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Thrifting is losing its stigma: second-hand clothes are sustainable — and cool

"Canadian attitudes toward second-hand clothes are changing, and businesses are cashing in. 

Not long ago, the idea of shopping at thrift stores brought to mind images of rummaging through racks of random, tatty, sometimes smelly clothing. 

Now, climate concerns are driving a boom in a newly energized resale industry. 

"It was a $12-billion market by our research when we started. It's now a $24-billion market, and we expect it to be a $50-billion market in no time," said Chris Homer, co-founder of San Francisco-based ThredUP, an online marketplace for used clothing that expanded to Canada last year."

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