Festival Fashion

When you think of festival fashion, you don’t immediately think recycled, reworked or reused. Well fasionistas, I’m here to show you that for this year’s festival season you can stand out from the crowd, look great and be super sustainable by shopping for festival clothes in Barnardo’s. Not only are you re-using and recycling, but you are also donating money to charity – win, win, win, win, win situation!

Okuurrrrr. I wanted to bring you some of my own sustainable festi fashion. I stopped by my local Barnardo’s and found some A M A Z I N G pieces. Enjoy!

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One T-Shirt, Four ways

I’m really excited to be back guest blogging again for The Thrift! It was great to hear and see all the positive feedback about my last post. I thought it would be interesting to do another piece where I style an item four different ways.

Today I am styling a stripe t-shirt from the brand Ninety Percent that I picked up from Barnardo’s for just £4. I have been looking for a striped t-shirt for a while but have never been able to find one that encapsulates my style. I often read that a stripe top should be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe but sometimes I find it hard to style them in new and creative ways. I fell in love with this top while I was rummaging through the rails of my local Barnardo’s shop and thought I would challenge myself to find four unique ways to style it.

For my first outfit I wanted to create something that incorporated mixed prints, a trend I’m loving right now. I paired the t-shirt with a wrap around silky skirt by the Diesel Black and Gold brand that I also picked up from Barnardo’s. I feel like the mix of the subtle red print in the skirt paired with the red stripe in the top. It makes a perfect day to night look.

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Overcoming My Urge to Splurge: The Thrill of the Thrift

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My first thought when considering what to blog about for Barnardo’s, was that I could discuss a recent haul, or one of my brilliant and timeless finds. However, it soon became clear to me that what I should really be sharing is how, through the discovery of charity shops combined with an ever-declining bank balance, I overcame my urge to splurge.Read More »

Get Festival Ready!

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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 »

One Shirt, Four Ways.

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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 »

70’s Style Chic

Over the last couple of years, charity shopping has really started to spike. Vintage and pre-loved pieces are trending all over Instagram and retro is yet again back in fashion. As a Londoner, I am only a stone’s throw away from the vintage shops that dominate Brick Lane. While most people flock to these vintage spots for their retro outfits, charity shops can sometimes be overlooked. They offer a great avenue to find amazing pieces at a fraction of the price, as well as rehoming lovely pre-loved items.

My wardrobe is dominated by colour, and pieces with a 70’s vibe. With that in mind, I have pieced together two 70’s style looks, with pre-loved item’s from Barnardo’s and Traid, which I picked up on a recent charity shopping spree in Brixton.

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Thrifty Home Office Ideas

With so many people working and studying from home, we think it’s the perfect time to give your work environment the attention it needs. Whatever your style, there are so many ways to make it creative, productive and most importantly a representation of you.

After a trip to her local Barnardo’s and armed with a selection of homeware goodies and some amazing up cycling skills, Cassie created these beautiful storage solutions. They are perfect for adding a burst of inspirational colour while keeping your workspace neat and tidy.

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Valentine’s Day In-Store

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, call us old-fashioned, but we love showering those closest to us with a little extra love on February 14th. There is a certain buzz of love in the air and our stores are fully embracing it. 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, outfit or just want to get in the Valentine’s spirit, we’ve got you covered. Did you know you can even have your gifts delivered to your local Barnardo’s? Why not use Parcelly click & collect for your online shopping and spread a little extra love this Valentine’s Day.

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How to declutter your wardrobe AND do something good.

With Christmas a distant memory and spring soon approaching (well, kind of), now’s the time to get more organised and freshen up for the new year. Everyone talks about ‘no buy January’, and how they’re attempting not to buy anything new for a month, but how about trying to include this mindset into your everyday life and not just for January? You could declutter your wardrobe and whip together some outfits you may have forgotten you have, AND it will make you feel better and less cluttered.

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Caring For Your Clothes

Hi everyone!

My name is Camilla, and I have been kindly invited to guest blog on The-Thrift to talk about a subject I am very passionate about: maintaining and prolonging the life of clothes. Essentially, making them last as long as possible!

This is such an important topic and I feel that most of the time people might give up on a perfectly fine garment. They may be unaware that they can mend them, think repairs are too difficult or simply don’t have the time.

Today I want to show you three simple steps you can take in order to extend the life of your clothes. I hope you will find this useful!

Making your knitwear look brand new

One of the main issues I find when charity shopping is bobbling fabric.  Once an item bobbles, people don’t know how to restore their knit to its former glory.  You might want to consider investing in a fabric shave. Acquiring one of these was the best decision I ever made clothes-wise: it changed my life!  A little dramatic perhaps, but it made me aware of how people wear clothes and expect them to look new without any maintenance.

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