Why Black-Owned Vintage Stores Are Important

Often ignored in conversation about the booming resale industry is a long history of clothing thrifted by necessity, because of racism.

The resale industry is expected to be worth $51 billion by 2023, and is growing much faster than traditional retail. Though platforms like eBay, Farfetch, Poshmark and Tradesy dominate resale e-commerce, many independent sellers are creating their own sites or Etsy shops and marketing on social media.

The internet has presented new opportunities for Black-owned shops, which are often overlooked and underrepresented in the national conversation regarding the resale industry.

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