Thrifting industry explodes as ThriftCon returns to Philadelphia area

OAKS, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — With inflation at an all-time high, there’s one industry that’s helping Americans get creative when it comes to shopping or making money — thrift.

The second-hand clothing industry is exploding, and this weekend the Philadelphia area will be home to one of the country’s largest traveling vintage and second-hand collections.

It’s called Thrift Con. Not only is it a chance to bring Philadelphia-area sellers and small businesses in front of thousands of people, it’s also a chance for residents looking to save as sticker shock with inflation continues.

“When things like this happen in the economy, people try to find more ways to make money, so we’ve seen a demand for the booths,” said Ken Meade, co-founder of ThriftCon. “Our event in Philadelphia last year took six weeks to sell out all the booths, and this year it took six hours.”

They expect around 150 vendors to be in attendance at the event this year, showcasing rare vintage gems and plenty of bargains.

A trend that has always been popular and is now in demand since the pandemic.

“During 2020, 2021 there was a huge increase in people selling things in their closet. They would go to thrift stores and then sell them second hand. Then they started a small business,” said Mario Conti, co-founder of ThriftCon

Thriftcon is taking place this Sunday at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Tickets cost $12.

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