12 Feb 2017

The Art Of Charity Shopping


Earlier this week I read a post on my friend India's blog about charity shopping and how to basically be the best at thrifting. After giving it a good read, it made me realise that over the years I've picked up some absolutely amazing second hand bargains so I thought I'd share a few as well as give a few tips on how to find the best stuff! 

The reason I started to thrift/charity shop was mainly because I had very little money at the time! I was so surprised to see the kind of clothes people would give to charity as on pretty much every trip I'd find Ralph Lauren shirts, Levis jeans and the occasional band t shirt. As I started to earn more money I'd shop more on the high street but I found that the quality was worse and my thrifted items would last longer in my wardrobe than my high street pick ups.

As well as charity shops I've found car boot sales, pop up vintage stalls and eBay to be just as nifty! Over the years I've managed to pick up a Levis denim jacket for £5, a faux suede bomber jacket for £1.75, countless Ben Sherman shirts and a fair few Fred Perry polos! In recent months I copped a fair few items so I put the outfit above together. Let's start with that Mariah Carey tee! I bought it for £2.50 mainly because I like the colours. The faux fur lined denim jacket cost me £15 which seems quite pricey compared to the rest of my buys but the quality is sublime! The Levis jeans cost me £6 from Urban Renewal at Urban Outfitters and they're glorious aren't they? I even got the Dr Martens from a charity shop and that was probably my favourite charity shop buy of all time as they were only £25! The whole outfit is branded and cost me less than £50 which isn't too shabby at all, is it? 

There are quite a few things to watch out for when charity shopping though. First of all, everything is sold as seen so I tend to intensely check every garment that I pick up. Does it have stains on it? Is there any holes? Once you've bought it, you're pretty much stuck with it and nobody wants a t shirt with a wine stain on the neckline do they? 

Another tip is do your research. If you find something you like then I'd recommend doing a quick Google search on the brand name because a lot of the stuff you find in charity shops is just stuff from the high street which generally means the quality isn't too great. A few high street brands that crop up regularly in my area are Blue Harbour (M&S own brand), Cedarwood State (Primark) and the obvious ones like Topman and Next. I tend to stay clear of these as I think there's so much more quality knocking about! 

If you're looking to add some staples to your wardrobe or just looking for a bargain I'd highly recommend hitting your local charity shop. If you find anything I'd love to see it!

Photography by Mike Sutton





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  1. Loved this post!! You've picked up some awesome pieces. Everytime you upload a new photo I'm dying over your trousers, how do you always find such cool pairs��

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    1. I guess it's just luck?! I'm envious of your shoe game recently!

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  2. You and India are so inspiring! I'm planning on going round a few charity shops to find some cool pieces soon! I think it's something that needs to happen more often, and hopefully it'll save me a bit of cash too! Great tips!

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    1. That's so nice, thank you! I'd definitely recommend wandering through your local charity shops :)

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  3. If you do not feel like going out, online clothing stores are a very good alternative. Online stores, the reputable ones, do have secure financial transactions in place, so there should be no fear in using your credit card or debit card for the purchase.
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