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15 Second-hand Items That Make Great Gifts

15-second-hand-items-that-make-great-giftsWould you buy someone a second hand gift?

Would you be pleased to receive one?

Second hand gifts are a contentious issue. Many of us feel that only new items carry the weight of a generous spirit. Second-hand can come across as stingy if it’s not done right.

Personally, I think buying second hand is not only a great way to save money, but a way to cut down on all the stuff we buy that just ends up as clutter.

When my mother was young, just before Christmas her doll would take a trip to the doll hospital. And then for Christmas, she would be gifted the same doll, all fixed and dolled up.

When I think of all the toys my kids have that never get played with, and the statistic that the average kid owns 238 toys but only plays with 12 daily, doing up a favourite dolly makes so much sense.

It sounds nice in theory, and maybe second-hand gifts would be fine for the immediate family, but what about extended family and friends? What about that fussy relative with the high gift expectations?

There’s a trick to pulling off second-hand gift giving: like any gift giving, you have to match the item to the recipient. You can’t just give any gift, it should be something your recipient will love, be it brand new or pre-loved.

And you need to start planning early to give yourself time to source that perfect item.

The shops start early. By September, all the decorations are out and the trees are trimmed.

They want you to start thinking about Christmas early so that you spendmore money. But you want to start thinking about Christmas now so that you can save money.

To start planning now for second-hand gifts, write a list of all the people you need to give a gift to. Then write down some gift ideas that you think that person would like.

Now prowl. Second-hand stores, Gumtree, Facebook Buy and Sell pages, garage sales, classifieds. It won’t be long until you find the perfect item. And thanks to technology, this doesn’t mean weekends spent in op-shops (although that’s always a fun way to pass the time), it can mean browsing Gumtree on your phone, on the couch, in the ad breaks.

Last year, Australians spent $45 billion dollars in the period leading up to Christmas. That’s an average of $2,500 per person over the age of 14.

Do those stats blow your mind, because my mind is still reeling? How much of that is debt? While it’s great to be generous towards others, digging yourself into debt to do so is crazy.

If you cast your mind back to last Christmas, how much of what you and your family received ended up as clutter? Even if we all just bought one second-hand gift, that would be millions less ‘stuff’ produced and kept out of landfill.


1. Pre-loved games: Whether it’s a game for the Xbox, a game of scrabble in good nick, or a jigsaw puzzle, a good way to save on games is to buy them second-hand. A lot of Xbox/ PlayStation games are only ever played once. When the player has reached the end, the novelty of the game is over – their boredom is your gain.

Things to look out for: make sure the game doesn’t need a code or key to unlock. PC games are more likely to be locked to one user only (what a waste!). Some PlayStation and Xbox games have extras that can only be unlocked with a password.

Before buying, check the disc for scratches.

If you’re buying pre-loved board games, check that all the pieces are in the box. You may need to download instructions for play.

While it may not be possible to check that all puzzle pieces are in the box, especially for big puzzles, go home and do the puzzle to make sure there’s no pieces missing. There’s nothing more frustrating than a large puzzle with a piece missing! I’ve had great success buying kid’s puzzles second hand. They are some of the most loved puzzles we own.

2. Classic Books: We have a lovely 1970s edition of the Complete Winnie-the-Pooh that we purchased for the kids second-hand and that I wouldn’t hesitate to gift to someone else. When book stores are full of Disney franchise merchandise, it’s hard to find really nice books anymore, unless you get them second-hand.

But you don’t need to stick to classic books or first-edition books to gift second-hand books. Imagine giving (or receiving) a whole series instead of just the first in the series and buying it for the cost of a single book!

3. Vintage accessories: Not used darling, vintage! What girl doesn’t like a little vintage bling? It’s amazing what you find in pawn and second-hand shops. Stunning jewellery for a fraction of what you pay for it brand new.

Don’t just think jewellery though. Handbags, vintage suitcases, hair accessories, fountain pens, stationery or desk sets, jewellery boxes, perfume bottles, silk scarves can all make great gifts for the right person.

4. Antiques: Finding genuine antiques at frugal prices requires a bit of ingenuity and scouting, which is why it’s a good idea to keep gifts in mind when you’re op-shopping. But bargains are there for the savvy buyer. The key is to look for quality at your price point.  And of course, match the gift to the tastes of the recipient.

Garage sales can be the best place to pick up cheap antiques, because sellers don’t always know what gems they have on hand. But you have to get in early and beat the trade buyers who know what they are looking for and can sniff out a bargain at 50 paces.

5. Collectibles: Know a collector? I know a person who collects plates (the ones you hang on your wall) and always welcomes more plates to her collection. Sure, you can pick up a plate in one of those little kitsch shops, but a vintage plate, particularly a limited edition one, would be all the more welcome.

6. Fabric Remnants: If you’re a sewer, fabric remnants can be turned into gifts! Quilts, placemats, cushion covers, children’s clothes, dolls clothes, table cloths, napkins…The fabric remnant bin at our local Salvation Army store is the first place I head when bargain hunting!

7. DVDs: If you look for DVDs in good nick, then you won’t even be able to tell they are second-hand. Like games, DVDs are often only watched once, sometimes not even that, if the DVD in question was a poorly chosen gift.

Before buying a second hand DVD, always open the case and check the disc for scratches or damage, especially if it’s a kid’s DVD!

8. Hamper items: Personalised hampers can make a lovely gift, and you can pick up some great hamper items second-hand. A tea hamper could include a vintage cup and saucer. A wine hamper could include wine glasses. You could use some of the ideas below to couple second-hand, up-cycled tableware and linen with homemade preserves and baking.

At the very least, an op-shop is the best place to look for hamper baskets, but I like to think outside the basket, and pack hampers on serving platters or even in bags that can be used again.

9. Linen and Tableware: Why pay full price for a serving platter, salad servers, cake sporks, tea pots, wine glasses, table cloths or other tableware you can probably pick lovely ones up second-hand.

A nice tea set for the right person, for example, will always be appreciated, whether brand new or second-hand (and you probably won’t be able to tell it’s second-hand).

Think about ways you can take second-hand items to the next level by adding your own crafty touch. This video tutorial on how to add beads to serving spoons and other flatware is a lovely example of how you can improve on and personalise the second-hand items that you buy.

You could embroider a tablecloth or stencil placemats, paint a vase or decorate a serving platter.

10. Autographed items. There are some things you often can’t buy brand new. A special addition or autographed item can be a very welcome present for the right person. But you have to keep your eyes peeled for these rare finds. Garage sales are a great place to find under-priced autographed items.

11. Classic or quality toys: If you look in the toy section of a second-hand store, it’s often filled with ratty, broken, plastic Fisher Price toys. These are not the type of toy that makes good gifts. Instead, classic or quality toys like wooden toys in good conditions, Barbies in good condition (here’s how you can restore a Barbie doll; you can also make it an awesome gift with a whole bunch of homemade clothes and accessories to go with the doll), Lego (here’s how to clean Lego), Melissa and Doug*, Plan Toys*, HABA* (these are some of the quality toys we have loved – keep an eye out on Gumtree for them!).

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for second-hand clothes and accessories that would make great dress-up sets, maybe with a little up-cycling!

12. ’New’ Second-hand items: Here we come to the re-gifted item. The unwanted present from last year that hasn’t even been opened. You could really say these items are not even second-hand at all.

Look on gumtree and Facebook groups straight after Christmas for a whole host of re-gifted items. Just be sure not to make the same mistake – buy something your recipient will like so your gift doesn’t get re-gifted!

13. Bikes: ALL our bikes, when I was a kid, were second-hand. My grandfather built them from bits and pieces and when he died, my father built them. A bit of tender loving care and a new coat of paint and bikes can look and ride as good as new.

14. Sports equipment: ‘For Sale: Kayak. Used once. Perfect Condition. $50.’  Second-hand sports equipment can be a great way for a loved one to get into that sport or hobby they’ve always wanted. Encourage them by getting them the equipment they need at a fraction of the cost of brand new. And if you sparks a passion, they can always upgrade their equipment as they progress.

(Warning: Do not buy your wife an exercise bike. Just don’t.)

15. Art: Art can be a difficult gift to give unless you know the tastes of the person you’re buying for. Second-hand stores, garage sales and eBay are great places to pick up old artworks. And who knows, you may be lucky to pick up a genuine collectable stashed at the back of someone’s garage.

At worst, you can pick up some good frames to up-cycle. Framed scrapbooking paper, wallpaper or fabric can make lovely art, especially when you group more than one frame together. Or you could up-cycle the frame into something else, like this serving tray from a picture frame.

Gifting second-hand items doesn’t have to be tacky. The key is to always, always match the gift to the recipient (this holds true for brand new gifts too). If it’s still in good shape and it’s something your recipient loves, then it won’t matter how many people have pre-loved it.

What are your thoughts and tips on buying second-hand gifts?

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Genius Repurposing Ideas For 11 Disposable Household Items

Repurposing-Ideas.pngMy mom was raised during the Great Depression, which had a big impact on the way she makes, uses, and disposes of things. Firstly, it made her very resourceful. She always prefers to make something from scratch instead of buying it at a store, which I’ve always admired about her. Secondly, she has always been a proponent of “using things up.” She always aims to use something until it is completely gone, or completely beyond repair. And finally, she hates throwing things out. She’d much rather give something away or donate it if she can!

It’s more important than ever for each one of us to be more conscious of the resources we consume. And to aid you in that effort, I’ve got some great ideas to share with you! This list is packed with dozens of bright ideas that will help you repurpose 11 common household items. This is a great resource for anyone who’s looking to cut back on waste, and I hope you find it as helpful as I do! 🙂

Genius Repurposing Ideas For 11 Disposable Household Items


1. Cereal Liner Bags

  • Make a piping bag for frosting. Rinse and dry the bag, then scoop frosting into one of the bottom corners. Snip the corner off with a pair of scissors, then pipe!
  • Cut the bag into small squares, and use the squares to keep burger patties separated in a stack. Stacking up the patties like this is an easy way to save space in your fridge or freezer!
  • Use the bags to wrap up homemade bread, rolls, and buns before storing them in your freezer.
  • Use the bag to store leftovers or to portion out other foods. Seal it with a Foodsaver or other vacuum sealer to keep it fresh.
  • Use a cereal liner bag to crush up crackers, cereal, nuts and more without making a mess. Cereal liner bags are thicker than regular ziplock bags, which makes it less likely that any sharp bits will tear through it.IMG_0704.png

    2. Mesh Vegetable Bags

    • Use a mesh vegetable bag as a yarn holder. Place your yarn inside the bag, thread the end through one of the holes, then pull it through.
    • Use it as a scrubber for cleaning jobs around the house. Just wad it up and use it to scrub dishes, countertops, and more!
    • Stretch the mesh bag over an old picture frame, staple it in place, and use it as an organizer for your earring collection.

    3. Butter Wrappers

    • Once you remove the wrapper from a stick of butter, place the wrapper in a ziplock bag and keep it in the fridge. You can use the wrappers later on to grease baking pans!
    • Use individual butter wrappers to separate burger patties in your fridge or freezer. They won’t stick to the patties, and you’ll save space in your fridge!
    • When a bread or roll recipe calls for a final brush of butter on top, use a butter wrapper! Just lay it butter-side down on top and let the butter residue on the wrapper melt into the surface.IMG_0009

    4. Glass Jars

    • Keep any empty glass jars you use, wash them out, and remove the labels. They make great flower vases that you can use around the house!
    • Use an empty glass jar to collect cooking grease. It’s not good to put it down your sink! Just collect it a little at a time, and then when the jar is full, you can just toss it in the trash.
    • Use an empty jar to make a beautiful water candle. These will look great around the house, or as decor for your dinner table!

    5. Disposable Razors

    • When your disposable razor gets too dull for shaving, you can still use it to remove pills from sweaters! You can also use it to remove pills from hats, scarves, t-shirts, and more.IMG_0717

    6. Egg Cartons

    • Keep any of those clear plastic egg cartons. They make the perfect packaging for mini cupcakes and muffins!
    • If any of your friends or family have chickens, ask if they’d like your old egg cartons. They could usually use the extras! (And who knows, you might get a few fresh eggs for your efforts!) 😉
    • Paper egg cartons can be split up and used as seed sprouting containers. Once the seedlings get big enough to plant, just wet down the whole egg carton cup and plant it right in the ground. The soggy paper will break down over time in the dirt.
    • Use an old egg carton to organize and protect small Christmas ornaments.
    • You can also use an egg carton to organize other small stuff. Use one for jewelry, beads, office supplies, buttons, nuts and bolts, and more!IMG_0688

    7. Tissue Boxes

    • Use an empty tissue box to store your plastic grocery bags. And there’s even a way to make them pop up just like tissues! Slide the bottom of each bag into the handles of the next bag, then insert them all into the box.
    • Use an empty tissue box as a tiny trash receptacle on your desk. You can also place one in the living room as a handy place for discarded treat wrappers.
    • Cut the tops off a few old tissue boxes and use them as drawer dividers. They can help keep smaller stuff more organized instead of rolling around in your drawer.
    • Use an old tissue box as a small trash receptacle for your bathroom counters. It’s the perfect place to toss out cotton swabs, cotton pads, and other single-use cosmetic items.
    • Use a tissue box as a trash receptacle in your car! You can either toss it out when it’s full, or empty it and reuse it again.

    8. Newspaper

    • If you park outside in the winter, you can use old newspaper to prevent icing on your windows. Just lay a few pieces of newspaper over your windshield at night.
    • Newspaper is surprisingly good at absorbing odors! Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper in shoes, a diaper bag, or even your fridge to help eliminate yucky smells.
    • Use old newspaper as packing material when moving, or to protect a package you’re shipping.
    • Use newspaper as a paper towel when cleaning glass and mirrors! Newspaper won’t leave behind any fibers or residue, just a streak-free shine!

    9. Tin Foil

    You can use tin foil to soften rock-hard brown sugar, shine silver, and more! Check out 15 amazing uses for tin foil at the link below.

    10. Cardboard Tubes

    Don’t toss out the tubes from toilet paper and paper towel rolls! Use them to keep pants crease-free, make fire-starters, and organize extra cables. Check out 10 smart ways to use cardboard tubes at the link below!IMG_5853.png

    11. Paper Bags

    And finally, don’t toss out paper bags either. Use them to ripen fruit faster, make homemade popcorn, serve snacks, and more! Check out 9 useful things you can do with paper bags at the link below.


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little Miss Mama DIY project with Barter Bay

It’s no secret I love a good DIY Furniture Project.

I’ve done my fair share of DIY Projects, where I take something old and make it new again. Like this Little Tikes House we made over, or this Vintage Tea Pot we tuned into a vase. These are absolutly the best, most fullfilling projects to tackle. Not only are you helping our environment by recycling something that was destin for the landfill, but in most cases it doesn’t cost much.

It’s why today I want to introduce you to Barter Bay. A website and app that allows you to buy, sell, and trade second-hand goods with real people in your community. Barter Bay makes it easy to sell what you don’t need or trade for something more useful. A Vancouver start-up company, Barter Bay is doing their part in minimizing our environmental footprints while helping their community live a more sustainable life. They’ve made the second-hand market, more accessible.

Now, let’s get started on how to tackle your next DIY Furniture Project.

First things first;

Find a piece to repurpose. Get creative, it doesn’t have to be used for what it’s original intension was for. Like my friend Andria at The Cheerio Diaries who made this gorgeous entrance bench out of a headboard and some wood.

Visit a local second-hand store or better yet, go virtual and find a second-hand site like Barter Bay. Looking right now, they has a ton of great pieces for sale with some serious makeover potential. YOU GUYS! your next DIY Furniture Project is waiting. Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!

I can spot a few pieces that SCREAM makeover. Take this dining room table for example. Priced at $20, and in great condition, I’d say all this needs is a bit of paint. Or this adorable childrens Seesaw priced at $20. Someone with an artistic eye could even tackle this and re-sell it; with me as the buyer! I’ve never met a picture frame I didn’t love. This one for $10 would be perfect painted and either repurposed as a mirror, a corkboard or even a serving platter, jewelry holder or knick-knack shelf.

The more I look on Barter Bay, the more I realize I need to make more time for DIY Projects. I mean, don’t get me started on how many fun things I could do with this Vintage Accordion. Or a stack of books for $2 each. One look on Pinterest says I could make this gorgeous wall shelfperfect for the girls bedroom.

Let me tell you;

I’ve got so many friends locally who craft and they’re incredible at it I may add. Our friend Stacey at A Dad In The Burbs made this phenominal Farmhouse Kitchen Tablefrom some old wood and iron pipes. Then there’s Janette from Ava to Zoe who repurposed an IKEA bed, giving it a fresh coat of white paint and some adorable drapery. How about Samantha who writes over at This West Coast Mommy who turned an old coffee table into this chic ottoman. These friends of mine clearly know what they’re doing.

This post was JUST what I needed to get back in the DIY game. A little reminder of the things I onced loved and have forgotten to make time for. A sense a project coming you guys! A DIY is on the horizon so stay tuned! Thanks Barter Bay for giving me the inspiration I needed to get back to doing something I truly love. Go download their app now (itunes and Google Play) and be inspired for your next DIY. 


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What is Sustainable Living?

Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability; and sometimes it means changing how you do things so that you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life.

We all know that climate change, global warming, depletion of ozone layer and resource depletion are real and their impact on human and animal lives can be devastating. It is an opportunity for people to adopt actions for sustainable living that can help them to reduce their carbon footprint or environmental impact by altering their lifestyle. Simple measures like using public transportation more often, reducing energy consumption, becoming more eco-friendly can go a long way in reducing your environmental impactand making this planet a clean and safe place.

Wikipedia defines ‘Sustainable Living‘ as,

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity’s symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.

15 Easy Ways to Practice Sustainable Living

Want to start practicing sustainable living? It is easier than you think. Although there are various ways to live and practice sustainable living, here are 15 quick and easy suggestions to live a sustainable life.

1. Become a member of a community garden: It isn’t just about growing your own food, being a member of a community garden helps to promote sustainable living in your area. Gardens create green spaces and the garden waste can be mulched and returned to support healthy soil. Green spaces aren’t just important for your state of mind; in urban areas they can play an important role in offsetting carbon emissions.

2. Practice minimalism: Minimalism doesn’t mean living without anything, it means that you are making sure that everything you own and use is put to its maximum purpose. This means waste materials as well. With a minimalist lifestyle, you will recycle more, and be more mindful of the items you support being produced so that sustainability is emphasized.

3. Change the lights in your house: By changing the lighting in your home from traditional light bulbs to CFL, using skylights and more natural light you will reduce your demand on energy resources significantly. Using longer lasting, energy efficient light sources also reduces the amount of waste going into landfills significantly.

4. Become more efficient with your errands: You don’t have to buy a hybrid to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels. By choosing to become more efficient with your errands you can create a system of sustainable living that is based in reducing the amount of natural resources you consume.

5. Start using natural cleaners: Take an hour or so to research some home-made options for natural cleaners. Vinegar and water can clean most surfaces, and the saponin from quinoa is a natural laundry detergent. By using natural cleaners you are reducing the amount of plastic packaging being made, and the amount of chemicals that are being introduced to the water system.

6. Walk, bike or car pool to work: The less personal use of your car you do, the more you and the environment will benefit. Sustainable living not only promotes sustainability by reducing pollution and the consumption of natural resource; walking or biking to work will also improve your health and reduce the strain on public health resources.

Even car-pooling assists sustainability as it can provide an increased social outlet that can improve the quality of life. Science has found that there is a direct connection between your quality of life and the sustainability of life that you will choose to lead.

7. Spend more time reading and playing games: How can this be a part of sustainable living? By reducing your reliance on entertainment forms that require energy and natural resources you can help to reduce the demand and drain on them.

8. Try to get on a more natural sleep schedule: Getting on a natural sleep schedule means becoming more attuned to the natural light in the day. Not only is this better for your health, it will begin to lessen the amount of power that you use while you are up.


9. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Reduce your need to buy new products. If there is less waste, then there is less to recycle or reuse. Learning to reuse items, or repurpose them for different use then what they are intended for is essential in waste hierarchy. Recycle old glass bottles or aluminium cans. Keep a recycle bin at your home and try making more trips to recycling station than to the landfill.

10. Unplug device when not in use: Most of the electronic devices keep on drawing electricity even when they’re off. To reduce energy usage, simply pull the plug when not in use. It will help you to save energy and reduce your monthly electricity bill.

11. Buy right-sized house: Practitioners of sustainable living conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability. Among many ways that promotes sustainability, one of them is buying a smaller house is going to consume less energy as compared to a big house. You’re going to spend less on lighting, furniture and overall furnishing. You can even purchase items from thrift stores and donate them again when they’re no longer needed. Make use of green home building ideas and techniques while building a new home.

12. Use daylight as much as possible: Sunlight is free and doesn’t cost anything. Using sunlight during the day helps to reduce dependence on fossil fuels to produce electricity and your bulbs and tube lights are going to last longer.

13. Stop unwanted mail: Save natural resources by opting out from billions of unwanted mailings and simplify your life. Sites like offers free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more. It helps you to reduce clutter, protect privacy and save environment.

14. Practice keeping a “zero energy balance” budget: A zero energy balance budget means that what you take in, you also return back. This is really the core of all sustainable living. If you practice keeping a budget that has a zero energy balance, you will be surprised how your habits of consuming will change and reduce your imprint on the world.

15. Change your washing habits: This one is important to attain sustainable living. We wash everything too much. Not only has science discovered that our over emphasis on being clean has reduced our natural immune resistance to diseases (which require exposure to bacteria to develop), but each person wastes tremendous amounts of water when they bathe, wash dishes or do laundry. Practice taking short and times showers, washing dishes in a sink of water and then rinsing them and cutting down on the amount of laundry that you do.

16. Choose Renewable energy: Choosing renewable energy over fossil fuels is a great way to stop climate change and doing your part in making things happen. Install solar panels for solar water heating. Explore options of getting tax credit from the government. Speak to your utility is there is any way to add clean power to the grid so as to offset your carbon footprint.

17. Buy products with less packaging: Whenever you go out for shopping, always buy products with less packaging. The excess packaging on the stuff goes in your dustbin and from there it goes to landfills in most cases. It not only further contaminate the environment but also pose serious health effects to humans and animals.

18. Ditch the plastic: Plastic never goes away. It takes millions of years for plastic to decompose. Plastic can be found swirling in the ocean’s surfaces. It badly affects marine life. Every year large number of mammals, seals, sea birds are killed after ingesting plastic or getting tangled up in it. Its time for all of us to switch to reusable bags when we shop and ditch one-time use plastic water bottles.

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Is The Growth Of Resale Really Linked To Sustainability?

Disruption has been fashion’s buzzword of choice in recent years, but are you familiar with the new wave of “resale disruptors”? In the last six months, the global fashion search engine Lyst has seen traffic to luxury resale products increase by 447 percent. 44 million women shopped second-hand in 2017 in comparison to 35 million in 2016, according to ThredUP, a consignment site that is part of a larger Collaborative Consumption movement, which encourages consumers to live in a more collective, sharing economy.


ThredUP posits that the global resale market will be worth $41 billion by 2022, because “resale disruptors” like itself are growing 24 times faster than the retail industry as a whole: 49 percent year-over-year, versus two percent. This means that second-hand or thrift items will make up one third of our wardrobes in 2027.

Is this dramatic spike due to an increased interest in mindful shopping, with shoppers keen to actively cut down on consumption via second-hand acquisitions? Or are consumers just hungry for discounted designer products? With the fifth annual Fashion Revolution Week coming to a close, it seems like an apt time to investigate.

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Research into what Lyst users are actually searching for reveals some home truths. Bags are the most popular pre-owned item to buy online, followed by jewellery and shoes — three categories known for their comprehensive manufacturing techniques. Customers aren’t searching specifically for “pre-owned” accessories, but for brands like Chanel and Céline, which have historically not been readily-available to buy new online (the former still only sells via its boutiques).

Searches are also trend-led. In the last three months, there has been a 62 percent increase in searches for logo pieces in response to the Nineties logomania that the street-style set is currently enjoying. Dior’s saddle bag and Louis Vuitton’s Speedy model garner the most consumer interest, while Fendi is also gaining traction, no doubt due to the hype around the return of its graphic double Fs.

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Accessories have always been an affordable gateway purchase for first-time luxury shoppers, and indeed, ThredUP’s report shows that 66 percent of consumers use resale channels to buy brands that they couldn’t pay full price for. Millennials are the thriftiest shoppers, and buy resale items more than any other age group, citing sustainability as the reason for shopping second-hand. 77 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds prefer to shop from environmentally-conscious brands. But the data also showed that they are the most impulsive shoppers and discard items after one to five wears. The millennial moral and retail habits don’t match up — suggesting that green-washed consumers are merely jumping on the back of the trend du jour.

“Discussing which website you use to re-sell your clothes is now like saying, ‘Who does your hair?’” Sharon Wolter-Ferguson, CEO and founder of Hardly Ever Worn It, said. The e-tailer, which rebranded itself as HEWI after members started using “hewi” as a verb, has seen a growth of 1,000 percent in four years and launched a sister site,, a week ago to keep up with the demand for buying, selling and swapping contemporary brands, such as Sandro and The Kooples.

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Cora Hilts, co-founder of sustainable luxury etailer Rêve En Vert, thinks the mass rise in interest around sustainability roots back to Blue Planet II. The finale gave an unflinching look at the impact of human activity on marine life, and ended with a conservation rallying cry from David Attenborough. “It was a real wake-up call to people that we have individual responsibilities towards our consumption habits,” Hilts says of the 30 percent month-on-month traffic increase Rêve En Vert has received since the show aired.

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Ceanne Fernandes Wong, Vestiaire Collective chief marketing officer and vice president, agrees: “We’re seeing customers evolve and become more mindful about their consumption habits. As brands and their products are becoming more visible via the likes of Instagram, everyone is seeing the same thing and individuality is standing up against this sense of homogeny.” One million new members joined Vestiaire Collective last year, bumping up its resale community up to seven million members globally.

Circular clothing economy has always been a part of Vestiaire Collective’s DNA, but it’s currently carrying out a project to analyse how internal operations within the business can operate more sustainably. Later this year it will sign the CFS 2020 Circular FashionSystem Commitment Letter, and packaging will be its first priority. HEWI is also transitioning to eco-friendly packaging, and customers have the option of donating a portion of the profits from their sales to charities.

Fashion Revolution Report Shows H&M And Zara Are More Transparent Than Luxury Brands

Designer resale shoppers seem to be going through the motions of compiling guilt-free wardrobes, but if millennials are throwing items away after a handful of wears, it doesn’t matter how many consignment sites are promoting the “buy less, but better” policy. Stella McCartney, a designer known for her staunch activism, concurs: “It’s absolutely crazy that only one percent of clothing is actually recycled,” she told Vogue.

McCartney recently partnered with the RealReal, one of the top three resale websites alongside ThredUP and Poshmark, to promote fashion sharing. But, there’s only so many times she can reiterate her outrage at fashion’s environmental footprint. Consumers need to get their stories straight, and Fashion Revolution Week proves there’s no time like the present to start shopping sustainably in the first place. Here are seven young designers pioneering a sustainable fashion revolution.

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