A shop where, yes, the prices are cheap, and the clothes are second hand, but the things that you buy give money to people who need it. Charity shops such as oxfam, shouldn't be used as insults to people, for it isn't bad to shop at these places. Some idiots are too imature to realise the good caused by shopping at one.
Idiot 1: Haha! Look, he shops at oxfam!
Idiot 2: Oh My God! You Loser!
Me: Oh, shut up!
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Oxfam is short for the company Oxfam International. The company was founded in 1995 and is a charity organisation. It aims to reduce poverty, suffering, and injustice.

Oxfam has a large number of charity shops all around the world, where clothes and other items are sold at a cheap price in order to keep the organisation running.

Many people regard 'Oxfam' as cheap and dirty, because the clothes and items for sale in Oxfam were donated and were seen as worthless before they were sold. The person wearing second-hand clothes purchased from Oxfam may be seen a scrubber, however the person wearing the clothes will feel they have bought cool, good quality clothes for a cheap price.
Boy #1: Yo' scrubber and dirty cuz yo' shop at Oxfam.
Boy #2: Yes, the clothes were cheap and purchased from Oxfam but I am proud that this money has gone to a worthy charity and that I haven't paid through the nose for them.
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good clothes at great prices
£5 for a leather jacket! You're such a bargain! Wait, is that blood on the collar...
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A cheap scatty shop which sells second hand goods to people for extreemly cheap prices
what the f**k, your clothes are from oxfam
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Your mates that are also cows

Also spelt as ox fam
Just chilling in the paddock with my oxfam
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The angry spectre rumoured to haunt many Oxfam shops. Some say it is the ghost of cheap stuffed animals sold there, but evidence is scarce.
The Oxfam Beast devoured the elderly woman browsing the book shelf.

...She never did find the book she was looking for.
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An Oxfam shyster is someone who tries to get a further discount in a charity shop (which may or may not be a branch of Oxfam) or who attempts to use the shop as a rubbish bin. Typical tactics include yelling, "I want to donate these, thank you!", leaving a large bag of (say) books at the counter and scooting out the door. Closer examination reveals a single layer of halfway good books (or just covers) overlying a mass of unsaleable and often physically unreadable mulch. The shop is left to discard the mulch because the Oxfam shyster couldn't bother their pretty little fat white arse to take the stuff to the dump themselves. Unlike the private citizen, the shop, being a charity, is (at least under Irish/EU law, dunno about America) obliged to pay a heavy charge on recycling, but who cares? As long as the Oxfam shyster gets their narcissistic business over and done with, that's fine with them, they're all right, Jack, and that's all that matters.

Another tactic is demanding a further discount off already rock-bottom prices because they need the money for something else. Food for the kids, petrol to get home, tins of dog or cat food, you name it. This is typically preceded by a pretense that they can't read price tags, and accompanied by an attempt to make it look like butter wouldn't melt in their mouths by saying they don't want the goods for themselves, but for a kid/relative/whatever who might need the info at a difficult time. Listen, love, if you need more money for petrol but can't afford the extra price of a cheeseburger, have you considered cycling?

Oxfam shysters can be of any age or either gender, but they tend to be elderly women more often than not, probably because this is the slice of the demographic best able to pull off the loveably-gaga routine, while at the same time being least likely to get a richly deserved kick in the toothless jawbone from the sort of well-meaning sucker who is likely to be running the shop. Beware the Oxfam shyster.
An Oxfam shyster is the lowest of the low.
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