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Vintage appeal: Can second-hand shops weather the storm?

As Oxfam launches its September drive, retailers in the 'pre-loved' fashion market face unprecedented challenges. Rose Mary Roche looks at how stores are adapting

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Ella de Guzmann

Ella de Guzmann

Ella looks through clothes at her second-hand store Siopaella. PHOTOS: MARK CONDREN

Ella looks through clothes at her second-hand store Siopaella. PHOTOS: MARK CONDREN

Michaela Coel fronts Oxfam’s Second Hand September campaign

Michaela Coel fronts Oxfam’s Second Hand September campaign

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Ella de Guzmann

September marks not only the long-awaited return to school, but also the second year of Oxfam's Second Hand September campaign, an initiative that asks the public to abandon their compulsive fast-fashion habit for a month and explore the second-hand marketplace as an alternative.

A shocking 225,000 tonnes of textiles are dumped in Ireland each year - some of which can take up to 200 years to decompose. Landfills are being fuelled by a global culture of throwaway fashion that is recognised as one of the biggest polluters globally.


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