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Wardrobe Exchange aiming to be city's biggest second-hand market

Inspired by the growing demand for sustainable fashion in Edmonton, Amy Bohn is expanding the second Wardrobe Exchange event a few extra sizes this fall.

“Fast fashion is losing out. People are looking for quality over quantity, and we’re really trying to promote that,” said Bohn, founder of the exchange.

On Sept. 14, fashion enthusiasts can pore over second-hand clothing collections on the 16th floor of Epcor Tower — from personal closets, clearance racks, expert thrifters, and up-cyclers like Found and Refound’s Cohen Bayer, who uses reclaimed denim jackets, found textiles and embroidery to make one-of-a-kind pieces.

Organizers want it to be the biggest second-hand market ever held in Edmonton. In the spring, the first Wardrobe Exchange event had 28 vendors and attracted 400 people, but this time around, it will feature 60 vendors and at least 600 people.

That growth is part of a much broader trend, said Jen McConaghy, an expert thrifter and founder of local online shop Life Preloved. Over the past year, McConaghy has seen an increase in thrifters keen to shop in Edmonton, show off their finds and sometimes re-sell them.