Each time my li’l mellow yellow VW travels from York back to my hometown of Stockport, there is always one essential location on my must-visit list, and that is Cheadle. Why Cheadle? One word – ‘Barnardo’s’, of course!
Yes, Cheadle High Street is blessed with not one, but two Barnardo’s shops, each brimming with bargainous goodies. Of course, my absolute favourite, being a 60s and 70s obsessive, is ‘Barnardo’s Vintage’ – winner of ‘Specialist Shop of the Year’ last Summer at the Charity Retail Association Awards. Manager Gemma has now been given the well-deserved accolade of being a judge at the 2018 awards (get nominating now! Nominations need to be in by 2nd April), and her lovely shop has been recently featured in Refinery29’s list of the best charity shops in the UK.
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!
A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to nab last minute tickets to the first in a series of talks called ‘Eco Sessions’, which were held by retailer, Beyond Retro in conjunction with Magnifeco, the hottest digital source for eco-fashion and sustainable living!
So we headed over to the very cool surroundings of Beyond Retro’s Dalston store to find out just what is going on with shoppers today.
The panel of speakers consisted of the industry’s finest ethical figures, such as Fashion Revolution founder Orsola Castro, Steven Bethell CEO of Beyond Retro and Rebecca Early, design researcher and academic.