Spring In Three Words? Feel Good Fashion.

Perfect Pastels

Gelato hues. For spring. Ground-breaking! This season’s twist comes in a pastel pile-up of parma violet, lemon sorbet, and layers of pistachio. This might look like tough work, but it’s surprisingly easy to create: scan your wardrobe, pick every pastel item in sight, and stack those ice cream shades one on top of another like a triple scoop of your favourite flavours.

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My Thrifting Habit

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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My Barnardo’s Haul

My names Alicia, I’m an avid charity shopper and new blogger from Northampton, I have just recently published my first blog called Sauver. I was thrilled that Barnardo’s reached out about guest blogging and I couldn’t wait to get the challenge underway.

I did my research and found my closest Barnardo’s and brought my mum along with me, how edgy! They had rails and rails of stock but I was distracted by the giant bargain bins in the middle of the store. Items were priced from 29p, I completely zoned out. Like a woman possessed, I was waist deep in clothes within seconds and completely lucked out too. Before I knew it, I had 2 skirts, 2 pairs of trousers, a cardigan and sarong (don’t judge, it was 29p).

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5 Minute DIY: Hearts on a T-Shirt

As it was Valentine’s Day this month, and I like to be fashionably late when it comes to seasonally appropriate blog posts, I thought it was time to share the quickest heart-themed fashion DIY. I love all the slogan t-shirts and tops with appliqués on the high-street at the moment so have started keeping an eye out in charity shops to snap up pre-loved t-shirts so that I can get creative.

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For The Love Of Coats


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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My Day In Cheadle

Each time my li’l mellow yellow VW travels from York back to my hometown of Stockport, there is always one essential location on my must-visit list, and that is Cheadle. Why Cheadle? One word – ‘Barnardo’s’, of course!

Yes, Cheadle High Street is blessed with not one, but two Barnardo’s shops, each brimming with bargainous goodies. Of course, my absolute favourite, being a 60s and 70s obsessive, is ‘Barnardo’s Vintage’ – winner of ‘Specialist Shop of the Year’ last Summer at the Charity Retail Association Awards. Manager Gemma has now been given the well-deserved accolade of being a judge at the 2018 awards (get nominating now! Nominations need to be in by 2nd April), and her lovely shop has been recently featured in Refinery29’s list of the best charity shops in the UK.

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Your Clothes, Your Armour

Over the last year, I have found myself looking for strength more times than ever before.

And while, for the purpose of this blog, my personal life will remain personal, these times have taken me to many crossroads where I have had to make the conscious decision to be brave and to be strong when the easiest option was to hide.

So, what has this to do with clothes?

Well, I believe my clothes give me strength and confidence. One person’s armour looks very different to another person’s. When I see those people striding down the street with their heads held high, I know that regardless of the clothes they have on, they are wearing their armour or should I say, their fabulous energy-emitting powerful force-field!

I’m going to show you the aesthetics that make me feel, not only strong, but but give me the ability and platform to embrace the niggly parts of me that tell me I’m not good enough. By wearing my ‘armour’ and that by doing it anyway, I prove my capability to rise above it all.


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Workwear Chic

2018 has arrived and this year we are waving goodbye to the January blues! New resolutions, lots of planning and a fabulous new work wardrobe are the perfect ingredients to help you face the bleak return to work. Keep scrolling to see what trends are inspiring us this month.

The Power Suit

It’s the perfect season to power suit. Whatever your style, you’re sure to find a suit to match!

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Aprils Winter Trendbook

Hi, my fellow thrifters!

I’m back again with another monthly segment. Winter is officially here, bringing with it a cold snap. This month’s blog is therefore all about a few of my favourite key looks for the season.

This cold weather will not stop my passion for fashion! Nearly everything pictured below was picked up at various Barnardo’s shops. Make sure you check out your local Barnardo’s, especially this time of year for great pre-loved finds to keep yourself warm, cosy and stylish.

Happy reading!!

Kicking off, this is one of my favourite looks for this season.

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Vintage Evening At Barnardo’s

Our vintage Cheadle store hosted an exclusive shopping event last Wednesday to launch their new pre-loved, seasonal range. The lovely Natasha was in attendance; keep reading to see what fabulous pre-loved items she picked up.

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