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Jhettset Closet Consignment Boutique | Thifting | Hershey

If you’re interested in thrifting, you must check out Jhettset in Hershey.

It’s truly a time to be alive for fashion lovers and earth-friendly shoppers alike. Thrifting (or resale), whether it be through yard sales, donations, consignment stores or vintage shops, has exploded and is the perfect union between sustainability and style. 

To learn a little bit more about the thrifting trend – and check out some tips! – I chatted with Casey Helwig, owner of JhettSet Closet Consignment Boutique in Hershey, PA. The boutique recently celebrated 5 years, so Casey observed a good bit of change in the fashion resale industry.

To stay up to date, Casey checks out the ThredUp Resale Report.

2021 ThredUp Resale Highlights

  • The second hand market is expected to double in the next 5 years, reaching $77 billion.
  • 33 million consumers bought second hand in 2020 – it’s a pandemic habit that’s sticking around!
  • An item purchased used versus new displaces 17 pounds of CO2 emissions and displaces its carbon footprint by 82%
  • Resale, rental and subscription services will be the fastest growing sector over the next 10 years as shoppers seek fun and convenience.
  • 42% of all consumers and 53% of Gen Zers say they’ll spend more on second hand in the next 5 years.
  • 45% of millennials and Gen Z say they refuse to buy from non-sustainable brands and retailers.
  • 1 in 4 consumers say they care less about wearing the latest trends after the pandemic.
  • 1 in 2 moms with young kids plan to spend MORE on second hand in the next 5 years, a bigger shift to thrift than any other group.

Hope: Why do you think thrifting and consignment have become so popular?

Casey: From a sustainability perspective, consignment and thrift is absolutely the way to go. In the US alone, it’s estimated that people throw away around 36 BILLION items per year. So, consignment and thrift not only offers shoppers a unique piece, it’s literally the responsible thing to do!

It’s obvious that people are really into this lifestyle and way of shopping and it’s only going to continue to grow; the TU Resale Report shows that resale, thrift and consignment are projected to have 18% of the market share by 2030, ranking only second to off-price retailers like TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Thrifting tips for JhettSet in Hershey:

  • Try new brands: Unlike traditional stores, consignment and thrift stores carry a variety of brands and designers. JhettSet has around 15,000 items in store so there’s the opportunity to try a variety of brands and designers that shoppers may typically not have access to. 
  • Try things on: JhettSet is a brick-and-mortar store which allows shoppers to touch, feel and try on pieces. Take advantage of it! All brands and designers are not cut the same, so look for and try on a range of sizes and see how things fit.
  • Try investing in secondhand: One of the main mantras of thrifting is: don’t be afraid to invest in second hand! In fact, many shoppers find pieces with tags or that have never been worn, so they really aren’t sacrificing quality by shopping secondhand. JhettSet has pieces that range in price, and it’s okay to spend a little more for a great piece. It’s okay to spend a little more for a great piece. Regardless, you’re paying a fraction of MSRP and still getting the same quality trends and looks!

Visit JhettSet at 1251 E. Chocolate Ave. in Hershey. JhettSett is currently accepting fall items for consignment, check out their website for guidelines and times. And don’t forget to see what’s in store by following on Instagram and Facebook!

Sara Bozich
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