Thrifty blogger ‘Cant Swing a Cat’ explains how to bag the most stylish charity shop bargains!

Check our these top tips to help you find some real gems while charity shopping!

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Having recently revamped my wardrobe with a number of charity shop bargains, I’ve noticed how surprised people tend to be when they learn that a brand new dress was just a fiver from a local Barnardo’s.

Many people are still wrongly under the impression that charity shops are full of scruffy clothes and that they stock the same old stock year in, year out, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Our top #mybarnardosfind picks from last week

We love seeing all the great things you come across in our stores – each week we like to scroll through and find some of your fab bargains from up and down the country!

We begin this week with Esther Uwannah (@isthisesther) who was actually a shop volunteer in our Marylebone store when she came across this beautiful coat with a fur collar. Esther even said it made her feel like a ‘Russian Princess’ – we agree it is definitely a fabulous piece!

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My Scottish Haul

As part of the Barnardo’s Retail team, I thought it was about time I got out of the office to see for myself the delights that can be found nestling amongst the rails of our stores.

Flanked with our Marketing Manager Charlie, I hit the streets of Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay, Edinburgh and Glasgow to source my very own #MyBarnardosFinds!

Now, I’m a massive collector of brooches. I literally can’t get enough of them and our stores are absolutely teaming with them. Always take a peek in the glass cabinets as that’s where you’ll find the best ones in all sorts of shapes, colours and sizes and all at around £1.99 each. Here are three that I used to jazz up a plain black winter coat.

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Our top #mybarnardosfind picks from last week

We love seeing all of your fabulous #mybarnardosfind posts, so we’ve chosen some of our favourites from this week! Thank you to everyone who pops into our stores to buy and donate – the profits from every purchase help to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.

Our first fabulous find is from @ecrivaine_inquiete who found this outfit in our Stourbridge store. She paired this sweatshirt which was originally from Burton with new Soon jeans (RRP £20!) and completed the outfit with an H&M hat to create the perfect casual look. This entire outfit came to just £11 – what a bargain!

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Baby it’s cold outside – by Martina Davis

With a noticeable drop in temperature, it’s time to wrap up warm and and find the perfect winter coat. That doesn’t have to mean spending a lot – there’s always a huge range available in Barnardo’s. I found this gorgeous grey wool coat for just £10. Military is making a big comeback this season, so these buttons make the coat bang on trend. Or, why not stand out from the crowd and make a statement with a bold colour? This gorgeous red 80s style coat was a steal at £8 and will brighten up many a dark winters morning.image1

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