Our Seconds SALE... and why we don't believe in waste...

This unseasonably warm weather has set us to spring cleaning at the studio and has given us an idea too. We have a stringent quality control process and every week there are some products which don't make it over the bar; that got us thinking...

You may have read in the press over the last year that some businesses have destroyed old or damaged stock rather than let it out of their doors. At Turtle Doves we're all about avoiding waste (being a zero waste company) and would not consider destroying something that could be useful, even if it is not first quality.

It's a bit of a risk though, isn't it? We are torn between wanting to avoid waste and keeping up the good name of our little business (especially as far as quality standards go!). Please know that we are offering these items in the knowledge that they aren't perfect and are keen that they find a useful home in spite of their imperfections.

So, we are offering these seconds gloves and neckwarmer sets as cheaply as we can in the hope that everyone who buys them understands that we know they are a bit like the 'ugly fruit' in the supermarket; not perfect but still completely usable.

So, if you're looking for pairs of gloves or a neckwarmer to do gardening or other practical and slightly messier daily tasks like winter dog walking, then click on the pictures below to purchase.

SECONDS - Neckwarmer and Turtle Doves set

There isn't a colour choice but the price reflects that. The sets are priced at £20; this offer is limited to 3 purchases per person and the products are not for re-sale - thank you for respecting this.

I hope that this offer is taken in the spirit it's made - minimising waste to a practical end.

Thank you for reading.

Warm wishes, Kate and the team.


Love my make do and mend fingerless gloves. Love that nothing is being wasted, and I could finally afford to treat myself, I found it hard to find faults on some of them. I am now the happy owner of five pairs and can’t wait for the colder weather to wear them on my poor arthritic hands. Thank you so much for offering these at a good price, may treat myself to a make do and mend neckwarmer next time, wish more companies would have your ethics.

I learned about Turtle Doves last night; I was trying to play with frozen fingers to accompany a community choir in a very cold church (heating switched off since it is ‘Summer’); one of the basses lent me his fingerless recycled cashmere gloves bought from you – what bliss! They do not impede my playing and I love recycling.

Are the gloves one size? Thanks

A great idea.
Do you still take in Cashmere which we are finished with, in exchange for a product ??

Over a few years I have purchased several pairs of fingerless gloves and an ankle warmer, I am absolutely thrilled with each one of my purchases and over time I will buy more. Reading that TD are selling seconds very successfully is such good news. I make items like pillow case covers and cushions out of scraps fabric – we seriously need to consider the well being of our planet and reduce waste to almost nothing. Working Together!

Please let me know when your’not quite perfect’ fingerless gloves are available again please.
Thank you. Jenny.

I received my ‘seconds’ neck warmer and fingerless gloves last week, and I am delighted with the quality and choice of colour. I would have probably ordered this beige/black combo. Thanks Turtle Doves – brilliant service.

Great Idea!

A great idea,I could buy some for the garden and get a certain someone to buy some perfect ones as a prezzie.

Great idea! I love my fingerless gloves but haven’t dared to wear them too much. Seconds will be SO useful for wearing around the horses

Really pleased with my three pairs of seconds. Mine had just one or two small holes in each pair which I managed to sew up (and I’m not expert with a needle and thread). The repairs are hardly noticeable when I am wearing them. I will be keeping an eye out for when you have more! Thank you.

I received 3 pairs of your imperfect gloves this week and I LOVE them. If you make more in the future please let me know.

Delighted with my seconds fingerless gloves, can use for dog walking and keep a pair in the car. Brilliant idea, thank you.

Great idea. Perfect for home and gardening. Too much is wasted these days. Waiting for next offer of seconds! Missed out for this one.

Such a good idea..and as they’ve all been snapped up, looks like I’m not the only one who thinks so! Hope they’ll be more soon. Be really nice if there was a colour choice too tho.
Well done Kate n team Turtle Doves 🕊 xx

What a lovely idea. I have so many of your products, but now I even have some I can wear while gardening and not fret about ruining them! Well done Kate.

More please !!

Thank you for your kind comments! The imperfections are holes, snags and marks and there are pictures of the sort of thing we mean on the product pages. They sold out so fast; I’m in shock. We will have more as it’s the nature of what we do and it’s great to know that people don’t think it’s a bad idea to get them into use. Thanks again! Kate xx

Brilliant idea!
I’m all for cutting down on waste. Their slight imperfections just give them character
Well done Kate and the TD team x

Please may I ask what the inperfections are, how bad and if noticeable? Brilliant idea

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