Vinyl Shopping: the second-hand way. Kathryn Houldcroft

This week, blogger Kathryn @secondhandtales, shareskatheryn her tips on all things Vinyl!

Vinyl is on the rise. Last year saw the launch of the UK’s first ever weekly record chart and in 2014 sales reached 1.29 million.

If you are one of the many households who have recently purchased a turntable, or dusted down your old one, charity shops are a great place to add to your vinyl collection.

While prices can vary and the selection can be eclectic, it’s still worth a good rummage to secure that classic you’ve been looking for – or to try something new.

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That 70’s Trend by Thriftstore Apocalypse

Peace, love and freedom, that my lovelies is the 70s in a nutshell…but what about the fashion?

Now this certainly isn’t a revolution to any of us…that 70s trend has been around for a few seasons now, but my prediction, by glancing through fashion magazines, is it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon! Yay!

Want to know why this is so exciting for us charity shop lovers?!

Barnardo’s is a colloquial treasure chest of 70’s jewels, just waiting to be found.

If there is one way to get a truly vintage outfit, it’s at a place like Barnardo’s. Think of all those forgotten gems just waiting to be found at your local Barnardo’s store!

So what exactly am I looking for when I think 70’s fashion?

In list form…. (Because I’m handy like that!)

Jumpsuits and overalls – Any kind of all-in-one will work a treat, although if you really want to get this trend on point, go for a flared style or look for a large floral print. Even a more plain style of dungaree can be matched with a seventies style turtleneck or floaty blouse to get your retro vibe on!

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Upcycling – From Drab to Fab by Lucy

Sometimes you find a vintage gem in a charity shop that fits you like a glove, and sometimes you see something that has a lovely pattern, collar, buttons… but it makes you look like a sack of spuds! Don’t despair, here are a few quick fixes to bring a frock up to date.

One of my favourite things to do while away at lunch-time is rummaging through vintage shops to find clothes that might need a little TLC but have the potential to be something really great (warning: this can get addictive!) Buying vintage and second hand clothing is a brilliant way to keep your style unique, but it’s even better if you can take those threads and truly make them your own.

To give you some inspiration, I’ve taken a vintage dress that I picked up in Barnardo’s Macclesfield shop for £8 to show how a few minor changes can make a big difference.

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5 tips for creating a retro brooch collection

 

My name’s Susie and I’m so happy to be writing for The Thrift today!  I’ve been writing Second hand susieabout eco-living, making stuff and charity shopping for over 7 years at my blog Second Hand Susie.  I love vegan food, gardening and I’m working on single-handedly bringing home the contents of my local charity shops.

One of my favourite things to collect from charity shops are brooches, here are some top tips to help you create your own collection of lovely thrifted brooches.

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The Nineties makes a comeback

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Who could forget the Nineties?

Brit pop was at its finest, the Spice Girls dominated the world, Winona Ryder was the ultimate IT girl, everyone wanted a ‘Rachel’ haircut, and Blind Date, Baywatch and the Gladiators were your Saturday night dates!

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Brixton goes Vintage !

Brixton Vintage

Here at Barnardo’s retail we have something of an obsession for vintage clothing & accessories.

So we were delighted that our Brixton branch has launched a vintage section, dedicated to clothing, shoes & accessories.

Store manager Russel Lewendon had been working on the launch for some weeks and installed a great sneak peak window to highlight the launch to local shoppers.

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