I, like many fashion bloggers, like clothes a little bit too much. I’d say possibly more than chocolate. Oh yes – I went there.
There are two problems with this:
I spend way too much money
I buy from shops that a lot of other people buy from
I realise that the second can be remedied by applying your own style, personal taste and creativity to an outfit – but there’s no escaping the shame of being in the same room as someone else with the same dress on.
For the months of August and September, I am going to visit charity shops and ONLY buy clothes from charity shops. I am then going to calculate how much money I save, compared with how much money I spent last month on clothes.
To prove my efforts, I will also be taking pictures of my outfits. This is something I haven’t really done on this blog before, so let’s see how that goes!
I have no idea about which are good charity shops and which aren’t. I know that some do amazing second-hand designer clothes, but I doubt I can even afford those. I need ‘mid-range’ charity shops. Plus it annoys that charity shops in ‘nice’ areas charge a great deal more than they need to, because of the area. I don’t want to go in and buy something that’s worth than what I’d buy at Topshop.
The first five on my list to visit are:
- Cancer Research UK, Islington Cancer Research UK, 34 Upper St, N1 0PN (7226 8951). Angel tube. 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5pm Sun.
- Oxfam, Dalston Oxfam, 514-518, Kingsland Rd, E8 4AH (7254 5318/ http://www.oxfam.co.uk). Dalston Kingsland rail. 9.30am-5.20pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-6pm Sat; noon-4pm Sun.
- Mind Charity Shop: 11 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0NX, 020 7812 9210
- Bosnian Community London, 100 lower Clapton Road, Hackney,London E5 0QR
- Oxfam, 144 Notting Hill Gate, London
There will be a series of follow-up posts, so check back for more info!