My first ever time shopping at Barnardo’s.

Before we get stuck in I will quickly introduce myself, I’m Eva (evagoesthrifting) and I have been kindly invited to guest blog post for The-Thrift. I have been shopping in charity shops for years but I officially started boycotting fast fashion in February 2019. However, I had never shopped at Barnardo’s before. This wasn’t out of choice but due to the fact there wasn’t one in Cheltenham where I have been living for the last 3 years and the one in York is on the other side of town (I sound lazy, I know).

Since I was asked to write a blog post, I have been racking my brain thinking about what to write about. I thought  it would be fun to head over to the Barnardo’s in York and see what it was all about. I combined this visit with dropping off a hefty donation of clothes and other household bits. The ladies running the shop that day were very grateful and so welcoming (please remember to donate your pre-loved things if they’re in good condition). We soon began chatting and I let them know what I was guest blogging and they let me roam the shop and take photos of basically everything.

Once I had a good look around I went to the changing room armed with lots of options . Not everything in my selection suited me but the shop has two changing rooms, and I felt like I had plenty of freedom to try clothes on and didn’t feel pressured to buy without trying. I hope that people who don’t yet shop in charity shops realise that most charity shops will have a changing room. I wonder whether people might feel put off from buying if they think they can’t try the clothes on. I hope this piece of information might encourage someone to start shopping pre-loved.

Here are the pieces I loved and took home with me.

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ASOS Marketplace

Festival season is here and we’ve got you covered!

We are super excited to have teamed up with ASOS Marketplace to launch an exclusive festival themed boutique. The collection features a range of vintage clothes and accessories which were hand-picked from our stores just for you.

You can shop the range over on ASOS Marketplace now. So what are you waiting for? Go and treat yourself and be sure to tag us in your best festival looks using #MyBarnardosFind.

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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 »

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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