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 »

April’s Charity Shopping Tips.

It’ April here and I’m, back with another monthly guest blog! In this entry I’ll be sharing my ideas on how to end the stigma around charity shop shopping and sharing some more smashing Barnardo’s finds.

When you hear the words charity shop, what immediately pops into your mind? For me it’s a treasure trove of amazing fashion finds! I’ve had people compliment me on my outfits, followed by the classic question “where is that from?” – I have always proudly answered: “Barnardo’s”. Cue the shocked expression! I was once your stereotypical charity shop doubter but my first trip to Barnardo’s immediately changed my mind.

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Join In Our Get The Trend Workshops By Love Your Clothes

Charity Fashion Love has been and gone, and we’re sad to wave goodbye to another brilliant event celebrating the versatility, beauty and fun of pre-loved shopping.

Once again we were blown away by the speed and flair with which Stylist and CFL Founder, Emma recreated London Fashion Week looks, solely using items found in one Barnardo’s store. The buzz of event day and general excitement of everyone taking part, was infectious, and we hope you’ve all been inspired to make pre-loved your first love when it comes to to shopping for clothes!

The action isn’t over though, as we have been holding some free drop-in workshops with Barnardo’s, in three of their London stores. The workshops focus on different trends we’ve seen during London Fashion Week and are bound to help keep you up to date!
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Jade’s Favourite Spring/Summer Trends

I’m back again writing on The Thrift!!!

Hi guys, it’s Jade here (known as @charitysh0pqueen on Instagram) and I’m here to run you through my favourite Spring/Summer trends of 2016. With crazes such as the nautical trend, the undergarment obsession and 60s fever, I am here to talk about it all…

This blog post includes, how it is possible to stay on trend when on a budget, through the use of charity shops like Barnardo’s, car boots, kilo sales, vintage stores or buying (second-hand) online. You name it; there are many ways of buying cheap, yet ethical clothing, while still retaining quality.

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My Barnardo’s find by Swish my Swag

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Hi! My name is Swish My Swag, and I am a self-confessed fashion addict and bargain hunter. I very rarely pay full price for anything, from food to false tan; I need it to be as cheap as chips.
This week, I swung by the sweetest little Barnardo’s charity shop in Crosby, Liverpool.

I didn’t have anything in mind in terms of what I fancied purchasing, but of course I didn’t leave empty handed. HURRAH!

I love Barnardo’s stores, as they are so organised! I had the pleasure of browsing colour coordinated and size organised clothes rails in the Crosby store!Read More »

Strictly Barnardo’s by April Graham

What do you think of when you hear the word fashion?

 High street?

Catwalks?

The latest fashion trends?

For me, I automatically think of charity shops! Yes, that’s right, CHARITY SHOPS! I am a self-confessed charity shop junkie and this is a brief guest blog on my favourite charity shop, Barnardo’s!

I love a good rummage in any Barnardo’s store, from women’s wear to men’s wear, vintage to chic.

I must confess that all of the clothes that I own, I’ve brought from various charity shops, but the majority of them are from Barnardo’s.

Here are my some of favourite Barnardo’s purchases…..

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TUTORIAL: Get creative, up-cycle your old denim!

Hi guys. As festival season looms, I am going to show you how to up-cycle and breathe some new life into an old pair of jeans – just in time for your summer wardrobe!

For this tutorial you will need:

– An old pair of jeans
– Scissors
– Chalk / Pen
– A stamp
– Fabric Paint
– A sponge
– Iron
– Sandpaper
– A tea towel
– A flat surface to work on

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#MyBarnardosfind Purchases for £5 & Under

We love a bargain here at Barnardo’s Retail, so we decided to dedicate this week’s #mybarnardosfind post to our favourite finds for under a fiver!!!!  

We all love a Topshop bargain, right? So imagine our excitement this week when fashion blogger Beth spotted this denim beauty!   Of course Beth snapped up this Topshop original, for a mere £5 from our Balby store in Doncaster. Could it get any better?

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Spring Is Here!

Spring is here!! Yes the sun has actually come out of hiding and that means one thing in your fashion calendar – a style overhaul!

The Barnardo’s retail team has been on the hunt for this seasons perfect spring dresses, without the need to spend a fortune on the high-street.

We know at this time of year, abandoning your roll neck sweater and putting your denier 1000 tights to the back of the draw is a daunting prospect because yes, it’s still a little chilly outside, especially in the evenings. However, we have found the perfect transitional styles that can take you from winter blues to sunny spring in minutes.

Bohemian vibes

With the 70’s trend set to continue into S.S 16, there is no better time to add some bohemian vibes to your wardrobe.

A white lace dress, such as this Dahlia number, ticks all the style boxes!

Accessorise with tanned ankle boots and a flower hair garland for a winning combination.

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Fashion week review – the Barnardo’s way!

Fashion Week has been and gone, and our team at Barnardo’s Retail were keeping an eye on the latest fashion trends with as much anticipation and excitement as every other fashionista out there.

We’ve trawled through a few of our Barnardo’s charity shops to recreate our favourite looks…whilst saving a heck load of money.

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