Hello to anyone reading this article! I’m Philippa from @thriftedphil over on Instagram and I thought I’d put together a little article styling a recent Barnardo’s find and talking all about why I am so obsessed with charity shopping.
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 »
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.
Barnardo’s and Charity Fashion Live team up again for the return of the CFL lock in!
Join us on the 8th of November and let yourself be transported back to the 90s, with our throwback up-cycling party!!
Just May, the world’s number one Geri Halliwell tribute drag act, will be spinning all your favourite 90’s tunes to get you into the party mood!
Upon arrival you can choose an item to give your very own touch of 90’s revival, think bumbags, chokers, baggy shirts and denim! Add your own touch to your chosen item using a combination of fun patches, pom-poms, glitter and much more!
So, be sure to pick up your ticket, get creative and come join us for the ultimate 90’s up-cycling event.
Now, I love love love a charity shop! I think it stemmed from my Uni days in Camden Town, and my obsession with all things vintage.
Doesn’t your pet deserve the best? By best, we mean a beautiful bespoke bed created just for them. The lovely Cassie most definitely seems to think so.
Denim is the most versatile trend you can have in your wardrobe and this season will not disappoint. Autumn is all about bigger, breezier hems, embracing colours, the return of the classic pinafore and much more. Keep scrolling to see our favourite denim pieces to help you transition seamlessly from summer to autumn.
Add a twist to the classic pinafore with this fun autumnal colour. Team it with chunky knits and your favourite trainers to create that perfect casual vibe.
As someone who is happy to live in pinafore dresses and blouses, I am not one for ‘dressing up’ to go out. I also don’t go out very often, if I do then it is usually just for a meal where a dress and leather jacket works but I struggle with what to wear for a slightly classier occasion.
As soon as I saw this top in my local Barnardo’s, I knew I had to buy it! It’s such a gorgeous purple shade, features stunning beading and was only £3.50. The colour will also work really well for A/W, and I can imagine this top looking really pretty with jeans, heeled boots, and a faux fur coat- although I am a Geordie, I cannot go coatless in Winter!
We are on the road across Northern Ireland’s Barnardos stores to show customers how to re-invent, refashion and reduce clothing waste!
I am a charity shop addict so when Barnardos and I brainstormed these events, I thought… ‘Road trips around Ireland and charity shopping…what’s not to love?!’ I would say 75% of my wardrobe is charity shop finds and re-inventions. It’s the thrill of the chase.
We will be taking over the window displays in Barnardos stores and setting up our ‘pop-up’ sewing surgery. Using shop stock and transforming styles before your eyes! From five-minute fashion fixes to learning new sewing skills, there will be plenty of creative ideas to make your fashion finds one of a kind.
Drop in and get involved!
Carrick: Friday 28th July 11 am – 3 pm
I will be re-inventing teen to adult clothing at the Carrick store, I can’t wait to go up a few days before and rummage in the store-room and on the shop floor!
It finally feels as though summer has truly arrived. Despite the odd day of torrential rain, the sun has been beaming down and it’s got me thinking about my summer wardrobe and a few much-needed additions.
If you follow me on Instagram or have watched my recent videos, then it will come as no surprise that when the summer months come back around, I always pop down to my local car boot sales and frequent the charity shops to see what one-off pieces I can find. While I tend to focus on finding real vintage gems and pieces of a by-gone era, I stumbled across this pretty little tea-dress, originally from H&M, on my recent visit to my local Barnardo’s store.