This is Jeffrey Casler’s third time around.
After a seven-year hiatus, the founder and CEO of the 2nd Time Around chain of consignment stores is back at 176 Newbury St., occupying the same location that served as the company’s flagship for over two decades. But instead of preppy Lilly Pulitzer threads, J.Crew cardigans, and coveted Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses, a distinctly different vibe exists in his newest venture, Thrive Exchange.
The new store’s focus is streetwear, and with racks of mostly 1980s- and ’90s-era clothing, it’s far more of a niche approach to secondhand retail. Casler pays upfront for the items he purchases, such as vintage Air Jordans and throwback Nike windbreakers. And he buys from collectors who are trendsetters on social media, with a portion of the profits going to charity....
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