Empowerment of Used Imported Clothes Traders (Thrifting) Through Micro Entrepreneurship Collaboration System Activities

  • Ferawati Setyo Retnoningsih Universitas Tunas Pembangunan Surakarta
  • Dyah Ayu Kunthi Puspitasari Politeknik Negeri Madiun
  • Zandra Dwanita Widodo Universitas Tunas Pembangunan Surakarta
  • Riska Febriyanti Tunas Pembangunan University, Surakarta, Indonesia
Keywords: clothing importation, sustainable development goals, textile industry, thrifting, urban development


This manuscript addresses the burgeoning trade in second-hand clothing, colloquially known as thrifting, within the city of Solo, located in central Java, Indonesia. With a population of 522,364, Solo is Java’s third most populous city. The study, conducted in collaboration with the BPS Surkarta, sheds light on the multifaceted challenges posed by importing used clothing from developed countries, particularly Japan and the United States. The research aims to comprehensively analyze the impact of thrifting on the growth of the local textile industry, concurrently evaluating the socio-economic implications for the region. The mayor of Solo, cognizant of the potential issues, is actively involved in revitalizing tourism hotspots while simultaneously addressing the nuanced problem of thrifting. The study utilizes a mixed-methods approach to investigate quantitative and qualitative data by combining statistical and thematic content analysis of relevant literature and local perceptions. Preliminary findings reveal a substantial growth in the importation of used clothing, indicating a burgeoning market for thrifting, which, while offering affordability, presents challenges to the indigenous textile industry. The discussion unfolds by contextualizing the findings within the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. It explores potential avenues for policy interventions to reconcile economic aspirations with sustainable industrial practices. Ultimately, this research contributes valuable insights into Solo’s socio-economic landscape and the intricate dynamics surrounding thrifting, propelling the discourse towards informed policy-making and sustainable urban development.


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How to Cite
Retnoningsih, F. S., Puspitasari, D. A. K., Widodo, Z. D., & Febriyanti, R. (2024). Empowerment of Used Imported Clothes Traders (Thrifting) Through Micro Entrepreneurship Collaboration System Activities. ICEETE Conference Series, 1(1), 111-118. Retrieved from http://prosiding.utp.ac.id/index.php/ICEETE/article/view/76