A thrifter’s guide to Leamington Spa

This month I’ve cast the thrifting net a little further by visiting the Warwickshire Spa Town of Royal Leamington Spa. The town is noted for its beautiful Georgian architecture: I visited on a winter’s day and got caught in a hail storm: Leamington Spa is a prosperous town – type its name into Google andContinue reading “A thrifter’s guide to Leamington Spa”

The UK’s best thrifting destination?

Grazia magazine – I never miss an issue! – recently ran a feature about some of the best charity shops and vintage stores in the UK. Alderley Edge, a town in Cheshire was identified as top destination of choice for thrifters. It just so happens that a very good friend of mine from university livesContinue reading “The UK’s best thrifting destination?”

Putting on the (pre-owned) glitz

If ever there was an item clothing that it makes sense to buy secondhand, it’s a Christmas party frock. At this time of year, the shops are overflowing with sequins, satin and shimmer. I don’t know about you, but after a lockdown Christmas last year, I am so ready to party I’d consider wearing heelsContinue reading “Putting on the (pre-owned) glitz”

Recycled By

Ruth, the founder of ‘Recycled By’, has a mission.  Her ambition goes beyond persuading people to buy pre-owned clothing; it’s to encourage them to be proud to be seen in second-hand.  Recycled By seeks out the best pre-owned clothing available.   Its current selection includes Prada mules, a skirt by Stella McCartney and pieces from top-endContinue reading “Recycled By”

How to successfully shop secondhand online

As it’s secondhand September, I’ve been thinking about how buying pre-owned clothes can become the preferred option for more and more people.  The over-production of new clothes is such a huge problem environmentally and socially.  Shopping secondhand is such a good solution since it allows you to look just as good – wait, better! –Continue reading “How to successfully shop secondhand online”

My new favourite way to shop second-hand

It’s #secondhandseptember, so what better time to talk about my new favourite way to shop for preloved clothes? Since deciding to shop only second-hand throughout 2020, I’ve mostly bought from Depop and Oxfam online – both of which I do love.  But I recently found something new. Re-Fashion is a relatively new platform for second-handContinue reading “My new favourite way to shop second-hand”

“But what if someone died in it?!” – and other barriers to buying secondhand clothes

I was recently extolling the virtues of shopping for preloved clothes to some friends.  (I need to watch this.  I do go on about it a lot – it must get boring!)  Much of the environmental impact of clothing comes from its manufacture: “Environmental impacts include energy use and generation of greenhouse gas emissions inContinue reading ““But what if someone died in it?!” – and other barriers to buying secondhand clothes”

January Rewears

Frost has nipped and snow has fallen this January. I love snow for the way it can magically transform the landscape. It’s as though I went to bed in a suburban street and woke up the next morning in Narnia. The snow has given me lots of opportunities to wear preloved winter items this month.Continue reading “January Rewears”