Left to right : Floral shirt : £4 / Travel bag : £1.95 / vintage scarf : £1 / Brown bag : £1.50 / Boots : £3 / watch : £1 / Blue bag : £3 / Ralph Lauren shorts : £2.99 / Wrangler shorts : £2.99
If you've been reading my blog for a while now you will probably have noticed my love for charity shops. I always seem to find some bargains, however, this is likely the reason for my ridiculous obsession. If I have some change i'll just 'pop' into a charity shop and likely pick up a £2/£3 top. It has actually got to the point now where i need to cut down on the spending and only buy things I know i'm definitely going to wear. Unfortunately, this is proving far too difficult and i seem to have sacrificed my greedy charity shopping to online shopping instead - not cool. So, to help prohibit my need to buy things I have decided to dig deep into my wardrobe/floordrobe and find all the things I truly love. This, then led to me to making a post on all my 'best charity shop buys'. I know for some these can be annoying as 9 times out of 10 you can't buy the same thing, however, I love these sorts of posts, and instead of wanting to copy what someone has bought I like to take away a little bit of inspiration from it instead. The items I have picked are all staple parts of my wardrobe. The boots go with absolutely anything and are honestly the comfiest things my tootsies have ever seen. The travel bag was a lucky one off, and costing just £1.95 I couldn't say no, it's now perfect for all my weekends away. Oh, and as for the shorts; these are 2 of my many pairs as I always seem to find vintage high wasted jeans to cut up! I have many other items i wanted to include but they all seem to be in the wash...
Some charity shopping tips
- Look for individual charity shops : I tend to find the best pieces in the 'hospice' shops that are only for one area. More national charity shops such as Cancer Research and Oxfam distribute their clothing all over the country so you aren't always guaranteed to find something; they also charge much higher price. (Wow, I sound so sleazy)
- Know what you want : Charity shops are like jumble sales, so if you go in with your mind all over the place you are less likely to find that 'one off special' item. For example, if you want a denim shirt, go in looking for one. You may not always find one but it's worth a try and it may lead you to finding something else you want.
- Go early : Most shops stock up in the evening, so new things are likely to be out the following morning. With the economy being pretty crappy people are stuffing into the charity shops for bargains. So if you go in late, it's likely all the best things will have gone - get there QUICK.
- Don't give up : There are many people that go into a charity shop for the first time, find nothing, then never go back. Well, that's silly. On my first trip I found nothing but it gave me inspiration after seeing the sort of things people do actually find so I returned. Within a few trips I was finding some amazing things, and i promise that if you keep going back you will find something special too!
Have any of you girlies found some lovely things at charity shops? I hope you enjoyed this post.
Lots of love xxx