At least every second Pole occasionally makes purchases in second-hand shops as double-digit inflation hit consumers’ packets. A few years ago less than every third Pole dressed in second-hand shops.
Paradoxically, however, the number of second-hand stores is systematically shrinking. Only last year, almost 600 of them suspended or closed their operations. In the last 10 years, more than 5,000 have disappeared from the market. Today, there are less than 14,000 shops offering second-hand products. The growing cost of doing business put pressure, prompting some stores to move online and others to close completely.
According to a popular marketplace OLX, second-hand items account for two-thirds of all added listings. Their largest share is in the music and education category (80%), and in products for children (77%). Second-hand electronics account for 75%, and second-hand fashion accounts for almost 60%.