Second Hand September – Charity Shop Finds

September has been a month that has looked at moving away from fast fashion shopping and has instead looked at re-using our wardrobes – Second Chance September. When we do buy something new, we are being encouraged to look at charity shops, vintage stores and nearly new shops in order to buy second hand, with Oxfam terming the month Second Hand September.

Now regular readers of this blog will know that I always buy second hand, vintage and car boot sales when adding to my wardrobe. This does not mean I don’t buy new, I do, but my budget doesn’t always allow for splurges and I love the idea of finding a treasure or a real bargain.

So if you have not yet signed up to Second Hand or Second Chance September, maybe some of the finds that I have found in the last couple of months may be enough to leave you having a rethink.

Compton Hospice

Top is vintage and was £2.99, the bag is an independent label and was £1.99. I love the bag, it is unusual and roomy and is typical of the unusual things you can find in charity shops.

The Children’s Society.

Oasis jumper £3.99, Autograph at Marks and Spencer’s trousers £4.99. Winter ready!

Top River Island £3.99.


Denim dress, no label £3.99, perfect transitional piece as it will look great with opaques too.

Vintage glass and jug, both under £5. You can get lots of pretty home accessories in charity shops, many of them vintage like this dressing table set.

I love this vintage Jane Shilton bag £5, so on trend in this season’s python print.

Vintage 1960s dress for £4.99. A little tight though, but the style is so modern.

The Children’s Society.

This bag is amazing, I couldn’t leave without it, especially as it was £3.99. Accessorised with my Luvit scarf (read that post here.)

You can actually put an outfit together from charity shop finds. This Dorothy Perkins skirt is another great transitional piece when teamed with a polo neck from Primark. The whole outfit was £6.50 and the Primark top still had the tags in.

How amazing is this dress. A genuine 1970s piece with an incredible pattern and a plisse style pleat skirt. Just £3.99. I can wear it with gold shoes now, and then add brown knee high boots when Winter comes.

Beacon for the Blind

This Amanda Wakeley elements dress is just so pretty and was only |£3.99. Unfortunately it was a little tight so it didn’t come home with me on this occasion.