Charity Shop Shopping Haul

Sometimes a shopping haul can be a trip to a shopping centre or a department store. Sometimes in can be a night of filing an online shopping bag full of items, in many cases not actually reaching the checkout. And sometimes it can mean a trip to a local town with a good selection of charity shops, where you find lots of bargains that range from designer, to good quality High Street, and a bit of vintage thrown in for good measure, and you end up spending less than £25.

This is one of those occasions. A morning away from the computer, making the most of a touch of Indian Summer sun, taking a trip around the decent charity shops of Cannock.

Here are the things I picked up.

Ralph Lauren  Top

This boho, slightly country style top by Ralph Lauren is made to be worn with a pair of skinny jeans and a thick Arran knit cardi. Add some brown or tan ankle boots and this is just a bargain for less than £4.

Wouldn’t wear it with this skirt (obs) but a good fit.

Barbara Hulanicki Top

Barbara Hulanicki or Biba fame did a couple of collections under her own name with George at Asda. This is not the sort of thing I usually pick up in charity shops as it is a low cost item to start with, but mass produced items are often tomorrows sought after labels as they tend to be less looked after, and more often are thrown away. Plus I love the fact it has tiny shoulder pads in to give it a slight 1940s shape, and for £3.50…

Jacques Vert Dress

I think this is just gorgeous, a sort of cross between a 1950s style and something more va va voom. It is a little on the tight side across the bust, so I would avoid wearing it if I was going for a food blow out, but it will be perfect for the theatre, and I actually love it teamed with gold shoes.

Gok Wan top

I’m guessing I wouldn’t have got this top if I hadn’t been wearing this nude skirt, but I loved how well it matched up. Plus it was the cheapest item of the day, costing a grand total of £1.49.

Collection Dress

I think this is a Debenhams label, and this is a clear indicator of why you should always try things on. This dress looks nothing on the hanger, but I loved the cut and fit once I tried it on. It was £4.99 and I think I will wear it loads.

And a bit of M&S St Michael Vintage

I love a bit of 1960s vintage, and St Michael is always a label I look out for, as Marks and Spencer has always been a sign of quality. This dress/pinafore should have a belt, but that is easy to replace, and I love the neckline and the colour. A 1960s piece for £3 is such a great find.

Have you picked up any charity shop bargains lately?

*This post is dedicated to Hazel Wilkins-Brookes, a lovely lady who loved fashion and loved a bargain.

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.

The Stable restaurant Review

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