The Rise of Secondhand Shopping

Today, Aug. 17, happens to be National Thrift Shop Day. Thriting is a fun way to find unique items and shake up your wardrobe, but it's also an eco-conscious way to purchase clothing.

People have bought secondhand clothing for years in large part to major retailers like Goodwill and Savers and local mom and pop shops. But with a burgeoning online marketplace in full swing and a social media-developed fever to build an “aesthetic” based closet, it’s created a trend and consumerist shift.

Fast fashion is a term coined to describe inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in a response to new trends. Brands like Zara, H&M, and Forever 21 are synonymous with this type of production and were able to achieve major success in the 2000s. But a flaw in the system occured last year when Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy.