Second Hand Shopping: Nordstrom’s New Push for Sustainable Purchasing
Nordstrom has launched a new store and online site named “See You Tomorrow”, featuring secondhand clothing from brands sold at the traditional Nordstrom stores. Many of these pre-owned items are in “like new” or pristine condition, making their discounted price tags a steal. While See You Tomorrow doesn’t yet carry every category, they currently offer a full range of both men’s and women’s shoes and apparel, children’s wear as well as limited jewelry options.
All merchandise at See You Tomorrow is comprised of damages or returns from the traditional Nordstrom stores. Nordstrom has a generous year-long return policy, and one would expect them to receive quite a few returns that were purchased several months ago. Once merchandise is returned, it then goes to the Nordstrom Quality Center to be cleaned, repaired and put back up for sale. Designer merchandise is authenticated with a third party firm.
The website offers three tiers of item quality: pristine, excellent and great. Of course, as the condition of the item goes down, so does the price. If you have items to donate and you’re located in the New York City area, all you need to do is bring them to the store (after booking an appointment via phone). Payment for the items is given with gift cards to any of the Nordstrom brand stores including Nordstrom Rack and HauteLook. Items not accepted can be kept for donations by Nordstrom if you no longer wish to have them in your closet. The company has also stated that in the near future they would like to accept mail-in items in addition to items collected in store. Nordstrom is not the only retailer to do this, The Cut mentions that Patagonia, Eileen Fisher and REI all have stores similar to See you Tomorrow. Eileen Fisher’s Renew program is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.
Image via Eileen Fisher Renew
If you are already an avid thrift shopper and hunting for gems excites you, then See You Tomorrow may not be the secondhand store for you. However, if you just can’t get away from your favorite brands or are wary about buying secondhand clothing, See You Tomorrow is a great stepping stone to get into the circular fashion movement.
Check out See You Tomorrow online here.
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