Consignment and Resale Shops Are Doing Just Fine, Thanks

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Photo: DoubleX

While we're all breathlessly chronicling spanking-new fashion, Slate's DoubleX is exploring the business of older clothes, the discarded items from last season or last decade that wind up in resale or consignment shops. And business is booming. Take, for instance, the scene at Chanel consignment specialist A Second Chance: "Chanel purses — tiny python clutches, massive ‘80s quilted power bags, and last season’s models — crowd the walls. A web of chain belts dangles by the cash register. On the left is a display case stuffed with gold and interlocking C’s. Since the recession, the number of consignors has dramatically risen. 'A lot of women are consigning, they want the cash. And I have new clients, women who wouldn’t have considered secondhand before.'" [DoubleX]