The Black Friday Black Bag

And just like that, it was November. Where has this year disappeared to? I woke up this morning to see the start of the online Black Friday whisperings and I’m already spying those Black Friday and Christmas campaigns with adverts on social media.

Now, the cynical side of me will put down my ‘broad-minded’ filter and pick up my wine glass, as I roll my eyes at another opportunity for western world consumerism to grasp us by the purse and take us for a ride. However, I’m not writing this with a glistening halo above my head. I openly admit to loving a spot of shopping and believe if shopping was a sport then I could probably compete for an Olympic medal! However, I fear there is something wrong in our world when my boys, like many other Kiddlywinks, are already enticed by ads and encouraged to think about their Crimbo wish list items!

I love a bit of history so I did some research to find out more about one of the biggest bargain bonanza days in the retail calendar. I was curious to know more about a growing global consumer event that I have always associated with Americans and their U.S Thanksgiving.

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My Barnardo’s Find

The weekend is nearly upon us, so why not treat yourself to something at your local Barnardo’s? It’s shopping that is guaranteed to make you look and feel fabulous! Keep scrolling to see what pre-loved finds we love this week.

You can’t beat a classic button-down shirt but the fashion favourite has been given a cool update. Deconstructed designs give the smart style an unexpected twist. We are girl crushing over this shirt Hannah picked up at her local Barnardo’s, tied at the waist for a fun and feminine feel.

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My Barnardo’s Style

It’s Charity Tuesday so why not treat yourself to something at your local Barnardo’s? It’s shopping that is guaranteed to make you look and feel fabulous! Keep scrolling to see what pre-loved finds we love this week.

Band tees are still a firm favourite of ours and we are so excited that @cactuschlo is continuing to rock the trend for Autumn/Winter. Add some layers to your favourite tee to beat the cooler weather. Check out our guest blog by Gianluca for more tips on styling this trend.

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All The Leaves Are Brown

You can imagine my excitement when an email landed in my inbox from Barnardo’s, inviting me to guest blog for The-Thrift. And then the doubts crept in…I don’t even have a blog…what topic shall I choose…will people even find me interesting? Then I decided to get cracking, be creative, and try my hand at blogging! With hibernation weather just around the corner and onesie season creeping up,  plus the fact I talk to myself all the time, I figured, why not get my thoughts down on here and share some of my favourite pieces!

As a clothes-enthusiast who likes things of yesteryear and anything vintage, I started my Instagram at the start of this year. I share my charity shop finds and vintage items from the shops, fairs and markets I’ve been to, with a bit of outfit styling thrown in for good measure.

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One Of A Kind

Your style is as individual as you are, so why follow the crowd when you can create your own unique look?

One Of A Kind is back! We really hope you enjoy these inspirational looks which have been specially created for Autumn/Winter 2017, using entirely pre-loved items donated to our stores.

Be sure to pick up your copy of the One Of A Kind trend book in-store and online here.

Feeling inspired? Be sure to share your pre-loved finds with us using #MyBarnardosStyle.

 

Denim Days

Denim is the most versatile trend you can have in your wardrobe and this season will not disappoint. Autumn is all about bigger, breezier hems, embracing colours, the return of the classic pinafore and much more. Keep scrolling to see our favourite denim pieces to help you transition seamlessly from summer to autumn.

Add a twist to the classic pinafore with this fun autumnal colour. Team it with chunky knits and your favourite trainers to create that perfect casual vibe.

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Reducing Waste By Shopping Pre-Loved

Recycling week might be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean recycling has to. Keep reading to see what little but important changes you can make.

Worldwide, only 9% of plastic is recycled.

79% of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste plagues our environment in landfills or as litter.

Approximately 19 billion pounds of garbage pollute our oceans, contributing to the creation of “garbage patches” and threatening wildlife.

By shopping pre-loved, we can rely less on plastic or single-use items and reduce our carbon footprint. Below are some ways in which this can be accomplished.

Minimizing Packaging Demand

Purchasing pre-loved extends the life of any given item and creates less demand for the wasteful materials used to produce new packaging. New items are often shielded behind plastic wraps or laden with stickers and tags. The United States Environmental Protection Agency advises that reducing waste at the source “saves on natural resources, conserves energy, reduces pollution and toxicity of our waste, and saves money for consumers and business alike.”

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My Top 5 Barnardo’s Finds

It’s April here and I’m back again with another monthly instalment for all you fellow thrifter’s! In this month’s blog, I’ll be counting down my top five finds from Barnardo’s. Keep reading to see how I have pieced them together and styled them to become part of my favourite outfits. Happy reading!

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5. I give you one of my favourite plain black oversized t-shirts which I picked up in the men’s section at my local Barnardo’s. This Tee is perfect to dress up or down. I usually style it with a distressed pair of tights, my trusty Dr Martens and a black leather jacket for that grunge finish.

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My Go-To Uni Look

Hey all my thrifty friends,

So believe it or not, it’s already September! Where has 2017 gone? Summer is coming to a close and college, university and, school is just around the corner once again.

Over the summer I made a special effort to go shopping at my local charity shops and have picked up some fantastic bargains. I want to share one of my favourite looks, mostly styled with pre-loved items or bits that have been handed down to me.

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The Art Of Charity Shopping

Not so long ago I read a post on my friend India’s blog about charity shopping, and essentially how to be the best at ‘thrifting’. After giving it a good read, I realised that over the years I’ve picked up some absolutely amazing pre-loved bargains so I thought I’d share a few as well as giving a few tips on how to find the best stuff!

The reason I started to thrift/charity shop was mainly that I had very little money at the time! I was so surprised to see the kind of clothes people would give to charity.  On pretty much every trip I’d find goodies such as 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 lacking 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!

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