Crochet Love.

Hello everyone! My name is Stevie and today I wanted to share a little bit about how I got into crocheting my own clothing and how charity shopping ties in with that! I’m a huge fan of shopping pre-loved and have been buying from charity shops for years but recently, I’ve got more and more into up-cycling, DIY projects and making my own clothing – crochet being my main craft of choice!

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Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell Collection Launches Today

The Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell collection is here and we couldn’t be more excited.

The exclusive collection is available for one week only. You can bid on your favourite pieces over on our eBay store with everything starting at just 99p. Yes, that’s right, 99p!

The collection features items that have been handpicked from Barnardo’s stores by Little Big Bell. Geraldine has also kindly donated a number of her own beautiful pieces. You can quite literally shop Little Big Bell’s home.

The collection also features a number of items which have been kindly donated which includes @Doodle_Moo , Eleanor Bowmer, Gayle Mansfield Designs, Nanas of Anarchy, Particular People , The Native State, Sugar Snap Studio, Bombay Duck London, Catherine Rowe Designs, W.A Green, Hannah Carvell, Kitty McCall and Moi Mili.

Don’t forget to share your finds with us using #MyBarnardosFind. What are you waiting for, get bidding!

ADDING A SPLASH OF VINTAGE TO YOUR EVERYDAY WARDROBE

Pulling your style and keeping it individual can be a challenge with more and more high street chain stores morphing and offering rail upon rail of similar looking stock.

Finding a pretty print, shirt or dress that can be paired with you favourite skinny jeans, coloured tights is a treasure hunt worth exploring. So many contemporary designers draw inspiration on past styles and prints, owning an original is priceless without the price tag to match.Read More »

Make Do and Grow

At the beginning of the impending lockdown listening to people’s concerns of what the future holds, practices changing and working from home, I decided that I would try my hand at growing vegetables.

With plenty to do I knew that this would also give me a chance to learn, nurture and hopefully reap some rewards too.

I have grown vegetables a handful of times before but never have I ever been a consistent grower.

Gardening is a peaceful practice and just being outside is good for the mind as well as the soul.

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Volunteering At Barnardo’s Vintage

A huge hello to everyone reading! My name is Alice, I’m 28, I love the Simpsons and adore all things vintage! In January 2015 I was having a difficult time with my mental health and wasn’t working. Enter: Barnardo’s Vintage! A Barnardo’s charity shop like no other.

At that time, I was living with my parents in their new house, down the road from Cheadle Village. A stroll out one day lead to my first visit to Barnardo’s Vintage; I decided almost instantly that volunteering there was something I would absolutely love to do. Why was that?  It seemed to be a place that had the ultimate escapism affect (I wasn’t wrong). The kitsch jewellery, children’s toys, balls of yarn – there was so much variety to take in. A fascinating place, laid out to perfection.Read More »

Embroidery Upcycle for Barnardo’s

Hi, I’m Laura from www.thriftylondoner.com, where I talk all things money saving- including lots of reviews of the best charity shops in London, with regular up-cycles and repairs that you can follow along with on Instagram @thriftylondoner.

Barnardo’s stores always feature high on my list as affordable, well organised places to find unique pre-loved clothing. One of my favourite Barnardo’s stores in London is in Brixton, but the store that has a special place in my heart is the dedicated Barnardo’s vintage store in Cheadle (you can follow them on Instagram @barnardos_vintage). If you live in Manchester or you are ever visiting- it’s a must-visit!

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£4 Up-cycling Challenge

I’ve spent most of my adult life rummaging through charity shop rails, often finding garments I loved that didn’t fit or that I wished I could alter. It’s only very recently that I’ve started taking sewing more seriously. I’ve always hand sewn but I’ve never wanted to invest in a sewing machine as I’ve heard so many horror stories about what a nightmare they can be. My Mum lent me her old sewing machine to practice on and I’ve finally invested in a machine of my own!

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Love Not Landfill Take 2!

We were thrilled to be part of Love Not Landfills second pop-up shop located in Covent Garden. A crazy 4,500 people came to visit the store over the weekend to shop the amazing collections curated especially for you guys. We hope you got to visit, if not check out this video which perfectly sums up why shopping pre-loved doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style!