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Resale brands are expanding in Southern California. Consumers are beginning to focus more on value in retail purchases, and the trend is driving the growth of brands like TheRealReal and ThredUp, consignment and second hand shops. These brands specifically appeal to the Gen Z demographic.

“As we face a potential economic shift, consumers across the price spectrum are more and more focused on value propositions,” Mike Rielly, SVP and managing principal at SRS Group, tells GlobeSt.com. “As such, the category of resale brands has emerged and grown to a point where buyers can still consume at an aspirational level but stay within their budgetary needs. Another factor driving the growth of resale is the increasing influence of gen Z as this generation is more likely to consider sustainability to be an important factor in making a purchase.”

The environmental impact of fashion is an important trend driving growth in the resale market. ThredUp, for example, focuses on clothing waste on its website. “This is satisfied by environmentally friendly brands but even more so by the growing resale market,” says Rielly. “For example, online resale brand ThredUp states up front on its website that ‘fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world behind oil,’ adding that we throw 26 billion pounds of clothing into global landfill every year. According to statistics, more than one in three gen Zers will buy secondhand in 2019,” says Rielly.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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