I love a good rummage through a charity shop. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed of setting foot in one, but times have definitely changed and I’ve found some of my favourite clothes in charity shops. You’re also donating to a good cause and shopping more ethically. Shopping AND saving the planet? What’s not to love!
Here’s my advice for getting the most out of your charity shopping experience.
Use the changing rooms
Don’t be tempted to buy something that’s the wrong size just because it’s a good price. Make use of the changing rooms and only buy what fits. I used to do that and I ended up with a pile of clothes that didn’t fit me and which ended up going back to the charity shop as a donation because my receipt had expired.
Open your mind
It’s easy to get stuck in a style rut and buy what you know when it comes to clothes. However, leave that at the door of the charity shop. I never thought I’d like to wear maxi skirts, but after picking up some great ones in charity shops, I now love them and prefer wearing them to jeans. It’s an inexpensive way to find new trends that you might love.
Don’t go for basics
I tend to avoid white tees and vest tops when I go into a charity shop because I can find brand new ones at good prices elsewhere. Instead, I look for jackets, blouses, dresses and slogan/pretty tops. I prefer to look for statement items which will really add something to my wardrobe and become a staple.
Charity shops are great places to find not just clothing and accessories, but books, DVDs and CDs, often for £1. I’ve also found children’s books and brand new adult colouring books to use in my snail mail projects.
Do you enjoy charity shopping?