I second all of what you said and in particular I concur with the above part. Used clothes still have a bad reputation among Italian people, especially among people not living in the outskirts of big cities like Milano or Roma.Well, in Italy ( and not only there) secondhand clothes had a stigma attached.
Prior to the ’60 the only people whom would buy secondhand clothes were people whom had to buy them. Even in the ’60 and ’70 ( the latter when I was doing it as a youngster) this was seen a weird and to be frowned upon by our parents. I remind you that the term vintage had yet to come into use and before mid ’80 the concept didn’t really exist.