Another find on yesterday's chazzing mission was this vintage woollen cape in Welsh Tweed. From the shop doorway my eyes were drawn to the rich colours peeking out from the rail and at £10 I thought it a good price for such a unique item.
I'm often asked how I manage to find quality vintage and designer goodies in charity shops, jumbles and car boot sales. I've been buying like this since I was a hard-up teen so it's second nature to me, but quite possible to develop a talent for thrifty shopping.
My first tip is to learn to distinguish between cheapo clothing and the real deal. First up visit the designer departments of upmarket department stores, feel the quality of the garments on the rails, examine the finish and notice the vibrancy of the colours. Next stop is your bog-standard high street chain ie., Primark or New Look, touch the clothes in there, notice the feel, the finish and the cut. Look at the way a zip is sewn in and the buttons attached. No matter how pretty the cheaper clothing looks there's a distinct difference.
My wardrobe, stuffed full of second-hand finds.
The more you visit shops and examine the merchandise the more adept you will become at spotting the treasure from the tat. Next time you pass a charity shop sweep your hand across the rail and pull out the item which feels the nicest, in time you'll learn to discern between Giorgio Armani and George at Asda by touch alone.
These boots caught my eye on a charity shop shoe rack yesterday, the leather and the style just screamed out "quality". They were a perfect fit and I didn't notice the Roland Cartier label until I got them home. Not bad for £3.99!
There's more tips and tricks on my blog. Here's a couple of links if you're pushed for time: