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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My Top 5 Barnardo’s Finds

It’s April here and I’m back again with another monthly instalment for all you fellow thrifter’s! In this month’s blog, I’ll be counting down my top five finds from Barnardo’s. Keep reading to see how I have pieced them together and styled them to become part of my favourite outfits. Happy reading!

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5. I give you one of my favourite plain black oversized t-shirts which I picked up in the men’s section at my local Barnardo’s. This Tee is perfect to dress up or down. I usually style it with a distressed pair of tights, my trusty Dr Martens and a black leather jacket for that grunge finish.

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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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The Joy of Vintage: How to Buy, Wear and Sell Vintage Clothing

You may have noticed that I love vintage fashion. I buy it, I wear it, I sew it, I sell it, I write about it.

So, it was only a matter of time before I made a video about it.

Now I’ve gotten over the initial shock of seeing and hearing myself on screen, I’m really excited to share it with you.

I hope you enjoy it, and please let me know what you think in the comments.

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Your Wedding Outift On A Budget

Hello Thrift followers! In my last blog, I explained how my husband and I managed to create our own vintage inspired wedding for a fraction of the cost of your typical wedding. Part of this involved scouring charity shops for pre-loved wedding attire and decorations.

Even if you’re not planning on tying the knot yourself, you may have received a pretty little invitation through your door inviting you to share someone’s special day.

Cue the mad dash to find an outfit. My first stop? The local charity shops!

There’s a method to choosing a wedding outfit. Firstly, is there a theme? Pinterest is your best friend here. It helps you find colours and textures that fit the theme and leaves you loaded with inspiration when you hit the shops. Luckily, when I had the pleasure of attending my sister in law’s wedding, there weren’t many ‘rules’ and so I was free to pick an outfit which felt like ‘me’!

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Your Wedding Day On A Budget

Can you hear wedding bells? That’s right, wedding season is here!

With the average wedding leaving couples a whopping £27,000 out of pocket, this special day could be one of the biggest purchases you ever make; unless of course, you’re best friends with pre-loved shopping!

When my husband and I started planning our big day, I instantly knew I would be hitting my local charity shops. I used our wedding as the perfect excuse to go rummaging! I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that most of our decor and attire could be found when shopping pre-loved.

First up is my dream, retro-styled wedding dress. It was the actual one I’d spotted online a few months prior. Luck was on my side, it was my size, brand new and only £30!

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How Volunteering At Barnardo’s Made Me A Thrifty Fashionista

Hey guys, my name’s Priyanka, I run the thrifty fashion and DIY blog, Small, Brown and Stylish and today I’m here to share how volunteering at Barnardo’s made me a thrifty fashionista.

Whilst being stylish on a shoestring budget may seem difficult, I’ve always been a big believer that you don’t have to break the bank to be fashionable. Whether you want to rock Cara Delevingne’s grungy style, channel Blake Lively’s boho vibes or simply create your own signature look, charity shops are the way to go! The holy grail of all things thrifty, charity shops have long been my ultimate haven, because not only are they full of stylish steals, but they’re also thrillingly unpredictable.

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Spring Has Sprung! De-clutter Anyone?

In the mood for a spring clean? Why not have some fun and start with your wardrobe?

Most of us are looking to switch our autumn/winter wardrobe into a spring/summer one and the opportunity for a great clear-out is definitely in the air.

loveyc_logoBut how do you know which clothes to keep and which ones to discard? Well, the definition of de-clutter in the Oxford dictionary is ‘remove unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.

De-cluttering is a great place to kick-start the spring clean and Love Your Clothes has joined forces with Barnardo’s to show you a quick and easy way to a lighter and more organised wardrobe. By all working together, we hope to reduce the 350,000 tonnes of clothes that end up in UK landfills every year.

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Jada Sezer Q&A

My name is Jada Sezer, I’m 27 years old and a born and raised Londoner. I’ve modelled for just under 4 years.  Before being a model I was studying my Masters in Child Psychotherapy. I fell into this career through my campaign work and I’m still very passionate about diversity, mental health and personal development.

1. What was your favourite look from the shoot?

I loved the cute sparkly elephant shaped shoulder bag!

2. Did the shoot help change your perception of charity shopping?

I never realised you could get such cool things.

3. What is your favourite charity shop buy?

I once bought a Helmut Newton book on fashion photography.

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April’s Charity Shopping Tips.

It’ April here and I’m, back with another monthly guest blog! In this entry I’ll be sharing my ideas on how to end the stigma around charity shop shopping and sharing some more smashing Barnardo’s finds.

When you hear the words charity shop, what immediately pops into your mind? For me it’s a treasure trove of amazing fashion finds! I’ve had people compliment me on my outfits, followed by the classic question “where is that from?” – I have always proudly answered: “Barnardo’s”. Cue the shocked expression! I was once your stereotypical charity shop doubter but my first trip to Barnardo’s immediately changed my mind.

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