National Secondhand Wardrobe Day encourages deals and savings each year across the United States on August 25. Find steals in secondhand and consignment stores all day long on gently worn clothing for all ages. 

Did you know, secondhand shopping offers numerous benefits. Beginning with the savings, for a fraction of the price of retail, thrifty shoppers fill their wardrobe while pocketing the savings. Additionally, they conveniently shop for the whole family in one or two stores. Many secondhand stops cater to particular age groups making it easier to find the styles shoppers seek. Instead of ending up in a landfill, the lightly used clothing gets another go around. And, this National Day benefits the Earth as well!

When is National Thrift Shop Day?

Freeing up some of your closet space and giving some of your rarely worn clothes will benefit you with extra space. Donating your clothing will be helping someone else who is a secondhand store shopper.  Your donation will be a blessing to them as well as to the charity that runs the store.

Why allow the stigma of wearing used clothing beat the above scenario of the recycling, reusing, re-purposing cycle we are trying to teach the next generation. Plus, many local secondhand stores are set up as a nonprofit raising additional funds for local needs in the community. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #SecondhandWardrobeDay

For all secondhand store shoppers, find an entire wardrobe in thrift stores across the United States. Do you need more ways to celebrate? Well here you go:

  • Watch thrift store makeover shows inspiration.
  • Share your tips and tricks to thrift store shopping.
  • Learn how to best utilize a bargain for maximum appeal.
  • Invite others to join you and then host a thrift store fashion show. 

Put your new outfit on and use #SecondhandWardrobeDay to post images on social media. 


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this thrifty holiday. However, check out these other deal days. 

Secondhand FAQ

Q. Are there items I shouldn’t buy secondhand?
A. Car seats are probably the number one item you should never buy at a thrift store. A car seat may have been in an accident and damaged. They also expire. Other obvious items include underwear, bathing suits, and makeup. For a complete list, visit Country Living.

Q. What are the best ways to create a stellar second-hand wardrobe?
A. Beyond shopping thrift stores, you can also shop at garage sales, online consignment shops and marketplaces.

Q. Are secondhand clothes washed before they are sold?
A. Probably not. Error on the side of caution and wash your finds before wearing them.