It’s a Holly Jolly Season for Resale

The resale industry in the U.S. is estimated to be a $17B business.

The bottom line is nine million more people bought second hand clothes in 2017 than in 2016 and strong growth in this category is projected to continue in years to come. According to First Research, there are combined more than 25,000 resale, consignment shops and not for profit resale shops in the U.S, and reports an estimated resale industry in U.S. of $17.5B.

Buffalo Exchange, based in Tucson, AZ began selling used jeans and flannel shirts in 1974, and now has 50 locations across the country and wears its authenticity well. A little dingy around the edges and crammed with a kooky assortment of apparel, shoes, and accessories bargains abound at the Portland store. Locally-based brands are easy pickings; Sorel hiking boots, Nike and Columbia jackets, vintage Patagonia apparel, and all manner of backpack styles add to the store’s regional flavor.

Greene Street Consignment has grown from a single, family-owned consignment shop in Main Line Philly, to now 10 locations in the greater Philadelphia/New Jersey area. Princeton University students, young moms with strollers, professors on their lunch hour and locals of all ages do not to leave empty handed at the Greene Street Consignment location in Princeton. A “Designer Display,” the nicely merchandised men’s section and racks of top-notch premium brand denim make for a spiffed up secondhand shopping experience.