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4 June 2024

Sustainable Style: 5 items to buy second-hand this summer

Get ready for sunny day adventures or update your summer wardrobe with a visit to your local St Michael's Hospice Shop!

Look out for these fantastic finds that work perfectly for summer

Summer is on its way! So, if you’re looking ahead to sunny day adventures or planning to update your wardrobe for the warmer months but want to be more sustainable, pay a visit to your local St Michael’s Hospice shop for seriously stylish, sustainable shopping.

Not sure what to look out for? Here are six of our favourite items to source second-hand for summer.

1. Natural fabrics

When it gets hot outside, wearing breathable, natural fibres is a great way to handle the heat, but these lightweight fabrics often come with hefty price tags. So, save money and stay cool – head to the charity shop for your next outfit. From gorgeous dresses to smart men’s blazers and children’s outfits, we’ve spotted cotton, linen, and silk. Not sure how to identify these great fabrics? Check the clothing label inside the garment to make sure what it’s made of.

2. Sunshine accessories

Stylish sunnies, must-have hats; charity shops are a great place to find pre-loved summer accessories with style.

3. Garden party pieces

Anyone for a Pimm’s? From casual picnics to a glamourous garden soiree, take your hosting to the next level with stunning second-hand finds.

Summer drinks look sophisticated served in etched cocktail glasses, or coloured glass jugs, and salads or barbeque feasts are made even more impressive when served on vintage platters. The best bit is that by shopping second-hand, you will be sure to find something unique to suit your personal style.

4. Brilliant bags

Headed on holiday? Find the perfect bag to take with you from a St Michael’s Hospice charity shop. We have spotted handy holdalls, fashionable tote bags, and practical suitcases that would be perfect for packing for your summer adventures, near or far.

5. Fabulous footwear

Trying to style your wedding outfits or beach looks? Whatever your footwear needs, you can find great summer sandals in your local charity shop. From comfy children’s sandals to glam heels for summer parties, you can be sure to find footwear for the whole family.  

Want to plan your trip? Use our Shop Finder to discover your local St Michael’s Hospice charity shop.

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