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This month, Oxfam has launched a Second Hand September campaign. They are asking people to pledge to stop buying new clothes for 30 days. Do you think that you could be up to the challenge? Well, I also think that it is the perfect opportunity to make some money!
*this post has been updated – it was originally posted in September 2019
Second Hand September
Start today not by just not buying anything new for the next 30 days.
We really do need to think about how sustainable our wardrobes are. Fast fashion is one of the worst things for the environment. Figures are rising, but last year the UK threw away over 230 million tonnes of clothing to landfill. When you think about how long some of those synthetic fibres may take to decompose, it really is not good to just keep buying more and more clothes.
It’s an astonishing fact, but did you know that there are enough clothing items here on Earth to clothe the next 6 generations of humans? That is just a huge amount of clothing. Do we really need all this cloth in circulation? No!
Now, I personally am not buying myself many new clothes. I wear the ones I have until they are worn out. And actually I prefer to make mine, even resolving to use as much of my cloth scraps as possible.
But even if I do buy anything, it makes ecological and economic sense to buy second hand. Or if you are set on investing in some new clothes, make sure you buy from sustainable clothing brands.
Where Could You Look If You Do Need Some New Clothes Over The Next 30 Days?
Why not try
- eBay – you can use the filter to find new clothes with tags on at a fraction of the shop prices
- Table Top sales and car boots – though car boot sales are less active over the winter months
- Charity shops – which these days often have brand new top designer clearance and delabelled items too. You can get some real bargains – Check this article out about the top tips for shopping at charity shops.
Buying Preloved Could Save You £££
Just this week, I bought my little girl some new shoes for school. They were £42! Now, I had some vouchers that needed using before they expired, or else I would not have bought new. But whilst I was there I took the opportunity to have her feet measured.
I will buy the next few pairs she needs on eBay. I have found some new shoes and hardly worn shoes on there for a fraction of the cost. Children grow so quickly that it just makes such great sense. We hardly get any wear out of the shoes, and if they are still in good condition, once I am finished with them I could even consider selling them back on eBay too.
Do You Wear Your Full Wardrobe?
And Second Hand September may be the perfect time to make a little money too from clothes that you will never wear. If you are anything like me, you probably only wear a fraction of the clothes in your closet.
This year I have had plenty of time for a clear out. But there are still a lot of clothes in my wardrobe that I cannot get into, or that I don’t wear.
Well why not have a clear out and sell some on eBay?
You could make a little bit of cash doing this. And feel a bit lighter in the process. Or donate what you don’t want to charity. It just makes sense to recycle the clothes to where they are more useful. And your unwanted clothes could be just what someone else is looking for the Second Hand September!
Could you Remodel Some of Your Clothes?
Or why not refashion some of the clothes that you won’t wear again? Are you handy with a needle? Why not try to upcycle them and refashion into something different?
I had a maternity dress from Frugi that I got very little wear from. The top was a loose breastfeeding design, it was too long and did not have pockets.
So I cut the bodice from the skirt, used the Bettine pattern to remodel the skirt and added the pockets, making it more of a tunic length. This top has already been worn lots, and as we go into the colder months will get a lot of wear.
So, I hope that this has given you a little food for thought this Second Hand September.
Looking to donate? Here are some great alternative ways of donating.
There are some things that are maybe not worth buying second hand. See this post for some of these.
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