With more designer collections, global e-commerce sites and fast fashion stores churning out products by the minute, we’re spoiled for choice. It makes one think that we’re obsessed with the latest and greatest, but the numbers show it’s the vintage and secondhand clothing industry that holds the most promise. According to the ThredUp 2019 Resale Report, the resale market is projected to hit $51 billion by 2023. By 2028, the secondhand market is expected to be 1.5 times bigger than the fast fashion industry. There are more secondhand stores than ever and retailers like ASOS (via Marketplace) and more recently H&M are experimenting with selling secondhand clothing.
Thrifting is eco-friendly and can lead to some incredible unique buys. But even the savviest vintage shopper has likely had a regrettable experience. Whether shopping for secondhand clothes online or at thrift shops, it is necessary to tweak the eye and mind in comparison to shopping for brand new clothes and accessories. To help newbie vintage shoppers avoid rookie mistakes, we’re highlighting some of the common errors. Take notes and happy thrifting.