The used clothing are now the best option for people wishing to offer clothing to the size of their portfolios and their desires. We take stock of this new mode of consumption , which far from being an ephemeral trend, profoundly changes the world of fashion today.
The second-hand clothing market in figures
In the United States, the used clothing market weighed $ 24 billion in 2019 , compared to € 21.2 billion in 2018, and only $ 11 billion, or € 9.72 billion in 2012. It expected to reach $ 51 billion, or € 45 billion by 2023. On the French market, it is valued by the Institut France de la Mode (IFM) at 1 billion euros. 30% of French people bought second-hand clothing in 2018, compared to half less in 2010. Young people are the ones who convert most to this trend. Millennials between 25 and 37 represent 33% of the total of second-hand consumers .
Second-hand clothes: many advantages
A definite economic advantage
The purchase of second-hand clothing provides a definite economic advantage over new clothing. In addition to being 4 to 5 times cheaper than new , second-hand clothing is an opportunity for everyone to wear clothes of major brands, until then, only reserved for the privileged: luxury leather bags , designers or high-end jewelry, you can find beautiful second-hand pieces.
A gesture for the planet
Buying second-hand clothing is a strong gesture in favor of the planet , simply because recycling and reusing pieces that have had their day is much more ecological than buying a new wardrobe each season. To go even further in this eco-responsible approach, mend or sell your clothes in case you no longer need them rather than throw them away. You will fight against unnecessary waste and will surely make you happy.
Clothes often of better quality than those of Fast-Fashion
Second-hand clothing is resistant and less toxic for the environment and for humans, unlike new clothes , which are full of many toxic products for the body. After several washes and uses by other people, used clothes are less toxic and have often been made with more care.
Vintage is ultra trendy
Fashion has always been an eternal renewal. It is only thanks to the second hand that you can easily find authentic clothes that become trendy again . In addition, vintage fashion allows you to choose your own clothing style without being forced to follow the trends set by the manufacturers. The fashion of the 90s has come back in force in recent times and fashionistas stand out from the vintage pieces of their dressing room: crop-tops, combat-shoes or Dr Martens , track-pants etc…
So many authentic models that you can find elsewhere than in thrift stores or in trendy empty closets such as Once Again .
You can also find magnificent products from major fashion designers of the time: Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Christian Dior… for fans of real fine quality products.
Used clothing is ideal for certain periods of life
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars to buy new clothes that will only be used for a very short time, second-hand clothes are ideal for adapting your wardrobe to each physical change: a pregnancy, a loss or a weight gain. With the occasion, you buy cheaper, without the risk of regretting later. Second-hand clothes are also more practical for children, who are growing visibly .
The pleasure of renewing your wardrobe more often
Thanks to the second hand, renewing your wardrobe becomes child’s play . The advantage with the second hand is that there is a bit of everything, very good quality and at low cost. Everyone is always served at their fair value and it is not uncommon to come across nuggets of well-known designers at very attractive prices! Flea markets, thrift stores and others always reserve real surprises for its customers.