Second Hand September has begun! The campaign was set up by Oxfam to encourage people to only shop second hand for 30 days. If you’re taking part in the initiative, then check out our list of places to shop for Second Hand September in Suffolk.
Did you know that EVERY week 13 million items of clothing end up in UK landfill? That’s pretty sickening. By taking part in Second Hand September participants will be doing their bit to slow down the fast fashion machine.
Where to shop for Second Hand September in Suffolk
Oxfam, Ipswich & Woodbridge
Start your Second Hand September by shopping at Oxfam in Ipswich or Woodbridge. Oxfam also has second hand book shops for those of you like me who love buying books! I’ve been popping into the Woodbridge branch that has a number of books about the local area as well as classics and current best sellers.
Zest is part of the St Elizabeth Hospice and the store raises funds for young adults living with progressive and terminal illnesses. The shop is cleverly colour co-ordinated and filled with the most trend-led items.
The shop has been laid out using modern visual merchandising techniques that will rival any high street chain store. Items have been displayed in wire boxes, on shelves with wooden backgrounds, and there are plenty of cacti and succulents dotted around to appeal to millennials.
You will find a mix of preloved books, clothes, records and accessories, as well as new items including stationery, jewellery and prints from upcoming artists. Zest also has a range of re-fillable household products if you want to be extra eco-friendly on your visit.
Archive Vintage in Woodbridge stocks preloved clothes for all. You’ll find this store on the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge and it houses a range of plaid shirts, army jackets, denim shorts, floral dresses and tie-dye t-shirts.
Matisa Market, Grundisburgh
Philippa, the owner of Matisa Market, opened the business to combine her love of fashion, interior design and upcycling. She believes that “we are moving from a disposable society or a recycling society and pre-owned is the ultimate in re-cycling.”
Vintage Mischief, Beccles
Vintage Mischief stocks both preloved homeware and clothes. Some of my favourite pieces of furniture have come from Vintage Mischief. If you love mid-century design and antiques, then it’s well worth the trip. Owners Danielle Spelman and Simon Leak always find the most beautiful pieces to catch the eye.
Yoxford Antiques Centre, Yoxford
Yoxford Antiques Centre sells a wide and interesting range of antiques and collectables, including clothes and jewellery. Here you’ll discover 70 independent dealers selling vintage homeware, art, books, glassware and much more. There’s also a café so that you can make a day trip of your visit.
Manifesto Woman (Online)
Manifesto Woman is an online preloved boutique based in Bildeston, Suffolk. Founded in 2018, the website has become a lifestyle store that holds sustainability at its core. Manifesto Woman aims to prove that you can continue to love shopping without feeling guilty for the impact it has on the planet. You can look amazing without having to shop on the high street or spend a fortune.
Cloves Dress Agency, Beccles
Cloves Dress Agency stocks high end clothes and accessories, including preloved designer handbags! You’ll find top end names including Vivienne Westwood and Mulberry. It’s well worth checking the Instagram page to keep up to date with current stock.
Across the border…
Take Two, Diss
Take Two is a new dress agency and preloved boutique in Diss. Here you will find a mix of high-end high street and designer clothing and accessories at affordable prices.
Take Two is run by two friends Hannah & Caitlin who met studying Fashion Design at Norwich University of the Arts. Studying fashion opened their eyes to the fast fashion industry and led them to opening a sustainable fashion store. You can also shop online.
Let us know where you will be shopping for Second Hand September in Suffolk!
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