When it comes to clothing, buying things new seems to be the ‘common-sense’ choice. Turning to used items is only an afterthought, and sometimes not even that. So it may come as a surprise, but the resale market has remained a thriving industry in the last few years, and has even seen a boost since the start of the pandemic owing to businesses going virtual in large numbers.

In fact, the luxury resale market is more popular than its primary counterpart by a whopping four times, and for good reason. The resale of designer clothing usually occurs via designer consignment shops, which are not to be confused with regular thrift stores. Consignment shops are run independently and usually have higher standards for quality assurance. They operate in much the same way boutiques do.

If second-hand designer fashion is new territory for you, you’ll be pleased to learn how professional and smooth the experience of buying through luxury consignment can be. Let’s take a look at the benefits associated with second-hand fashion.

It’s Budget-Friendly

It goes without saying that designer items can cost an arm and a leg. Most people would have to save up for a long period of time to be able to afford a single high-end item. This isn’t the case when you buy designer apparel second-hand. Pre-owned items usually have their prices discounted by half the original cost, making it the affordable alternative to primary luxury shopping.

No Compromises on Quality

Second-hand designer wear is really the same thing as luxury items bought new. They are all authentic, branded pieces that have been used so slightly you can hardly tell since consignment stores have strict standards for what goods can make it past the quality check.

 A pair of floral heels

Allows for a Frequent Wardrobe Change

If the idea of owning luxury items long-term doesn’t appeal to you because you are in favor of frequently replacing your wardrobe to stay on top of trends, buying second-hand supports such a decision. Pre-owned items come at reduced costs, and consignment stores usually offer more variety in choice than a primary retail store in terms of category, season and brands.


The fast-fashion industry is a major contributor to environmental waste. Standing in its competition, the growing interest in the resale market has proven to be a good solution to cutting down on harmful footprints and textile waste through recycling. Moreover, lesser need for manufacturing of new products reduces greenhouse gas emissions whilst saving energy.

In the US, people are increasingly becoming more inclined towards sustainable lifestyle choices, so the resale market is only projected to grow larger than it already is.

We’re Swap Boutique, a designer consignment store in New Orleans with the largest collection of designer handbags, dresses, and accessories from some of the most hallmark luxury fashion houses like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. With us, you can rest assured that all our collections are carefully hand-picked to ensure quality. You’re welcome to purchase luxury items with us any time! Connect now.



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