With second hand fashion becoming a global phenomenon, an Island vintage shop says it is seeing an increase in visitors. 

Dig For Vintage, located near Ryde town centre at The Colonnade, Lind Street, sells various retro products and fashion accessories.

Co-owner Sarah Campbell told me: "We are very firm believers in reusing, recycling and reducing landfill at all costs, so that’s part of why we do it.

"We upcycle furniture, and that’s why we also sell the paint, as it’s the most environmentally friendly paint on the market.

"So it’s what we love and also what we care about; the environment and the future for our kids’ kids.” Isle of Wight County Press:

According to thredUP’s 2022 global report, the resale market should be worth around £70 billion by 2030, with the fast fashion industry estimated to be about £33 billion. 

Sarah also states that people will visit to either sell their clothes or simply donate them so that they can be used and appreciated by someone else. 

As fashion is a significant contributor to pollution, investing in secondhand clothing is beneficial.

Not only can you support your local second hand shops on the island, but you can also buy and sell online from apps such as Vinted and Depop.

These companies focus on clothing circularity, meaning that clothing can be transferred from one customer to another without being disposed of after being used once, extending the lifespan of clothing pieces and therefore decreasing the need for further clothing production.

Buying and selling vintage clothing is also a helpful alternative due to the current financial crisis in the UK; selling items online and to second hand shops can also be another way to make money during this time of uncertainty.

It seems that the secondhand clothing industry will have a positive future in the hands of the younger generation.