Earth Day 2022 Q&A

Earth Day 2022 is here and the perfect time to act, innovate and implement changes. This year’s theme is “invest in our planet” and we wanted to take this time to share what we are doing here at Barnardo’s to look after our lovely planet. We are so excited to introduce our Sustainability Manager, Abi, to explain a little further about the work we are doing. Over to Abi!

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Fashion Revolution Week – Emma Carline’s Story

Fashion Revolution Week Day 4 is here!

Next up in our Fashion Love Stories series is the effortlessly stylish Emma Carline, sustainable fashion, lifestyle and style queen and digital creator. Pre-loved clothes are such a huge part of content and we are obsessed. Check out the below love story of a piece in her wardrobe that’s 5 years old.

“RE-WEARING is COoL! 

HEY I’m Emma Carline and today I want to talk to you about rewearing your clothes, EVEN those statement pieces you don’t think you’ll wear again. 

I was searching through my archive, and I came across these images and knew instantly that I needed to re-wear this top! 

I thrifted it at least 5 YEARS AGO! & it is still in my wardrobe. I wear it every summer, it’s truly timeless! 

This item of clothing, as well as many others in my wardrobe hold a story and a meaning. For instance, I remember wearing this top to Parklife festival in 2018! I remember dancing, lauging, smiling and joking with my friends. I made some amazing memories in this top, and I will continue to do so over many more.

Just because you’ve worn something to a festival or ” big event ” doesn’t mean that you can’t wear it again! I know it takes away a lot of the wearability, but we buy clothes to WEAR them. Not just to display them once, but truly LIVE in them. So make them memories, and hand me downs for future generations – and share those memories with them.

 So don’t be afraid to re-wear! Honestly, it’s one of the coolest things you can do. For you and the planet.”

These are the kind of love stories we love to hear and see, so why not get involved and tell you own? Photograph it, film it, write about it! Get involved this Fashion Revolution week and share your love story.

Fashion Revolution – Laura’s Love Story

Fashion Revolution Day 2 and Charity Tuesday all mixed into one – winner! To celebrate, we have our second instalment of Fashion Love Stories, we are putting the spotlight on the clothes we already have and falling back in love with our wardrobe.

Today’s spotlight is on self-proclaimed vintage clothes addict, Laura. She shares just some of the reasons she loves her vintage jumper she picked up in Barnardo’s. We might be biased, but we think it’s super cute!

Photograph it, film it, write about it! Get involved this Fashion Revolution week and share your love story.

Charity Shopping at Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s is a charity shop that is very dear to my heart. It was the inspiration to start a pre-loved account on Instagram, dedicated to my love of charity shopping for pretty much everything in life! In fact, at the time of writing this, I have my newly adopted cat ‘Rainbow’ at my side, grooming herself, which is a comforting sign that she is getting less nervous in her new home. Whilst Rainbow was adopted via the RSPCA (another fantastic charity and shop), Barnardo’s has an equally worthy aim: to help vulnerable children in need.

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Barnardo’s Yoga Collection

Working out at home has become the new norm with our living rooms transforming into our very own gym! And, we think it’s time to treat yourself to the basics. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Our vegan yoga collection is perfect, with beautiful designs, high grip bio-rubber backing and a beautiful suede feel, perfect for those who like to work hard.

We were super excited to see the collection featured in Cassie Fairy’s latest blog. Cassie has been looking for the perfect natural yoga gear for beginners. Be sure to head over to Cassie’s blog for a full review.

You can also shop the full collection over on our online shop now – we hope you love it as much as we do.

Sneaker Thrifting is the New Frontier

Sneakers, trainers, kicks, runners or whatever you call them are probably not the first thing that come to your mind when you’re going on a thrifting adventure. But very much like thrifting for clothes, venturing into the world of thrifting for sneakers can be really interesting. Finding lost silhouettes of years gone by and maybe even finding a few pairs that are worth a few quid too.

Before you all rush out the door because of the new sneaker frontier I will tell you about later, I just want to give you a few tips of what to look out for the next time you go thrifting.

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Upcycling – Top Tips

Josephine is a hairdresser and established charity shopping pioneer thanks to her now retired YouTube channel which consisted of mainly vintage & charity Shop hauls and lookbooks. She was elected the ‘Shop Good Stuff’ Ambassador for Giving Tuesday in 2016 and has continued to spread the message of second hand love, choosing to buy entirely second hand only from January 2019.

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Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell Collection Launches Today

The Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell collection is here and we couldn’t be more excited.

The exclusive collection is available for one week only. You can bid on your favourite pieces over on our eBay store with everything starting at just 99p. Yes, that’s right, 99p!

The collection features items that have been handpicked from Barnardo’s stores by Little Big Bell. Geraldine has also kindly donated a number of her own beautiful pieces. You can quite literally shop Little Big Bell’s home.

The collection also features a number of items which have been kindly donated which includes @Doodle_Moo , Eleanor Bowmer, Gayle Mansfield Designs, Nanas of Anarchy, Particular People , The Native State, Sugar Snap Studio, Bombay Duck London, Catherine Rowe Designs, W.A Green, Hannah Carvell, Kitty McCall and Moi Mili.

Don’t forget to share your finds with us using #MyBarnardosFind. What are you waiting for, get bidding!

Make Do and Grow

At the beginning of the impending lockdown listening to people’s concerns of what the future holds, practices changing and working from home, I decided that I would try my hand at growing vegetables.

With plenty to do I knew that this would also give me a chance to learn, nurture and hopefully reap some rewards too.

I have grown vegetables a handful of times before but never have I ever been a consistent grower.

Gardening is a peaceful practice and just being outside is good for the mind as well as the soul.

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