What problem is Thrift Collective trying to solve?
Online secondhand clothing resellers do not have access to the resources, tools, and solutions that fast fashion companies have, and are at a disadvantage when it comes to listing and selling. If resale is to disrupt the fashion landscape like everyone keeps saying it is going to, then we need to support these resellers making it happen with the solutions and tools they need to compete. We can only do that by working together.
Who do we work with?
Our services are relevant for any reseller in fashion! You are welcome here whether you are an enterprise seller looking for new ways to improve your listings, an independent nonprofit that is getting online for the first time, or an individual just wondering how much to charge for the things in your closet.
Our goal is to make professional services available to everyone, not just a small group of elite sellers and new retail companies.
What do we do?
We are working to uplift the millions of resellers working to change the fashion industry. This work encompasses everything from improving product presentation with our seamless listing app, to setting up marketplace accounts for resellers who are completely new to getting online.
At the end of the day, we help resellers. We love the people that make up the secondhand community, and we are working to support them anyway that we can.
When we all work together it is almost like some sort of… collective of thrifters or something. Like a Thrift Collective!!!
Writing an origin story is not easy - it is very hard to know where to begin. Is it our first sale? The first time our logo was sketched on a napkin? Probably not. Those moments were important, but our origin story has been a long time in the making.
We could say that Thrift Collective started in Jackson's basement. It was a solo project at this point, and it certainly wasn’t a Collective.
We could say that Thrift Collective started a few months later when John joined on and we began building the structure of the business over Zoom while quarantined 10 miles apart. At this point we had the name, but it still wasn't a Collective.
You could even say it started when we moved into an apartment in Ballard, set up a four bedroom “warehouse” and hired some recent college graduates to be “Operations Coordinators” and “Social Media Producers”. At this point, we were getting closer ...
... But Thrift Collective really started when 14 of the most stylish folks in Seattle took a chance on us and signed on as the first Collectors. They came together from all different walks of life, and they committed to using their voices to push for a better, more sustainable future. They were bloggers, vloggers, stylists, influencers, resellers, models, and activists - but what they all had in common was a belief in our vision. A world where everyone looks to the things that already exist before demanding that more be made.
Our story began when we brought together the people that make us who we are today. Thanks to them, we are more than an idea, a brand, or a company. We are a collective… it's right there in the name.
The future is unpaved; but wherever it takes us, we'll go in Thrift,