My Barnardo’s Find by Justina


I’m Justina, I was recently asked if I would like to guest blog for The-Thrift, how could I possibly  say no? I am a bit of an environmentalist, and like to craft and try new things, so I was excited to be asked to take part in the Barnardo’s style challenge.

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My Vintage Barnardo’s Visit by Natasha

Hello lovelies and Happy charity Tuesday! Hope you have all had an awesome week.

Last week, I popped into the Barnardo’s vintage store for their Autumn/Winter range preview event. I’ve been in this store once before and I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere of the shop, so much so I wanted to photograph it and write a blog post featuring it. Their stock ranges from vintage clothing, to childrenswear, houseware and much more.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is by Martina

So, 2016 has seen me take the biggest step of my adult life so far – buying my own place. After what seemed like a lifetime of searching and stressing, I finally stumbled across my perfect pad. It was love at first sight – through the empty, bland, magnolia rooms; I could envisage my ‘New York City’ style apartment taking over the lower level, and my ‘fit for a princess’ girly haven, taking shape upstairs.

So that all seemed well and good, until my bank account emptied itself almost overnight with deposits, solicitors fees, stamp duty, insurance… I won’t bore you with the never ending list.

The realisation sunk in that I wasn’t about to become Oliver Bonas’s best customer, however after a near diva strop, I soon realised that I could still make it look like I had envisioned.

Charity shops don’t just have hidden clothing treasures, they also have a heap of fabulous home bargains, that I guarantee will give any room that magic sparkle without spending a fortune!

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Update your Vintage look for Autumn by Gemma

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.

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Fashion DIY by Paloma in Disguise


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.



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Autumn Tones by Harriet

Hello, Autumn!

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.

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Charity Shopping Tips by Curiously Conscious

Why I love Charity Shopping

Hi, I’m Besma. I write over at Curiously Conscious, a blog for wellness and sustainable living. I was invited to write a post for The Thrift by the wonderful people at Barnardo’s.

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!

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That 70’s Trend by Thriftstore Apocalypse

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.

If there is one way to get a truly vintage outfit, it’s at a place like Barnardo’s. Think of all those forgotten gems just waiting to be found at your local Barnardo’s store!

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!

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Upcycling – From Drab to Fab by Lucy

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.

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My Barnardo’s visit by Natasha

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!.

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