“Resale Therapy” Gets Shoppers, Makers and Donators Involved in the Fight Against the Housing Emergency

Shelter is on a mission to encourage more people to discover the joys of shopping second-hand and extending the life of clothes this September with our ‘Resale Therapy’ campaign. Not only does this mean helping the environment, but also finding stylish looks, and in doing so, supporting Shelter in the fight for home where new government figures show record numbers of households are facing homelessness.  

The total CO2 footprint of clothing in the UK in 2016 was 26.2 million tonnes, with 921,000 tonnes of textiles ending up in household residual waste in 2017. However, by doubling the life of clothes, greenhouse gas emissions can be lowered by 44%.  To help you make more conscious fashion choices this September, we’ve teamed up with a host of content creators and makers to share tips and tricks to get the best out of charity shopping and are running a programme of clinic events to help shoppers upcycle, mend or alter clothes to prolong their life.  

Upcycling clinics  

Drop by with your unloved outfits or pick up a secondhand treasure from our rails and learn how to restyle, customise and alter to breathe new life into old favourites. 

Saturday 9th September 
King’s Cross Boutique at Coal Drops Yard, Unit EV8, 1st Floor, London  
11am – 3pm 
Hosted by Dani Dawkins 
Sign up here 

Saturday 16th September 
Motherwell shop, Unit 18 Brandon Parade, South Motherwell, Scotland
11am – 3pm
Hosted by Conor Blessing and Ros Williams
Sign up here

Sunday 10th September 
Primrose Hill Community Shop, 158 Regents Park Road, London 
11am – 3pm 
Hosted by Susanna Mensah 
Sign up here

Saturday 23rd September 
Hampstead Heath Boutique, 57 South End Road, London 
11am – 3pm 
Hosted by Penny Salman 
Sign up here

Whenever you shop with Shelter, all profits support essential work to defend the right to a safe home and fight the devastating impact the housing emergency has on people and society. New government figures show 79,840 households faced homelessness in England between January and March 2023 – the highest number on record. By donating to and shopping at our charity shops, you can support frontline services to continue providing free and expert help to anyone facing homelessness, as well as helping to campaign for lasting change. 

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