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.

Don’t forget…

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?

  • Food & Baker

    I personally have never shopped in a charity shop, but my mum loves it and buys stuff for me there too! Even brand new stuff and we’ve got the 10 seasons of Friends for £30! These are some fab tips for when I do my first shop!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  • I hope you make that first shop soon!

  • I love these tips, especially the second one; it’s nice to find you like something you didn’t think you would, especially when you’re supporting charities and preventing something from going to landfill.

  • YESSSS, I love charity shopping! You can always find so many bargains! I would definitely agree about going in with an open mind, and also taking a look in sections which don’t stock your size – there’s nothing wrong with buying something a couple sizes too big and wearing it as oversize! I do it all the time! Fab post!

    Abbey 👑 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • That’s true, I bought a lovely jumper which was too big and it looked nice as oversize, will be wearing it in a few months! Glad you liked the post, Abbey.

  • YES! Sometimes I see items and think, why on Earth would someone give this away!

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    I barely ever charity shop, I must admit, as I find it really overwhelming! These tips are great though, and I may have to go on a little hunt!

    Love,

    Hayley X

    Lifethroughtsg.com

  • Gwennan Rees

    One of my most loved possessions is a MASSIVE marble pot I bought for 3 quid in a charity shop, it hosts all my makeup and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever bought

  • I love charity shops! i find it great for baby things as well as pieces for me! Charity bookshops are my favourite places, you can find so many treasures!
    Hels x

  • Alisha Valerie.

    I adore charity shop shopping so this blog post get me a little excited!! Great tips babe, thank you for sharing 🌸💗✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    http://www.AlishaValerie.com | http://www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

  • Yay, glad to find another fan of it!

  • Oh my gosh the baby clothes can be amazing in charity shops! I’ve also found some beautiful fairytale books for my friends’ children.

  • Oh wow that sounds amazing!

  • I agree it can be overwhelming, I had to stick with it!

  • Oh wow I bet there are amazing charity shop goodies to be discovered there! Haha yes I like to branch out from clothes.

  • The huge bookshelves in charity shop are my biggest weakness – if I see one I just have to go in and get a couple! I haven’t bought clothes in one for ages because I can never really find anything I like but I really should start going in more often!

  • Haha I never resist a bookshelf like that!