Strictly Barnardo’s by April Graham

Charity shops are my favourite for many different reasons, but for one reason in particular; I can ALWAYS find an outfit under £10 or less! I love setting myself challenges whilst I charity shop, just to make browsing that more fun!

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Strictly Barnardo’s by April Graham

What do you think of when you hear the word fashion?

 High street?

Catwalks?

The latest fashion trends?

For me, I automatically think of charity shops! Yes, that’s right, CHARITY SHOPS! I am a self-confessed charity shop junkie and this is a brief guest blog on my favourite charity shop, Barnardo’s!

I love a good rummage in any Barnardo’s store, from women’s wear to men’s wear, vintage to chic.

I must confess that all of the clothes that I own, I’ve brought from various charity shops, but the majority of them are from Barnardo’s.

Here are my some of favourite Barnardo’s purchases…..

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Hello Festival Season!

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Coachella officially kicked off the festival season last weekend, with a string of high profile celebrities descending on the southern Californian desert in all their bohemian beauty.

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Alessandra Ambrosio & friends at Coachella 2016 http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/04/coachella-2016-best-beauty-looks

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#MyBarnardosFind Picks For Under £2

For this week’s #mybarnardosfind, we focused on bargains for under £2 – yep, everything you see in this blog was purchased in our Barnardo’s stores for less than £2!

Elvis sang about not stepping on his blue suede shoes, and we can see why when someone owns a pair as gorgeous as these.

Ingred (@thorasfabulousfinds) found this bold blue pair in our Lichfield Street branch in Wolverhampton. You would never believe that she purchased them for only £1.99.

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Our Top #MyBarnardosFind Picks

It’s already April, (where has the year gone?) and we’ve got another round up of our top #mybarnadosfind posts, and we’re certainly feeling the love for Spring.

Here’s our top #mybarnardosfind picks this week…

Graphic stripes have made a huge comeback for S.S 16, with designers such as Dolce and Gabbana and Missoni heavily featuring the trend within their collections this spring, and it’s easy to see why with the next two finds…

Upcoming actress and model Danielle (@danielleksharp) bought this candy-coloured dress in our Immingham store for only £2 – to say we are jealous that we didn’t get there first is an understatement.

We love the candy cane coloured stripes, waist-belt and v-neck cut. Perfect for summer!

Even models shop in charity shops!

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My Scottish Haul

As part of the Barnardo’s Retail team, I thought it was about time I got out of the office to see for myself the delights that can be found nestling amongst the rails of our stores.

Flanked with our Marketing Manager Charlie, I hit the streets of Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay, Edinburgh and Glasgow to source my very own #MyBarnardosFinds!

Now, I’m a massive collector of brooches. I literally can’t get enough of them and our stores are absolutely teaming with them. Always take a peek in the glass cabinets as that’s where you’ll find the best ones in all sorts of shapes, colours and sizes and all at around £1.99 each. Here are three that I used to jazz up a plain black winter coat.

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Baby it’s cold outside – by Martina Davis

With a noticeable drop in temperature, it’s time to wrap up warm and and find the perfect winter coat. That doesn’t have to mean spending a lot – there’s always a huge range available in Barnardo’s. I found this gorgeous grey wool coat for just £10. Military is making a big comeback this season, so these buttons make the coat bang on trend. Or, why not stand out from the crowd and make a statement with a bold colour? This gorgeous red 80s style coat was a steal at £8 and will brighten up many a dark winters morning.image1

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