Kahlil Spurlock, 32, in Jersey City, New Jersey, turned to resale for holiday gifts this year in an effort to reduce his carbon footprint. He used Grailed, a site not unlike The RealReal but focused on menswear.
“I was buying for my 20-year-old brother, who does buy resale,” he said. “There are some items that are just so cool, like some streetwear, you can only find on resale.”
Spurlock picked up two items from hot brands for his younger sibling.
None of this is new to 50-year-old Amanda Spencer in suburban Philadelphia. She’s a longtime resale hunter on Facebook Marketplace, local Buy Nothing groups that offer items for free, and events like sales at her church.
This year for Christmas, she found a series of books on Facebook that her daughter wanted. And from a Buy Nothing group, she picked up a beanbag chair her daughter had asked for.
“It’s not exactly the one but who cares,” Spencer said.
For her son, she found Minecraft cube building toys at a yard sale.
“Most of the stuff that they’ve ever gotten throughout their lives has either been hand-me-downs or from consignment shops,” Spencer said. “Why bother paying full retail?”