#SecondHandSeptember in Exeter

Are you taking part in #SecondHandSeptember this month? The Oxfam-organised campaign is championing the benefits of buying second-hand throughout the month of September.   With Exeter Fashion and Beauty week coming soon, trying second-hand and vintage fashion is a great way to refresh your look this Autumn.

Exeter has a fine selection of shops selling pre-loved fashion. Keep reading to discover some of the top destinations to get your second-hand vibe on…

Charity Shops

Exeter has a fabulous array of charity shops in the city centre. Each one with a great selection of second-hand clothing and accessories, so you are always guaranteed to pick up a bargain. Browse in Oxfam on South Street, the forerunner of the #SecondHandSeptember campaign, along with its charity shop neighbours RSPCA and Marie Curie, and Hospiscare, Kidney Research UK and British Heart Foundation on Fore Street. In each of these spots you can guilt-free shop till you drop, knowing that whilst you’re treating yourself to some wonderful new-to-you finds you’re also donating money to even more wonderful causes and shopping in a much more sustainable way.

The Real McCoy

Nestled in the heart of Fore Street, The Real McCoy is one of Exeter’s most beloved vintage clothing shops. A haven established in 1984 for those who love a little thrifty shopping, they source from all over the world, which makes their products extremely popular. Their vintage clothing and American retro ranges are vast, dating from the roaring 20s to the raving 90s. One of their biggest hits is the American favourite Levi jeans, which are sold for only £20 a pair! They also stock a large range of men’s formalwear for sale or hire.


Keeping up with the latest fashions in vintage and re-worked clothing, Sobeys bring you top quality and individually styled pieces from all over the country, as well as offering their very own in-house brand, Nancy’s Boutique. Located on Gandy Street, check out their jeans, shirts and effortless styling that will brighten both your day and wardrobe and not ruin your bank account.

My Ex Wardrobe

Specialising in pre-loved clothes, My Ex Wardrobe is more than just a fun name, trade in your old clothes for a fresh new look for a fraction of the price. As the saying goes ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, so you’re sure to find a hidden gem that will brighten up your wardrobe in this store. You can feel good about buying from here, reducing your carbon footprint and giving garments a new lease of life. With everything from party frocks to designer labels, there is a little something to suit every taste on Gandy Street!


Fore Street’s Jelly is a children’s charity shop selling quality pre-loved children’s clothes, shoes, accessories and more. This one stop destination for affordable children’s wear is a charity shop with a difference. Not only does it sell donated goods, but with Exeter Community Initiatives the team also train people who are out of work to develop their skills to get back into the workplace. Jelly stocks a colourful range suitable for new-born’s up to 11+ years, including a constant offer of 3 pieces for £1 on selected goods. So, if you are somebody who doesn’t have a huge budget or simply loves a bargain, Jelly has you covered.

These are just a few of a great selection of shops in Exeter, to view all of the businesses in Exeter click here.

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