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‘Pre-loved’ fashion moves from niche to mainstream as retailers join the fray
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<span>Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian</span>

Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Younger shoppers are driving a surge in sales of secondhand clothing and furnishings, spurred by the desire to help the environment and find alternative looks to fast fashion.

On eBay, sales of “pre-loved” fashion and homewares have shot up in the UK over the past year, with the company selling more than 60 million used items. Murray Lambell, general manager of eBay’s UK business, said: “There is definitely a change in mindset, driven by younger consumers up to the age of 30.”

A &#x002018;preloved vintage&#x002019; secondhand clothing point in Asda, Leeds

A ‘preloved vintage’ secondhand clothing point in Asda, Leeds. Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

While fashion-conscious teens have been trading previously owned fashion on sites such as Depop and Vinted for several years, older groups are likely to be persuaded by secondhand bargains moving out of traditional charity shops and into mid-market mainstream store chains. Asda announced last week that it is testing out secondhand

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