Thursday, 1 October 2020

What I learnt from second-hand september



 During September I took part in Second-hand September. I have talked a lot about sustainability in fashion in a few of my previous posts and thought it was really important to take action. My favourite place to purchase second-hand clothing is definitely depop because you can browse for products just like any other online shop. I also love going into charity shops because I think thats where you will find some amazing things and you can see the quality and fit of the pieces straight away. 

I wanted to share some positives from second-hand September and show that we are all still learning what we can do to help the environment, and I wanted to share what a great experience this was for me! 

I didn't need that top or dress that I really thought I needed at that very second I saw it. 

I have reduced the number of fashion brands I follow but I still see items of clothing that I fall absolutely in love with as soon as I see them - impulse buying is definitely something that I am bad for, usually when I see something I want all reasoning goes out of my mind. Normally I would be straight onto ASOS or wherever to look for something similar but this month since I haven't been able to, I didn't even look for the products and it didn't seem to take me long to forget about them. Now we are at the end of the month I can't think of one item of clothing that I still really want to buy that I saw somewhere and fell completely in love with, this just shows how impulse purchases are really unnecessary and how effective the advertising of fast fashion brands can be! 


You can still buy on trend pieces second-hand. 

This is something I thought I would struggle with during second-hand September. I love using depop and other second-hand retailers, but I didn't think I would be able to buy anything that is really on-trend second-hand. However, I have fallen in love with the sweetheart neckline tops which are very popular at the moment and having a look on depop I found a few that fitted into exactly what I wanted and were both in very good condition and a lot cheaper than anything online. 

Trends are very circular so something that was popular a few years ago will probably be coming back in again soon, it might not be exactly the same but if you like a certain style or trend, looking for a second-hand option is a great idea, it will probably be a lot cheaper and since trends don't tend to last a long time, saving your money for more timeless pieces is probably a better idea.

I don't need to buy new clothes. 

I wanted to promote second-hand September and share the amazing things you can buy if you shop second hand, but I actually didn't buy much this month at all - a few tops right at the start of the month and a few right at the end - but it really shows me that I have plenty of options already in my wardrobe, and unless I find something that I think is completely perfect and I need and will keep forever, then I really need to question whether I need it at all! 


Have you taken part in second-hand September? I would love to know what your favourite product is that you have bought second-hand down in the comments! 


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  1. What a great post! I didn't buy a single item of clothing in September but I did snoop around a few charity shops!

    Rosie

    loverosiee.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much! Thats so good! I haven't had a browse in charity shops recently what with everything going on atm but I can't wait to get back into it! x

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  2. I didn't take part, but I also didn't buy any new clothes in September so I will take that as a little win!

    These are great lessons. I am trying to be more aware of my spending currently but also about how much I actually need. I am trying to buy clothes now that work for multiple seasons and can be worn in different ways.

    Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thats really great if you did it without even thinking about it! I'm the same I think we are so used to buying and buying if we stop and think about what we need its actually so much less x

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  3. Yesss I love that you loved second hand September! I actually started shopping sustainably at the start of this year and I haven't bought anything from fast fashion retailers since and I love it. I can't wait to go charity shop shopping soon or when they're finally open again! x

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    1. Thats so great I think lockdown really made me re-evaluate things! I know I really want to spend a day looking in charity shops but it just doesn't feel like the right time yet! x

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  4. Its great that you loved second-hand September. Due to budget, I've been shopping second-hand for a couple of years and completely agree you can find on trend pieces at a fraction of the price, whilst giving something a new home.

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  5. I'm ashamed to say I wasn't aware that second hand September was a thing - but what a great idea it is!

    🌿 Marissa Belle × marsybun.com 🌿

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    1. I hadn't heard of it until right at the end of August and jumped straight on it! I think its quite new its from Oxfam originally! I love the idea and have been sticking to it in October too! x

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  6. I love this! I have always shopped in charity shops and I have just got into depop! It’s amazing how we feel like we need stuff but we actually don’t! Great post xx

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    1. Thanks so much for your feedback! Yeah I'm still working on reducing how much I consume but its great to be more conscious about it! x

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  7. Love this ! I’ve definitely been thrifting so much more and clothes swapping with friends and family. Love sustainable fashion.

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    1. Thanks so much! Thats a great idea, I definitely need to swap more with friends and family, I just steal my mums clothes whenever I get a chance aha!

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