You know what annoys me? The label 'vintage'. It's just a fancy word for 'second-hand' that hipsters use as an excuse to slap a massive price tag on their old clothing. I always wonder why people bother shopping in vintage shops when they could have a little dig around in a charity shop and pick up the same item for pittance. Take this for example. You can buy this simple, white 'vintage' blouse from ROKIT for £60.00 (£45.00 in the sale. Bargain. Not.) Or of course, you can walk into a charity shop, and find it on the £1 rail as I did last week.
In my mind there are two types of people: people who love charity shops and people who haven't given charity shops a chance. Personally, I can't think of a better shopping experience. The stock is different every time you go in, you can pick up unique pieces that you won't find on the high street and, most importantly, when you buy from a chairty shop you're helping out a good cause. So when Money Supermarket contacted me for their What's in your pocket? project and asked me to spend £20 on whatever makes me feel good, there was only one option for me: charity shop spree!
Nowadays £20 doesn't go far... it might buy you half a dress in Topshop if you're lucky. But going into a charity shop armed with a whole £20 was like being Charlie in the Chocolate Factory for me. I got so many great bargains and still have change to spare! Here's a closer look at what I bought:
This is probably my favourite item I picked up, therefore I shall put it first! It's a delicate lace, Victorian style blouse which was sold in NEXT last year for £45. I picked it up (in PERFECT condition) for just £3.
Total = £3
I am a sucker for blouses and these two set me back just £1 each. The cream one is SO similar to the ROKIT one linked to above but was just £1 instead of £60! Can't go wrong for that can you?
Total = £5
My Mum actually bought this New Look dress for herself initially but then thought it was "too young" for her. I was more than willing to take it off her hands as this was another pound rail bargain!
Total = £6
This Jumper is from the RSPCA and, again, cost me only £1. I loved it because it reminded me of Topshop's knitwear though their's would probably set me back at least £45!
I bought an OPI nail polish in the shade 'Need Sunglasses?' for 50p and a lovely little trinket box for £1. The flower garlands were 50p each and reminded me so much of Crown & Glory. I couldn't pass them up even if I do only end up using them as home decor!
Total = £9.50
I couldn't believe my luck when I picked up these MISSONI cropped trousers in MENCAP. They were brand new WITH tags and cost me just £2.50 although they would have cost hundreds in the shop! They're beautiful quality and made from virgin wool (what exactly is that? ...the wool of a virgin sheep?)
Total = £12
Shrek 2 is one of my favourite films and The Woman in Black only came out last year and these cost me £1.50 each.
Final total = £15
So there we have it, not only have I got myself some brilliant bargains I've also helped out a handful of charities along the way. AND I've still got £5 left to spend on another charity shopping spree! Warm, fuzzy feelings all around.
Thanks again to the lovely people in Money Supermarket for inviting me to take part in this challenge. It was great fun and made me feel brilliant! Click here to find out more about the What's in your Pocket? blogger challenge.
Have you had any charity shop bargains recently?