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Barnardo's has over 700 charity shops across the UK where you can find all sorts of bargains, buy amazing cards and gift wrap, donate goods or volunteer. You can also shop online for our great range of cards and gift wrap, support us by sending friends and family an e-card or buying them an ethical Real Gift.
The Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell collection is here and we couldn’t be more excited.
The exclusive collection is available for one week only. You can bid on your favourite pieces over on our eBay store with everything starting at just 99p. Yes, that’s right, 99p!
The collection features items that have been handpicked from Barnardo’s stores by Little Big Bell. Geraldine has also kindly donated a number of her own beautiful pieces. You can quite literally shop Little Big Bell’s home.
Tie-dye? Yes please. It’s a fun and easy way to jazz up a plain t-shirt that’s sitting in your wardrobe. The crazy talented Hannah Elliman has been experimenting with natural dyes and accidentally created this tie-dye beaut. She achieved this gorgeous pink colour by boiling avocado stones and their skins and we are obsessed. Keep […]
Pulling your style and keeping it individual can be a challenge with more and more high street chain stores morphing and offering rail upon rail of similar looking stock.
Finding a pretty print, shirt or dress that can be paired with you favourite skinny jeans, coloured tights is a treasure hunt worth exploring. So many contemporary designers draw inspiration on past styles and prints, owning an original is priceless without the price tag to match.Read More »
If you are reading this, the chances are you totally get how amazing it is to upcycle clothes and shop pre-loved. The incredible bargains, the unique outfits you can create, the benefit to Mother Earth, and the support you can give charities like Barnardo’s.
A huge hello to everyone reading! My name is Alice, I’m 28, I love the Simpsons and adore all things vintage! In January 2015 I was having a difficult time with my mental health and wasn’t working. Enter: Barnardo’s Vintage! A Barnardo’s charity shop like no other.
At that time, I was living with my parents in their new house, down the road from Cheadle Village. A stroll out one day lead to my first visit to Barnardo’s Vintage; I decided almost instantly that volunteering there was something I would absolutely love to do. Why was that? It seemed to be a place that had the ultimate escapism affect (I wasn’t wrong). The kitsch jewellery, children’s toys, balls of yarn – there was so much variety to take in. A fascinating place, laid out to perfection.Read More »
Some crafty ideas to keep you busy during isolation.
The super talented Chloe created the dreamcather with materials she picked up in a charity shop and we are obsessed. It’s really therapeutic to make and perfect to change up any room. Why not give it a try.
Hi, I’m Laura from www.thriftylondoner.com, where I talk all things money saving- including lots of reviews of the best charity shops in London, with regular up-cycles and repairs that you can follow along with on Instagram @thriftylondoner.
Barnardo’s stores always feature high on my list as affordable, well organised places to find unique pre-loved clothing. One of my favourite Barnardo’s stores in London is in Brixton, but the store that has a special place in my heart is the dedicated Barnardo’s vintage store in Cheadle (you can follow them on Instagram @barnardos_vintage). If you live in Manchester or you are ever visiting- it’s a must-visit!