1. Thrift stores began as pushcarts in urban areas
Secondhand clothing were mostly sold by Jewish immigrants, whose professional options were often constrained by anti-Semitism. Since Goodwill was founded in 1902, and after “thrift shop” was first coined in 1919, as well as the advent of the World Wide Web that facilitated the emergence of online thrift stores such as thredUP in 2009 and Poshmark in 2011, the market size of the resale industry is expected to be valued at $64 billion in 2024.
2. Branded apparel is the best thrifted option
Shop for mid-range brands such as Ralph Lauren and J.Crew or designer labels such as Dior and Gucci from vetted online thrift stores (I personally recommend Thryft for affordable picks and The RealReal for luxury garments) to make the most out of your dollars. Don’t forget to check the item description for stains, small tears, and other blemishes.
3. Turn preloved items into DIY projects
Whether you want to transform a T-shirt into a crop top, distress a pair of denim jeans, or anything in between, you can find the basic materials for your DIY projects at your go-to secondhand site. Some of quarantine’s biggest DIY trends include tie-dye sweats, fabric-painted sneakers, and iron on patches.
4. Thrifting is a trip down memory lane
From genuine vintage 90s crewnecks to colorful Y2K pieces, you’ll find all kinds of pop culture and historical mementos to bring back fond memories or explore your favorite historic fashion trends. Such garments are truly one-of-a-kind and also make great gifts!
5. Scammers exist
Certain marketplaces are populated with sellers who purchase cheap items on AliExpress or Shein and resell them at a premium. Especially beware of tank tops, acrylic earrings, and other easily replicable pieces.