Second Hand Style Mission: Why Charity Shops are the Way Forward

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.

The Answer
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!

  • Jane

    I look forward to seeing this. If the results are good, you can style me! 😉

  • Retro Chick

    Almost all my outfits come from Charity Shops, or are 99p eBay bargains!

    Can't wait to see the results