We all like to buy ourselves new clothing and beautiful accessories, but as we become more conscious of how our shopping habits affect the planet, we look for new ways to fulfill our needs which will be more ecologically sound, and not lead to us buying cheap items that ultimately end up in landfill.
I have long been a fan of charity shop shopping, I like the idea of finding a bargain, of giving an unloved piece of clothing a new lease of life. Some of the pieces you find are unworn and still have the tags, whilst others are vintage treasures that, if they could speak, would have a story to tell. All these reasons are why I am so impressed with the idea of BuyCharity.
BuyCharity s a new UK-based online charity shop, that has specially curated items from charity shop and charity organisations from across the whole of the UK available for sale. This gives you plenty of scope to shop and support charities without actually leaving your home, as all the money from sales goes to the charity selling. BuyCharity offer a range of new, like new and secondhand items, including a wide range of men and women’s clothing. There are also items of jewellery, shoes and bags, and also vintage vanity items like Stratton compacts and Bakelite stud boxes. Some of the items are high end High Street or designer, with items from Barbour, Superdry, Harris Tweed, Radley and Joseph Ribkoff all currently available.
My most recent outfit of the days combines some of the items I have found on BuyCharity, along with other charity shop and preloved finds. The skirt I am wearing is from Topshop, and is a knitted design that was brand new with tags. It was sold on behalf of Age UK South Lakeland and came perfectly packaged and in great condition.
I teamed it with a Hobbs polo neck jumper that I found on a charity shop hunt, and a necklace I picked up in another Age UK store. My shoes are a Vinted find, and then the outfit is tied together with another BuyCharity find, a beautiful Paul Costelloe cross body bag in black leather. This was from St. Gemma’s Hospice and was again in absolutely perfect condition, it frankly could be brand new.
Buying new clothes and accessories from BuyCharity is basically guilt free shopping that not only helps a charity, but is certainly a more sustainable way to add to your wardrobe. It is also a good way to chose a Christmas gift that is unique, something vintage, or a lovely piece of jewellery.