An Evening Of Vintage Shopping

Hi Everyone! I’m Gilly, aka Silly Gilly Vintage, seller and buyer of all things 60s and 70s. When Gemma, the manager of my favourite charity shop, Barnardo’s Vintage in Cheadle, suggested I should write a blog post about my vintage shopping escapades, I thought, what better than to showcase the wonderful preview evening she had planned. And after the lack of Summer we have had in the UK of late, what better escapism than a hula party!

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Why I Love Volunteering

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about my time volunteering for Barnardo’s. I spent a lot of time shopping at the Stockbridge Barnardo’s store in Edinburgh. On one shopping trip I saw that they were looking for a Visual Merchandiser volunteer – something I have a huge interest in. Naturally I had to go in and sign up! I remember being very nervous for my first shift, as at the time I was in the midst of depression and found it hard to leave the house at times. Volunteering, even just for my four hour shift each week was a huge step for me and in the end it really helped.

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My Stripe Challenge by Alice

Hello there. First of all, I’d like to introduce myself to you all. I’m Alice Christina, I’m from Newcastle Upon Tyne and I’m a part time charity shop assistant manager and part time fashion blogger. As somebody who works in a charity shop I’m well aware of some of the amazing things you can find in them. Over the past couple of years I’ve found myself shopping less and less on the high street and spending most of my money on pre-loved clothing. As of late I’ve focused a lot more on featuring clothing I’ve bought from charity shops, which if I’m honest, isn’t hard at all as around 90% of the clothes I buy are pre-loved now. So today I thought I’d share with you some ways I incorporate charity shop-bought clothing into my wardrobe by showing you three ways that I style stripes.

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Get The Celebrity Look at Barnardo’s – Fearne Cotton

Hello and welcome to my first blog for The-Thrift! We all know that you can dress well for a lot less at Barnardo’s charity shops. I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could pull off dressing like my favourite celebrities, using only pre-loved items from Barnardo’s.

Fearne Cotton was my first pick when choosing a look to emulate, as I’ve followed her style for years. I love the quirky, creative and unusual looks she puts together. She has a way of presenting herself as effortlessly fashionable, but with a very individual interpretation of trends so with this in mind; I spent a few happy hours on Google looking for the perfect outfit to re-create.

I settled on this colourful purple, red and yellow ensemble as it encapsulated her style perfectly and I loved how she had made an everyday outfit so vibrant, colourful and unique.

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The Joy of Vintage: How to Buy, Wear and Sell Vintage Clothing

You may have noticed that I love vintage fashion. I buy it, I wear it, I sew it, I sell it, I write about it.

So, it was only a matter of time before I made a video about it.

Now I’ve gotten over the initial shock of seeing and hearing myself on screen, I’m really excited to share it with you.

I hope you enjoy it, and please let me know what you think in the comments.

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My Personalised Denim By April

April here! I’m back with another monthly blog for The-Thrift! This time, it’s all about getting creative and personalising your pre-loved finds. So, let’s get right to it!

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Denim finds are my favourite to get creative with. It’s so easy to jazz up old denim with a quick DIY fix, and from the comfort of your own home.

I got these Mom jeans in my local Barnardo’s in Brixton a couple of months ago – a bargain at just £7.99! They fit perfectly but I wanted to make them unique. I knew they would look great distressed and decided to give it a go myself. Here’s how I did it. Read More »

My Volunteering Experience By Mel

Wednesday’s, the one day of the week that I can guarantee will be a success. Why? It’s the day I volunteer at Barnardo’s. My friend introduced me to the idea of volunteering about seven months ago and I can honestly say I’m having the best experience!

My manager Leanne and I hit it off immediately. So much so when I heard she was moving stores, I followed her. I was given the exciting role of creating fun window displays to draw the public in. I was given free rein to be creative and this has given me a huge amount of my confidence back. Plus, having a fashion degree under my belt means I can finally put my skills to good use, thank god!

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Blaise Q&A

Hey, my name is Blaise Tykal Simmons-Johnson, but my nickname to everyone at home is drama queen! I’m 20 years old and I’ve been modelling professionally for just under three years now and I’m also an actress.

I enjoy taking part in sport and dancing is one of my favourite things to do. I also love to cook and read. My star sign is Gemini which means I can be a little crazy but the good kind of course!

My aim for 2017 is to continue everything I was doing in 2016 but bigger and better, achieve my goals and travel the world.

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My Spring/Summer Trend Picks

Spring has finally sprung and I couldn’t be happier. As much as I adore my ever-growing collection of faux fur and teddy coats, I am also a big fan of sunshine, ice creams and mini dresses, all of which are not the most Winter- friendly! Now, I am not one to follow trends – I enjoy wearing what I want to wear and don’t want to repurchase a whole new wardrobe every season because that’s boring (and expensive!). Luckily, a lot of the key trends for Spring/Summer are purse friendly and ‘oh- so- me’, which makes being on trend more natural and fun. Without further ado, I’m going to talk you through my favourite key trends for Spring/Summer 2017!

Trend One- Gingham

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Who doesn’t love looking like a picnic blanket?! In case you’ve been living underground, you’ve no doubt seen that gingham is everywhere this season. It’s been seen on catwalk shows including Molly Goddard and Shrimps and everywhere on the high street from Primark to Topshop; it is probably the key print for Spring.Read More »

Your Wedding Day On A Budget

Can you hear wedding bells? That’s right, wedding season is here!

With the average wedding leaving couples a whopping £27,000 out of pocket, this special day could be one of the biggest purchases you ever make; unless of course, you’re best friends with pre-loved shopping!

When my husband and I started planning our big day, I instantly knew I would be hitting my local charity shops. I used our wedding as the perfect excuse to go rummaging! I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that most of our decor and attire could be found when shopping pre-loved.

First up is my dream, retro-styled wedding dress. It was the actual one I’d spotted online a few months prior. Luck was on my side, it was my size, brand new and only £30!

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