Making money from unused clothes

How can all the unwanted, too-good-for-charity clothes in the United Kingdom be collected, valued and catalogued? A nationwide campaign?

So, we all know there is a world of difference between buying clothes from a specialist vintage store and buying them from a local charity shop.

The items left in charity shops are those which vintage fashion dealers have rejected. Items which can’t be sold at a premium, and thus, those deemed “undesirable”, or “unfashionable”.

And most people won’t buy these items unless they have to.

Consumers turn to fast fashion options therefore because they are affordable, and usually always available.

Modern, affordable fashion is a quick, satisfying fix for most people living on a budget.

But if consumers can be offered a convenient alternative, then the sway of fast fashion can indeed be curtailed.

The majority of unworn wardrobe items stay unworn and unwanted.

Charities appeal for donations regularly, but people know that many of their own unwanted clothes are “too good for charity”.

However, many haven’t the energy or inclination to make spare cash selling clothes as second hand online.

So, those unwanted clothes remain as non-functional possessions in the depths of wardrobes.

An obvious gap in the market would be, for want of a better term, a “higher quality” semi-charity shop.

A high street equivalent of the mobile app, Vinted, if you will.

This would ensure that more unwanted clothes were saved, and less fast fashion materials were produced and wasted.

But could unwanted fashion owners be adequately compensated, and could “higher quality” semi-charity vendors still make a profit?

Before that question can be answered, the first question would need to be one of logistics.

How can all the unwanted, too-good-for-charity clothes in the United Kingdom be collected, valued and catalogued? A nationwide campaign?

Or maybe, a local campaign with a single semi-charity to start?

Why a semi-charity?

Well, because people won’t give these clothes away. And they won’t throw them away, not yet anyway.

But am I being unrealistic?

I said in my last blog post, “It’s not a dream if it’s possible”.

The answer to competing with fast fashion is simply “organisation”.

Who wants to organise the local or nationwide acquisition of great quality, second-hand clothes?

Well, I’d love to help out. ✅

Just one more idea for a society living more sustainably…

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