How the COVID-19 pandemic made thrifting popular

Story BY Somer Slobodian and Nicole Garbanzos

A woman in a red sweater is looking at clothes on a rack. 
Photo by cottonbro on Pexels
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In 2020 alone, 33 million people bought second-hand items for the first time.

Most bought clothing, followed by books and homeware. According to the 2021 Fashion Resale Market and Trend Report, it was not until the pandemic hit that sales for used products increased. Consumers are said to have had a change of habit in their spending. This comes at a time when sustainability matters than ever. Millennials and Gen Zers are who mostly consume resold fashion and accessories. Studies show 45 percent even refuse to purchase anything from a non-sustainable brand. Purchasing second-hand style does not only lessen carbon emissions, but it also keeps garments out of a landfill. Here is a video and an infographic with more information on the topic.