Crochet Love.

Hello everyone! My name is Stevie and today I wanted to share a little bit about how I got into crocheting my own clothing and how charity shopping ties in with that! I’m a huge fan of shopping pre-loved and have been buying from charity shops for years but recently, I’ve got more and more into up-cycling, DIY projects and making my own clothing – crochet being my main craft of choice!

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Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell Collection Launches Today

The Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell collection is here and we couldn’t be more excited.

The exclusive collection is available for one week only. You can bid on your favourite pieces over on our eBay store with everything starting at just 99p. Yes, that’s right, 99p!

The collection features items that have been handpicked from Barnardo’s stores by Little Big Bell. Geraldine has also kindly donated a number of her own beautiful pieces. You can quite literally shop Little Big Bell’s home.

The collection also features a number of items which have been kindly donated which includes @Doodle_Moo , Eleanor Bowmer, Gayle Mansfield Designs, Nanas of Anarchy, Particular People , The Native State, Sugar Snap Studio, Bombay Duck London, Catherine Rowe Designs, W.A Green, Hannah Carvell, Kitty McCall and Moi Mili.

Don’t forget to share your finds with us using #MyBarnardosFind. What are you waiting for, get bidding!

Natural Tie-Dye Tees

Tie-dye? Yes please. It’s a fun and easy way to jazz up a plain t-shirt that’s sitting in your wardrobe. The crazy talented Hannah Elliman has been experimenting with natural dyes and accidentally created this tie-dye beaut. She achieved this gorgeous pink colour by boiling avocado stones and their skins and we are obsessed. Keep […]

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!