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Reasons to join Oxfam's Secondhand September and shop sustainably.
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Embrace sustainability with Secondhand September


As we're now in an increasingly more environmentally conscious era, the importance of sustainable practices and mindful consumption has become increasingly evident - and urgent. Oxfam’s Secondhand September is a movement that aligns perfectly with these values, encouraging us to explore the world of pre-loved treasures and make a positive impact on the environment. At William George we're excited to embrace this initiative as we’re huge advocates of sustainable shopping.

The essence of Secondhand September

Secondhand September isn't just a catchy phrase; it's a movement with a mission. The concept is simple yet powerful: for the entire month, participants commit to refraining from buying new items and instead focus on sourcing their needs from online platforms and other outlets that support the circular economy. This initiative is not only a chance to reduce our carbon footprint but also an opportunity to raise awareness about the environmental impact of fast fashion and excessive consumerism.

Why secondhand?

The fashion and consumer industries have a significant carbon footprint due to resource extraction, manufacturing processes, and transportation. By choosing secondhand, you're diverting items from landfills and supporting a more sustainable approach to consumption.

Here are some compelling reasons to embrace Secondhand September:

1. Environmental conservation: opting for secondhand goods reduces the demand for new production, conserving resources like water and energy. This, in turn, lessens the environmental strain associated with manufacturing and distribution.

2. Reduction of waste: the textile industry is a major contributor to global waste. By extending the life cycle of clothing and other items, you're helping to minimise waste and contribute to a circular economy.

3. Unique finds: secondhand shopping offers a wide array of unique and vintage items that are often unavailable in mainstream retail stores. Embrace your individuality by curating a wardrobe and home that tells your story.

4. Cost-effective: shopping secondhand can save you money without compromising on quality. You can get your hands on big brands and well-crafted items at a fraction of their original cost.

Join us in the Secondhand September movement

You’ll always find a vast array of items in our auctions that are looking for a second home. From retail returns, through to jewellery and everything in-between, often with no or no reserve prices so you’ll being kind to your bank balance as well as to our planet.  

How to get started

1. Research and explore: Take the time to research the types of items you're looking for and explore our auctions to find gems that match your criteria.

2. Inspect carefully: When purchasing secondhand items, be sure to study the item’s description to see what condition your potential purchase is likely to be in. With retail returns pallet auctions you won’t know, you’ll just know what the product is but many auctions are graded or have a full explanation and images for each lot.

3. Spread the word: Share your Secondhand September journey on social media to inspire friends and family to join the movement.

4. Sign up now to the campaign and see what you could be bidding for to get cracking in our live auctions.

Join us this September as we celebrate the joy of secondhand shopping and work towards a greener, more sustainable future. Together, we can make a difference, one pre-loved piece at a time.