'Rag House' full of recycled clothes.

The second hand clothing market is set to be double the fast fashion market by 2030 according to Statista.

The inflation in price of clothing in retail stores in the UK hit an all time high in October 2022 and continues to rise today with the cost of living crisis having a massive effect on the market.



Consumers seem to be less and less willing to pay the high prices for clothes and are turning to pre-loved fashion when choosing their newest fits!

Francis Simpson, owner of ‘Rare-air’, an online website selling recycled and vintage clothes says that his store has seen a “50% increase in website traffic over the last year.”

Fast Fashion – Clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.

The likes of Primark, Shein and PrettyLittleThing are examples of fast fashion companies.

It is estimated by Statista that the second hand clothes market will be double the fast fashion industry by 2030. This trajectory is good news for resellers and vintage clothing retailers, who use platforms such as Vinted and Depop to re-sell pre-loved clothes.

Starting in 2008, the app Vinted has grown massively, now boasting over 75 million active users and bringing in a revenue of 315 million pounds in 2022.

Francis Simpson on the increase of people using Vinted to buy from him. 

With the high success for sellers on these websites. It has even birthed high street stores which started out on Vinted, Depop and other reselling apps. ‘Garms’ in Nottingham was one such company who found great success in the vintage market.

‘Garms’ vintage shop in Nottingham

Speaking to Alfie who works at Garms in Nottingham, he said “we live in a generation who is more concerned about sustainability and with the cost of living crisis it definitely means people will shop second hand more”.

The influx of second hand buyers poses a huge risk to the fast fashion market with more and more people looking to purchase pre-loved and recycled clothes at a discounted price.