Oxfam have launched #SecondHandSeptember – a campaign to try and discourage people from buying new clothing and accessories for the entire 30 days of the month. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact of fast fashion and highlight the importance of limiting the amount of clothes we send to landfill.
For me personally, I would much rather spend a bit of extra money on an item that is going to last for years to come, as opposed to buying multiple, cheaply made items that need replacing every month. There are lots of different ways in which you can shop smarter and be more environmentally-friendly.
You can pick up some amazing vintage bargains in charity shops, if you’ve got the patience to dig around, that is. If you stick at it you can find some real hidden gems! It’s fair to say that 80% of the time you may come out disappointed, but it’s worth having a look anyway, just incase you’re lucky enough to find that amazing 20%. Plus, you’re supporting a great cause at the same time.
Some people can find eBay quite overwhelming, but it’s fantastic if you’re specific and you know exactly what you’re looking for. For example, rather than searching for a ‘Zara dress’, search for ‘black maxi smock Zara dress size small’. There is so much on eBay, you want to narrow down your search as much as possible.
Car boot sales
As the saying goes, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. You can pick up clothing and accessories for as little as £1, because the owner wants rid of things quickly! The best part is you can really spend time looking at the items in person – great if you’re put off by the uncertainty of buying online.
Second hand designer bags
I believe buying a luxury bag that has already been used is the perfect situation for everyone involved. It’s sustainable, which is good for the environment, the seller earns some money back on an item that is gathering dust in their wardrobe, and the buyer gets the bag they’ve always wanted at a discounted price. It’s important to be very careful though, as you don’t want to be sold a fake. Read my top tips for buying pre-loved luxury handbags.
I think buying a luxury bag that has already been used is the perfect situation for everyone involed. It’s sustainable, which is good for the environment, the seller earns some money back on an item that they just aren’t using anymore, and the buyer gets the bag they’ve always wanted at a discounted price.