Analysis of the Availability of Second-hand Clothing as the Raw Materials for Repurposing

  • Erin M. Irick (University of Wyoming)
  • Rachel Eike orcid logo (Iowa State University)


The practices of fast fashion companies have resulted in an over-consumption of fashion products and an abundance of still functional, second-hand clothing. Repurposing this clothing is a time intensive process and requires a higher selling price to be profitable. Research has suggested that a production process is needed to efficiently produce repurposed clothing. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine a merchandise category which has a need to be repurposed and to identify the characteristics of this category. Category was determined through phone interviews with store managers of six thrift stores in three metropolitan areas in one Midwest state. Subsequently, physical counts of the identified category were conducted at each of the six stores. The number of items available was documented, as well as the sizes, fiber content, colors and dimensions of fabric available for repurposing. Potential designs were developed for efficient use of the repurposed materials available.

Keywords: Repurposing

How to Cite:

Irick, E. M. & Eike, R., (2020) “Analysis of the Availability of Second-hand Clothing as the Raw Materials for Repurposing”, Sustainability in Fashion 1(1). doi:

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Published on
30 Jun 2020
Peer Reviewed