Second Hand September: How To Join The Movement And Start Shopping Sustainably RN

A new month brings new opportunities to change your fashion habits and your mindset.

 

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As you might have noticed in our September issue which starred the incredible Tara Stewart, a very fitting role model for an issue all about sustainable fashion and conscious choices, we decided to mark the start of the fashion year differently this time.

As noted by our Editor in Chief Vicki, we decided to shift the focus to sustainability in fashion for our September mag, and instead of reporting on trends, we looked at how you can make more conscious choices with your fashion and work the wardrobe you already have.

 

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September is a great time to make a change, big or small. And that’s why Oxfam started the Second Hand September movement, asking fashion lovers to pledge to shopping second hand, rethinking how they can use their wardrobe and not splurging on the high street for 30 days.

A short period which they hope will inspire you to think long term, it all starts with one small step. Like anything, be it exercising, taking up a new hobby, eating better, it’s all about creating short term goals that make a lasting impact.

Nowadays, it couldn’t be easier to shop second hand and vintage, between online and in stores, you’d be pleasantly surprised to see what hidden gems are lurking in your nearest charity shop. Plus, there’s a great satisfaction that comes with finding a divine item, let alone the good you’re doing for the planet by making that eco choice.

 

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Many celebrities and influencers these days are also crediting second hand fashion for helping them curate their unique and sought-after style. Our own covergirl Tara Stewart is a tribute to that, forever picking up her different sport pieces in shops like Nine Crows in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

Buying vintage means you can really get creative and original with your own style and in Ireland, we’ve got a wreath of incredible stores and online shops just waiting to help you find what you’re looking for.

So, are you ready to give #SecondhandSeptember a shot? Here’s some places to start…

SPICE Vintage 

 

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As featured in our September issue, Gracie of SPICE Vintage is the queen of thrifting. Not only do all her vintage drops sell out the same day they go live, but they’re packed with incredible one of a kind pieces. If it’s a standout fleece or a cute Harley Davidson tee for layering this A/W you’re looking for, she’s your woman.

Nine Crows 

 

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As essential stop for all your vintage needs, Nine Crows has been killing it for years and for good reason; all their clothes are carefully sourced and straight fire.

From rare sports finds to oversized jumpers to fit all your needs, Nine Crows has it, plus, their kilo store is next level.

Finders Keepers Bray 

 

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Another gem to add to your list. Finders Keepers in Bray is home to some seriously good hand picked beauts. From crew neck jumpers to divine Levi jeans, this shop and online store will cure any shopping crave, plus, they just got a whole load of seriously divine vintage swimsuits in (see above), perfect for those morning dips, we have just found the catalyst to get us back in the water.

The Vintage Factory Waterford 

 

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Not only is this store in Waterford very pleasing to the eye and easy to shop (something which isn’t always the case with vintage stores), this place is also loaded with incredible pieces.

My sister drives from Cork to Waterford simply to roam around this shop and pick up some new bits and as she says herself, the stock is so good she has never left disappointed.

It’s also good to note that the price point here is amazing.

Preloved By Shay And Jo 

 

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And last but certainly not least (we could continue with this list all day), Preloved By Shay And Jo is certainly worth your time perusing. Owned by Dubliner Katrina Carroll, Preloved By Shay And Jo features some incredible vintage blouses and dolly dresses. Think retro 60s, with some 70s, 80s and 90s thrown in the mix, plus, some incredible one off pieces that will last you the test of time.

We see it, we like it, we want it, etc.

#SecondhandSeptember – check out more on the movement here.

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