Why you should start thrifting for gifts this holiday season

Between the historic economic recession and the global pandemic, the gift giving season is going to look a little different this year. Getting gifts from the thrift store is a great way to get something personal and sustainable for your loved ones without breaking the bank. Not convinced? There is […]

Between the historic economic recession and the global pandemic, the gift giving season is going to look a little different this year. Getting gifts from the thrift store is a great way to get something personal and sustainable for your loved ones without breaking the bank.

Not convinced? There is still a stigma amongst some people about secondhand gifts, but attitudes are quickly changing. Studies from the market research firm Mintel showed that the preference for secondhand goods has continued to grow since 2016. A 2019 study by Mercari, a reselling app, found that three in five Americans say they’re comfortable receiving a second-hand item as a gift, particularly something one-of-a-kind or especially hard to find.

“Here, we’ve seen that arise in the last three years,” said Ashley Matthews, owner of A Second Life thrift store in Belgrade. “The last few Christmases, we’ve seen a huge uptick in people buying used gifts.”

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