Oxfam launches Second Hand September

Logbook Loans show you how to save money this September…

Did you know that Back to School is now the third biggest retail event in the UK? Trailing only behind Christmas and Black Friday, Back to School is now costing parents across the UK in the region of £1.2 billion! This huge sum of money is going mostly on uniforms, computers and stationery. 

So if your children have just gone back to school you are likely to be feeling the pinch. This is on top of all the summer holiday expenditure. And Christmas is gradually creeping up on us as well ….

It is therefore quite a relief that Oxfam has come up with the idea of Second Hand September

The aim of Second Hand September is to get people to pledge to say no to buying new clothes for 30 days. Every week 11 million items of clothing end up being thrown away and going to landfill. This is putting increasing pressure on the planet and is unsustainable in the long term. So Oxfam are encouraging people to buy second hand instead and re-use what we have instead of throwing it away. 

They are also hoping that people will choose to shop for their second hand clothing at Oxfam, so that the money they spend can also help people to beat poverty.

So if you need a new wardrobe of clothes this September to get ready for autumn, but have very little money to spend, then why not take the pledge and support Oxfam’s Second Hand September?

At Logbook Loans we are always trying to help people manage their finances better, and we like the idea of second hand full stop. For example in September – and indeed from now on – why limit second hand purchases just to clothes? If you need furniture or household items or children’s equipment then take a look at what is available out there second hand. You will often find items that have hardly been used and that you can pick up at a fraction of the price of buying new.

So where are the best places to pick up second hand bargains? This will differ from area to area but here are ten of the top places to try:

  • Online auction and selling sites – such as eBay, Gumtree, Preloved
  • Free sites – such as Freecycle
  • Facebook – check out local community sites as well as the rapidly growing Facebook Marketplace
  • Charity shops, including those set up as bigger shops for furniture etc
  • Car boot sales
  • Antique shops
  • Auctions
  • Adverts in local papers and shop windows
  • Local refuse tips – they often rescue items that would otherwise have been thrown away
  • Word of mouth – it’s amazing how many of us have stuff we don’t need but can’t be bothered to do anything about. You may find that a friend has exactly the thing you want, and perhaps you can exchange it for something of yours in return.

Also be open-minded about what you are looking for. For example, if you want a small chest of drawers in a certain colour, be flexible and look at other colours too. You can always have a go at upcycling and paint them a different colour. Yes it’s more effort than just buying the item new, but costs less and is more environmentally-friendly. And you will have something that is unique to you.

So good luck with Second Hand September, and we hope that it will also be the beginning of a longer term embracing of second hand in many areas of your life.

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Images courtesy of Oxfam