple and enjoyable,” shares Tan. “Since we started, we have sold over 130,000 items, showing how simple it is and how satisfied people are. We continue to look for even more ways to enhance the online thrift store shopping experience. It’s something the consumers and environment needs, and we are happy to help.”
Beeja May offers tens of thousands of secondhand clothing items, and the process to shop is simplified. Shoppers can shop by age (i.e., newborn to 24 months, toddlers, kids, maternity, etc.), by brands (i.e., Gap, Mini Mioche, Zara, Roots, etc.), and more. Plus, the items have all been carefully curated and inspected before be being listed, so there are no unwelcome surprises when someone receives their package in the mail.
Beeja May offers name-brand clothing, organic clothing, and ways that people can save on their orders, including by combining shipping and a robust loyalty program. In addition to children’s clothing, the store offers maternity and nursing wear, books, and footwear. They offer free shipping with a $75 purchase, a loyalty club, and all items are well organized. It also has a zero-waste shop, offering a variety of essentials, such as soap, dryer balls, reusable food wraps, pot scrubbers, lotion, shampoo, and more.
About Beeja May
Founded in 2019, Beeja May is an online secondhand clothing store that provides a convenient way for families to shop. In addition to clothing, shoppers can find books, shoes, and zero-waste products. The company has a mission of helping the planet and helping those who need assistance with purchasing clothing.