My Thrifting Habit

My thrifting habit goes back a long way – to the 80s in fact. I was 14 years old when I started. My friend and I would seek particular areas of Birmingham where there were clusters of charity shops. We would look for vintage pieces – fake fur, leather and suede jackets, vintage dresses etc. We loved retro fashion from the 60s and 70s and we wanted authentic, we wanted quality and we most definitely wanted cheap!

Our love of fashion was influenced by the music we listened to. Well… fashion and music in the UK has always gone hand-in-hand hasn’t it? My style influences back then, and now included Debbie Harry, total style icon, and Nico for her minimalist chic look. I loved that charity shops offered items that were a bit different from what the high street had to offer. We could be fashionably creative without busting our meagre budget.

I’ve chosen some pictures that show some of the great pieces I’ve managed to find, all bought from Barnardo’s and other charity shops.

It’s a classic!

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My Barnardo’s Haul

My names Alicia, I’m an avid charity shopper and new blogger from Northampton, I have just recently published my first blog called Sauver. I was thrilled that Barnardo’s reached out about guest blogging and I couldn’t wait to get the challenge underway.

I did my research and found my closest Barnardo’s and brought my mum along with me, how edgy! They had rails and rails of stock but I was distracted by the giant bargain bins in the middle of the store. Items were priced from 29p, I completely zoned out. Like a woman possessed, I was waist deep in clothes within seconds and completely lucked out too. Before I knew it, I had 2 skirts, 2 pairs of trousers, a cardigan and sarong (don’t judge, it was 29p).

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For The Love Of Coats

 

When Barnardo’s got in touch about guest blogging for The Thrift, I immediately said yes! I couldn’t wait for an excuse to have a browse through the racks of pre-loved clothes at my local Barnardo’s in Tunbridge Wells.

One of the things I love about Barnado’s is that they colour co-ordinate their rails. It allows you to look at things in other sizes that you might not usually choose, or give a second thought to. You just never know what you will find. I’ve picked up some real gems over the years.

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When the coat you didn’t know you wanted, finds you – that’s the beauty of thrifting

It was that awful point in January when it feels like payday will never come around again. All you want to do is go for a huge January sales splurge, but your bank account says a very firm no!

This is the perfect time to hit the charity shops. Not only can you scratch your wardrobe update-itch, but you can keep your bank account healthy, do brilliant things for the planet (save clothes going to landfill, reduce demand on the super-polluting garment-making industry and more!), and the people on it while you shop. How can all that not tempt you out of the house for a good poke around and maybe your next ‘This? It’s designer, but I picked it up for a fiver’ buy?

I set off with only £20 in my purse, so there was a whiff of a challenge in the air. Could I come back with a whole outfit within budget? Well, it was either that or spend the next couple of weeks eating those mystery label-less meals that get stuck at the bottom of the freezer.

I headed to my local Barnardo’s in Whitley Bay, a brilliant treasure trove with a great homeware section too, but that was for another day. Today was all about me!

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My Day In Cheadle

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.

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Your Clothes, Your Armour

Over the last year, I have found myself looking for strength more times than ever before.

And while, for the purpose of this blog, my personal life will remain personal, these times have taken me to many crossroads where I have had to make the conscious decision to be brave and to be strong when the easiest option was to hide.

So, what has this to do with clothes?

Well, I believe my clothes give me strength and confidence. One person’s armour looks very different to another person’s. When I see those people striding down the street with their heads held high, I know that regardless of the clothes they have on, they are wearing their armour or should I say, their fabulous energy-emitting powerful force-field!

I’m going to show you the aesthetics that make me feel, not only strong, but but give me the ability and platform to embrace the niggly parts of me that tell me I’m not good enough. By wearing my ‘armour’ and that by doing it anyway, I prove my capability to rise above it all.

So…

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My Barnardo’s Find

The weekend is nearly upon us, so why not treat yourself to something at your local Barnardo’s? It’s shopping that is guaranteed to make you look and feel fabulous! Keep scrolling to see what pre-loved finds we love this week.

Fascinated with all things 90’s? Then you must love Mom jeans as much as us! Stream-line your outfit with tucked-in shirts and add fun prints for a feel-good factor. We are obsessed with this look put together by Kayt. She added a trench coat for added warmth in this cold weather. How do you style yours?

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Workwear Chic

2018 has arrived and this year we are waving goodbye to the January blues! New resolutions, lots of planning and a fabulous new work wardrobe are the perfect ingredients to help you face the bleak return to work. Keep scrolling to see what trends are inspiring us this month.

The Power Suit

It’s the perfect season to power suit. Whatever your style, you’re sure to find a suit to match!

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Re-discovering Thrifting

I started my Instagram account a few years ago to go compliment my YouTube channel, where I made videos about vintage fashion, up-cycling, and re-working clothes.

Eventually, I stopped making videos and just focused on posting Instagram pictures. Working in fast fashion, I’m constantly shopping at the big stores and online. This is great, but I have neglected my love for thrifting and charity shopping.

Recently I took a trip to my local Barnardo’s and picked up a few bits. I’ve decided to create a little lookbook to show that you don’t have to spend a lot to create great outfits. There is also the added bonus of supporting a charity – double feel good factor!

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Party Wear Sorted

The festive season is just around the corner, so be sure to out-sparkle the crowd this Christmas. From velvet to glitter and embracing the disco feels, go bold this party season. Here we take you through some of our favourite party trends to see-and-be-seen in this Christmas.

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