Festival season is in full swing and the perfect excuse to head straight to your local charity shop. I bought my first pre-loved piece in Barnardo’s when I was just 16. However, my real charity shop obsession started right after I graduated theatre school. There was a girl on my course who had the most amazing alternative style. She inspired me to switch up my wardrobe using vintage and pre-loved pieces and the obsession has continued ever since.Read More »
My charity shop obsession started over a decade ago, rooting through the local shops for stuffed animals with my Mum. This soon progressed into charity shops being my first stop when I was on the hunt for a new outfit. We would travel to different areas just to explore their charity shops. It was a hobby for me but also a great escape from everyday stresses and something I realised I was good at. I enjoyed putting together pre-loved pieces and loved when people complimented my thrifted outfit.
The last couple of years I’ve been looking for a creative outlet to demonstrate this passion and I recently started an Instagram account where I curate content consisting of mostly pre-loved outfits. Like many people my age juggling several jobs, you can feel a loss of individuality and while I love working to help other people’s creativity, I wanted the chance to showcase my own.Read More »
First of all, I’d like to say thanks to Barnardo’s for asking me to take part in their Homeware campaign. Homeware and renovations have taken over my life since we got the keys to our home in October and I’m not going to lie, I love it!
It was a long journey of saving and searching until we found the property for us. As soon as our target was established, I started scouting out interesting homeware pieces in charity shops. I was hoarding like a little homeware magpie and stashing it all under my bed. I had bought six mirrors before we had even viewed our house and they were all balanced in what little space I had. This is not for the faint hearted! Although buying numerous mirrors with nowhere to put them is not what I would recommend, I would 100% suggest slowly collecting pieces as you go. For me it was a focus and an anticipation of what was to come. Read More »
The popularity of vintage clothing is on the rise and I couldn’t be happier. It is so accessible now as it’s being sold on the high street and all over the internet. For some people, it can seem strange wearing clothing which is old or previously worn – I didn’t like pre-loved clothes when I was younger but how times change! I’m now 21 and about 90% of my wardrobe is vintage.
Keep scrolling to see what I love shopping pre-loved!
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!
Christmas jumpers! Burning question, love or loathe them? As much as we don’t want to admit it, they have become part and parcel of the festive celebrations and are now a seasonal wardrobe staple.
Whether you want to play it safe or channel you inner Mark Darcy with an in-your-face novelty knit, anything goes and generally the more outrageous the better!
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.
When Barnardo’s asked me if I wanted to take part in their upcycling challenge for Recycle Week, I jumped at the chance! I’m very passionate about pre-loved clothes, and even more so, recycling and upcycling them into something new.
I was asked if I wanted to choose my own clothes or be sent a mystery parcel. I opted for the latter. When my parcel arrived (which including a sweet little sewing kit) the dress inside was something that I would never have chosen myself in a million years (I think this is a good thing… I love a challenge!)
The dress was a pretty smart evening gown from Hamells Wavelength, made of stretch velour with a great glitter detail and a deep v-shaped back. I’d guess it’s not that old, so not my usual vintage style (I love the 60s, 70s and 80s), plus it was a bit big and shapeless on me.