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.
I 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.
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
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
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.
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