U.S. apparel and footwear resale market - statistics & facts
In a world of fast fashion and outsourced clothing manufacture, one way to peacefully combat the environmental impact and labor controversies that go hand-in-hand with the modern apparel industry is to opt for second hand clothing and footwear. Not only is second hand less expensive than brand new clothing and shoes, it is a great way to prevent waste and support local businesses and charities rather than massive clothing retailers. The global apparel resale market increased in value from 18 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 to 27 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. Apparel resale accounts for a much larger share of the total retail resale market than any other product category, perhaps because clothing styles have a tendency to come back in vogue after many years, and vintage clothing has more character than brand new clothing. For people who want to set themselves apart from current fashion trends, second hand clothing provides the means to do so. As home to the largest clothing market in the world, the United States is also the leading exporter of used clothing.
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