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Digital Subscriptions > Be Kind > June 2019 > A beginner’s guide to charity shopping

A beginner’s guide to charity shopping

Getting a little thrifty is a win-win for both the planet and your purse

5 online places to shop second hand

1. eBay,

The original online market place. If you’re after something specific, you can guarantee you’ll be able to find it on eBay. Not to mention you can sell your own unwanted items, too.

2. Depop,

Recently had a wardrobe clear out? Get on Depop as you can buy, sell and discover fashion from all over the world.

3. ASOS Marketplace,

If vintage boutiques and independent brands are your thing, head to ASOS Marketplace, the frugal sister of the main site. They stock over 800 boutiques from all over the globe.

4. Facebook,

Not just a social media site to tag your friends in memes, Facebook also has their very own Marketplace which serves as an easy and convenient way to buy and sell in your local area.

5. Preloved,

It’s Preloved’s mission to become the UK’s most loved and trusted community of creators, buyers and sellers. They have no listing fees, or selling fees and you can find anything from furniture, to footwear.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Fashion has always been a strong form of expression for me; I’ve pored over glossy issues of Vogue from a young age, and get a thrill when the seasons change, and with them, the excuse to spend on new and exciting pieces for my wardrobe. With the rise and ease of shopping online it has become easier and quicker to get my hands on the latest styles, and it’s with a mixture of shame and excitement I go and collect my deliveries from the post room at work. But recently I realised the frequency and level of my spending was getting out of control – ‘I can just send it all back’, I’d foolishly reason with myself. It wasn’t until I read about the environmental impact of the fashion industry that I started to think about the part I was playing myself. Those next day deliveries have to be picked, packed and couriered, using man power and fuel. The bargain £5 tops come at a greater price, too – how can workers possibly be getting paid fairly to make them? And the fabrics surely can’t be ethically-sourced either? Fast fashion is alluring and tempting – it’s a quick and easy way to make us feel good, temporarily, but the damage it’s doing to the environment doesn’t sit well with me. So, I’ve vowed to make a change and to choose more sustainable ways to shop. This month we’ve looked into the issues surrounding fashion, from body image to throwaway culture, and found alternative ways for you to enjoy clothes, whilst being kinder to the planet. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor