This Spring has seen some of the richest pickings when it comes to charity shop, vintage and Vinted finds. It seems like everyone in the country has had a sort out and there have been some real bargains to be found. I have to say that I have been sorting myself, and sent over 100 items to Acorns children’s charity shop that my mom manages, so feel absolutely no guilt about the brilliant items I have found, which has included designer items at what can only be described as bargainous prices.
I have been searching for a dupe pair of shoes similar to Carrie Bradshaw’s Hangisi shoes since the start of ‘And Just Like That‘. Dune are famous for their dupes in the form of the Breanna and Betty shoes, but the Breanna are a little high for me, and the Betty lower heeled versions are so hard to find. These are the M&S Insolia’s, which are not only gorgeous, but are also really comfortable too. They were £10 from Vinted and are perfect.
I also got this incredible pair of Bally shoes from The Children’s Society in Aldridge, just £5.50 for a barely worn pair of designer shoes.
It is not just shoes that have been donated in abundance this Spring, I have found so many new pieces of clothing to add to my Spring wardrobe for 2022. The striped dress below is a 1970s original vintage dress that was picked up from the British Heart Foundation for £6. It’s original belt was missing so I added another charity shop find to this look.
An M&S oversized shirt from Cancer Research for £3.
An unlabelled Italian silk blouse, also from Cancer Research for £3. The large Cancer Research shop in Walsall has price points of £1, £2 and £3 so you can always find a bargain.
White Wallis Jacket that was new with tags from St Katherine’s House hospice shop in Hednesford, £4. Worn with preloved Adidas Gazelles.
Was gutted that this £10 Max Mara jacket was not my size!
Green vintage dress from British Heart Foundation, Sutton Coldfield.
Cute Wolsey cardigan, £3 from Sense, Aldridge.
Another absolute bargain, a Pure Collection skirt, still with tags showing a £99 price point, for £1!
Next dress, £3.99 from Sense. Already worn this for hubby’s birthday meal.
Vintage gown from The Children’s Society, Bloxwich.
Some of the great labels you can find including Cos, Preen and Karen Millen.
This Jaeger vintage dress is definitely one of my fave finds this Spring.
I don’t mind admitting I am a magpie when it comes to jewellery, and that I particularly love vintage, be it 1950s paste brooches and beads, and 1980s ostentatious necklaces with pearls and gold plate. Charity shops are a brilliant place to hunt down your rich pickings.
Bags and Accessories
Mere Green proved a brilliant place to hunt for fabulous accessories – the Paul Smith scarf below was just £3 and I have been wearing it constantly during our chilly Spring. There were also some great hats for those with weddings to attend this season, along with lots of great quality bags from the likes of Osprey and Radley.
Home And Books
Don’t forget, that you can also find great pieces for the home too, and that charity shops can be a great source for used books worth reading.