Why I LOVE Charity Shops (And You Should Too!)

Friday, 10 June 2016
"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.

Fabulous bric-a-brac

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.

Friendly staff

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?
Let me know below!
8 comments on "Why I LOVE Charity Shops (And You Should Too!)"
  1. I love charity shops! You can always find such gems in there and often other people won't have the item you have picked up which I love. I also love when you find a designer item at an amazing price! Sophie x


  2. My mum has always bought clothes for us out of charity shops - i didn't mind until I was 11 and told people at a dance that my beautiful skirt was from Oxfam, and I got slagged rotten.

    Love them now - although find them increasingly hard to find anything decent in as i think they're all too popular now.

    Paula http://insertmyblognamehere.blogspot.com

  3. I have seen people wearing that dress on the right! Going to go look in charity shops more often xx

  4. I haven't done a good charity shop shop for a while and this post makes me desperate to get to the local ones soon! I usually find the best pieces but they're in a size 8 and I definitely won't fit into them ha

    Sarah xo // See The Stars

  5. Bloody love this post, girl, preach it!
    I've always asked this question: Why on earth do people have no problem buying clothes off other people on eBay and yet they won't step foot into a charity shop? It's the same thing!
    So glad you have wrote a post on this, chick. You are 100% right.
    Charity shops are wonderful. You get some great finds. :)

    Lots of love
    Charlene McElhinney

  6. I absolutely looooove charity shops. Got some of the best heels from them (Jeffrey Campbells at that!) I'm heading into town today and your post has inspired me to go check out the latest stuff in mine. This is a great post!
    Sarah x

  7. I looove thrift stores and charity shops along with auction sites with second hand clothes online! It's good for the wallet and awesome for our world ^^ And also if it's a charity shop the money goes to a good thing so woop woop! :D
    xo Kitten ♥ The Howling WolfHeart

  8. I haven't done charity shop but love this post very interesting and the tops are lovely stylish and trendy. Be sure to visit our women ethnic wear website highlight and online shopping for various trendy clothing.


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