Where your donation goes
Our trained volunteers and staff sort and price every item you donate to make as much money as possible. And even if an item doesn't sell in our shops, we can still make money from it, in one of the following ways.
Oxfam's Online Shop
Oxfam's Online Shop complements our long-established High Street business. It opens up our stock to a wider audience, giving many more buyers the chance to shop from the great range of good quality donations we receive. And because we list items at many of our high street shops we are able to sell more of our donations from the location where they are given to us.
Teams at around 165 of our shops, in addition to our 'hubs' in Batley and Milton Keynes, create the constantly-evolving selection of stock.
Some of the top-selling categories include designer fashion, vintage clothing and accessories, collectable books and vinyl records.
Dedicated staff and volunteers prepare, photograph and list hundreds of different items onto the website every day, and once sold, package and ship those items to their new owners across the UK and around the world.
Our unique recycling plant, Wastesaver, maximises revenue from textiles that cannot be resold in our shops, and minimises the amount of textiles sent to landfill.
The facility sorts 80 tonnes of clothing a week. Every item can be used to make money for our poverty-busting work, including being sold on Oxfam's Online Shop, in our Oxfam Festival Shops, or selling them onto fashion designers who restyle garments and reuse fabrics.
Damaged or low grade items can be sold to recycling traders so they can, for instance, be turned into car soundproofing or mattress stuffing.
How Oxfam recycles and reuses your donated clothing
Selling clothing overseas
By keeping as much as possible to be sold in the UK, we raise the greatest amount possible from your donations to help our fight against poverty around the world.
Donations that cannot be sold in the UK market for various reasons can be exported to markets in Europe, Africa or Asia in line with our ethical supply policy.
For example, lightweight summer clothing will go to our Frip Ethique social enterprise project in Senegal. The project is designed to provide employment in Dakar for disadvantaged women and generate a profit that can be invested in livelihood programmes run by Oxfam in West Africa.