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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Art Deco Inspired Jewels From Rock My Vintage

Vintage has become a big news story in fashion in recent years, and Rock My Vintage is one of its greatest exponents/ Based in Birmingham’s Custard Factory, the brand stocks a range of items under the vintage umbrella, from true pieces from the past, to faithful reproductions, vintage inspired pieces, and beautiful accessories and jewellery that have that feel of being found in granny’s jewellery box.

For me, when it comes to jewellery, I love the style, shape and colours that are linked to the Art Deco era, which had its heyday in the 1920s. Art Deco was exciting, flamboyant, geometric and super stylish, but due to a resurgence that began in the 1960s and never really ended, true Art Deco pieces are becoming harder to source, not to mention, very, very expensive.

The Green Art Deco necklace and matching drop earrings from Lovett and Co are just one of the jazz age styled items stocked at Rock My Vintage. (You can view their full range here). The necklace is a beautifully delicate piece with diamante stones that reflect so prettily, framing green opal stones that catch the light perfectly. The chain is antique plated brass that is 40cm in length, but can be extended a further 6cm through the adjuster.




These are really versatile pieces of jewellery, that can be worn as a matching set, or styled separately. They can be worn with really dressy outfits, or just to add a touch of retro style or bling to a simple daytime outfit. I love the fact that the pieces are really well made, but are also light and delicate – this made them perfect to pack in a suitcase to take to my brother’s recent wedding in Cyprus. I wore the earrings with my wedding outfit, and. as you can see, they were a perfect match, with the drop being so elegant.

I’ve worn the necklace on a different night out, and, it sits so nicely just below the nape of the neck. The opals look great with a wide range of colours.

Rock My Vintage is definitely worth checking out if you like jewellery of the vintage kind, it has so many lovely pieces that you will be able to wear for years and years.

Currently Loving: Vintage Luggage

Vintage luggage is my current obsession. I love the idea of using a piece of luggage whilst you are traveling and making new adventures, and knowing that, once upon a time, someone else may have done exactly the same. Who knows what adventures your luggage may have had, what sights it might have seen, which airports it might have traveled through. The whole idea of vintage suitcases and vanity cases are that they bring a touch of romance to your travels.

The great news is that it is relatively easy, and fairly cheap to pick up vintage luggage. Junk and antique shops, vintage fairs, and even charity shops seem to have these on a fairly regular basis. You need to look carefully for damage – often the linings may not be in such good condition, and you need to look carefully at the fastenings to ensure that the case actually does fasten and is secure. (Don’t wait until your smalls are all over the carousel before deciding that, actually, the fasteners are not as secure as maybe they need to be.) But other signs of wear and tear are part of the charm, a sign your suitcase has been on some adventures. I spotted some amazing suitcases on a recent trip to Wales at a great store called Pieces for Places and was lucky that the hubby treated me to the blue one as an Easter gift. It now takes pride of place on top of my wardrobe – you don’t necessarily need to use your case to travel, it could be for decoration or storage in the home.

I just love to travel with vintage luggage – anyone else? #vintagefashion #vintage #retro #travel #fsbloggers

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If you love vintage luggage but don’t like the idea of using something that is second hand, the good news is that you can find great design which gives more than a nod to vintage ideas and style. Betty Hemmings Leather Luggage is a great example of beautiful pieces that evoke the golden age of travel but are totally modern and new. These are not nylon style zip suitcases, or those ultra lightweight designs, but traditional style suitcases and vanity cases with leather corners and straps as well as combination locks. This is luggage that looks like it could tell a story or two, and would be perfect to get you that upgrade at the airport.

When it comes to luggage, what style do you prefer?