Now, I love love love a charity shop! I think it stemmed from my Uni days in Camden Town, and my obsession with all things vintage.
Top, vintage, Barnardo’s £4
Leather shorts, vintage €15
Basket bag, Topshop £10
Whenever we had time off, my friends and I would stroll around Camden market, back when all the good vintage stores were around (I’m so old now!!). Sienna Miller was a huge influence for me, back when she was in love with Jude Law and I was in love with everything she wore, which included a lot of vintage!
My love of vintage shopping soon merged with charity shop-shopping when I discovered the excellent pre-loved pieces you could find. In fact, you can often find a vintage section within a charity shop which I always make a beeline for. Since then, I really enjoy styling and mixing my high street, charity and vintage finds.
Barnardo’s have allowed me to blog about my love of charity shopping, so I set off on a trip to my local store and picked up this epic embroidered shirt for a mere £4. I’ve teamed it with some leather shorts which were actually from a charity shop in Paris! They set me back around €15, bargain!
My favourite areas for charity shopping have to be around Chiswick, St John’s Wood and Notting Hill. There, you are guaranteed to spot some great pieces including a lot of designer items! I also love Shrewsbury, which is nearer my hometown. This place has countless charity shops! You can spend an entire day hunting for gems and drinking tea!
Now, let’s not just talk about clothes. A browse in the bric-a-brac section is a must when charity shopping. When I first bought my cottage in Wales, I bagged an 80’s style tea set for about £5 and some amazing Chinese style bowls and spoons.
So next time you’re walking past a Barnardo’s, go in and have a peek. You may be surprised at what you might find! Be sure to check out the other charity shopping stories here on ‘The Thrift’.
A huge thanks to the lovely Kelly for guest blogging this week. Be sure to check out her blog and Instagram for more.
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