Here are my top tips for preloved homewares shopping if you do go visit a Barnardo’s charity store.Read More »
Pulling your style and keeping it individual can be a challenge with more and more high street chain stores morphing and offering rail upon rail of similar looking stock.
Finding a pretty print, shirt or dress that can be paired with you favourite skinny jeans, coloured tights is a treasure hunt worth exploring. So many contemporary designers draw inspiration on past styles and prints, owning an original is priceless without the price tag to match.Read More »
A huge hello to everyone reading! My name is Alice, I’m 28, I love the Simpsons and adore all things vintage! In January 2015 I was having a difficult time with my mental health and wasn’t working. Enter: Barnardo’s Vintage! A Barnardo’s charity shop like no other.
At that time, I was living with my parents in their new house, down the road from Cheadle Village. A stroll out one day lead to my first visit to Barnardo’s Vintage; I decided almost instantly that volunteering there was something I would absolutely love to do. Why was that? It seemed to be a place that had the ultimate escapism affect (I wasn’t wrong). The kitsch jewellery, children’s toys, balls of yarn – there was so much variety to take in. A fascinating place, laid out to perfection.Read More »
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!
When Barnardo’s asked me if I wanted to take part in their upcycling challenge for Recycle Week, I jumped at the chance! I’m very passionate about pre-loved clothes, and even more so, recycling and upcycling them into something new.
I was asked if I wanted to choose my own clothes or be sent a mystery parcel. I opted for the latter. When my parcel arrived (which including a sweet little sewing kit) the dress inside was something that I would never have chosen myself in a million years (I think this is a good thing… I love a challenge!)
The dress was a pretty smart evening gown from Hamells Wavelength, made of stretch velour with a great glitter detail and a deep v-shaped back. I’d guess it’s not that old, so not my usual vintage style (I love the 60s, 70s and 80s), plus it was a bit big and shapeless on me.
Now, I love love love a charity shop! I think it stemmed from my Uni days in Camden Town, and my obsession with all things vintage.
Have you got some spare time on your hands this summer? Why not volunteer at your local Barnardo’s! Check out just some of the reasons why Katy and Daisy love volunteering at our Vintage store in Cheadle.
I decided to start volunteering after I finished my degree. I knew it would be the perfect time to develop a number of transferable skills. While I’ve always been a fan of charity shopping, I knew that Barnardo’s Vintage was the shop I particularly wanted to volunteer for. I have been a fan of the store for quite some time, finding most of its appeal in the fact it sold vintage clothing at a much more affordable price than anywhere in the Norther Quarter. There is also that added value of knowing that the money raised is going to a great cause. I have always enjoyed working with children, and in the past I have helped teach STEM subjects at schools, as well as helping out at a local Brownies. Being involved in a charity which does so much to help children is something that is very important to me.
Hi I’m Gemma and I manage Barnardo’s Vintage, situated in quaint Cheadle.
The store, which is Barnardo’s only specialist vintage shop in the UK, stocks a vast range of clothing and accessories. There is an eclectic mix of pre-loved items, ranging from 1960’s tea services to 1970’s dagger collar shirts and maxi skirts. It’s a vintage enthusiasts dream; brimming with treasures just waiting to be discovered.
For some it’s a controversial combo, but denim on denim isn’t something I’ve ever shied away from. Increasingly people are choosing not to follow the “rules” of fashion, but more importantly we’re wearing what makes us feel good. It’s so important to have your own sense of style – I like to think of mine as quite eclectic. Fashion is a way to express myself and be creative. I don’t take myself too seriously and I love mixing things up – and denim makes up a big part of my quirky look!
I’ve been lucky enough to pick up a fair few pairs of Levi 501s in Barnardo’s. You’ll pay a fraction of the cost for the same pair in a vintage shop, let alone brand new. You’ll need to have a rummage in the men’s section for sure – break those fashion ‘rules’, remember! I’ve found my more unique vintage denim pieces like 80’s pantaloon-style or denim culottes in vintage shops.
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.