South Shore thrift stores gain popularity as shoppers push for sustainability

South Shore thrift stores gain popularity as shoppers push for sustainability

Fueled by back-to-school ads for big-box stores and a steady stream of new trends on social media, modern shopping habits often fuel the flow of fast fashion – the production of shoddy, low-cost clothing. cost. .

But as interest in thrift stores and consignment shopping grows among young consumers, there’s a new group of influencers: young adults and even school-aged kids sharing their finds at local thrift stores and major chains such as Goodwill and Savers. Smartphone apps for discovering the best second-hand finds are booming, and local store owners say young people are sparking conversations about sustainability and low-cost alternatives to buying new.

One such local merchant, Cathy Dubois, owner of Twice as Nice Designs in Pembroke, said her clientele has become younger and younger over the past few years and her Facebook following continues to grow.

The second-hand shopping market is expected to continue to grow, according to a recent report from online second-hand clothing seller ThredUp. The market in the United States is expected to double by 2026, grossing around $82 billion that year. ThredUp found that 62% of Gen Z and Millennial shoppers research used items before buying new. These two groups represent an age range of approximately 10 to 40 years.

The most recent data from the Environmental Protection Agency from 2018 shows that around 17 million tonnes of textiles were generated that year and around 66% ended up in landfills. Only about 15% of textiles were recycled.

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Style meets durability

Store owners are quick to point out that buying cheaper, more eco-friendly items doesn’t mean sacrificing style.

Kristen Harris, owner of The Designer Diva in Abington, says dressing in style doesn’t have to be expensive or unnecessary. Her personal catchphrase is to have a “caviar palate on a peanut butter budget,” Harris said.

Her shop offers a range of items for less than $10.

At consignment stores – where sellers bring in goods and receive a percentage of the commission when the clothes are sold – both sellers and buyers can breathe new life into clothes.

Dubois, whose boutique specializes in the resale of men’s and women’s formal wear, said an average of two new shippers a day have come through her door since January and she receives many new clothes.

“It gives it a second life,” Dubois said of the resale purchases.

Harris said she has about 4,000 individual shippers stocking her shelves and she also receives new clothes.

Instead of rows of similar styles, however, stock at consignment stores and thrift stores changes daily or weekly. Dubois and Harris said they add new articles every day.

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Find that “one of a kind”

Second-hand shoppers aren’t looking to find the same pieces as everyone else with access to online shopping, but rather thrive on eventually finding a gem among the shelves.

Dubois said some of his shippers bring in clothes they bought on a trip.

“We get a lot of unique pieces,” she said.

At thrift store Local Mystique in Plymouth, owners Samantha Pike, Kati Walsh and Joe Walsh aren’t waiting for shippers to bring unique pieces. They rescue clothing, furniture, vinyl records, home decor and more from estate and garage sales.

“We’re not just getting new stuff. We’re getting stuff that you won’t find in a Target,” Kati Walsh said.

Guide to thrift stores on the South Shore

local mystic at 398 Court St. in Plymouth features a range of whimsical glass lamps nestled between clothes racks and jewelery display cases.

“We took the time to take the headache out of the search,” Pike said.

The store also partners with local artisans to sell one-of-a-kind products, including gemstones, joinery pieces, and macrame.

To The designer diva at 171 Brockton Ave. in Abington, Harris said some people didn’t buy used because they thought the parts would be dirty. But Harris requires shippers to dry-clean the clothes they sell the same day they bring them into the store.

Harris, whose store is a popular place for prom dress shopping, focuses on carrying clothes in a wide range of sizes, from 0 to 24.

twice as pleasant at 46 Columbia Road in Pembroke has items sorted by popular brands Dubois said many shoppers are looking for, including Lilly Pulitzer and Lululemon. Wedding dresses and formal wear are on the second floor of the store.

Duxbury Thrift Shop at 48 Depot St. focuses on a variety of apparel for every style. Jewellery, shoes, home decor and handbags fill the shelves and proceeds go to the Duxbury Scholarship Fund.

The Take 2 thrift store inside the Cushing MarketPlace at 405 Washington St. in Hanover is run entirely by the students and staff of Cardinal Cushing Centers, a school for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Donors drop off gently used goods and students scramble to sort, label and sell them.

The resale therapy The Consignment Shop located at 106 Pleasant St. in Weymouth prides itself on its selection of homewares, accessories and gifts.

Quincy’s desk drawer at 105 Adams St. specializes in vintage clothing, shoes and jewelry, as well as current styles. It also sells small electronics, books, toys, art and more.

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