Would you thrift a holiday gift? Secondhand shopping popular with students

Thrift shopping is having a moment among college students eager to save the planet—and their wallets.

The online consignment giant ThredUP published a resale report saying that, globally, secondhand clothing sales increased from $96 billion in 2021 to $119 billion in 2022, with sales expected to increase by $99 billion by 2026.

Four Northeastern University students studying fashion or the environment—three of whom are from California—told News@Northeastern their favorite brick and mortar locations and open markets to thrift in and around Boston and Oakland, where Mills College at Northeastern is located.

They also explained why they shop secondhand and why they plan to give pre-owned presents this holiday—and described a few of their finds.

Why thrift?

“I’ve been having this whole journey throughout college with environmentalism and finding ways for people to get involved in climate solutions,” says Nia Beckett, a fifth-year journalism major with a global fashion studies minor.

“I think thrifting is a big piece of that, because everybody puts on clothes in the morning. And we know that fast fashion is a huge issue that contributes to landfills and workers are not being treated properly.”

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