I’m always on the look out for second-hand bloggers. People who love a good charity shop rummage as much as I do and who are promoting the amazing-ness of charity shops. I sometimes wonder how it would be possible to get more people favouring second-hand over new and from the high-street. In 2017 charities continued to encourage customers by using competitions, online campaigns and well, just generally having bloomin’ great shops. Here are seven events/campaigns/shopping trips I got involved in – and which I hope will inspire a little of the ol’ charity shopping. Because it’s kind of great, y’know.
The Found in Oxfam Campaign
Towards the end of April I took part in Oxfam’s #FoundinOxfam campaign. Oxfam were encouraging us to show off our second-hand finds with the hashtag. As well as one of my blog photographs appearing in the Oxfam shops, I also completed my second ever YouTube video. It was a haulternative (an alternative haul) featuring clothing bought from Oxfam which I managed to bag for less that £30! I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this campaign and I especially enjoyed scrolling through the ah-mazing oxfam outfits using #FoundinOxfam over on Instagram.
Towards the end of the year I took part in the Emmaus UK Second Hand Santa Challenge. Bloggers participated by either sharing Christmas related thrift, craft and upcycling projects over on the Emmaus blog. My challenge was to style a party outfit on a budget which was bloody enjoyable since I love charity shops and I’m a magpie when it comes to all things shiney.
Since then I have continued working with Emmaus in London as part of a donations drive so if you have any unwanted clothes/electricals and furniture then be sure to pop them down to Emmaus. In West Norwood and Surrey the shops are open from 9-5.30pm. The charity are also able to pick up pieces of unwanted furniture which is super handy if you’re having a clear out!
The Great Donate Instagram Takeover
In August I took over Scope’s Instagram page for the day. Scope work to ensure that those with a disabilities have the same opportunity’s as everyone else. By shopping in Scope charity shops we can donate towards this worthy cause. I always manage to find hidden gems in Scope (my Levi’s denim jacket being one of them) so it was a fun day being able to share these purchases with the Scope Instagram community.
In August I was invited to do a Facebook live for the Indy Lifestyle page. It was to be all about ahem, charity shopping. On the Thursday of the Facebook Live, with all the feelings of nerves and excitement, I headed across London with the most packed suitcase to meet Lucy at the Independent’s office. Sat in the humongous waiting room I felt small – although my suitcase still managed to look huge. Lucy came to meet me and we pretty much instantly began chatting about all things charity shop. Ten minutes later we were live on Facebook and I was showing my favourite second-hand clothes whilst also answering a few viewer questions. Before I knew it, it was over! I was so happy to be asked and I was so grateful to anyone who watched it. Hopefully it got people motivated to pop into their second-hand shop to bag a bargain.
Love Your Clothes Competition
Love Your Clothes launched a competition earlier in the year in which you could win a charity shopping trip with second-hand extrodineire, Caroline of Knickers Models Own. To enter all you had to do was post a picture on social media of a second-hand outfit with the #LYCOOTD. This hashtag provided me with hours of scrolling fun as I was able to have a nose at all outfits second-hand!
The Oxfam Blog
One thing I have enjoyed over the past few years is writing for the Oxfam Fashion Blog. Every month I think I MUST get round to sending my post in and last year was no different. I usually try to do a little fashion DIY for them which I did in the shape of a slogan t-shirt and a shirt with a fancy ol’ gathered frill. I also shared my charity shopping tips and completed an interview with lovely Claire as part of the #FoundinOxfam campaign.
Oxfam are in their 75th year which is so exciting. To mark the occasion, The Guardian featured a photo shoot by David Bailey of the incredible Kate Moss wearing all amazing Oxfam clothes which just goes to show charity shops ain’t going anywhere and I couldn’t be happier about that.
Discovering Charity Shops
As well as continuing to shop in my favourite ol’ second-hand haunts, I also enjoyed discovering new charity shops. Crisis at Archway became a firm favourite for it’s lovely interior as well as it’s ability to always contain hidden fabric treasures. My most worn dress from 2017 was from there. I always manage to find plenty to have a trying on session with – and plenty to purchase!
So that’s it, 7 charity shop events from 2017. Let’s hope for many, many more charity shopping promotions and events in 2018 to get the masses donating and second-hand shopping.