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Second Hand September

Since 2019, Second Hand September has inspired thousands of people to shop in a way that is kinder to people and planet. With climate change affecting all of us, there's never been a better time to act. Join the movement today, and take the sustainable style challenge with the amazing feel-good factor.

What is second hand September?

Second Hand September is a campaign to encourage people to buy only second hand items for 30 days in the month of September. Use the hashtag #SecondHandSeptember on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter when you post your finds, and don't forget to tag @OxfamGB!

You can use the hashtag #SecondhandSeptember with any second hand item you buy, but when you shop with Oxfam, not only are you helping to keep clothes out of landfill and refreshing your wardrobe without costing the earth, you’re also helping to raise money to help people beat poverty.

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Sign up today and we'll send you tips and know-how from second hand style gurus to help you find unique, money-saving outfits that are new to you, and reduce the impact of fast fashion.

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Get 20% off at Oxfam's online shop

Sign up for the Second Hand September challenge today and you'll receive a 20% discount voucher for Oxfam's Online shop.

A rail of clothes at London Fashion Week 2019. Kitty Norwell/Oxfam

Win tickets to London Fashion Week

Sign up today and you could win front row tickets to Oxfam’s invite only ‘Fashion Fighting poverty’ – a London Fashion Week event on 15 September 2022 (terms and conditions apply).

Why join Second Hand September?

Climate change is impossible to ignore – and it’s pushing people deeper into poverty. So, it’s more important than ever to act now, to prevent this global crisis from becoming a global catastrophe.

When a new pair of jeans is made, an estimated 16.2kg of CO2 is emitted – the equivalent of driving over 58 miles in a car.

So, by recirculating our clothes – buying, wearing and donating second hand – we can help to reduce the demand for new clothes. And this could in turn help to reduce the damage to our planet. And by shopping with Oxfam, you’re investing in vital work to beat poverty – standing with communities worldwide as they fight the climate crisis and speak out against the global inequalities that push people deeper into poverty.

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There was a time I did indulge in fast fashion. I don’t get rid of clothes now. I look for linen and cashmere and fabrics that are going to be in my life for a really long time. And it changes the way you dress as well. You just feel a bit more fly!”

Miquita Oliver, television presenter

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Share your secondhand finds on social media and join an incredible community of pre-loved devotees! Explore #SecondhandSeptember on Instagram.

Connor Keaney in a second hand dress


Bought something incredible from Oxfam and want to tell the world about it? Explore #FoundInOxfam on Instagram.

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Who can take part in Second Hand September?

Anyone can take part! Over the past few years, thousands of people have taken up the challenge of not buying anything new for 30 days .

You can find inspiration by searching #SecondHandSeptember on Instagram – it's full of photos of people sharing the second hand gems they’ve found. You can also find some great tips on the Oxfam blog.

Oxfam's guide to sustainable shopping

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