Clothes Resellers Getting Extra Picky
The resale business is booming in the recession
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2009 1:12 PM CST
Alex Stowell (L) shows a T-shirt to collegue Stephanie Lew to help her evaluate its value at Buffalo Exchange, a second hand clothing chain, April 5, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Stores that specialize in reselling trendy used clothes are doing a booming business these days—enough so that they can afford to be picky. So many people are looking to make a quick buck by thinning out their closets that even Dior and Juicy Couture can be rejected, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Rejection causes all sorts of emotional fallout: “If they don't buy my clothes, they don't like my clothes—and they don't like me,” says one would-be seller. A manager of a store in the growing Buffalo Exchange chain says sellers offer up reasons from a lost job to bail money for bringing clothes in—and one threatened to kill her for not buying everything: “Are you serious ma'am?” she responded. "It's just clothing."