How To Charity Shop

Oxfam is launching their #SecondHandSeptember campaign. Why ?

Well, because:

“Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – it’s unsustainable.”

30 days of only buying Second Hand Clothes. Can you do it ?

To make it a bit easier for you, I have asked Clair or Charity Shop Diva as she is also referred to, to give us some tips on how to buy second hand clothing.

First of all, Clair how long have you been buying second hand clothes for ?

Charity shops have always been part of my life. I remember been dragged around them as a child, as a student they were full of fancy dress treasure and now as an adult they are my favourite past time. 

They are full of amazing items but you have to be willing to rummage. I have volunteered in charity shops and it’s so hard for them to showcase all the best bits.

What are your top tips for Charity Shop shopping ?

1. Always go in with an open mind – you might not find anything one day but will find loads the next, stock is added daily.

2. Forget your size – forget what size you normally wear and think about whether you could wear it oversized, add a belt or if you’re brave enough get the sewing machine out!

3. Experiment- charity shops are a great way to experiment with styles you might not normally wear, and if it doesn’t work you’ve not spent a fortune and can re donate it.

4. TLC- don’t be afraid to re sew a button, or give it a quick debobble and most stains will come out!! 

We will be returning next week with more shopping tips from Clair.

In the meanwhile, do go and check out @charity_shop_diva on Instagram. The treasures that she finds are amazing !

Enjoy the bargains x

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