Hi my name is Naomi. I’m so happy that I’ve been chosen to write another blog post for the Thrift, just in time for Christmas!
Halloween is creeping up on us and we couldn’t be more excited.
If you are looking for some last minute Halloween inspiration be sure to stop by your local Barnardo’s. We have plenty of spooky outfits and even more available for everyone.
Keep scrolling to see some of the many amazing Halloween finds spotted in-store.
Houseplants are an absolute staple in home décor and this style statement shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. I, for one, am over the moon about this, as houseplants are taking over my home!
However, I wonder if any of you fellow houseplant lovers are familiar with the following scenario as much as I am? You arrive home with another dreamy green friend, only to realise that you’ve run out of pots to home your new shrub and soon discover that a new pot is more expensive than the plant itself!
Well, you can now cast those woes aside. I’m here with a few tips on how you can home your plants the thrifty way, whilst still staying chic and making a décor statement!
Thrift those pots
Check out the homeware section of your local Barnardo’s for some affordable plant pot possibilities. You may find a gem that is perfect just the way it is or you might discover something that offers a DIY opportunity. Either way, you will be sure to find something that does the job you need and doesn’t break that bank.
Doesn’t your pet deserve the best? By best, we mean a beautiful bespoke bed created just for them. The lovely Cassie most definitely seems to think so.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
This week, blogger Kathryn @secondhandtales, shares 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.
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.
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!