National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is celebrated on August 25th, and it is a great holiday for those who appreciate vintage style in clothes, saving money, and caring for the environment. By buying used clothes, we can help reduce mindless consumption and keep usable clothing out of landfills.
It is not clear who originated the idea of celebrating National Secondhand Wardrobe Day on August 25th. It could be due to the end of the holiday season, when many people go through their wardrobes to store summer clothing and get warm clothes ready for the coming season.
The tradition of reusing secondhand items is not a new concept. Before the Industrial Revolution, clothing was expensive, and many people were unable to keep buying new things for themselves and their children. Less wealthy people were thrilled when wealthy members of society gave them items of their own wardrobes that they no longer wanted to wear. This practice is reflected in both American and European fiction. In many families, items of clothing were passed down from older children to younger ones, and this practice is still done today.
10.5 million tons of clothes are sent to landfills every year. This is wasteful, considering it takes 700 gallons of water to produce a single cotton T-shirt. The resources of our planet are not unlimited, and we risk running out of water and leaving mountains of discarded things behind.
How to take part
- Organize your closets, sort your clothes, and donate the items you no longer wear to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other charity.
- Sell them on eBay or Etsy.
- Organize your own charity sale.
- Visit your local secondhand store to add something unique to your wardrobe.
- Share information about the holiday with your friends on social media with the hashtag #NationalSecondhandWardrobeDay.
When is National Secondhand Wardrobe Day celebrated in 2024?
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is observed on August 25 each year.