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Shoppers go to stores for thrifting experiences: Survey

Aug '18
Courtesy: PR Newswire
Courtesy: PR Newswire
Despite growth in e-commerce, shoppers still head to retail stores for the thrifting experience, according to a recent survey conducted by Savers, a family of thrift stores for?secondhand clothing, accessories and more. Close to 60 per cent of the respondents said they prefer to buy secondhand in person because it allows them to touch and feel products.

In advance of National Thrift Shop Day, August 17, 2018, Savers released its sixth annual Thrift Shopping Survey that explores vintage visionaries, denim designers, one-of-a-kind curators and the rack-combing, risk-taking, mould-breaking tastemakers of North America.

“Doing good isn't just for your style and wallet. By shopping secondhand, you are also helping the environment. Considering it takes 700 gallons of water to make a t-shirt and 1,800 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans, when we throw away more than 83 million tons of unnecessary apparel waste each year, it also means we're throwing away the resources that went into making them,” says Savers in the report.

Forty-nine per cent of the survey respondents reported that they roam until something catches their eye, while 33 per cent report carefully looking through each rack. Half report their love of thrifting came from a desire to save money, with ‘savings’ and ‘economic’ being the most-associated words with shopping secondhand (41 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively). About 47 per cent reported that they love finding hidden treasures.

"National Thrift Shop Day is a time to celebrate just how easy and exciting reuse can be and how fundamentally good it is for your wallet, your home and the environment," said Duane Woods, chairman and CEO at Savers. "We want to educate consumers about the importance of purchasing goods with a circular mindset – which includes shopping secondhand to ensure the life of every garment and household item produced is extended."

To celebrate thrift, Savers is hosting Thrifting Spaces, an event in Seattle's Don Armeni Park on National Thrift Shop Day, August 17. The event will inspire any shopper to curate a one-of-a-kind look that no traditional retailer can mimic, while saving money and supporting our environment. (KD)

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