It’s all too easy for us to turn our noses up at second hand clothes, but with the humble charity shop boasting one off pieces at super cheap prices, then who are we to be snobs? Further to that, of course, is the fact that every penny spent on a new piece goes towards a good cause and also helps sustainability in the fashion world. My bag, coat, jeans and boots are all from various charity shops, making for quite a stylish little emsemble (if I do say so myself!) In this post I’m sharing with you a few little tips for a successful and totally purse friendly bargain hunt.
Yep- that’s right. A Mulberry. In a charity shop. This gorgeous vintage Mulberry was bought for just £30. Yup. A Mulberry for THIRTY POUNDS! The black leather and mock-croc print makes for a classic bag that will never go out of fashion and I adore it’s practical size. It was a special gift that I’ll always treasure, and it almost means more to me that it once belonged to another. So next time you’re passing a charity shop take your time to have a rummage through the bags and look out for a logo you recognise. You may just find a total winner. (Sometimes charity shops will keep their best pieces behind the counter or in a cabinet- so keep your eyes peeled!)
The Camel Coat
This beauty was a mere £5! Charity shops are RIFE with gorgeous vintage pieces, especially well made, classic coats. I love the slouchy, masculine fit of this one and because it’s slightly oversized it teams well with thick, winter knits. If you find the coat of your dreams but find it’s too big, then why not get it tailored to fit? Chances are you’ll be paying a hell of a lot less for what is potentially a one off piece. Be vigilant though- sometimes there can be hidden stains and marks that won’t come out with a decent dry clean.
My favourite skinnies are the Topshop Leigh’s and I manged to pick up this pair virtually unworn. At £6 they were a mere fraction of the usual £38 price tag! A charity shop is also an absolute haven for good, hardy, proper jeans. I’m yet to source an amazing pair of vintage Levi’s but that’s high on my to-do-list so watch this space! Again, good jeans only get better with wear, making a charity shop an ideal place to source your denim. Look out for labels intact or the Levi logo- we can’t go wrong.
One person’s junk is another’s treasure, that’s for sure. I managed to pick up these brown suede Zara Chelsea boots for £4, brand new with labels. They are so stylish and comfortable, and not totally flat to add a bit of height. I’m always open to hunting for boots because they’re so easily cleaned and brightened up. When charity shopping look out for higher end labels at a fraction of the price- I once saw thee Chloe Susanna boots in a London charity shop for £65. Obviously sod’s law would have it that they’d not be in my size (I tried to squeeze) but someone must have got a total bargain. And let’s face it- boots look SO much better worn in.
Have a browse on Oxfam’s online designer pre-loved items here– you’ll never know what treasures you’ll find! Have you picked up any charity shop bargains?!