Second Hand September

It’s September which means a new school year, a fresh start and what feels like a new year altogether. But that doesn’t mean you need new clothes, or at least to buy them new. Oxfam have set up Second Hand September, where you can pledge to buy only second hand for the whole month, whether that be from Depop, Ebay or Charity Shops.

One of the first ethical fashion posts I uploaded onto my blog was actually ‘why you should shop charity shops‘ and the dress I wore in the post I’ve just taken with me on holiday to Spain – it is over three years old and still one of my most loved pieces in my wardrobe – proof that it doesn’t have to be new or an incredibly expensive sustainable brand to be a durable purchase. Every week the UK sends 11 million items of clothing to landfill, yet what we buy should not be disposable and part of the initiative is to not only encourage buying second hand but changing attitudes to buying new clothing and a more conscious decision.

Top is old and skirt is from a charity shop

When I went a clothes ban last year, my mindset really changed towards the way I bought new clothing, in a similar way to buying second hand clothing. I um and ah and think: do I really need this? Because I still want to curate a wardrobe where every piece is as loved as the next one. I do think there retains a story behind charity shop garments and I love the anticipation of not knowing what you’re going to find, if you find anything at all. It is that lapse in acquiring new goods that encouraged me to steer away from constant consumerism altogether and I am a lot more conscious about what I buy, even if that is second hand.

Other than underwear and shoes, second hand clothing makes up the majority of my wardrobe which won’t be changing any time soon with university on the horizon. So maybe second hand September won’t just end when the month is up?

Top is from Depop and skirt is handmade

If you haven’t been charity shopping before or don’t go often this is the perfect opportunity to do so! You’re not always going to find what you want but when you do you almost love it even more because there is something quite unique. If the garment isn’t quite right, altering can work wonders. The white skirt in the photos is from a charity shop and I sewed up a side to make it smaller as it was just to big. Take it to a tailors, ask a friend or even hand sewing might solve a fashion conundrum.

I encourage you to take part this September and if you do then send a pic, tell me what you bought, has it changed your mind on second hand buying? Don’t forget to tag #secondhandseptember or @oxfamgb in any social media posts.

6 Comments

  1. Faye 8th September 2019 at 11:55 am

    Great post! I’ve been shopping in vintage and charity shops for years so it’s great to see others trying it this month x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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  2. Lizzie Bee 8th September 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve found that I have lost interest in buying new things now with the increased awareness of fast fashion. For example, yesterday Boohoo had a massive sale on and I added no less than 5 items to my basket… Only to ditch everything because I just felt guilty in buying them. 99% of my wardrobe is secondhand (which I am proud to say) and I’m so glad that there’s a whole month dedicated to that!

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  3. Kat 8th September 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Secondhand September is such a fab thing! I haven’t bought anything new in ages, mostly second hand or from ethical stores. Not shopping has actually made me realise how many clothes I had just sitting in my wardrobe not being worn.

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  4. Amie Cadwallader 8th September 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Since January I’ve been making more of an effort look in charity shops and find what I need and I’ve also had a massive clear out too which has also gone to charity.

    Love, Amie ❤

    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  5. Daisy 8th September 2019 at 4:45 pm

    This is such a needed post these days with fast fashion all over the place! I tend to give more to charity shops than I tend to buy. Mostly because I can never find anything that would suit me or to my taste. I might just have to keep looking! Haha!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived.com

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  6. Izzy McLeod 10th September 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I’m also doing second hand september! Like 85% of my wardrobe is now second hand, with pretty much the rest of it being over 6 years old and I love it that way, I don’t get any joy from looking in fast fashion shops anymore <3

    The Quirky Queer

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