Barnardo’s Outfit Challenge by April Gilbert

Hello! I’m April (also known as Prilly Thrifty on Instagram). I’m a massive lover of living life for less, especially when it comes to fashion. My weekend is not complete without a look around a local charity shop and that’s what inspired me to set up my blog Prilly Thrifty – to showcase my finds and connect with like-minded people.

A few weeks ago, I was set the outfit challenge by Barnardo’s; to spend as little as possible on an outfit, which I thought was going to be a tough task! I took myself to my local Barnardo’s store in Fishponds, Bristol to start the challenge. I also love the store in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire. Barnardo’s are really reasonable with the cost of items, so you can put together an outfit on small funds whilst supporting vulnerable children across the country. It didn’t take me long to find some pieces to make this casual outfit with some edgy details.

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The colours on this Topshop shirt drew my attention, and the gold studs on the collar and the pearly buttons gave this plaid shirt an edge that I love.

It’s always good to have some basic tees to layer with jumpers and shirts. Again, the colours on this £1.99 H&M Baseball top caught my eye.

I love comfortable jeggings! Black is my go-to colour for trousers and I liked the added pockets with zips, and the seams by the ankles (which reminded me of riding jodhpurs) that I found on these M&S jeggings for only £1.99.

Three items for £1.99 meaning a whole outfit for just under £6 – amazing!!!Read More »

Goodwill Hunting: My search for a classic spring staple by Lisa Barrington

Whilst often recounting (to anyone that will listen) tales of the treasures occupying Chorlton’s charity shops, I sometimes stop to consider the elusive wonder of the capsule wardrobe.

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TUTORIAL: Get creative, up-cycle your old denim!

Hi guys. As festival season looms, I am going to show you how to up-cycle and breathe some new life into an old pair of jeans – just in time for your summer wardrobe!

For this tutorial you will need:

– An old pair of jeans
– Scissors
– Chalk / Pen
– A stamp
– Fabric Paint
– A sponge
– Iron
– Sandpaper
– A tea towel
– A flat surface to work on

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#MyBarnardosfind Purchases for £5 & Under

We love a bargain here at Barnardo’s Retail, so we decided to dedicate this week’s #mybarnardosfind post to our favourite finds for under a fiver!!!!  

We all love a Topshop bargain, right? So imagine our excitement this week when fashion blogger Beth spotted this denim beauty!   Of course Beth snapped up this Topshop original, for a mere £5 from our Balby store in Doncaster. Could it get any better?

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Louise Croft aka ‘Pauper to Princess’ Shares Her Tips For De-cluttering Your Wardrobe

My name’s Louise and I’m so happy to be writing for The Thrift today! My blog is Pauper To Princess and is all about ethical fashion, beauty and travel, with a peek into my serious charity shopping addiction. I also do look-books and beauty tutorials over on my YouTube Channel so check it out!

Louise Croft - InstaAs any self-confessed thrifter will know, keeping on top of your clutter (aka beloved pride and joy wardrobe) can be a bottomless task. I’ve tried every trick in the book to declutter, but having recently read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I’m a total convert, if not fully blown minimalist.

I’ve done a full low-down on the book’s method over on my blog. But for now, here’s your quick 10 step guide on how to declutter using the Kon Mari Method:

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