My best charity shop finds ...


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

  1. 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) 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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


34 comments:

  1. I love the brown bag and the scarf!x

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  2. At first i thought you got all of those items on the same trip and was extremely impressed! Still great finds, im always bidding on travel bags like that on ebay, haven't won one yet though! X

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    1. Hahaha i wish! I actually have 2 of them so i may sell one soon. I will let you know if i do :) xxx

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  3. I love charity shop shopping and know exactly what you mean because last year i started buying way too much from them and have had to curb my spending! Also, yes, Oxfam charge the most, I have found help the aged to be best priced around where i live.
    As for a plan of action I always look for the same things
    1. look at shirts and blouses
    2. look for satchels
    3. look for tailored skirts and shorts
    and at the moment I also looking for winter coats :)

    Great things can be found! Really enjoyed reading this post, can totally relate to it!

    Karys x
    whoisgrumblebeard.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahaha bless us! I really need to calm down with all my spending!
      Yes, oxfam prices can be ridiculous. I'm all for a good cause, but some do take the mick a bit!

      Thankyou so much for the lovely comment! You have such a lovely blog too! xxx

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  4. thumbs up for those shops....love all your stuff <3

    take a look:

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    greets

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    1. Thankyou very much :)

      Will definitely check your blog out! xxx

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  5. Wow you got some great bargains there! I love the Ralph shorts & the boots! The quirky vintage shops near me retail those suitcases for about £50!

    Wish the charity shops near me were as good, unfortunately we just get lots of well worn Primark & George at Asda casts off which are priced up at a ridiculous £5 a piece!

    Thanks for a great post! Jen x

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    1. I really have! :) I was totally shocked when i found the case, tbh, it was a ridiculously cheap price but i wasn't going to complain! haha

      Some where i live are like that as well. I refuse to pay more for a primark item in a charity shop that it actually was in store! ahha

      xxx

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  6. all those items look so high quality- i haven't gone thrifting in forever but im really inspired now xx
    My Blog: Boho Vanity

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    1. Thankyou, yes, they really are. I try not to buy things if the quality is awful :)

      Im so glad you're feeling inspired sweetie!!

      You have a great blog xxx

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  7. I've never bought from a charity shop. I get so excited at all they great finds on blogs, and mine i hardly find anything decent. But these look amazing!


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    1. You should definitely give it a go sweetie! I'm sure you will find something lovely! xxx

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  8. I love the shorts you've found. I've only ever found one designer item which was a scarf from Armarni.
    I love charity shopping it is so much more fun compared to the usual high street.

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    1. Thankyou very much, i was very lucky with them! haha

      Wow! An armani scarf! OMG! I havnt found something as designer as that yet haha

      Yeah, charity shopping is so much fun! xxx

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  9. Oh my gosh, that's really impressive. Those boots are pure beauties :) love your blog <3

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    1. Thankyou very much :) They really are!

      Thats so lovely of you sweetie! xxx

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  10. What amazing finds! Love the boots. I haven't ever properly shopped in a charity shop so these tips will be really handy for me especially as i've volunteered to help out at my local one!

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    1. Thankyou! They are so comfy, and worn to death! haha. You should definitely give it a go! I bet you'd be surprised what you can find :) Thats great that you are volunteering sweetie! xxx

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  11. I love love love this post!! I to am an avid charity shop fan and toattly agree with all your hints!! You have found some amazing bargains! Love you to come by and check out my blog sometime xx

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    1. Thankyou soooo much! Haha me too! Im totally obsessed.

      I'm already following you sweetie! You have a great blog :) xxx

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  12. I love shopping in charity shops so much! xx

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    1. Me too, it's so much more fun! I love the surprise of finding something amazing! :) xxx

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  13. some amazing finds there! love the travel bag xx
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    1. Thankyou sweetie! Thankyou for following too!

      You have a great blog xxx

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  14. I love your style so much! Amazing how you can find such beautiful stuff! Definitely hitting the charity shops this weekend! xxxx

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  15. I need to get hitting up the charity shops. I love your blog btw.

    www.allylae.com

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  16. brilliant post, really enjoyed your tips! I'm never usually too successful at charity shop shopping but still go back every now and again anyway! You have found some real treasures :) x

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  17. i love a good charity shop brows but i never seem to find anything half as good as these as of yet! great tips though xx

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  18. I love this post - some great tips. Looks like you've found some amazing things as well xx

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  19. "If you haven't any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble" to cure it help people, let's unite for one good cause, be a volunteer"save lives"!mawaddainternationalaid

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  20. I'm genuinely in love with all of these bits! :)
    Gotta love a good charity shop haul!
    x

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Hi, I'm Jade. Just a 19 year old girl with big dreams. Chocolate lover, shopaholic and living way beyond my means. (That rhyme was unintentional, honest.) If you'd like to get in contact, i'd love to hear from you at: dotty.dolly@ymail.com

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