Oxfam shops

Smart shopper? Oxfam has amazing green new deals this Christmas

With the government having eased the lockdown restrictions earlier this week, it’s beginning to feel a lot like… well, Christmas. And if you’re looking for ethical presents, our network of Oxfam shops has got you covered. After being closed for six long weeks, our stores in the Republic have once again opened their doors – and are chock-full of sustainable gifts for young and old.

Drop into any of our shops to see our Sourced by Oxfam range – comprising festive food, gifts and homeware that are made with care, protect the planet, and help the women and men who produce them to earn a decent living. By choosing one of these amazing gifts this year, you’ll be providing these burgeoning producers the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

Why not give a loved one something sweet this year, like delicious Dark Chilli Chocolates (€6), Hazelnut Truffles (€11) or Dark Flaked Truffles (€11)? Or you could make it a green Christmas for that special someone with a Fairtrade Eco Friendly Worry Doll (from €2) or a Carolyn Carter Bamboo Cup (€14). Our shops also have a great range of educational books for clever kids, including The Sea Book (€10) and Plastic Planet (€9).

As always, you can pick up an Oxfam Unwrapped gift card either in-store or online and support our life-saving work around the world. So, why not splash out this year and buy a life-changing gift like Safe Water for a Family? For just €25, you’ll be helping help to provide clean water, soap and hygiene kits to families during the pandemic as well as information on how to stay as safe as possible. Alternatively, for just €15, you can help give the gift of education to vulnerable children with our Life Long Learning card.

Michael McIlwaine, Oxfam Ireland’s Head of Retail, said:

“We are calling people to shop with purpose this year by visiting their local Oxfam shop and browsing our wide range of gifts that support both people and planet – from Unwrapped alternative gift cards to the beautifully unique ‘Sourced by Oxfam’ items. Each gift makes a lasting impact by supporting small traders the world over while helping to raise vital funds for Oxfam’s global work to beat poverty.

“Every year we give and receive presents that we don’t necessarily need or want. This Christmas, we’re asking people to give something different by shopping more sustainably with us.”

To find your local Oxfam shop, visit oxfamireland.org/shops. But if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds this festive season, you can shop from the comfort of your own home. Our new online Christmas shop is just a click away.

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Stuck for Stocking Fillers? Oxfam's online Christmas pop-up shop is now open!

On the 21 October, for the second time this year, our shops across the Republic of Ireland closed their doors to protect our staff, volunteers and customers, and to do our part in stopping the spread of Covid-19.

Our shops play an invaluable role in raising much-needed funds for our work worldwide – they help ensure we can continue to protect and support some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

However, they’re not just vital to our organisation, each one is community hub that has served and been supported by you for decades.

With our shops closed once again, we need your support now more than ever.

At this time of unprecedented change for us all, our mission remains the same – to let you, our supporters, know how you can help communities facing extreme poverty and disaster. Life-saving work that is only possible because of you.

We believe that sharing the stories and experiences of the communities we work with is even more important now with the rapid spread of Covid-19 and the multiple social and economic consequences it brings with it. From people living in flimsy shelters in refugee camps or communities without adequate hygiene and health infrastructure or social security, to countries like the Philippines suffering wave after wave of unimaginable extreme weather events, this pandemic is a crisis upon crises.

As you know, our shops play a central role in supporting our emergency appeals. Right now, we are trying to raise funds for the people of Syria. As we battle Covid-19, the situation for Syrians deteriorates by the minute. The virus threatens to harm as well as starve vulnerable families. More than nine years of conflict has led to an unprecedented number of parents struggling to put food on the table for their children.

We’re urgently appealing for your help and want to share some ways that you can continue to support your local Oxfam shop, even if its doors are closed.

We still want the things you don’t!

It might not be spring but the extra time during lockdown is a good time to start an autumn clear out. Save your donations and drop them in when we’re back up and running – for all of us, hopefully this will be sooner rather than later.

You can also help us continue to raise vital funds:

  • Make a one-off donation or setup a monthly one if you can.
  • Send a message to a special friend or family member with our Unwrapped alternative gift range.
  • Bag a bargain on www.fashionrelief.ie. Fashion Relief TV has new and pre-loved clothes and accessories for sale with new items added every second Friday when the show airs.
  • Set yourself a challenge and setup a Facebook fundraiser in solidarity with your local Oxfam shop – and help continue its crucial fundraising work.

64 years together.

Our shops have been a part of local communities as far back as 1956. That is 64 years of providing people with affordable and sustainable clothing, books, furniture and more.

Thank you for all of the ways you’ve supported us over those 64 years from donating and shopping to volunteering your time and talent.

We hope you will stand with us now and understand why we are asking for your continued support through this global storm that we are all weathering together.

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Ethical winter goodies - Oxfam Ireland team up with Save The Duck

Save The Duck 100 percent animal free jackets available in select Oxfam shops

We have all felt the slight chill creep in over the last few weeks.

As we dust off our autumn wear to brace for the changing weather, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new collaboration with Save The Duck, manufacturers of outdoor wear - which will see a colourful range of high-quality 100 percent animal free jackets available in select Oxfam shops from today (Monday, 5th October 2020).

Save The Duck jackets are unique to the Irish market and will be retailing at 60 percent off, yes you heard that right, 60 percent off the recommended retail price! The new range of jackets will be of particular interest to shoppers concerned with environmental and sustainability issues, planet lovers, fashion lovers and outdoorsy adventurers alike.

Save The Duck pride themselves on luxury as ‘a matter of quality of life and connection to the beauty of nature’. The company even set a world record by being the first entirely animal free clothing to ascend Everest in the history of mountaineering. They also became the first fashion brand in Italy to obtain B Corp certification meaning they put social and environmental impact objectives on par with economic-financial ones.

At Save The Duck we take care of the environment and all its inhabitants, promoting a transparent business model that manages natural resources responsibly.

So obviously, we are delighted to bring them to you, our loyal customers, at a fantastic price. Under our 4 Good Sustainable Business model, the collaboration was a natural fit as we both aim to protect our planet and its people, and both believe in transparent business models and the responsible management of natural resources in production processes.

By working with retail businesses like Save The Duck, our network of shops play a part in diverting textiles and other goods from landfill or incineration, and in doing so collaborations like this transform would-be greenhouse gas emissions into vital funds that support communities affected by the climate crisis worldwide.

In addition, by donating end-of-line or excess stock to our retail network, retailers and retail manufacturers extend the life of their products, lower their waste and therefore their carbon footprint by reducing pollutants that end up in our soil, water and air.

The Save The Duck jackets are available from today in select Oxfam shops. To avoid disappointment and bag your unique, ethical winter bargain - that’s ‘Good 4 You, Good 4 the Planet’ – drop in today!

The Save the Duck range will be available in the following Oxfam shops:

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Botanic Avenue; Castle Court; Fountain Street.

Republic of Ireland: Cooks Street, Cork; Dun Laoghaire, Dublin; Galway; Georges Street, Dublin; Malahide, Dublin; Limerick; Rathmines, Dublin; Kilkenny

If you are a retail business or company who wants to learn more about Oxfam Ireland’s 4 Good Sustainable Business initiative or are interested in becoming a Business Leader in Sustainability contact elaine.white@oxfam.org.

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Get your wardrobe winter-ready

Five easy steps to clear the clutter

We can safely say that summer is over for another year. And if you want to get your wardrobe winter-ready, you could start by taking a cold, hard look at all of that clutter.

Our wardrobes are so often packed with clothes that it’s almost impossible to see what’s even in them.

From the jeans you’ll definitely wear as soon as you’ve lost a few pounds, to that ill-fitting dress you panic-bought for a Christmas party, our closets and drawers are full of clothes that will never see the light of day.

So, when your wardrobe has reached breaking point, there’s only one thing to do – declutter!

Top tip: Keep categories of clothing in your wardrobe together so they are easier to see

Five easy steps to clear the clutter

  1. First, take everything – and we mean EVERYTHING – out of your wardrobe and drawers.
  2. Separate the items you need and/or love from everything else. (Top tip: If you haven’t worn an item for a year or more, it might be time to say goodbye. Clothes for special occasions don’t count.)
  3. Put all the items you’re keeping back into the wardrobe, keeping categories of clothes (dresses, tops and trousers, for example) together so that they’re easier to see. (Another top tip: Non-slip hangers will prevent your clothes from falling to the bottom of your decluttered wardrobe.)
  4. Bag all of the items you no longer want.
  5. Drop them off at your local Oxfam shop so that someone else can give them a second life!
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Brand New Winter Coats and Jackets in Oxfam Shops

Oxfam Ireland’s Fantastic Selection of Brand-New Winter Coats and Jackets 2020

Choosing a new winter coat has always been difficult, especially with our quest for comfort, style and durability, not to mention the changing Irish weather. This year your local Oxfam Ireland shop has you covered this Autumn. From September 21st all Oxfam shops will be retailing brand new quality winter coats and jackets.

There is an AMAZING range of styles, sizes, and colours, so you are sure to find a fantastic winter warmer to suit you and all the family. 

It is our best selection of great quality coats and jackets EVER and even better prices - adults range starting at €20/£15. This range is exclusive to Oxfam Ireland shops, so you will not be able to get them anywhere else. *Stock of each coat varies from shop to shop. Even better, you are helping to support Oxfam’s work. Helping people lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. These coats really are a winter warmer.

We are so excited about the launch of our NEW winter range, visit your local Oxfam today to pick up one!

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