Class of 2022 Graduate Gets Thrifty in the Startup World

Patricia Garcia thrift wear

Product Development Engineering graduate Patricia Garcia is winning accolades for her company that allows students to sell their used collegiate gear.

When Patricia Garcia graduates with her M.S. in Product Development Engineering from USC Viterbi this year, she will be the proud owner of a variety of Trojan gear and merchandise. Back in 2017 when she was about to start her undergraduate degree, Garcia excitedly stocked up on clothing and branded items so she could look the part during her freshman year at her chosen college. But plans can change. Garcia ended up pursuing her undergraduate studies at Florida International University. One small problem — she was left with a pile of collegiate clothing and merchandise from her other choice, the University of Miami, that she couldn’t use.

“I started an Instagram page just selling my University of Miami items and started following incoming students. These individuals  started following back, and the items started to sell pretty quickly,” Garcia said.

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