The Art Of Charity Shopping

Not so long ago I read a post on my friend India’s blog about charity shopping, and essentially how to be the best at ‘thrifting’. After giving it a good read, I realised that over the years I’ve picked up some absolutely amazing pre-loved bargains so I thought I’d share a few as well as giving a few tips on how to find the best stuff!

The reason I started to thrift/charity shop was mainly that I had very little money at the time! I was so surprised to see the kind of clothes people would give to charity.  On pretty much every trip I’d find goodies such as Ralph Lauren shirts, Levis jeans, and the occasional band t shirt. As I started to earn more money I’d shop more on the high street but I found that the quality was lacking and my thrifted items would last longer in my wardrobe than my high street pick-ups.

As well as charity shops, I’ve found car boot sales, pop up vintage stalls and eBay to be just as nifty! Over the years I’ve managed to pick up a Levis denim jacket for £5, a faux suede bomber jacket for £1.75, countless Ben Sherman shirts and a fair few Fred Perry polos!

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Slogan Tees

Hey, my name is Gianluca and I am a menswear fashion blogger! In short, this means I buy clothes that are way overpriced, take pretty pictures for my Instagram account, pretending to have a great time, and then return all of said items because… of the expense!

That is, unless I go charity shopping!

Charity shopping is great for a number of reasons. You can find amazing vintage pieces, therefore always staying bang on trend, you’re guaranteed to find a bargain, and it can be incredibly rewarding if you find that perfect piece to add to your wardrobe.

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Our top #mybarnardosfind picks from last week

We’ve had lots of fantastic posts showing off all of the great items you’ve found in your local Barnardo’s store. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites…take a look!

First up is one of our fab fashion guest bloggers, Martina Davis (@essentiallyginger) who came across this beautiful sequined lilac top. We absolutely love the butterfly detailing on the back which really makes for a unique and elegant look. Martina paired this with a simple black skirt and tights – the perfect Christmas party look!

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Luxury Gifts for Him

Not sure what to buy the man in your life for Christmas? No need to panic, we have you covered!

Whether it’s something for Dad, a present for your brother or the perfect gift for the other men in your life, we have lots in store guaranteed to make this Christmas fantastic!

We are very lucky at Barnardo’s retail that many big brands donate items to our stores; we have selected some of the best bits from our South Woodford store including some luxury new items. Of course these are specially selected items which we have limited availability of, however we have loads more fashionable bargains  for men starting from as little as £2.99!

Perfect for Dad

Dads can often be the most difficult to buy for at Christmas. You ask any Dad what they would like and more than often the response is non-committal.

A good quality designer shirt is perfect and will last for years, so you can be rest assured that Dad won’t be embarrassing you at Aunty Helen’s New Year’s Eve party with that awful Hawaiian print top he seems to think he looks so cool in!

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White Hugo Boss Shirt £30, Blue print Hugo Boss Shirt £35, Navy DKNY Shirt £25

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It’s time for funky threads that guys can afford!

Clothes or rent? The eternal student question. What if I told you both were possible? What if I told you some cracking shirts were within your reach at prices too good to turn down?

I’m Max, an intern in Business Development at Barnardo’s Head Office. Like the next student, I’m all about the bargains. I buy all my shirts – casual and smart- in charity shops. I also buy most other things, but especially shirts. So should you.

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