The fashion industry thrives on constant change, with studies revealing that Americans collectively spend an average of $1,500 annually on clothing and accessories. While the average consumer’s collection of shoes is worth over $5,000. However, a new trend emerges as individuals seek alternative shopping solutions to sky-high retail prices and fast fashion.
According to recent studies, spending on luxury fashion has decreased for six consecutive quarters. Luxury brands can no longer depend on high-income consumers to maintain their profits during economic challenges, according to industry experts. On the other hand, resale brands are gaining value and becoming more recession-proof, as 74% of global consumers are now shopping for resale products.
Americans are flocking to thrift stores not solely for financial reasons but also to unearth unique fashion treasures while contributing to sustainable practices. Reports reveal that 60% of consumers have made at least one second-hand purchase in the past year, up from 49% in 2019. Additionally, more consumers are growing increasingly conscious of their environmental impact. Over 85% of consumers have become greener in their purchasing habits.
Not only does the resale industry offer shoppers more variety at a fraction of the cost of traditional retailers, but it also provides a beneficial alternative to throwing out large amounts of unwanted clothing. Often, clothes are still in good condition but are no longer needed for several reasons, including sizing and style changes.
Winmark - The Resale Company® stands at the forefront of this resale and eco-friendly revolution. Our brands blend value and sustainability by providing consumers with high-quality used items and some new merchandise. Resale shopping offers people a tangible way to reduce waste and participate in a more sustainable lifestyle. At Winmark, we’ve significantly contributed to a greener planet and have recycled over 1.6 billion items since 2010.
With Plato’s Closet®, Once Upon A Child®, Style Encore®, Music Go Round®, and Play It Again Sports ®, we also bridge the gap between high retail prices and substandard secondhand experiences, offering not only affordable and polished resale shopping but also a unique opportunity for customers to earn cash on their gently used items.
Joining the Winmark Community
At Winmark, we’ve honed over three decades of experience in franchising and the resale industry, fostering a proven business model and a fantastic track record. Our vibrant and robust resale franchise brands fit into any community, delivering a valuable and rewarding opportunity for potential franchisees looking to own a successful business that gives back to communities.
The value and success of our brands are undeniable, with a renewal rate of 99% among our franchise partners, a testament to the exceptional experience they have had working with Winmark. Our 100% franchising model ensures that our resources directly support our franchisees. This approach fosters meaningful and empowered franchise ownership, allowing them to take charge of each location. Many of our franchisees even become multi-brand owners because of the tremendous reputation of our brands, the comprehensive support and path to success we offer, and our unit-level economics.
Our franchisees are more than just business owners. They share our commitment to supporting communities and championing sustainability by providing high-quality, eco-friendly shopping alternatives. As consumers become increasingly eco-conscious, our franchisees have the rewarding opportunity to protect the environment and support their community while embarking on a fulfilling business opportunity.
At Winmark, we believe in the transformative power of our franchise model and look forward to supporting more entrepreneurs on their journey. By joining Winmark, you're not just embarking on a business venture; you're embracing an opportunity to make a significant difference by providing Resale for Everyone.
Contact us today to take the first step toward your franchise success.