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Guide to life in the UK - buying and selling spare and idle things

International students who have just come to live in the UK will face a problem. There are too many  daily necessities to buy. Buying brand new ones is not only expensive but also needs to be resold  after the semester is over. Especially for students majoring in fashion, buying various styles of  clothes and accessories is a hobby of many students. In the UK, buying second-hand and reselling  your unused items is a common thing. Next, we will introduce some of the commonly used  websites and apps for buying and selling second-hand in the UK and the channels for donation. 

Daily necessities: 

  1. Gumtree 

The largest local community classification website in the UK, where there is a wealth of second-hand  items, including electrical appliances, furniture, transportation and daily necessities 

*No handling fee 

  1. Facebook marketplace 

Household appliances and furniture 


A very large second-hand idle platform can not only buy and sell second-hand items but also bid for  some items. 

*Only 10 pieces per month can be uploaded, 10% platform fee


1. Depop 

Clothes, shoes, bags, etc., are mostly cheap second-hand brands, you also can visit vintage items. *10% platform fee 


Not only can buy and sell second-hand clothes, but also exchange items with others. 

3.Vestiaire Collective 

Europe’s largest second-hand luxury goods website. 

Books and Games: 

1.Abe Books 

Buying and selling books is very cost-effective, suitable for buying and selling textbooks and art  books. 


Mainly for second-hand electronic products and books. 

For some expensive academic books that are useless after reading, this is a very good place to  resell. 


You can find their store in the city’s centre of the UK, under the red sign: Entertainment Exchange,  which is mainly a second-hand store for games. Switch, ps4, board games, etc.

Donation channel: 

  1. Student apartments 

There will be a donation box near the garbage room on the ground floor of most student apartments,  where you can put unnecessary clothes and shoes. 

  1. Charity recycling – Cycling Clothes Company 

This type of organization provides help for cancer and charity organizations, receiving clothing,  shoes, small pieces of furniture, etc.