When I was little, I enjoyed sewing. Back then, being a “small fashion designer” was such a serious deal: my dolls had to have new outfits every single day. Many times I was in need of materials and my mother`s closet was the perfect place. Obviously, my mom was not very happy with this idea. To solve this, she took me to a second-hand shop and bought me a lot of clothes so I can have enough stock for my miniature creations.
Since then, I love going to second hand or vintage shops and I am extremely happy when YouTubers or bloggers share this thrifting belief . This idea of shopping is eco-friendly, sustainable, supports the community and discourages paying enormous amounts for fancy items.
Nowadays, all the commercials are tempting us to buy again and again; everything that`s in trend, we must have it! Do we really need to buy new items because of media? I am not talking just about clothes; furniture pieces, home decor, electronics, devices, jewelry? We just value material things so much and we tend to forget about real feelings…we forget to help people in need ! Oh, I want a new skirt for this season or a new phone… I found myself saying this and then I realize I am not grateful enough for what I really have.
There are people who don`t afford to eat in this world. And that matters ! We can help. One of my favorite second-hand shop I discovered in the area where I currently live, it`s a charity shop called Oxfam. Part of the Oxfam International confederation, they act, speak out and reject the idea that someone should live in poverty. And they do this in more than 90 countries. Ethiopia food crisis, Yemen and Siria crisis, Nepal earthquake are few examples of emergencies they respond to. Here is how we can get involved. Fundraising, campaigning or volunteer with them. Oxfam has a lot of upcoming events, we can help them by volunteering in our area, campaigning for change or making a donation. It simple to donate any items we don`t need anymore or shop in their stores (online – HERE ). The fundraising events are so fun: running, walking, cycling, music or adventure and all for a good cause.
Not convinced what great finds you can own? Check my march mini-haul with items I found in this charity shop: 4 books, one pair of gold earrings, a floral jewelry box, a sterling silver vintage brooch, a Yves Saint Laurent mini bag and a 25 years old Victorian photography album.
Shop responsibly, help someone who needs it and take time to find really good books on the second-hand shop next to you!
Let me know in the comments if you shop at second-hand stores !