The blog

Unworn clothes in wardrobes

Sunday 24 July


The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes – but around 30% of these clothes have not been worn for over a year, most commonly because it no longer fits. So here at Fashion for Change we are looking to focus on removing the barriers to quality clothing donations such as: 


My exquisite designer clothes will be sold cheap if I donate them to charity and therefore their value wasted

We will increase quality donations by recognising their value through our knowledge of fashion trends and brands. A stylish example for you -

A designer suit in a typical charity shop is likely to be sold for £20, of which as little as £4 (20%) is retained by the charity (as outlined by the Charity Retail Association). In contrast, sell the same suit on Fashion for Change for £100 (its true worth second-hand), and you charity will collect the full £100 to support your good work.


What’s more we can increase the demand for charity clothing and reduce individual charity costs. The Charity Retail Association claims that in order to set up a charity shop you will need a start-up capital of £5,000-£50,000, to cover the rental deposit, shop fitting, essential building repairs and staff recruitment (note

that the average refit costs £10,000-£20,000). They also state that 60-80% of a charity shop’s income goes on rent, wages (minimum of a dedicated shop manager) and other overheads. In using our site a charity can reduce its costs, increase the amount of funds– its intended purpose. Our website can increase the turnover of charity stock by increasing sales and demand through its ever growing range of clothing and global audience.


“The charity I support don’t have a shop I can drop them off at”

 We enable clothes donations to be made to any registered charity or project. Simply complete a donation request online with us.


“I am not sure where the money will go”

We provide real time visibility in terms of how much has been raised as well as the ability to select a project within a charity (where available) with feedback of results.