Volunteering at Cheadle

Hey guys! I hope you have all had a brilliant start to the New Year? Speaking of New Years, did you guys make any resolutions for 2017? Ever thought about volunteering? Here I give you an insight into why volunteering for Barnardo’s is amazing and how I got involved myself!

Last year, after I started blogging, one of the lovely ladies from Barnardo’s Retail contacted me, asking if I would be interested in writing for their blog ‘The-Thrift’.

I jumped at the opportunity and set off to my local Barnardo’s. I hadn’t previously shopped at charity shops, but when I did I was amazed, most of the clothes are brand new or in immaculate condition, the staff are friendly, and the stores look amazing – clothes colour blocked and in size order which makes it easy to view.

I had certaintly caught the charity shopping bug, and this in-turn encouraged me to sign up to volunteer at my local Barnardo’s.

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Breakfast at The BBC with Gemma

I was recently very lucky to receive a phone call from Pav the producer of BBC Radio Manchester. She invited me to the studio to talk about vintage and collectables and advise callers on what to hang onto for value in the future.

I arrived at the studio bright and early and was met at reception by the lovely Libby, who briefed me on the schedule for the morning. I can talk about vintage forever which was perfect as they asked me to stay for the whole breakfast show rather than my expected 45 minutes. It was really exciting to see the behind the scenes operations and all the people who run the production of the radio show.

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Gemma’s DIY Christmas Ideas.

Gemma, our branch manager from Cheadle vintage is on hand with some upcycling and DIY Christmas decoration ideas. Keep scrolling for more!

With the festive season just around the corner, you’ll already see that the high street is sparkling with Christmas lights and decorations. The festive cheer seems to get earlier each year. Soon we’ll be following the lead of high street stores and bringing the Christmas sparkle into our homes.

Decorating your home for Christmas doesn’t need to be expensive. To prove it, I’m going to show you a couple of quick and easy decorations that you can make at home by recycling items you have already.

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My Vintage Barnardo’s Visit by Natasha

Hello lovelies and Happy charity Tuesday! Hope you have all had an awesome week.

Last week, I popped into the Barnardo’s vintage store for their Autumn/Winter range preview event. I’ve been in this store once before and I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere of the shop, so much so I wanted to photograph it and write a blog post featuring it. Their stock ranges from vintage clothing, to childrenswear, houseware and much more.

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Update your Vintage look for Autumn by Gemma

Hi my name’s Gemma and I manage Barnardo’s Vintage (the only Barnardo’s shop that sells solely vintage items). I hope you’ll all be able to make the Autumn/Winter preview shopping event on Friday 30th September 6-9pm in store at 76 High Street, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 1AE.

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Window inspiration and installation – by Gemma Burgess

Since I started working at Barnardo’s a year ago, our shop windows have been one of the biggest changeGemma Burgesss I have implemented, changing them every month (three times a week sometimes). I strive to showcase all of the great donations that we receive daily at Barnardo’s Vintage. Our windows highlight our speciality within the business and make us a destination store in the heart of the bustling village of Cheadle. Here is a step by step guide and an insight into how I prepare and install Barnardo’s Vintage Windows:

Inspiration: This usually starts with a theme if it’s seasonal – for example, what’s happening on the catwalks, latest trends, and new discoveries I find through Pinterest and Instagram. I base it around collections I have in store, for example I’ve just had some great pieces for autumn/winter so have kept them in the stock room to use in the window. I hope to recreate the feel and mood of a grand old library; take a look at my mood board for colour palette and prop ideas!

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Vintage Gem shares her top tips on how to care for your vintage clothing purchases ♥

Here are a few easy steps to care for your vintage clothing purchases.Gemma Burgess

This is also how I look after my vintage clothes, and the clothing that is donated to the Barnardo’s Vintage store in Cheadle.

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Barnardo’s First Birthday: First impressions count…

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Hello! I’m Gemma Burgess, the Branch Manager at Barnardo’s Vintage, Cheadle.

I’ve worked for Barnardo’s for one year this month and have been planning a birthday bash to launch the new window installation at the beginning of September.

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Potter Nostalgia

As a kid I loved nothing more then getting my mum to read my favourite Peter Rabbit book over and over again (I’m sure she didn’t love it as much!).potter

Sadly mum ended up giving my collection of Beatrix Potter books away when I hit my teens.

Now a ‘grown up’ many of my friends have started to have children and with a niece and nephew of my own I am often stuck looking for thoughtful gifts to give away to the growing number of small people that seem to surround me.

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Introductions first

Gemma BurgessHello there please let me introduce myself, my name is Gemma Kate Burgess and I’ve been the Branch Manager of Barnardo’s Vintage Cheadle for one year this month.

My background is in visual merchandising management, styling and set and prop design.

I’d like to share with you the passion I have for all things vintage and the daily work me and my fabulous volunteers do at my shop shop.

 

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