"...by one estimate, used clothing is now the United States’ number one export by volume..."
Take a look here:
The Afterlife of Cheap Clothes
It makes me think that I might possibly never shop in a 1st hand clothing store again. Why would I when I have such awesome resources here in Boston for 2nd hand clothing anyway? Some of my current favorites:
Goodwill - close, convenient, easy to drop off things I don't want or need anymore.
Savers - a little bit farther out of the way from my house, but in comparison to my local Goodwill, they sort their store more, so I can more quickly find exactly what I'm looking for-- a certain size, a certain length of sleeve, etc. And they have member discounts frequently. Discounts at a 2nd hand store? Now you're talking my language...
Kid to Kid - a franchise 2nd hand store, focused on children. Interesting. And a very accessible website.
Two Little Monkeys - like supporting local businesses? This is your gold mine. She closed the shop on father's day! How cute is that?
Boomerangs - like your proceeds to go to a good cause? Check out Boomerangs!
Where do you do your 2nd hand shopping?