Being a preloved clothing company, it is only right for us to say our piece on 'Second Hand September'! We would love to show you some things that we and our friends have personally bought second hand.
"If we all make small changes, together we can make a difference.” Sienna Miller, Actress, UK
Buying 'preloved' gives clothes a second (third, fourth or fifth) new life! It helps slow down fast fashion, as well as having a positive impact on people and the planet. Oxfam UK have lots of ideas of how you can get involved with Second Hand September; follow the link below to see how you can help.
We have been shopping second hand for years and have noticed how second hand buying has become a much bigger trend again recently. With more and more businesses showing an interest in reducing their carbon footprint and helping the environment, there are so many options of products to buy second hand. Below are a list of businesses and a bit about them -
OLIO - "OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience, OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too."
Trash Nothing - "The trash nothing site is simply an alternate interface for existing freecycle groups around the world." You can upload unwanted household items (for example, a bed frame, house plant, kitchenware, your old bike...) for free. Members of the public can view these items and if they are interested, they can message to arrange collection/delivery.
Facebook Marketplace - Often products such as, furniture, cars, clothes, toys and books can be listed on here for free.
Vinted & Depop - They are both apps where you can buy second hand products (we have mostly used these for clothes). They have buyer protection and will issue refunds if there are any complications during/after purchase.
There are so many more however, sadly we cannot list them all!
Another obvious place to buy preloved items is charity shops! In this instance, you are not only grabbing a bargain and helping the environment, but making a donation to charity as well.
"Charity shop finds - nothing was more than £5.00, other than the coat, which was £25.00 - pricey for a charity shop, but worth it!"
"Pretty much everything in these photos is second hand (from a charity shop, depop, or hand-me-downs from the sisters - or technically 'up' as I'm the eldest). I only tend to buy brand new shoes and underwear, everything else is second hand. I also wear clothes forever, my Doc Martens are 15 years old and I still wear skirts and dresses that I got when I was 18-20 and I'm 37 now! The majority of my books are second hand too, so it looks like I have a thing for saving the unloved."
"My bread maker, for £15.00 from Facebook Marketplace! Best purchase ever! The Calvin Klein denim jacket was from a bootfair for 50p! The small brown handbag, I've used every weekend for over a decade, which I also bought from a bootfair for 50p!"
"I've had my Mum's eternity ring remodelled into a new one, so it's the same gems and metal, just a bit more modern!"
Above are little Leo's outfits (adorable!)
"Most of Leo's things are second hand!"
"I would say 95% of Anya's clothes, shoes, nappies, books and toys are second hand! We like to buy Anya the odd new toy for her birthday or Christmas, but don't like the idea of many things being brand new, as she won't own them for long. Buying second hand and being given lots of things for her, has been a saving grace - everything new is so expensive!"
We can't write this post without talking about hand-me-downs! The perfect way to share items such as clothes, shoes and coats. If you are in a positive to share unwanted products within your community then there is no reason not to! Hand-me-downs are the best - it is such a good feeling, seeing someone else's child wear what you dressed your child in the year before. Honestly, it is such a heart-warming moment.
Finally, this last photo is of @dave_tls, who got this top from a clothes swap shop, which was a small section in one of our friend's refill station shops. The shop is no longer open and this is just a reminder that we must support our small, local businesses, because if we don't, they will struggle to stay open.
Let us know if you are taking part in 'Second hand September', we would love to hear how you are getting on!
As always, thank you for reading - keep an eye out for our next blog post, which will be all about how to have a 'Sustainable Halloween'.
Lily and Oscar x