Hi my name’s Gemma and I manage Barnardo’s Vintage (the only Barnardo’s shop that sells solely vintage items). I hope you’ll all be able to make the Autumn/Winter preview shopping event on Friday 30th September 6-9pm in store at 76 High Street, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 1AE.
With the Pumpkin Spice Latte available again, and frosty mornings well on the way, I thought it was time to recreate one of my favourite summer tops into something a little more autumnal. I have been fully on board with the off-the-shoulder trend all throughout summer so when I spotted this check blue and grey shirt in my local Barnardo’s for £2 I thought it would be the perfect way (after a little fashion DIY) to ensure my cold shoulder obsession can continue when leather jackets, heavy denim and woolly socks are a necessity.
This is a simple fashion DIY which can be completed for less than a fiver which, at a fraction of the cold-shoulder high-street price, is a bloomin’ bargain.
As we start to wave goodbye to the summer months and welcome autumn, we can look forward to warm coats and hot chocolate, snuggly scarves and nights in, carving pumpkins and thinking about the festive season.
If you read my blog or follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am somewhat of a charity shop fiend. I can’t help it. It’s one of my favourite things to do and certainly a weekly ritual of mine.
So as the seasons begin to change and the summer skirts and dresses are carefully put away for another year, it’s time to start thinking about those rich, autumnal tones. Looking to the catwalks for inspiration and scouring Pinterest for enviable street styles to master.
Why I love Charity Shopping
I’ve been a fan of charity shopping for quite a while now, being the most accessible and afforadble way to purchase clothes ethically. Here I explain why thrift shopping in charity shops is the best!
Peace, love and freedom, that my lovelies is the 70s in a nutshell…but what about the fashion?
Now this certainly isn’t a revolution to any of us…that 70s trend has been around for a few seasons now, but my prediction, by glancing through fashion magazines, is it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon! Yay!
Want to know why this is so exciting for us charity shop lovers?!
Barnardo’s is a colloquial treasure chest of 70’s jewels, just waiting to be found.
So what exactly am I looking for when I think 70’s fashion?
In list form…. (Because I’m handy like that!)
Jumpsuits and overalls – Any kind of all-in-one will work a treat, although if you really want to get this trend on point, go for a flared style or look for a large floral print. Even a more plain style of dungaree can be matched with a seventies style turtleneck or floaty blouse to get your retro vibe on!
Sometimes you find a vintage gem in a charity shop that fits you like a glove, and sometimes you see something that has a lovely pattern, collar, buttons… but it makes you look like a sack of spuds! Don’t despair, here are a few quick fixes to bring a frock up to date.
One of my favourite things to do while away at lunch-time is rummaging through vintage shops to find clothes that might need a little TLC but have the potential to be something really great (warning: this can get addictive!) Buying vintage and second hand clothing is a brilliant way to keep your style unique, but it’s even better if you can take those threads and truly make them your own.
To give you some inspiration, I’ve taken a vintage dress that I picked up in Barnardo’s Macclesfield shop for £8 to show how a few minor changes can make a big difference.
Hello there. I am Natasha and you may know me from my blog, love-laughter-fashion.
This week I am guest blogging for Barnardo’s, which I am so honoured to be able to do.
I popped into Barnardo’s Piccadilly on my most recent shopping trip in town. The store has a great selection of items for sale, with a little section for everyone, from childrenswear, menswear, womenswear and even a home section!.
A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to nab last minute tickets to the first in a series of talks called ‘Eco Sessions’, which were held by retailer, Beyond Retro in conjunction with Magnifeco, the hottest digital source for eco-fashion and sustainable living!
So we headed over to the very cool surroundings of Beyond Retro’s Dalston store to find out just what is going on with shoppers today.
The panel of speakers consisted of the industry’s finest ethical figures, such as Fashion Revolution founder Orsola Castro, Steven Bethell CEO of Beyond Retro and Rebecca Early, design researcher and academic.
Hi, I’m Molly Rose – although you may know me from Instagram as @floralroseprincess. I am a twenty-year-old student, a lover of all things vintage and a self-confessed charity shop addict!
From my Instagram account, where I post about my outfit each day, it is clear to see that my wardrobe is fit to bursting with charity shop bargains. Charity shopping is fun, cheap and allows you to stand out from the crowd in fabulously unique pieces! Not to mention, charity shopping supports great causes, none more so than Barnardo’s, who help the most vulnerable children in the UK.
I would say that the way I dress is happy, colourful (I’m particularly partial to bright yellow) and vintage inspired. I love combining bright colours and clashing patterns, particularly florals. I once had my style described as vintage, without looking like a costume, with a touch of modern. I suppose that this is quite an accurate description as I never wear outfits that are true to a certain decade; I love to mix pieces of different styles and eras.
I popped into my nearest Barnardo’s charity shops in Telford and Wolverhampton over the last couple of weeks to pick out the sweetest retro housewares I could find!
We moved into our new home last year and we’re still decorating. As I try to live a green and thrifty lifestyle, buying second hand from charity shops like Barnardo’s is the best! It lets me fill our home with unique and retro things and the prices are lovely too.
Here’s what I bought!