01 February 2020

Nordstrom will begin selling used clothing

As reported by the Washington Post:
Nordstrom began selling secondhand apparel, shoes and accessories online and in its New York flagship store on Friday, the latest attempt by the 119-year-old company to appeal to changing consumer tastes and capitalize on one of the few bright spots in retail. It joins Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Madewell, among others, in carving out a place for used clothing, shoes and handbags alongside new ones.

Secondhand sites such as ThredUp, Poshmark and the RealReal have become destinations as eco-friendly alternatives to fast fashion. As resale goes mainstream — the market is projected to triple in three years — department stores have become an unexpected next step to woo younger shoppers.

“We want our customers to feel good not only about what they’re buying, but how they’re buying it,” said Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s vice president of creative projects.

The secondhand offerings take up space once filled with Burberry, a luxury British clothier, at the Manhattan store. Nordstrom also is buying back customers’ used clothing, shoes, jackets and accessories, which will be cleaned and repaired as needed before being sold. The company will pay as much as 60 percent of an item’s resale value, in the form of a gift card. The initiative, known as See You Tomorrow, also will accept merchandise by mail...

It saves money... and more importantly, keeps clothing out of landfills. “There is such glut of cheap, disposable fashion out there,” she said. “The last thing I want to do is contribute more waste."

3 comments:

  1. Reduce. Resuse. Recycle. Profit.

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  2. Goodwill store for the affluent?

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  3. new clothing businesses are what feed the used market. as more people start buying used clothing, the new apparel business will tank, drying up the supply stream for used clothing stores. that will result in used clothing prices going higher than for new clothes.

    p.s. don't laugh - the local salvation army store now sells some of their used clothes at prices comparable to new clothes that are on sale or at what are regular box stores prices like at wal-mart or target.

    I-)

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