Teenagers today are truly more enterprising than ever before since the availability of the internet and platforms such as eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Mercari, and Depop.
Scanning Axaila‘s Instagram page is simple to glean that she is an exuberant young girl with a colorful, youthful personality and generates pictures and images that promote that fun-loving aesthetic.
Axaila is only 17-years old and operates a resell online clothing business. She intends to use her revenue to fund her college education, Hypebae reports.
The Trinidadian-Mexican teenager’s decision to start an online business was to reduce her mother’s financial stress of footing the bill for her college education.
“Coming from a single-parent household, I feel like this is my way of giving back to my mother and thanking her for all that she’s done for me,” she explains, according to Hypebae.
Axaila’s keen eye for selling fashionable pieces has grossed her $30,000 from her online sales and she has accumulated 139,000 followers on Instagram page and 122,700 followers on TikTok. As a budding entrepreneur, it is safe to say that she is a pretty big deal that even The Grammys recognized her by gifting her a beauty box filled with Fenty Beauty products.
In addition to managing a successful resell online retail store, she also keeps up with three AP classes, Hypebae reports.
Axaila uses two platforms to sell her wares, Depop and Galaxy. According to their website, Depop, now a subsidiary of Etsy, is a marketplace where consumers go to purchase unique and creative items. Galaxy is a commerce site that encourages resellers to utilize live streams to connect with their customers, Forbes reports.
Future online resellers can also consider places like Facebook Marketplace, The Instagram Checkout option, Poshmark, and ThredUp, to name a few, according to The Trend Spotter.
Axaila understands the importance of having BIPOC represented in the vintage and sustainable fashion spaces. However, she did notice that the same skeptics that initially belittled thrifting are now jumping on the vintage fashion movement.
“Diversity is very important in making thrifting an accessible way of being sustainable, as well empowering each other to be comfortable in their own skin and not being embarrassed to wear what you want, which can be hard in a time where everyone is competing with one another to have the latest luxury item.”
If interested in her collections, shop Axaila’s Galaxy closet online.