|"I love your dress! Where's it from?" British Heart Foundation, actually...|
"Charity shops smell!" "People might have died in the clothes!" "They don't even give the money to charity!" "The clothes are all tatty and worn!"
The dress in the picture was £5 from a charity shop and should have been £85 new. I hope that bibbidi-bobbidi-BLOWS all your misconceptions about charity shops completely out of the water...
High-end and vintage brands
Charity shops are a total goldmine for all things thrifty and fabulous. Even just off the top of my head I can name some amazing things I've got from them - My beautiful pink Coast dress, a Run & Fly Mini Cooper dress, my Topshop Jamacia dress I bought for £5.99 instead of £36... the list is endless.
Clothing new with tags
I've bought so many things which still have the original tags on. It baffles me that people would donate such beautiful, high-end clothes instead of selling them on eBay, but luckily for me, they do!
And speaking of eBay, there's no stigma around buying second hand clothes off there, or even Depop, so why is there such a stigma around charity shops? When I was in primary school it was the biggest insult to accuse a classmate of wearing charity-shop clothes. I lived in fear of the other children finding out that my mum actually worked in one and brought home goodies for me almost every day. From the ages of 8 to 12, I was clothed pretty much head to toe in charity shop finds.
Charity shops are not only awesome for finding a brand new outfit for under £10, pretty much all of my dad's father's day and birthday present has been things mum has picked up on a charity shop haul. Brand new comedy pint glasses, ties, books and DVDs.
Even though there is some paid employees, most staff in charity shops are volounteers. This means they must love their job to be working there and are usually some of the nicest staff I've met.
Yes, I will admit that some charity shops can be a bit iffy, and quite often even I won't set foot in them, but find yourself a good one in your local town and you're pretty much set for life.
If charity shopping is wrong, then I don't wanna be right *wink*
What do you think to charity shops?
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