The Great British Charity Shop... If you believed some of the blogs you read you'd think visiting them was a total waste of time. In the name of research Jon & I took ourselves off around the chazzas on Saturday to disprove the theories.
"You rarely find vintage and if you do it's ludicrously overpriced or naff old Eighties polyester"....
Oh yeah? This Atlantic of London frock was £5 from the British Heart Foundation, that's around half the price of their usual stock of Top Shop, Karen Millen, Jigsaw & River Island dresses.
100% cotton and not a man-made fibre in sight.
Proper bona fide 1960s Mod couture.....
and a very reasonable £2.49 from Age UK.
"All the designer and posh labels get taken by the volunteers"
100% wool jacket in Cancer Research.
Loafers in Age UK.
Hand made John White brogues for £3 in Compton Hospice.
"It's all overpriced, useless tat"
Really? These Faith stack heeled leather ankle boots were £2 from Salvation Army, comfy, cool and something I've been after for ages
This French Connection chartreuse silk vest was 50p from Cancer Research, a perfect injection of colour for a drab English Summer's day.
"Primark is more expensive second-hand than it is bought new from the shop"
Basics acid yellow vest and cute high-waisted dungaree shorts (which I've pimped up by replacing the original buttons with 1960s fabric ones) were 50p and £1 apiece from Cancer Research. I don't shop at Primark but I'm pretty certain the clothes cost more than that PLUS a charity gets to benefit rather than a big corporation with questionable ethics.
"It's cheaper to buy your paperbacks from the supermarket"
Banardos had reduced their books down to 25p each or 5 for a quid. Can Asda beat that?
"There's never any decent craft stuff"
No, of course not, I must be imagining this 4 yard length of paisley printed cotton I bought for 50p (Cancer Research) then.
"The men's clothes are all rubbish"
Yes, here's a Guess shirt (£2.50, Banardos) and Raf Simons Tee shirt (75p, Age UK), complete and utter crap but they make Jon happy.
And if you keep moaning about the state of our UK charity shops I'll have to set Stephen Squirrel on you and he's fat, noisy and he's currently being treated for ringworm so be warned....
|1970s midi dress worn with vintage Dolcis platforms (£4.99, PDSA), Indian tribal collar and bangles (second-hand or inherited), felt hair clips (handmade by the gorgeous Krista)|