One Shirt, Four Ways.

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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 »

70’s Style Chic

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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Valentine’s Day In-Store

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, call us old-fashioned, but we love showering those closest to us with a little extra love on February 14th. There is a certain buzz of love in the air and our stores are fully embracing it. 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, outfit or just want to get in the Valentine’s spirit, we’ve got you covered. Did you know you can even have your gifts delivered to your local Barnardo’s? Why not use Parcelly click & collect for your online shopping and spread a little extra love this Valentine’s Day.

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Why I Love Vintage Shopping

The popularity of vintage clothing is on the rise and I couldn’t be happier. It is so accessible now as it’s being sold on the high street and all over the internet. For some people, it can seem strange wearing clothing which is old or previously worn –  I didn’t like pre-loved clothes when I was younger but how times change! I’m now 21 and about 90% of my wardrobe is vintage.

Keep scrolling to see what I love shopping pre-loved!

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How to declutter your wardrobe AND do something good.

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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Caring For Your Clothes

Hi everyone!

My name is Camilla, and I have been kindly invited to guest blog on The-Thrift to talk about a subject I am very passionate about: maintaining and prolonging the life of clothes. Essentially, making them last as long as possible!

This is such an important topic and I feel that most of the time people might give up on a perfectly fine garment. They may be unaware that they can mend them, think repairs are too difficult or simply don’t have the time.

Today I want to show you three simple steps you can take in order to extend the life of your clothes. I hope you will find this useful!

Making your knitwear look brand new

One of the main issues I find when charity shopping is bobbling fabric.  Once an item bobbles, people don’t know how to restore their knit to its former glory.  You might want to consider investing in a fabric shave. Acquiring one of these was the best decision I ever made clothes-wise: it changed my life!  A little dramatic perhaps, but it made me aware of how people wear clothes and expect them to look new without any maintenance.

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Mustard Chic

I picked up this striped shirt in the Lytham St Anne’s Barnardo’s, during a girly weekend in Blackpool back in September. The mustard yellow caught my eye immediately as it’s one of my favourite colours at this time of year – ideal for transitioning into our autumn/winter wardrobe. A stripe is a timeless print, which in my opinion, always adds a spot of chicness. Plus, I love a dipped hem/front-tuck combo; loose and comfy but still has shape.

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