My first ever time shopping at Barnardo’s.

Before we get stuck in I will quickly introduce myself, I’m Eva (evagoesthrifting) and I have been kindly invited to guest blog post for The-Thrift. I have been shopping in charity shops for years but I officially started boycotting fast fashion in February 2019. However, I had never shopped at Barnardo’s before. This wasn’t out of choice but due to the fact there wasn’t one in Cheltenham where I have been living for the last 3 years and the one in York is on the other side of town (I sound lazy, I know).

Since I was asked to write a blog post, I have been racking my brain thinking about what to write about. I thought  it would be fun to head over to the Barnardo’s in York and see what it was all about. I combined this visit with dropping off a hefty donation of clothes and other household bits. The ladies running the shop that day were very grateful and so welcoming (please remember to donate your pre-loved things if they’re in good condition). We soon began chatting and I let them know what I was guest blogging and they let me roam the shop and take photos of basically everything.

Once I had a good look around I went to the changing room armed with lots of options . Not everything in my selection suited me but the shop has two changing rooms, and I felt like I had plenty of freedom to try clothes on and didn’t feel pressured to buy without trying. I hope that people who don’t yet shop in charity shops realise that most charity shops will have a changing room. I wonder whether people might feel put off from buying if they think they can’t try the clothes on. I hope this piece of information might encourage someone to start shopping pre-loved.

Here are the pieces I loved and took home with me.

Bardot Top

Processed with VSCO with c6 presetI was so happy when I found this top in my size, and for just £3! The day before I visited the shop I mentioned on an Instagram post that I was on the hunt for a Bardot top, so I was chuffed to find one the next day. This is a perfect reminder that you can find current and fashionable clothes in charity shops. I think it’s so important that we keep working hard to try break down these stigmas of shopping pre-loved. It is so easy to look good and to not cost the earth.

 Pink Top

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I love shopping in charity shops however the one thing I do find difficult to get is little wardrobe basics. If you spot one, snatch them up quickly. This top was £1 and I thought it was so cute. The lettuce cut sleeves are very 90s and I was so happy with this little find.

M&S white shirt

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I nabbed this baby for £3 which is amazing. It’s usually really difficult to find anything from M&S for under a fiver in a charity shop. I thought this shirt would look so classy and relaxed tied up with some jeans or as a sun cover whilst I am on holiday. Barnardo’s released a figure that Brits are expected to purchase 11.1 million single use holiday outfits this summer; even if you’re not comfortable buying pre-loved swimwear there is still so many items of clothing you could pick up for your holiday in charity shops.

White Vest Top

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This vest was £1.50 and it’s a perfect basic. It will be ideal for summer with a bikini underneath or in winter with a shirt on top. It’s important to try and combine your winter and summer wardrobes where you can to try and prevent over consumption.

I hope my first ever experience shopping at Barnardo’s can help promote the purchasing of pre-loved clothes. Whether you want to shop pre-loved for economic or environmental reasons this is your first step to breaking away from fast fashion brands.

Big thanks to Eva for sharing her pre-loved finds with us this week on The-Thrift. Be sure to head over to Instagram and give her a follow.

Want to share your top Barnardo’s finds with us and feature on The-Thrift? Comment below and we’ll get in touch!




4 thoughts on “My first ever time shopping at Barnardo’s.

  1. So lovely to meet you! And your doing such an amazing thing. I’m sure these blogs will help promote the great finds in charities all over! We hope to see you again and anytime you want to see how the behind scenes work please get in touch. We take pride in what we do and we love to share.

    Thanks again!

    Emma x

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