Reducing Waste By Shopping Pre-Loved

Recycling week might be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean recycling has to. Keep reading to see what little but important changes you can make.

Worldwide, only 9% of plastic is recycled.

79% of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste plagues our environment in landfills or as litter.

Approximately 19 billion pounds of garbage pollute our oceans, contributing to the creation of “garbage patches” and threatening wildlife.

By shopping pre-loved, we can rely less on plastic or single-use items and reduce our carbon footprint. Below are some ways in which this can be accomplished.

Minimizing Packaging Demand

Purchasing pre-loved extends the life of any given item and creates less demand for the wasteful materials used to produce new packaging. New items are often shielded behind plastic wraps or laden with stickers and tags. The United States Environmental Protection Agency advises that reducing waste at the source “saves on natural resources, conserves energy, reduces pollution and toxicity of our waste, and saves money for consumers and business alike.”

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Our Top Spring Clear Out Tips!

Spring is finally here which means one thing – it’s time for a wardrobe overhaul. Not what you wanted to hear? Don’t worry; we are on hand to make this a fun activity, even involving some of your best girlfriends. Keep scrolling to see our top quick tips for a carefree wardrobe clear out.

Leave the guilt at the door.

Taming a wardrobe full of clutter can be an emotional task and let’s be honest, one most of us fears. First things first, leave the guilt at the door! Don’t feel bad for not wanting to keep items you haven’t worn or don’t need anymore. These pre-loved items can be donated to your local Barnardo’s and will soon be a much loved piece in somebody else’s wardrobe.

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Breakfast at The BBC with Gemma

I was recently very lucky to receive a phone call from Pav the producer of BBC Radio Manchester. She invited me to the studio to talk about vintage and collectables and advise callers on what to hang onto for value in the future.

I arrived at the studio bright and early and was met at reception by the lovely Libby, who briefed me on the schedule for the morning. I can talk about vintage forever which was perfect as they asked me to stay for the whole breakfast show rather than my expected 45 minutes. It was really exciting to see the behind the scenes operations and all the people who run the production of the radio show.

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Hygge – The Thrifty Way!

This week, blogger Kathryn @secondhandtales, shareskatheryn her tips on all things hygge

‘Hygge’ is this winter’s buzzword: the Danish word that means staying cosy with friends and enjoying the simple things. We may be inundated with guides on ‘how to do Hygge’ but the joy of this movement is that it can easily be created from charity shop finds.

Blankets and Throws.

Maybe it’s because the Danish winter is so long and cold that cosy blankets are needed. Many Copenhagen cafes have their own supplies of blankets and throws for customers to wrap themselves in while sitting outside. Pick up your own hygge blanket from your local charity shop.

Mugs and Hot Drinks.

Slurping hot chocolate and marshmallows in a favourite mug is another hygge favourite. Browse your local Barnardo’s shelves for some winter themed ones. We picked up these Christmas mugs a few years ago – perfect for homemade soup on a cold day.

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Gemma’s DIY Christmas Ideas.

Gemma, our branch manager from Cheadle vintage is on hand with some upcycling and DIY Christmas decoration ideas. Keep scrolling for more!

With the festive season just around the corner, you’ll already see that the high street is sparkling with Christmas lights and decorations. The festive cheer seems to get earlier each year. Soon we’ll be following the lead of high street stores and bringing the Christmas sparkle into our homes.

Decorating your home for Christmas doesn’t need to be expensive. To prove it, I’m going to show you a couple of quick and easy decorations that you can make at home by recycling items you have already.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is by Martina

So, 2016 has seen me take the biggest step of my adult life so far – buying my own place. After what seemed like a lifetime of searching and stressing, I finally stumbled across my perfect pad. It was love at first sight – through the empty, bland, magnolia rooms; I could envisage my ‘New York City’ style apartment taking over the lower level, and my ‘fit for a princess’ girly haven, taking shape upstairs.

So that all seemed well and good, until my bank account emptied itself almost overnight with deposits, solicitors fees, stamp duty, insurance… I won’t bore you with the never ending list.

The realisation sunk in that I wasn’t about to become Oliver Bonas’s best customer, however after a near diva strop, I soon realised that I could still make it look like I had envisioned.

Charity shops don’t just have hidden clothing treasures, they also have a heap of fabulous home bargains, that I guarantee will give any room that magic sparkle without spending a fortune!

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That 70’s Trend by Thriftstore Apocalypse

Peace, love and freedom, that my lovelies is the 70s in a nutshell…but what about the fashion?

Now this certainly isn’t a revolution to any of us…that 70s trend has been around for a few seasons now, but my prediction, by glancing through fashion magazines, is it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon! Yay!

Want to know why this is so exciting for us charity shop lovers?!

Barnardo’s is a colloquial treasure chest of 70’s jewels, just waiting to be found.

If there is one way to get a truly vintage outfit, it’s at a place like Barnardo’s. Think of all those forgotten gems just waiting to be found at your local Barnardo’s store!

So what exactly am I looking for when I think 70’s fashion?

In list form…. (Because I’m handy like that!)

Jumpsuits and overalls – Any kind of all-in-one will work a treat, although if you really want to get this trend on point, go for a flared style or look for a large floral print. Even a more plain style of dungaree can be matched with a seventies style turtleneck or floaty blouse to get your retro vibe on!

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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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Alternative Home Decor

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Alternative home décor has seen a massive surge in popularity  over the last couple of years, with many people looking to save cash but still wanting to create that homely feel.

Not many people would consider using an old item such as a type writer as décor, but it can create a unique charm and provides the perfect finishing touch to any room.

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