Kids outgrown their coats again? Need a present for a birthday party? Charity shops and second-hand stores are great places to shop for clothes and toys – and lots of other things!
“I'll normally go into any charity shop I pass to have a rummage; I really enjoy the hunt for quality items that I can purchase for less, especially for gifts. I'm always finding great clothing and shoes for my daughter by quality brands for a fraction of the original price. For example, I found her two pairs of converse trainers that looked brand new for £2 each.”
- Yoanna, mum of an 18-month-old daughter
Save money, help save the planet
Shopping second-hand is not only a great way to save money, you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment. Buying a pre-loved item means one less new product that needs to be made. Everything we consume creates carbon through the production, manufacture and transport of the materials involved.
“Shopping second-hand is a win-win: it means you’re avoiding contributing to demand for new items that require new resources to make them. What’s more, it’s not only better for your bank balance – there’s the added bonus that when you shop second-hand you’re supporting good causes in the community.”
- Harriet, mum of a 16-month-old daughter
Support good causes
When you buy something in a charity shop, you’re helping to support that charity’s work. You save money, and they raise funds!
How do I know if a second-hand shop is value for money?
Look out for the Revolve logo when you’re out shopping. Revolve is Scotland’s national re-use quality standard for shops who sell second-hand goods in Scotland. This means any products sold there have been checked for quality, safety and cleanliness.
You can find your nearest Revolve store here.