Thursday, January 29, 2009

Frugal trend: buying second hand

Just over a year ago, I was interviewed by a New York Times business reporter for an article might do on ethical fashion. She decided (about two minutes into the interview) that there was "no story here" but asked me what trends might be worth watching. I suggested the second hand clothing market (swapping, eBay, thrifting, refashioning) and she pretty much said the idea was ridiculous.

The Orlando (FL) Sentinel ran a story today about surviving the recession by not buying new, but considering second hand. According to the author, Linda Shrieves

"The National Association of Resale & Thrift Shops surveyed its
members recently and found that, in September and October, sales were
up an average of 35 percent from previous years."

Sounds like a trend to me...

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