Secondhand Clothing Invading the World's Closets


Wherever you are in the world, it’s increasingly likely that you’ve heard of or downloaded a second-hand clothing app. On of the most popular is Depop, a London-based resale app that combines Instagram-like images with bargain prices for everything from genuine vintage to unworn designer goods. Now boasting 10 million users, the app is part of a growing trend towards the social marketplace, where buyers and sellers connect over their shared love of Y2K styles or funky eyewear. Other apps include US-based Poshmark and ThredUp, both of which are eclipsing eBay and the go-to place for unloading old wares. For some users, this new market has become a lucrative source of income: British student Caitlin Young earns £2,000 per month selling items she picks up thrift shops and yard sales. In Young words, “Everyone I know buys vintage. It’s what people do now.”


Do you buy clothing off of resale apps? Do you consider it a viable alternative to the mainstream market?

Further Reading

Read this article for a complete guide to the resale market.

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Next time you’re looking to add to your wardrobe, consider heading to the resale market instead of the usual fast fashion brands. You’d be amazed at what you can find!

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