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?

Shop Online

Oxfam http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop

BHF https://giftshop.bhf.org.uk/

Sue Ryder on Ebay http://stores.ebay.co.uk/suerydershop/?_trkparms=clkid%3D890980944738164266

 

 

April Outfit Post #OOTD

A little later than usual, here is my outfit round up for the month of April. April was a busy month of Theatre, Easter and a week in the Welsh sunshine. In terms of weather, the only word I could use is variable – which meant that outfits spanned from woolly jumpers for unseasonably chilly days, to bare legs and short sleeves when the thermometer hit 21 degrees one glorious Sunday.

This post is rather full of vintage and charity shop finds. I love wearing dresses, and lately they seem to be of a variety that looks like it has come straight from ‘Bless this House’ or the wardrobe of Mildred Roper.  I love that vintage offers something that is different from what you will find on the High Street, and that you are not likely to turn up somewhere wearing the same outfit as anyone else. I also love the thrill of finding a bargain at a charity shop, something like the vintage Pierre Cardin heels that cost just £1.99 and are absolutely beautiful, or the 1960s style Chanel cardigan for £2.

As usual, where I can I have linked to the item, or, in some cases, I have linked through to something similar. In general though, a lot of this post is dedicated to getting you to check out your local charity shops. There is such a lot of to be found out there, and you are both helping a charity and the environment too.

What was your favourite item of clothing from the month of April? Did you find yourself a bargain last month?

 

Visiting Family

Jumper and Skirt Tu Vanity Case Vintage 1960s Shoes Topshop

Similar Shoes

Sole Diva Closed Toe Round Heel Shoes Extra Wide EEE Fit £21 Click to visit JD Williams

 

Bank Holiday Lazy Day

Jumper Charity shop Find Skirt Vintage Necklace Mango Boots Clarks

Similar Skirt

Mid Wash Raw Hem Denim Skirt
Was £24.00 Now £18.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Football Practice and Dinner

Cardigan Vintage 1970s Dress Store 21 Shoes Charity Shop

Curry Night

Dress Uttam Boutique (Charity Shop Finds) Cardigan and Bag Vintage finds (Charity Shop) Shoes Charity Shop

Similar Dress

Uttam Boutique Textured Ponte Day Dress now £30 Click to visit House of Fraser

Green Shoes


Lilli Mid Heel from £55 Click to visit Boden

Tekkerz Kid Event at The Entertainer

Top Charity Shop Trousers Primark Bag Day Birger et Mikkelsen at John Lewis

Similar Sweatshirt

LOXTON STRIPED LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT
£29.95 Click to visit Jack Wills

 

The Play that goes Wrong Press Night

Dress Boho Shoes Pierre Cardin Vintage Necklace Gift from Mom

Football Practice and School Run

Jumper M&S (Charity shop find) Skirt vintage shoes Dorothy Perkins Bracelet and necklace holiday finds

Similar Skirt

Pleat Skirt Length 32in was up to £18.00
NOW £14.50 Click to visit JD Williams

Similar Skirt

All or Nothing Gala Night

Dress Dorothy Perkins Shoes Roland Cartier Vintage

Similar Dress

**Tall Cobalt Bardot Fit And Flare Dress
Was £35.00 Now £26.25 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Also in standard fit here.

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Top and necklace vintage skirt River Island Shoes Pierre Cardin vintage

Same Skirt

River Island Double Layer Ruffle Skirt
£17.50 Click to visit ASOS

Similar Skirt

River Island Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt With Lace Hem £35 Click to visit ASOS

Sunday Lunch

Dress Vintage Shoes M&S (Charity shop finds)

Matchday

Top Mango Skirt Vintage Bag Oasis Glasses Superdry

New Dress

Dress River Island Boots Clarks

River Island Petite Printed Smock Dress
£24.50 Click to visit ASOS

Shopping

Jumper M&S Skirt Dorothy Perkins

Holiday in Wales

Top Pep &Co Jeans Marisota Boots Clarks

Sunday Lunch

Dress Charity Shop Shoes 1970s vintage Lotus Bag 1960s vintage

WBA V Leicester

Jacket Primark Scarf Day Birger et Mikkelson Top Pep and Co Jeans Dorothy Perkins Boots Clarks

Sourcing vintage and antique jewellery

When it comes to sparkly things, I am a bit of a magpie. I love jewellery, whether it be the costume and paste variety, or the real thing. But one thing unites all my favourite pieces of jewellery – it is vintage and antique pieces that I love the most. I love the idea that something so beautiful may also have a provenance, a story behind it, that it may have been super special to the person who first owned it. I wear my nan’s gold and diamond engagement ring every single day, knowing that it replaced a ration era thin band of gold and so was much loved and cherished, a symbol of times that were changing and improving. Only vintage and antique jewellery can hold stories like this.

The Real Thing

Finding really unusual and beautiful antique gemstone and precious metal pieces in perfect condition can be quite difficult, so it is best to consult an expert. Where else to head except Hatton Garden, the jewellery capital in the capital. Berganza is a good port of call, specialising in antique and vintage jewellery, including engagement rings that have now become super popular for those who want something that is a little different to modern designs. Berganza is the place to go if you have a reasonable budget and you want to get that unforgettable, show-stopping piece.

Art Nouveau Era ring - amazing.

Art Nouveau Era ring – amazing.

The colour of this stone.

The colour of this stone.

Costume and paste jewellery

If your budget does not stretch to the real thing, you can find some really interesting pieces of costume and paste vintage jewellery without breaking the bank. Vintage stores and Antique fairs can have rich pickings, but you can also find great pieces at jumble sales, charity shops and car boot sales. I wore a set of Austrian crystals on my wedding day that were from the 1960s and just sparkled so brightly with my dress. Names to look out for include Trifari, early Butler and Wilson, Monet (some really brilliant 1980s classics out there) and Lisner. But if you love it, and the price is right, you can pick up something that will become really special to you.

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1960s perspex necklace

1960s perspex necklace

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That brooch in that last picture cost a grand total of 95p. It is definitely worth looking around – you may just find a lovely bargain.