Record breaking year of second-hand style for Oxfam

The international charity sees record year in shop sales

High street charity shop Oxfam has seen a record breaking surge in sales as Brits embrace the trend for vintage clothing.

The international organisation have seen a 7% rise in sales across both menswear and womenswear, increasing to £89.9million; a record year for the charity.

Success in sales has partly been thanks to the introduction of the new Oxfam online store, which has generated 24% more income than last year.

Like all big fashion stores, Oxfam have their very own lookbook, displaying their top picks of vintage trends seen on the high street. Their A/W ’12 collection features an array of soft leathers, pretty patterns and dainty florals, ideal to kick start your winter wardrobe.

Fee Gilfeather from Oxfam said, ‘After many decades on the British high street, we have learnt a huge amount of what people are looking for and continue to evolve the shopping experience for our customers.

‘Second-hand and vintage clothing not only offers shoppers the chance to buy designer brands, individuality and quality at high-street prices, but the ability to support charity at the same time, something that is resonating with British shoppers more and more in recent years.’

Oxfam now have a showroom of handpicked pieces where stylists can loan individual items to create the perfect finishing touches to a look.

As modelled by the stylish Olsen twins, Kate Moss and Alexa Chung, the vintage look is hotter than ever, so by switching from your favourite fashion stores to charity shops, you too can get your hands on some retro gear whilst donating to a good cause. A win-win situation, which provides a perfect excuse for spending and genuinely feel good fashion.

Have you picked up any stylish bargains from Oxfam recently? Let us know in the comment box below.

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