My name is Camilla, and I have been kindly invited to guest blog on The-Thrift to talk about a subject I am very passionate about: maintaining and prolonging the life of clothes. Essentially, making them last as long as possible!
This is such an important topic and I feel that most of the time people might give up on a perfectly fine garment. They may be unaware that they can mend them, think repairs are too difficult or simply don’t have the time.
Today I want to show you three simple steps you can take in order to extend the life of your clothes. I hope you will find this useful!
Making your knitwear look brand new
One of the main issues I find when charity shopping is bobbling fabric. Once an item bobbles, people don’t know how to restore their knit to its former glory. You might want to consider investing in a fabric shave. Acquiring one of these was the best decision I ever made clothes-wise: it changed my life! A little dramatic perhaps, but it made me aware of how people wear clothes and expect them to look new without any maintenance.
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Join us on the 8th of November and let yourself be transported back to the 90s, with our throwback up-cycling party!!
Just May, the world’s number one Geri Halliwell tribute drag act, will be spinning all your favourite 90’s tunes to get you into the party mood!
Upon arrival you can choose an item to give your very own touch of 90’s revival, think bumbags, chokers, baggy shirts and denim! Add your own touch to your chosen item using a combination of fun patches, pom-poms, glitter and much more!
So, be sure to pick up your ticket, get creative and come join us for the ultimate 90’s up-cycling event.
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.
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We are so excited to be part of the upcoming Love Not Landfill pop-up shop at The Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.
The shop will feature collections of stunning pre-loved clothes from charity shops, curated by some of fashion’s most style-savvy influencers. Creative Director, Emma Slade Edmondson has been enlisted to co-produce the Pop Up and to create a set of aspirational images that will showcase the high calibre of up-to-date, trend-based fashion that customers will find.
Our collection has been curated by The Confetti Crowd, the UK’s most colourful girl gang of creatives and we can’t wait for you guys to see it.
Enjoy guilt-free shopping as all profits go to the charities involved whilst you help save the planet. Be sure to join us and a the other amazing charities from the 8th of November.
Our Autumn Edit focuses on the classic concept of a ‘capsule wardrobe’. It highlights that being resourceful with just a few essential items, can see you through the winter, without compromising on style.
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I always think that a man’s shirt is the absolute easiest item to pick up in a charity shop. For a few pounds you can usually find a shirt with a jazzy pattern or colour you love. Being cotton they are also so easy to work with when sewing so that’s why I am always drawn to them when looking to do a little upcycling.
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So, I’ll start off by saying a huge hello and thank you to everyone that’s taking the time to read this blog post I’ve put together for Barnardo’s. I’ve created a look book featuring some of my favourite Barnardo’s finds and how I style them to create some of my favourite looks.
I started charity shopping when I was just 13. I picked up a black pinstripe blazer for just £1.99 and it quickly because a wardrobe staple of mine. Since October 2017 I started to re-embrace the slow fashion movement. I have been browsing weekly to collect some fabulous finds, initially wearing a mix of high street and vintage, but now wearing full-on charity shop looks. Lucky for me, we have not one, but two Barnardo’s stores in Worksop. The 99p store is always my first point of call!
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Keep your eyes peeled, ‘One Of A Kind’ is coming soon!
The lovely guys at Demur Magazine challenged Jamie and Oléin to a charity shop challenge with a £30 budget. They visited a number of charity shops around London including our Brixton store.
Be sure to watch and see who won.
Are you up for the challenge?
Want to share your top Barnardo’s looks with us and feature on The-Thrift? Comment below and we’ll get in touch!