‘Fast Fashion’ is a fast growing problem in the world today, as lots of people throw away clothes into landfill even though it may still be wearable – to plenty of others if not to them anymore. That is why I’ve always been a supporter of ‘charity shops’ what we call our second hand shops here in the UK (and I always visit ‘thrift stores’ the US version of charity shops when I visit the States too).
So I want to share with you my ‘top finds’ this month while shopping in lots of second hand shops, esp because if you have read my post #SecondHandSeptember Challenge not to buy any brand new clothes for 30 days, to help encourage ‘Sustainable Fashion’ in a ‘Fast Fashion’ world you will know about the pledge I took with Oxfam to only buy second hand clothes for the 30 days of September. If not, here is what ‘Second Hand September’ is all about:
My top finds while shopping for second hand clothes
Although September seems to be a switch over month from Summer to Autumn, here in the UK it can still have some summery days with sunshine that still has some warmth to it, so it feels okay to still be buying summery clothes (esp if you still have a pending holiday abroad where the temperatures this time of year call for more summery clothes). So most of my finds are summer fashion rather than Autumn/Fall fashion:
First on my list are these second-hand shorts that are really brand new, as they still have their original tag on them from New Look as they had never been worn before someone donated them to the charity shop. So I may be their second owner, but I will be their first wearer 😉 all for £3.99 ($4.98).
Next up is a ‘United Colours of Benetton’ denim skirt, which is a perfect length for me, not being too short as I have long legs (My Grandad Mac’s nickname for me was always ‘Leggy’ because I always had such long legs in youth and in adult hood.) I got this for the bargain price of £4.49 ($5.60).
Every lady needs a going out dress once in a while, so this trip to a local charity shop didn’t disappoint on the evening wear side of things either. I got myself a great quality evening dress for £6.20 ($7.73) that’s super comfortable and a striking colour.
This find got me looking through the dress section the next time I went to a charity shop too, and once again I got myself a dress. However, this time it was a summer dress rather than an evening dress. It caught my eye as it has cut out sides of the dress that give it extra character esp as the pattern isn’t bold or bright. It was £5.00 ($6.24).
Maybe seeing my top finds will encourage you to think about shopping second hand? Or make you donate your unwanted items to charity and thrift shops, rather than throwing away in the rubbish to be sent to landfill. I encourage you to read my post #SecondHandSeptember Challenge not to buy any brand new clothes for 30 days, to help encourage ‘Sustainable Fashion’ in a ‘Fast Fashion’ world to read some shocking statistics on the problem of ‘fast throwaway fashion’ and encouragement for us all to take part more in ‘sustainable fashion’ habits. It also has a list of ideas for all our unwanted items of clothing too!
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