Spring In Three Words? Feel Good Fashion.

Perfect Pastels

Gelato hues. For spring. Ground-breaking! This season’s twist comes in a pastel pile-up of parma violet, lemon sorbet, and layers of pistachio. This might look like tough work, but it’s surprisingly easy to create: scan your wardrobe, pick every pastel item in sight, and stack those ice cream shades one on top of another like a triple scoop of your favourite flavours.

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My Thrifting Habit

My thrifting habit goes back a long way – to the 80s in fact. I was 14 years old when I started. My friend and I would seek particular areas of Birmingham where there were clusters of charity shops. We would look for vintage pieces – fake fur, leather and suede jackets, vintage dresses etc. We loved retro fashion from the 60s and 70s and we wanted authentic, we wanted quality and we most definitely wanted cheap!

Our love of fashion was influenced by the music we listened to. Well… fashion and music in the UK has always gone hand-in-hand hasn’t it? My style influences back then, and now included Debbie Harry, total style icon, and Nico for her minimalist chic look. I loved that charity shops offered items that were a bit different from what the high street had to offer. We could be fashionably creative without busting our meagre budget.

I’ve chosen some pictures that show some of the great pieces I’ve managed to find, all bought from Barnardo’s and other charity shops.

It’s a classic!

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My Barnardo’s Haul

My names Alicia, I’m an avid charity shopper and new blogger from Northampton, I have just recently published my first blog called Sauver. I was thrilled that Barnardo’s reached out about guest blogging and I couldn’t wait to get the challenge underway.

I did my research and found my closest Barnardo’s and brought my mum along with me, how edgy! They had rails and rails of stock but I was distracted by the giant bargain bins in the middle of the store. Items were priced from 29p, I completely zoned out. Like a woman possessed, I was waist deep in clothes within seconds and completely lucked out too. Before I knew it, I had 2 skirts, 2 pairs of trousers, a cardigan and sarong (don’t judge, it was 29p).

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Rags to Riches

The lovely guys at Demur Magazine challenged Jamie and Oléin to a charity shop challenge with a £30 budget. They visited a number of charity shops around London including our Brixton store.

Be sure to watch and see who won.

Are you up for the challenge?

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

For The Love Of Coats


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.

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Your Clothes, Your Armour

Over the last year, I have found myself looking for strength more times than ever before.

And while, for the purpose of this blog, my personal life will remain personal, these times have taken me to many crossroads where I have had to make the conscious decision to be brave and to be strong when the easiest option was to hide.

So, what has this to do with clothes?

Well, I believe my clothes give me strength and confidence. One person’s armour looks very different to another person’s. When I see those people striding down the street with their heads held high, I know that regardless of the clothes they have on, they are wearing their armour or should I say, their fabulous energy-emitting powerful force-field!

I’m going to show you the aesthetics that make me feel, not only strong, but but give me the ability and platform to embrace the niggly parts of me that tell me I’m not good enough. By wearing my ‘armour’ and that by doing it anyway, I prove my capability to rise above it all.


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My Barnardo’s Find

The weekend is nearly upon us, so why not treat yourself to something at your local Barnardo’s? It’s shopping that is guaranteed to make you look and feel fabulous! Keep scrolling to see what pre-loved finds we love this week.

Fascinated with all things 90’s? Then you must love Mom jeans as much as us! Stream-line your outfit with tucked-in shirts and add fun prints for a feel-good factor. We are obsessed with this look put together by Kayt. She added a trench coat for added warmth in this cold weather. How do you style yours?

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Workwear Chic

2018 has arrived and this year we are waving goodbye to the January blues! New resolutions, lots of planning and a fabulous new work wardrobe are the perfect ingredients to help you face the bleak return to work. Keep scrolling to see what trends are inspiring us this month.

The Power Suit

It’s the perfect season to power suit. Whatever your style, you’re sure to find a suit to match!

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Aprils Winter Trendbook

Hi, my fellow thrifters!

I’m back again with another monthly segment. Winter is officially here, bringing with it a cold snap. This month’s blog is therefore all about a few of my favourite key looks for the season.

This cold weather will not stop my passion for fashion! Nearly everything pictured below was picked up at various Barnardo’s shops. Make sure you check out your local Barnardo’s, especially this time of year for great pre-loved finds to keep yourself warm, cosy and stylish.

Happy reading!!

Kicking off, this is one of my favourite looks for this season.

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Party Wear Sorted

The festive season is just around the corner, so be sure to out-sparkle the crowd this Christmas. From velvet to glitter and embracing the disco feels, go bold this party season. Here we take you through some of our favourite party trends to see-and-be-seen in this Christmas.

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