ADDING A SPLASH OF VINTAGE TO YOUR EVERYDAY WARDROBE

Pulling your style and keeping it individual can be a challenge with more and more high street chain stores morphing and offering rail upon rail of similar looking stock.

Finding a pretty print, shirt or dress that can be paired with you favourite skinny jeans, coloured tights is a treasure hunt worth exploring. So many contemporary designers draw inspiration on past styles and prints, owning an original is priceless without the price tag to match.Read More »

Make Do and Grow

At the beginning of the impending lockdown listening to people’s concerns of what the future holds, practices changing and working from home, I decided that I would try my hand at growing vegetables.

With plenty to do I knew that this would also give me a chance to learn, nurture and hopefully reap some rewards too.

I have grown vegetables a handful of times before but never have I ever been a consistent grower.

Gardening is a peaceful practice and just being outside is good for the mind as well as the soul.

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Volunteering At Barnardo’s Vintage

A huge hello to everyone reading! My name is Alice, I’m 28, I love the Simpsons and adore all things vintage! In January 2015 I was having a difficult time with my mental health and wasn’t working. Enter: Barnardo’s Vintage! A Barnardo’s charity shop like no other.

At that time, I was living with my parents in their new house, down the road from Cheadle Village. A stroll out one day lead to my first visit to Barnardo’s Vintage; I decided almost instantly that volunteering there was something I would absolutely love to do. Why was that?  It seemed to be a place that had the ultimate escapism affect (I wasn’t wrong). The kitsch jewellery, children’s toys, balls of yarn – there was so much variety to take in. A fascinating place, laid out to perfection.Read More »

Embroidery Upcycle for Barnardo’s

Hi, I’m Laura from www.thriftylondoner.com, where I talk all things money saving- including lots of reviews of the best charity shops in London, with regular up-cycles and repairs that you can follow along with on Instagram @thriftylondoner.

Barnardo’s stores always feature high on my list as affordable, well organised places to find unique pre-loved clothing. One of my favourite Barnardo’s stores in London is in Brixton, but the store that has a special place in my heart is the dedicated Barnardo’s vintage store in Cheadle (you can follow them on Instagram @barnardos_vintage). If you live in Manchester or you are ever visiting- it’s a must-visit!

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Fall Back In Love With Your Wardrobe

Calling all fashionistas!

For those working from home it doesn’t mean wearing pyjamas all day (although a day here and there is definitely a treat!). No more pandemic sweat pants or lockdown lounge suits, it’s time to rediscover your wardrobe!

Why not riffle through your wardrobe, and re-discover those hidden gems. Whether this is through restyling, re-wearing, repairing or up-cycling, it’s time to fall in love with your wardrobe. Be sure to share your re-loved looks with us over on Instagram and tag us using #ReLovedWardrobe. We can’t wait to see what you put together.

Having a clear out? Be sure to pop those items to one side and donate them once our stores re-open. Somebody else will love those “not so you pieces”.

Want to share your top Barnardo’s looks with us and feature on The-Thrift? Comment below and we’ll get in touch!

£4 Up-cycling Challenge

I’ve spent most of my adult life rummaging through charity shop rails, often finding garments I loved that didn’t fit or that I wished I could alter. It’s only very recently that I’ve started taking sewing more seriously. I’ve always hand sewn but I’ve never wanted to invest in a sewing machine as I’ve heard so many horror stories about what a nightmare they can be. My Mum lent me her old sewing machine to practice on and I’ve finally invested in a machine of my own!

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Easy Scrunchie Up-cycling Project

If you’re after a little DIY with minimal fabric and minimal effort but leaving you feel that little bit productive because you’ve created something, this is the one for you. With just a few ingredients this DIY can be completed whilst sat in your garden/listening to your favourite podcast/watching Netflix.Read More »

5 Aspects of Your Life That Can Be More Sustainable

Jennifer

There are plenty of things that people own and use nowadays to help live waste-free lifestyles, be it metal straws or eco-friendly toothpaste. And while these products certainly help, there’s a lot more that can be done to really make a positive impact on the earth. Of course, it doesn’t have to be anything radical right away. For starters, you can do with changing some of your daily habits first.

Blue and Green Tomorrow reports that much of the world’s carbon footprints come from everyday activities such as driving cars, incorrect disposal of trash, and overusing home electricity. Individually, they don’t seem like much, but such efforts—when multiplied by the thousands—can definitely make an impact.

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