Busting Open Your Comfort Zone

Hi lovely charity shop fans! I’m Carrie, a Nottingham based vintage fiend and charity shop addict who boasts an entirely thrifted wardrobe (and a prodigious collection of thrifted books too). I blog at duckduckgoosevintagestyling.blogpsot.com.

One of the things I love most about charity shopping is the fact that it really encourages an open mind approach to fashion. Whilst some might be daunted by such a range of styles, eras, colours, shapes and fabrics, I find it hugely exciting. High street shops seem so finite by comparison! Charity shopping, on the other hand, provides the ideal blank canvas to reconfigure your ideas of what constitutes ‘your personal style’, be that by trying out a colour you’d normally shy away from, a style that seems a bit eccentric but might just be worth a try, or teaming two ostensibly mismatched pieces together. Hey, why not just throw the whole rulebook out of the window – the world (well more specifically the charity shops, but let’s not quibble) is your oyster. To prove it, here’s a handy guide to shopping in sections which you might otherwise overlook.

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ASOS Marketplace Take 2

We are super excited to have teamed up yet again with ASOS Marketplace to launch a winter fashion 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 vintage finds using #MyBarnardosFind.

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Charity Shop Cute

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Hello, I’m Holly from @eternalthrifter over on Instagram. Since I can remember I have always shopped in charity shops. As a child, my mum would take me around them and I absolutely loved it! Now it’s my turn to do the same with my daughter. She’s two and her wardrobe is 90% thrifted. I receive compliments all the time on how cute her little outfits are. She was actually the inspiration behind the hashtag which I started on Instagram #charityshopcutie.Read More »

Charity Shop and Fall Back in Love with Yourself!

Hello to all you beauties reading this blog! My name is Lou from @get.thrift.faced over on Instagram. I’ve been a keen thrifter for many years now and decided to create my Instagram this summer to join the fight against fast fashion. It may sound ridiculous and little far fetched but if I told you charity shopping has increased my body positivity by 1000% would you believe me? Well you should!

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ASOS Marketplace

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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Festival Fashion

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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One T-Shirt, Four ways

I’m really excited to be back guest blogging again for The Thrift! It was great to hear and see all the positive feedback about my last post. I thought it would be interesting to do another piece where I style an item four different ways.

Today I am styling a stripe t-shirt from the brand Ninety Percent that I picked up from Barnardo’s for just £4. I have been looking for a striped t-shirt for a while but have never been able to find one that encapsulates my style. I often read that a stripe top should be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe but sometimes I find it hard to style them in new and creative ways. I fell in love with this top while I was rummaging through the rails of my local Barnardo’s shop and thought I would challenge myself to find four unique ways to style it.

For my first outfit I wanted to create something that incorporated mixed prints, a trend I’m loving right now. I paired the t-shirt with a wrap around silky skirt by the Diesel Black and Gold brand that I also picked up from Barnardo’s. I feel like the mix of the subtle red print in the skirt paired with the red stripe in the top. It makes a perfect day to night look.

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