Caring For Your Clothes

Hi everyone!

My name is Camilla, and I have been kindly invited to guest blog on The-Thrift to talk about a subject I am very passionate about: maintaining and prolonging the life of clothes. Essentially, making them last as long as possible!

This is such an important topic and I feel that most of the time people might give up on a perfectly fine garment. They may be unaware that they can mend them, think repairs are too difficult or simply don’t have the time.

Today I want to show you three simple steps you can take in order to extend the life of your clothes. I hope you will find this useful!

Making your knitwear look brand new

One of the main issues I find when charity shopping is bobbling fabric.  Once an item bobbles, people don’t know how to restore their knit to its former glory.  You might want to consider investing in a fabric shave. Acquiring one of these was the best decision I ever made clothes-wise: it changed my life!  A little dramatic perhaps, but it made me aware of how people wear clothes and expect them to look new without any maintenance.

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Time For A Spring Clean?

Did you know Brits could be hoarding more than 640 million items of clothing that they no longer wear?

Has your wardrobe turned into more of a ‘floor-drobe’ of late?

With so many items of clothing being left to languish in the backs of people’s wardrobes, we are urging you to relinquish control and have that much needed Spring clean. Once done, simply drop your donations off at your local Barnardo’s store!

Try our quiz today to find out which wardrobe persona you are, and then find your local store!

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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 from last week

We love seeing all of your fabulous #mybarnardosfind posts, so we’ve chosen some of our favourites from this week! Thank you to everyone who pops into our stores to buy and donate – the profits from every purchase help to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.

Our first fabulous find is from @ecrivaine_inquiete who found this outfit in our Stourbridge store. She paired this sweatshirt which was originally from Burton with new Soon jeans (RRP £20!) and completed the outfit with an H&M hat to create the perfect casual look. This entire outfit came to just £11 – what a bargain!

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