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In a bid to inspire the nation to keep fashion items in circulation and in support of Oxfam’s Second Hand September campaign, eBay reveals the sustainably savvy shopping habits of the pandemic are here to stay with 28 million pre-loved fashion items given a new home so far this year.

Saving 17,771 tonnes, the equivalent weight of 1,404 double-decker buses of fashion items going to landfills, eBay is encouraging consumers to continue buying and selling second-hand items to help the nation tackle the whopping 336,000 tonnes of clothing sent to landfills every year in the UK

Further eBay Data Reveals: 

  • So far in 2021, 87 million pre-loved items went to a new home,  almost a quarter of which were pre-loved fashion items 
  • Over four second-hand items sold every second so far in 2021 
  • Sales of pre-loved items are up 29% since 2018 suggesting a more permanent shift towards thrift as the pandemic drives more conscious shopping behaviours 
  • During lockdown of 2021, there were 32% more secondhand sales as Brits looked to declutter and make some extra cash

“It’s fantastic to see conscious shopping getting more mainstream and sustainable purchasing habits stretching beyond the pandemic, proving that pre-loved is more than just a trend. With the market for second hand sales continuing to grow, this year we’ve managed to save even more items from landfill by finding them new homes and extending their lifecycle.

This Oxfam’s Second Hand September, we’re encouraging consumers to clear out their cupboards and sell for charity by matching donations. With the new season upon us there’s no better time to clear out those cupboards, help your items find a new home, making a little money and all while supporting an amazing cause.” 

Emma Grant, Head of Preloved, eBay UK.

Oxfam’s Second Hand September encourages the nation to buy and sell only second-hand for 30 days or more to stop clothes from going to landfill. This year, to share the pre-loved love, eBay UK has announced that it will match all items sold for Oxfam on the marketplace £1 for £1 (Up to £50K) – with consumers able to donate anything from 10%-100% of the proceeds from each item. The money raised will go to Oxfam’s work beating poverty around the world.

“We’re excited to be partnering with eBay to encourage people to buy and sell second-hand clothing and raise as much money as possible for our work fighting poverty around the world. Buying second-hand helps to reduce the impact of clothing on the environment by giving garments a new lease of life.”

Lorna Fallon, Oxfam.

Most Popular Brands To Buy and Sell Secondhand on eBay in 2021:

  1. Next
  2. Nike
  3. M&S
  4. Adidas
  5. Zara
  6. New Look
  7. River Island
  8. Primark
  9. George
  10. H&M

Most Popular Items to Sell Secondhand on eBay in 2021 with Average Selling Price Include:

  1. Tops & shirts – £8
  2. Dresses – £14
  3. Coats, jackets & waistcoats – £27
  4. Jumpers & cardigans – £14
  5. Trainers – £86
  6. Bags & Handbags – £57  
  7. T Shirts – £16
  8. Jeans – £11
  9. Trousers – £10
  10. Skirts –  £9

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