TUTORIAL: Get creative, up-cycle your old denim!

Hi guys. As festival season looms, I am going to show you how to up-cycle and breathe some new life into an old pair of jeans – just in time for your summer wardrobe!

For this tutorial you will need:

– An old pair of jeans
– Scissors
– Chalk / Pen
– A stamp
– Fabric Paint
– A sponge
– Iron
– Sandpaper
– A tea towel
– A flat surface to work on

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Why I’m Still Charity Shopping In My 40s

Charity shop lover Kathryn Houldcroft has been shopping since her teenage years and explains why she’s still charity shopping in her 40’s…

As someone in their mid-40’s you would have thought that charity shopping is something I would have grown out of by now. But I guess I have been second-hand shopping for so many decades that my brain is now hardwired to head straight for the thrift stores.  I also love the thrill of a bargain, the individuality of charity shop purchases and the feeling I get from giving to a good cause, such as Barnardo’s. And there’s other reasons as well:

1) It’s something I haven’t grown out of.

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Charity shop lover Kathryn

I first started second-hand shopping in my early teens when charity stores circa 1985 were very different to the ones you see now. Ironically, although these places were frowned upon, they were stocked with amazing pieces from the ’50s and ’60s that would now be classed as vintage.

2) It’s my own personal style and no one will have the same outfit as me.

I have to confess this was the reason I began charity shopping many years ago. As a student I wanted to look individual. I wanted to wear the shirt, jacket or shorts that no-one else had. I guess this is a habit that has stuck with me.Read More »

5 Reasons to go Charity Shopping

Guest blogger Ruby Lilith provides 5 fab reasons why she goes Charity Shopping…

I’ve always been a closet fan of charity shops – it used to be for the acquisition of Fair Trade chocolate, a miscellany of second-hand books and, on occasion, picking up an eye catching piece of jewellery from the counter under the till. It was a little voyage in curiosity which usually never led to anything more than eating orange-flavoured dark chocolate whilst flicking through a 1960’s edition of Dr Zhivago…

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Ruby Lilith is a Charity shop fan

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