Our very first Oxfam high street shop opened in 1947. 60 years later, in 2007, we launched Oxfam’s Online Shop, the first Online Charity shop.
Over 12 years we have resold, reused and recycled thousands of clothes.
It’s got us reminiscing about the eventful year that was 2007. The world may’ve been teetering on the edge of financial meltdown, but it turns out there was much to celebrate too.
1. J K Rowling gave us one last helping of Harry Potter
Not only that but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh book in the series, became the fastest selling book ever, winning a Guinness World Record, with millions of copies sold on day one alone.
Did you know you can find second hand books at our online shop?
2. Footwear was ridiculously comfy
They were warm. They were squishy. And comfortable doesn’t even come close. So it’s no surprise that UGG boots were still huge in 2007, having rocketed in popularity in the early ‘00s. Not that you’d have spotted ANY on Instagram – which was yet to enter our lives…
3. We breathed a sigh of relief…
… And a lungful of cleaner air, with smoking banned in enclosed public places and work places in England, following Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
4. Charlie bit Harry’s finger
Two toddlers rose to internet stardom when their dad uploaded a candid home video to YouTube to share with friends and family. Views were soon in the millions and for a short time they were YouTube’s most watched video ever with 129 million hits in 2009 – beaten 171 days later by Lady GaGa’s Bad Romance music video.
5. Simon Pegg made us laugh. And Javier Bardem made us hide behind the sofa
Talk about a big year for film. We can’t believe more than a decade has passed since Hot Fuzz and No Country for Old Men. Not to mention The Golden Compass, The Bourne Ultimatum, Oceans Thirteen and Transformers. It’s also the year that Netflix introduced streaming. Let the binge-watching begin… get a second hand DVD from our online shop.
6. This stupendously cute creature was finally captured on camera
With its oversized ears and kangaroo-like hop, the long-eared jerboa made hearts melt when the Zoological Society of London released the first known footage of this endangered creature in the wild.
7. The UN got a new leader
Ban Ki-moon became Secretary General of the United Nations in 2007. And since his first day in office put climate change high on the UN agenda – an issue that wasn’t such a hot topic back in 2007. But it was in 2015 that he had his breakthrough moment. 197 states signed the Paris Climate Agreement to keep the rise in global temperatures within 2 degrees Celsius from that of preindustrial levels. Two years later Donald Trump caused controversy by withdrawing the US from the Agreement.
8. We discovered that Britain’s Got Talent
Yes, 2007 was the year that Ant and Dec first took to the stage to introduce the best, funniest and downright out-there acts the nation had to offer. With the first series won by opera singer Paul Potts, BGT was an instant hit, attracting millions of viewers.
9. Roger Federer was already smashing it at Wimbledon
Incredibly, just like this year, Federer was in the men’s final in 2007 too. Back then he won – for the fifth year running. He’s now won the championships a record-breaking eight times.
10. Protecting the planet became a headline act
From the UK to Japan, South Africa to Antarctica, Live Earth saw concerts performed across seven continents, with many of the biggest names in music grabbing the mic to wake the world up to climate change. Held at the all-new Wembley Stadium, the UK gig featured the likes of Snow Patrol, Kasabian, The Black Eyed Peas, Duran Duran, Metallica and Madonna.
Did you know you can buy pre-owned vinyl, CDs and instruments on Oxfam Online Shop?
11. The world became a billion trees better off
In 2007, the UN launched the Billion Tree Campaign to help slow climate change – and met its impressive target in less than a year. Now the Trillion Tree Campaign, the initiative’s still going strong, with a new goal that could capture a quarter of all man-made CO2 emissions.
12. And charity shopping became EVEN easier
‘Course we had to mention this one. Because when Oxfam launched its online shop, the only one of its kind, it helped raise more funds to beat poverty and made it even easier to shop more sustainably.
Today, the Oxfam Online Shop stocks more than 100,000 donated products, everything from fashion to music to homeware. Check them out today – and help make this year even kinder to people and planet.
Photo credits: www.shutterstock.com, Ban Ki-moon by Cantus/Creative Commons, Roger Federer by TennisStreaming/Creative Commons.