On Facebook I came across this article about professional women shopping at second hand stores. Apparently, it’s a growing trend in the corporate world.
The writer profiles two professional women who buy their office wear at thrift and consignment stores. One of them keeps it a secret from her co-workers, because of possible negative connotations.
This statistic really surprised me:
Indeed, 80 percent of consumers surveyed in recent years by America’s Research Group said they’d “never buy” someone else’s worn clothing.
“A lot of people don’t want to buy something used because of health concerns,” said Chairman/CEO Britt Beemer.
I took a random survey of my friends, and most guessed that 50-60% of women would “never” buy used clothing. We mused that even when we buy at Nordie’s, we’re not certain the garment has “never” touched another woman’s body (um, returns? fitting room?).
I know many of you shop regularly at thrifts, second-hand and consignment stores, and from eBay. Are you surprised at the “never” number too?
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