We love Amazon Prime Day as much as the next bargain hunter, but what a lot of shoppers forget about this time of year is that there are other ways to save right now. Instead, in the world of secondhand shopping, every day is something of a sale day. And while your pre-loved buys might not arrive in two days time, they also won’t add to the climate crisis, which, if you ask us, is reason enough to consider this method of scouting a deal. At resale retailers like Vestiaire Collective, Thrilling, The RealReal, and more, saving money is the norm, rather than a two-day event. There, items that are seeking a second chance in someone else’s wardrobe — or, in some cases, still with tags — are aplenty. And, as an added incentive to shop used rather than new, many items on these secondhand sites are further marked down
Dwindling sales and mounting donations have spelled doom for the market for buying recycled clothing, Reuters reported.
Since the pandemic began in March, textile recyclers and exporters have had to cut rates amid lockdown measures restricting peoples’ movements as well as a slow-down in international shipping.
But the donations have become abundant, especially as people used their time in quarantine to clean out their residences of things they didn’t need. The donations have become so plentiful that some have had to turn them down. One of those, Antonio de Carvalho, boss of a textile recycling company in Stourbridge, central England, wrote in an email that he is “reaching the point where our warehouses are completely full,” Reuters reported.
Carvalho, who pays towns for clothing collected in donation bins and sells it at profit to traders overseas, said he’s seen the price he can