Everyone settles into a relationship with the thrift shops. Maybe its just for a book or two a year and not necessarily for a course in how to make work socks from the sleeves of 80s sweaters but sooner or later we acknowledge the thrifts. EBay and Etsy, too.
Who doesn’t like a bargain? Canadians commend themselves when they recycle a thing, however small. Second hand is all around us and seems to be a true growth industry offering entertainment and a sense of discovery along with hard goods. Those in social difficulty have been ahead of the better off on this file basically forever. At first we thought a formal economic index for thrift, an S&P 100 for Canada’s junk shops and vintage clothing might be a bit much but we’re finding it impossible not to acknowledge value in this offering from online reselling powerhouse Kijiji.
The Kijiji second-hand economy index: 2015 report
38-page .pdf file
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