‘I found it in a charity shop’ is a phrase I must say a hundred times a week. My wardrobe is almost entirely pre-loved – once you’ve thrifted a pair of Versace sandals for £4.99, it’s hard to go back to the high street.
I’m a Kid of The 90s. I spent my childhood wearing glittery flares, butterfly hair-clips, Claire’s Accessories chokers and Tammy Girl combat trousers. Today fast fashion is awash with 90s nostalgia – but if it’s authentic 90s brands you’re after then look no further than the lime green doors of Barnardo’s. Like most charity shops, Barnardo’s is a time capsule for 90s clothing. Shelves stacked high with diamanté mini handbags, baby pink tube tops and spice girl worthy platforms. It is the only place on my shopping list if I want genuine 90s pieces. This week I’ve scouted out all the best treasure that Barnardo’s has to offer to take me back to the days of cassette tapes and Girl power.Read More »
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!
Festival season is here and we’ve got you covered!
We are super excited to have teamed up with ASOS Marketplace to launch an exclusive festival themed boutique. The collection features a range of vintage clothes and accessories which were hand-picked from our stores just for you.
You can shop the range over on ASOS Marketplace now. So what are you waiting for? Go and treat yourself and be sure to tag us in your best festival looks using #MyBarnardosFind.
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When you think of festival fashion, you don’t immediately think recycled, reworked or reused. Well fasionistas, I’m here to show you that for this year’s festival season you can stand out from the crowd, look great and be super sustainable by shopping for festival clothes in Barnardo’s. Not only are you re-using and recycling, but you are also donating money to charity – win, win, win, win, win situation!
Okuurrrrr. I wanted to bring you some of my own sustainable festi fashion. I stopped by my local Barnardo’s and found some A M A Z I N G pieces. Enjoy!
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My charity shop obsession started over a decade ago, rooting through the local shops for stuffed animals with my Mum. This soon progressed into charity shops being my first stop when I was on the hunt for a new outfit. We would travel to different areas just to explore their charity shops. It was a hobby for me but also a great escape from everyday stresses and something I realised I was good at. I enjoyed putting together pre-loved pieces and loved when people complimented my thrifted outfit.
The last couple of years I’ve been looking for a creative outlet to demonstrate this passion and I recently started an Instagram account where I curate content consisting of mostly pre-loved outfits. Like many people my age juggling several jobs, you can feel a loss of individuality and while I love working to help other people’s creativity, I wanted the chance to showcase my own.Read More »
Over the last couple of years, charity shopping has really started to spike. Vintage and pre-loved pieces are trending all over Instagram and retro is yet again back in fashion. As a Londoner, I am only a stone’s throw away from the vintage shops that dominate Brick Lane. While most people flock to these vintage spots for their retro outfits, charity shops can sometimes be overlooked. They offer a great avenue to find amazing pieces at a fraction of the price, as well as rehoming lovely pre-loved items.
My wardrobe is dominated by colour, and pieces with a 70’s vibe. With that in mind, I have pieced together two 70’s style looks, with pre-loved item’s from Barnardo’s and Traid, which I picked up on a recent charity shopping spree in Brixton.
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With Christmas a distant memory and spring soon approaching (well, kind of), now’s the time to get more organised and freshen up for the new year. Everyone talks about ‘no buy January’, and how they’re attempting not to buy anything new for a month, but how about trying to include this mindset into your everyday life and not just for January? You could declutter your wardrobe and whip together some outfits you may have forgotten you have, AND it will make you feel better and less cluttered.
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Keep your eyes peeled, ‘One Of A Kind’ is coming soon!
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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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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