When Barnardo’s got in touch about guest blogging for The Thrift, I immediately said yes! I couldn’t wait for an excuse to have a browse through the racks of pre-loved clothes at my local Barnardo’s in Tunbridge Wells.
One of the things I love about Barnado’s is that they colour co-ordinate their rails. It allows you to look at things in other sizes that you might not usually choose, or give a second thought to. You just never know what you will find. I’ve picked up some real gems over the years.
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!
Hello! I’m April (also known as Prilly Thrifty on Instagram). I’m a massive lover of living life for less, especially when it comes to fashion. My weekend is not complete without a look around a local charity shop and that’s what inspired me to set up my blog Prilly Thrifty – to showcase my finds and connect with like-minded people.
A few weeks ago, I was set the outfit challenge by Barnardo’s; to spend as little as possible on an outfit, which I thought was going to be a tough task! I took myself to my local Barnardo’s store in Fishponds, Bristol to start the challenge. I also love the store in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire. Barnardo’s are really reasonable with the cost of items, so you can put together an outfit on small funds whilst supporting vulnerable children across the country. It didn’t take me long to find some pieces to make this casual outfit with some edgy details.
The colours on this Topshop shirt drew my attention, and the gold studs on the collar and the pearly buttons gave this plaid shirt an edge that I love.
It’s always good to have some basic tees to layer with jumpers and shirts. Again, the colours on this £1.99 H&M Baseball top caught my eye.
I love comfortable jeggings! Black is my go-to colour for trousers and I liked the added pockets with zips, and the seams by the ankles (which reminded me of riding jodhpurs) that I found on these M&S jeggings for only £1.99.
Three items for £1.99 meaning a whole outfit for just under £6 – amazing!!!Read More »
Celebrities may have loads of money, but that doesn’t stop them from browsing for unique pieces and bagging a bargain in thrift shops! We take a look at some celebrities who regularly thrift…
We love Dame Helen Mirren – she’s an international star with A-list friends yet still loves a thrifty bargain…
“The whole thing of clothes is insane. You can spend a dollar on a jacket in a thrift store. And you can spend a thousand dollars on a jacket in a shop. And if you saw those two jackets walking down the street, you probably wouldn’t know which was which.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Also, think of all the high-street and designer labels you find in Charity shops. No-one would be any wiser about whether you bought it in store or from Barnardo’s, but of course, you can’t help but share the fact that you bought it for such an amazing price!
And then, of course, there’s this statement:
No matter what their age, everyone deserves to have a stocking full of presents at Christmas. So when a colleague asked me to make her Dad a stocking, I was happy to rise to the challenge.
The challenge was finding a piece of clothing at my local Barnardo’s store that I thought would be suitable for a man, and would make an attractive stocking. After having a good look through the stock, we found a skirt that was perfect for the stocking. We had a lovely chat with the staff in the shop about how we were going to create a stocking using the skirt. At first they weren’t quite sure but by the end I think we convinced them!
Once the skirt was home I took it apart and used the brown satin lining of the skirt to line the stocking. I then found some dark red cotton material to make the top of the stocking and the reindeer. The red cotton matched the red in the tweed and added a little more of a Christmas touch. With a little ribbon sewn onto the back to hang the stocking up, a man’s Christmas stocking was made. I have to say I’m rather pleased with it. Read More »