There’s nothing I like more than grabbing a bargain in a charity shop and saving myself a few quid (whilst also helping out a good cause of course), and I can often by found rummaging through rails and boxes for that next find.
This is the first of what I expect will be many posts on the amazing items you can pick up second-hand, if you take the time to look, in the hope that I’ll encourage others to venture away from the high-street and to shop second-hand every now and again.
This week, I visited Harrogate, where, amongst the high end clothing stores are an abundance of charity shops, which often, as I’ve found, contain many of those high-end items, either donated by previous owners, or in some cases by the stores themselves as I’ve found a lot of items to be brand new but sold at a heavy discount. Not only can you bag a bargain, but also find items from stores that you wouldn’t usually shop in.
Here’s what I picked up this week, for a grand total of about £10!
The Breton top
I’ve lost count of the number of stripey tops in my wardrobe, but you really can’t go wrong with a Breton, and I seem to be magnetically drawn to them whenever I enter a store. I was especially pleased when I picked up this Cos boxy Breton for £3.95!
Cos is one of my favourite stores, but a little pricey for my usual budget, so I was over the moon with this, especially as it’s exactly the kind of thing I would treat myself to full price.
Banana Republic basics
With stores primarily in London, I’ve never actually shopped in Banana Republic, but this is the second skirt from them that I’ve picked up second hand. For £4.95 this will make a great basic for days when I can’t decide what to wear, plus it’s really cute! I love finding brands that I don’t usually get to shop for.
The 99p dress!
As you can probably tell, I love my basic pieces, and a decent black dress is a must. I love this dress as the pleated skirt is just the right length for a sophisticated look, dressed up or down, and the weight of the fabric makes it feel of good quality. I actually couldn’t believe it when I looked at the label and it’s only from Tu, a supermarket brand, so probably wasn’t that pricey in the fist place, but who cares for 99p!