Washington (AFP) – When you think of “second- and “third-hand” goods, you’re likely thinking of a small, often-forgotten niche in which the items are either handmade or have been bought at a store.
But for a second-home buyer, a second hand store may also have a good chance of bringing you in-doors.
In the US, the term “secondhand” is often used to describe items sold at a retail store, but it is rarely used in terms of a home decor store.
That is changing, thanks to a new generation of third-party sellers who are turning to second-homes as a second home alternative to brick and mortar stores.
The term is used by some to describe a small niche in a home’s decor, where you can buy a small but highly-detailed item from a store that is familiar to you and can be easily returned if it needs cleaning.
But the trend is being embraced by retailers, where the concept of secondhand is seen as a way to boost sales.”
It’s becoming a trend,” said Stephanie Stutzman, a sales associate at a secondhand store in Washington.”
People are saying, ‘I need to save on my first-hand costs.’
“Some of the second-party retailers that have emerged, including the brand-new “Astro, Astro” and “Bridgetown”, are turning second-handed items into a way of attracting buyers and providing a way for them to shop from home, rather than a physical location.”
We’re seeing a trend in the US of third party sellers opening up shop in secondhand stores,” she said.”
The trend is there, and we’re seeing more and more people who are opening up to the concept.”‘
Secondhand’ in stores is a niche and not a trendBut for home buyers, the concept is not new.
In 2014, the New York Times reported on the resurgence of second hand retailing.
In that story, former home decorator and owner of a second hands store, who wished to remain anonymous, said it was common for people to bring in second- or third- hand furniture, furniture and accessories in return for a small cash payment.”
I think the concept, to me, was a bit strange, I think it wasn’t something that had been around in the home for a long time,” he said.
In his store, Astro, Astro sells items from a collection of “classic” home decor, as well as contemporary styles.
It’s also the only shop on the block in the heart of the city that carries a variety of “toy” and second- hand items that are also available online.
It also offers a wide range of “personalised” items, which are a small portion of Astro’s inventory, from dolls to china to art.”
The owner also points to a recent uptick in second hand sales.”
So many people bring in their own things.”
The owner also points to a recent uptick in second hand sales.
As home prices continue to rise and the economy continues to take a dive, second- home buyers are increasingly looking for a way out of the cycle of debt and rent, he said, adding that it’s becoming harder to find second- house homes that are affordable.
“In some ways, it’s a new niche that people are going to want to try,” he added.
“They’ll be looking for cheaper houses, or they’re going to be looking at properties that are a bit cheaper, or that are close to work.”