Second hand/preloved/thrifted clothes are a great way to shop sustainably and avoid buying new clothes from Fast Fashion brands.


Thrift, second hand, or charity shops are often found on high streets and sell items of clothing, children’s toys, books and furniture donated by members of the public, eg Oxfam, Red Cross, Barnados, Goodwill, Cancer Research.


There are specific websites specialising in second hand such as Sellpy, Vinted, ThreadUp, Depop, eBay, Poshmark, and for posh second hand items Vestiaire Collective. There are also numerous groups and individuals selling items via social media. If buying from online sellers don’t be afraid to ask questions regarding material type and if items are genuine.


Often car boot sales take place in a car park or on a grassy field and are organised by a community, a group or an association. Garage sales can involve individuals selling items.


There are many vintage and retro specialists both online and in town centres.


Starting to gain popularity, clothing can be swapped with friends and family, work colleagues, at organised events or even on online clothes swap groups. How you actually organise swaps is up to you but this project aims to provide ideas and inspiration and encourage you to swap.

Swapping is a form of second hand which normally involves no costs. It helps keep clothes in circulation for longer and prevents them ending up in landfill or being incinerated. It encourages sustainability and is a fun way to refresh your wardrobe.


A posh form of second-hand. Head there if you want a second-hand designer handbag or a dress. An example of an actual store is Arkivet Second Hand in Stockholm and Vestiaire Collective online which sells preloved Gucci, Versace and the like.


Companies such as Rent the Runway offer a subscription service that allows you to rent unlimited designer clothes for everyday and for special occasions.

Companies such as Hack Your Closet offer a clothes sharing service, where for a small monthly fee you receive different items every month based on your preferences. You wear them, enjoy them and send them back for someone else to do the same.


If you keep your nerve, you can make some smart and sustainable savings by buying via auction from sites such as Ebay.


Relatively new, but gaining in popularity, is the kilo sale which originated from Holland, where you literally buy second-hand clothes by the kilo! Check social media to see if there are any events happening near you.

Published by Heather


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