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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19 thoughts on “Charity Shop Haul – My Recent Bargains

  1. So wonderful that you are shopping at Charity shops. I love the thought of it to – but I have to get a little better in taking the time to go and browse these wonderful places.

  2. Oh yes, I love shopping at thrift shops! One shop in my hometown recently had a 5 dresses for $25 sale. My friend found two that she liked and I found three. It was perfect! You always find such fun and unique stuff!

  3. Absolutely! I do lots of shopping for myself and my kids at charitable thrift stores, one high-end consignment store (for my professional wardrobe), and our twice-yearly children’s consignment sale events (for my kids’ wardrobe.) It’s the only way to go, and much easier on both our budget AND the planet, in my opinion!

  4. We also have thrift stores in our area and we can visit the shops during break time. Sometimes the quality of the items is much better in thrift shops than in the malls.

  5. I love shopping at thrift stores. You can always find something amazing and at a great price.

  6. Great finds! I love finding great deals at thrift shops and secondhand stores. I shopped there a lot when my kids were little especially since they grow out of clothes so fast.

  7. all the fab dresses! i have never been shopping in a charity shop but after reading this, i feel i should! you never know what treasure you can find

  8. I love charity shops, and you can find great treasures in them. I am a food blogger, so I go there for both props and clothes, and the fun part is that many of my friends think I make a lot of money because I do have “new” clothes all the time. Hahaha… if they only knew. =D

  9. You definitely found some amazing finds at the charity shop. I wish that we had something like this where I live.

  10. I used to shop at a charity clothing store back in my high school days. I got some really great quality clothes that were in great condition and it cost me only a few dollars. It’s a great place to shop when you are in a tight budget.

  11. You look really gorgeous in all those outfits. Why pay more when you can get a good bargain.

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