This year, the charity Oxfam (which aims to fight global poverty), introduced Secondhand September. This movement urges shoppers to avoid buying new clothing for 30 days and instead, purchase secondhand items. The goal is to raise awareness of the environmental impact of fashion. Because whether you realize it or not, fast-fashion and keeping up with trends has detrimental effects that go beyond the bank account.
Consider this: the fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in the world- second only to oil! The production and distribution of the crops, fibers, and garments used in fashion all contribute to different forms of environmental pollution, including water, air, and soil pollution.
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The sad truth is that only 15% or our clothing is recycled or donated; most consumers will just toss used and worn items in the trash. In fact, one garbage truck of clothes are dumped in a landfill every second! And synthetic fibers, like polyester, are plastic fibers and non-biodegradable, they can take up to 200 years to decompose!
Well, it starts with environmentally conscious shopping decisions. For example, you could ditch synthetic fibers like rayon, polyester, or spandex, and go for natural ones like organic cotton, linen, silk, and wool. Wear an item more than the low national average of seven times! Choose to buy clothing from environmentally conscious brands– with growing awareness, more and more companies are moving towards sustainable fashion. Try renting your wardrobe! Wardrobe rentals allow fashionistas to snap up new clothes and embrace sustainability at the same time. And, finally, take the pledge by saying yes to secondhand!
Secondhand retailers are the new ‘it’ thing. In fact, they’ve grown 21 times faster than the wider retail market over the past three years, according to research compiled by GlobalData. Sites like Poshmark and ThredUp are driving secondhand growth, along with Gen Z and Millennials: these two generations are the biggest consumers of used clothing, ever. So, as an apparel reseller, how do you stand out to secondhand shoppers? First, it helps to understand what these consumers are looking for; and second, source what shoppers want.
There are several reasons this resale trend is taking off with shoppers; including the growing customer desire for sustainability, variety, and affordability in clothing. Let’s take a closer look:
So you’d like to join this booming market of reselling apparel or expand your small business beyond Secondhand September, B-Stock is the perfect place to begin. We offer plenty of apparel marketplaces for you to source from including Zulily Liquidation Auctions, QVC Liquidation Auctions, Macy’s, JCPenney Liquidation Auctions, our own private B-Stock Supply marketplace, and more. To register as a B-Stock buyer, read our blog Buying Basics: How to Become a B-Stock Buyer Part 1 to get started!