Thrift market goes online

With level-4 lockdown restrictions prohibiting gatherings and physical markets, a pop-up online market will allow traders to continue earning a living.

The Goodwood Fashion and Thrift Market will be partnering with Meet the Makers Market and the Langebaan Market for an online pop-up market, Thrift.Ltd, which will run from Tuesday July 27 to Friday August 6.

With level-4 lockdown restrictions prohibiting gatherings and physical markets, the online market will allow traders to continue earning a living, says Thrift.Ltd founder Tamerrin Dixon .

“Keeping patrons and traders safe during this time is our utmost priority. It goes without saying that traders and markets are economically impacted by the restrictions,” she said.

With 35 vendors signing up to date, she said the public could expect a wide range of goods on sale, including clothes, accessories, art, and home-made treats.

Vendors send their product images to Thrift.Ltd which posts them on the website and advertises them on the vendors’ behalf.

“During the online market, patrons can visit www.thrift.ltd to shop and communicate directly with traders on WhatsApp, just by clicking the ’Buy’ button. Sellers and buyers then arrange their preferred method of payment, collection/courier/delivery options,” said Ms Dixon, adding that Thrift.Ltd did not charge any commission.

The South African thrifting scene had been “booming” on Instagram and could offer a much needed financial boost, she said.

“To speak of the current economic climate South Africa finds itself in, thrifting is the way to go. You do not first need to spend money on supplies to create a product to sell, there’s no need for business premises or its expenses – with thrifting you take what you already own and sell it,” she said.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with how well the initiative has been received thus far,” said Ms Dixon. “We believe this industry is a resilient one, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back, once regulations permit.”