Welcome to my latest round up of vintage and charity shop buys, this one looking towards Spring, which is hopefully on its way after what must be the worst February in living memory.
Charity shops are changing their look at this time of year just like regular shops, as they try to move away from thick jumpers and bring in some clothes that are suitable for Spring. Although many rely on donations, they still try to make their selection seasonable, by storing Spring and Summer donations until it is a suitable time to put them out for sale. This means that it is worth taking a look if you are trying to update your wardrobe on a budget as you could get a bargain.
What to look for?
It is only March, so it is still chilly, so look for lighter knits like the Paul Costelloe jumper below which would work well with your jeans and definitely has a fresher look. The Ralph Lauren jeans are also of a cute, springlike shade and could still be worn with a chunky knit, but you might be able to leave your coat behind as it gets warmer.
Pretty accessories can also make your look seem lighter. I love this display of ultra pretty bracelets at the The Children’s Society in Bloxwich, these cost on average around £1.
I found this brand new with tags Marks and Spencer blouse in the St Giles shop in Bloxwich for £3. It is too big, but I thought I could take inspiration from the Vivienne Westwood Pirate style of the early 1980’s and style it with pixie style cowboy boots.
I also found some nice items that are perfect for Spring at the Acorns store in Wednesbury. This Dorothy Perkins top is totally my style, I love white tops with denim in Spring and this has lovely detail on the yoke and the sleeves. The 1980’s vintage blazer is also fab, the colour is gorgeous and I love the shoulder pads which certainly fit in with the statement sleeves that are such a feature this season.
How gorgeous is this straw bag. I’m already thinking holiday season with this look teamed with the scarf that could easily be a cover up/sarong for Summer hols.
Furniture and homewares
Charity shops are not just about fashion and clothing, you can find a range of furniture and homewares too, especially if you are looking for some vintage pieces but can’t afford to look in vintage and antique shops that often have an expensive price point.
My favourite find recently is the Art Deco sideboard, display cabinet with the clock inset that I found in a store in Wellington. I am so tempted to go back and get it as it is truly beautiful.