Second Hand September

Over lockdown we were proud to support the brilliant Smart Works Edinburgh, thanks to your purchases we were able to donate to them when they needed it most. Four months later and we are picking up where we left off. To celebrate Second Hand September we are encouraging you to donate your no longer wanted (but still in good nick!) interview appropriate pieces to the charity and help get women back into work.

Smart Works Edinburgh provides interview clothing and coaching to unemployed women, allowing them to feel their best for their job interview. They offer a full outfit of clothing ahead of an interview, and then when a woman is successful in gaining employment they can provide a further five items to start her on her way to a capsule working wardrobe. It's a long term solution, and a sustainable one at that - and here's where you can help.

To mark Secondhand September, we are going to be accepting donations on behalf of Smart Works in store. At a time when donations are harder to come by, and their centre is not fully back up and running, this can significantly help the charity to keep supporting the women in need. In turn it encourages us all to think outside the box when it comes to our no longer wanted items of clothing and supports the month's movement is caring more about what happens to our clothes.

We chatted to Emma Jewson, Smart Work Edinburgh's Manager, to hear more about how the charity works with donations. 

'We never buy clothes - the clothing we give our clients comes from donations from the public and retailers. This means the Smart Works dressing room is the perfect place to give clothes and accessories a second life, while helping women fulfil their potential.

We know that Treen shoppers consider the impact that their clothes have when they are buying them, so we’re really excited to see the outcome when we ask those same women to donate clothing with equal thought and care. Each item in our wardrobe has the potential to change another woman’s life – it’s not about throwing things away and seeing where they land. We want the lucky jacket that you keep for sentimental reasons, or the dress you wore when you got your dream job.

Our ideal donations are clean, high-quality, interview-appropriate clothes and accessories that make our clients feel like the best versions of themselves for their job interview. A good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t lend it to a friend for her interview, we probably can’t use it.'

Keen to help us give back, whilst also finding a good second home for your unwanted pieces that may have served you well in the past? Check out a few guidelines below.

How to donate
  1. All donated items need to be in good condition - in Emma's words, would you loan them to your best friend to help her impress at an interview?
  2. Please wash, clean or steam all items before donating.
  3. 5 items maximum (we don't currently have the space to take on more!)
  4. Donate items in a reusable carrier, or paper bag if possible (all items are held for 48 hours before the Smart Works team handles them in light of COVID-19)
  5. Drop them off at the store - address below - during our opening hours.
Where to donate
treen 
12, St. Stephen Street,
Stockbridge, Edinburgh
EH3 5AL

Opening Hours
Wed - Fri 11-5
Sat 10-6
Sun 11-5
Mon - Closed  
Tues - Closed

 

We'll be accepting donations for the foreseeable future, so drop by anytime!

Have any questions about donations, or want to know more about Smart Works? Please feel free to give them a ring on 0131 5167787 or email Emma at emma.jewson@smartworks.org.uk for more help or info.