Where does stock clothing come from?
Stock clothing and shoes usually originate from three main channels:
Planned overproduction of textiles
Fabric stocks may result from planned overproduction. Following the principle of economies of scale, it is quite common to produce entire clothing stock lots in excessive amounts to minimize unit costs. Such brand new goods in perfect conditions bypass retailers since they are explicitly meant for the wholesale fashion market.
Unsold clothing inventory of retail stores
Clothing stocks can also be formed by unsold wardrobe items which accumulated at the end of the fashion season. Such apparel and footwear are practically new or have almost imperceptible signs of usage. The integrity of their conditions largely depends on whether they were kept in the warehouse or showcased in the retail spaces, where they are available to be tried on in the dressing rooms.
Customer returns from online shops
The third main source of stock shoes, clothes and accessories is the constantly growing volume of products that online shoppers return to fashion marketplaces and e-commerce businesses.