Charity Shop Haul – My Recent Bargains

I love clothes and I love shopping. That’s no secret. But if I was to spend all my time shopping on the High Street or online, I would quite frankly need to remortgage my home.  Which is why so much of my shopping time is spent visiting charity shops in market towns, the sort of places where you can pick up great bargains and unusual pieces when you are on a strict budget.

I love charity shops, the idea that you can find something that has been preloved and give it a new lease of life. Charity shops serve a great cause in raising money that is much needed, and also work well in recycling clothes that could otherwise go to landfill, hence helping the environment too. They can also be the cheapest option when searching for vintage clothing, definitely cheaper than dedicated vintage shops or ebay.

Charity shops can also be hiding designer bargains too. Recently I have found pieces from Louboutin, Vivienne Westwood, Dries Van Noten and Calvin Klein – all for under £25.

Here are some of my most recent charity shop finds, along with a few more tips on what to look for if you are charity shop shopping.

Look for classic shapes and prints

Animal prints, stripes and polka dots or plain, block colours, all these are perennials that never really go out of fashion and are worth picking up. In a similar way, a shift style dress is always a winner, with 1960s shift shapes like the striped M&Co dress below being a great option for dressing up or down.

F&F Dress £4.49 from BHF

M&Co Dress £4.50 Katherine’s House Hospice Shop

Kaleidoscope dress £5.99 Acorns Hospice Shop

Look for Vintage

Vintage is so much cheaper if you can pick it up in a charity shop, and there are some brilliant finds out there. 1970s and 1980s labels are the easiest to find, but you may pick up something earlier, like the 1960s yellow dress that I snapped up for £6.99.

1980s dress £4.99 BHF

1970s print skirt £3 and Hobbs shell top £3.99 Katherine House

Tea Dress 1970s £3 Salvation Army Shop

1960s dress £6.99 Giles Hospice shop

1960s suit £4 Save the Children

1980s jacket Giles Hospice shop

1960s dress £4 Fresh Fields

Look for Designer and Quality Labels

Charity shops are not just about ‘old clothes’ and High Street Labels, you can also find premium High Street labels and Designer labels – you just need to look!

Hobbs Dress £2.50 Severn Hospice


Louboutins Pigalle £25 Age Concern

Dries Van Noten dress £8.99 Giles Hospice


Have you found any good bargains in charity shops lately?

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A few holiday Essentials

Holiday season is already in full swing, and with half term next week, more people will be jetting off to enjoy the sun. But it is no secret that holidays, as well as being a time for fun, relaxation and excitement, are also a time that can prove to be very expensive. Travel money, holiday wardrobes, travel insurance, new luggage, all of these things can add up and make even the most budget of holidays rather more expensive than you may have budgeted for. There are ways, though, that you can help with the cost, these range from short-term loans from companies like Lendgreen Online loans that can help with both the cost of your holiday, and funding your new wardrobe, you can also budget for that wardrobe by setting yourself a clear holiday budget and sticking to it. There are also lots of fabulous places to actually pick up those holiday essentials on the cheap, and using voucher codes can make even more savings.

Here are a few bargain buys that will update your holiday wardrobe without breaking the bank. Don’t forget to check out your local supermarket brands for bargains, Morrisons have recently added an adult range, whilst some branches of Poundland are stocking the budget brand Pep and Co in their stores.

A maxi dress is perfect for evening drinks or daytime sightseeing, and this one is just £14

Bardot Paisley Ombré Maxi Dress £14 Click to visit Asda George

A cool pair of espadrilles will work for holidays and festivals alike. Add in a metallic touch, and you have a shoe that is stylish and versatile.

Metallic Espadrille Sandals £12 Click to visit George at Asda

A beach cover up can look so much  chicer than a sarong, and this black dress has an interesting back detail.

Crochet Cover-Up Dress £12 Click to visit George at Asda

Every holiday wardrobe needs a splash of colour, and I adore orange on holiday. This dress comes with a free necklace, and, if orange isn’t your colour, it also comes in pink and purple.

Ruffled Dress with Necklace £16 Click to visit George at Asda


Protect your head with the coolest cover up around – it has to be a Fedora.

Fedora Hat £6 Click to visit George at Asda

Boho prints are another holiday fave. I love the pink accents in this tote bag, it looks like it has come straight from Talitha Getty’s 1960s Marrakesh wardrobe.

Jacquard Tote Bag £14 Click to visit George at Asda

March Outfit Post #WIWT

Another month has been and gone, and I have to say, where is the year going? March is always a month I dread. Sure, I love the coming of Spring, the lighter nights and sunny days that we did get to enjoy last month. But with all that comes a month of birthdays – my dad, my brother, my brother in law and my hubby. It makes March a very expensive month.

So thank goodness that Spring also brings more sales, and I have been able to pick up some real bargains over the last month, both online and in store. The charity shops have also been amazing, I have already highlighted some of my best finds, including the fabulous Burberry mac that I got for £15. (You can find that post here). This post is also about shopping your wardrobe – the F&F coatigan is an old fave that I reviewed some time ago, and was great as a cover up for a night at the theatre. Other old faves include my Pearl Lowe for Peacocks tea dress – surely that was one of the best high street collabs ever? The dresses are still so wearable and look glam, and I’m pleased to say I have four still in my wardrobe.

As ever, I have put links to some of my new season buys that are still available online, I would definitely check out the sale at Topshop which is still a real winner with plenty of lines still being added. Boohoo is also a brilliant place to shop the sales, my strapless dress was a real bargain.

Did you get any fashion bargains in March?

Shirley Valentine Press Night

Coatigan F&F Clothing Bag Day Birger et Mikkelson

Dress F&F Clothing Necklace Primark

Shopping Trip

Dress Jaeger Vintage – Charity shop find Belt Asda George

WBA V Crystal Palace Match

Hat Topshop Top Asda George Necklace Primark Jeans Marisota Boots Deichmann

Plain Fluffy Beanie Hat
Was £12.00 Now £2.00 Click to visit Topshop

Bell Sleeve Top £10 Click to visit George at Asda


Joe’s Football Practice

Necklace Wallis Sweatshirt H&M Denim skirt Dorothy Perkins Boots Clarks

Sweatshirt Topshop Boots Primark

Ruffle Satin Sweatshirt
Was £20.00 Now £10.00 Click to visit Topshop

New dress

Dress Wallis

Navy Zip Front Shift Dress
Was £36.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Wallis

Billy Elliot Backstage tour

Earrings Dorothy Perkins Dress Boohoo Shoes Clarks

Ari Double Layer Bandeau Midi Skater Dress £8 Click to visit Boohoo

Gangsta Granny Press Night

Top and brooch Vintage Charity shop finds Skirt Joy Shoes Dorothy Perkins

Valley of the Dolls Kimmy Lurex Midi Skirt £45.00 NOW £22.50 Click to visit Joy

Soft Play Hell

Dress Pearl Lowe for Peacocks Necklace Design by DC

Sunday Lunch at Podge and Tin


Top Dorothy Perkins Skirt New Look via Amazon Necklace Vintage Shoes Lotus

New Look Women’s Sammy Snake Pleat Midi Skirt £7.66 click to visit Amazon

WBA V Arsenal Match

Necklace Tatty Devine Jumper M&S Via Charity shop Trousers Primark Boots Clarks

Billy Elliot Press Night

Top Select Skirt New Look via Amazon Boots Primark Bag Biba at House of Fraser

New Look Women’s Tulle Midi Skirt £7.66 click to visit Amazon

Hubby’s birthday at Rub Steakshouse

Necklace Mango Top Jaeger Vintage charity shop find Skirt Topshop Shoes vintage Lotus platforms charity shop finds

TALL Metallic Jersey Pleat Skirt
Was £34.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Topshop