Sunday, 16 March 2014

HOW TO FIND THE BEST CLOTHES IN CHARITY SHOPS - TIPS & TRICKS

Denim Jacket - Charity Shop (£4.99)
Shirt - River Island
Trousers - Topshop
Shoes - Topshop
Charity shopping. You either love it or you hate it. Personally, I love a good rummage and a bargain therefore I am a lover of charity shops. I have picked up some amazing pieces and therefore thought I would share with you some of my tips and tricks!

1 - Don't just stick to your size!
Just because you're a size 10 doesn't mean you can't look/try on sizes 6 or even 16. I am a massive fan of oversized clothing, therefore I look in all sizes and am not often disappointed!
 
2 - Search the men's section!
Being a lover of oversized clothing the men's section is often my best friend. I love the slouchy tee's and cosy jumpers, some of the items even have their labels on still! You can find some amazing pieces in the men's section, so definitely have a look!
 
3 - Take your time!
Don't expect to walk in and find an incredible vintage levi jacket (although amazing if you ever did/do). Charity shops after all are stacked with cringy items of clothing, but have a rummage and be patient. You'll find something.
 
4 - Don't let the price tag 'sway' you
When I see an item of clothing that's £1, immediately I think I must get it, although it's most likely the ugliest piece of clothing I've ever soon. Even though a pound seems incredibly cheap, it all adds up. Especially if you're going on a charity shopping spree (as I like to call it), it may be helpful to set a budget.
 
5 - Do you actually need it?
This isn't really a tip, but I often end up buying things I don't really need and they just sit at the back of my wardrobe. Just think of at least 3 different ways to style it, and if you can think of three ways you'd wear it, buy it! If not, leave it for someone else who will love it just as much.
 
6 - Have a few looks around
When I first go in I take a scan around the shop, then a more in depth look and finish off with another look. This way I make sure I miss nothing. I often find the best items on my last look, it's weird how you naturally overlook some incredible pieces.
 
7 - Don't be embarrassed
I used to be embarrassed about going into charity shops by myself, but I soon discovered there's nothing too be embarrassed about. It's just like walking into topshop, minus the young well-dressed employees and pumping music and expensive prices...
 
My favourite item I have picked up is this denim jacket (picture featured above - the sleeves don't actually have that tartany style on the cuffs, it's just my shirt that I folded around the cuff). I picked it up on my final look in Age UK for only £4.99.  You did not misread that, £4.99. It was like Christmas all over again. I have been looking for a oversized denim jacket forever, and this is perfect. I love everything about it. I think it originally came from M&S but it looks brand new and there are no signs of it being worn.
 
I hope these tips have helped you, these tips have helped me find some amazing items before. I hope you've all enjoyed this very sunny weekend, the weather has been gorgeous. I could really get use to this weather, but I can imagine one day soon I'll be at the bus stop in the pouring rain! Oh well... until then I hope you've had a lovely weekend and have a great week!
 
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3 comments:

  1. LOVE This post... I too am a lover of vintage and charity shops :)
    Great tips too!

    Love.
    LeaLea
    www.lealeaho.co.uk

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  2. Thank you for the great tips! My friend and I are planning to go on a charity shopping spree soon so these were very helpful! I love charity shops, it's such an amazing way to shop and it's more exciting and most importantly you spend the same amount but for more pieces :) x

    ~ www.brunette-wavez.blogspot.ie

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  3. Great post, so helpful thank you!! I think the do you actually need it advice is key. I used to be awful at just buying stuff and never wearing it but I have turned a new leaf and am starting to think of ways to wear things before buying.

    Thanks again for this amazing post!!

    Georgie xx

    Life in Loafers

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