Friday, 22 February 2013

What's In Your Pocket? Charity Shop Haul


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!
Total =£7


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?

33 comments:

  1. Wow, you got some great stuff!

    www.laurensibs.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Lauren, I think I did pretty well :) xx

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  2. Loved this post! I really need to give Charity shops a chance, the ones in my area aren't that great but I've heard amazing things about ones in London xx

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    1. Oh definitely do!! It's a great feeling when you find a gem that you love and it's good to know that you're not wearing the same thing as every one on the high street (I'm sick to death of the sight of GEEK tops!) xxx

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    2. Oh. *Takes your Christmas present back to Topshop*

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    3. That jumper is lush, Hegs. I do like a good piece of knitwear...And those cropped trousers? Oh. My. Gosh.

      Reminds me of the Charity Shop Challenge we did for Spotlight a good few years ago - need to take you with me next time I go for some better luck with choosing stuff!

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    4. BBZ Stick with me, I'll see you through all the rubbish and old lady clothes and find you a bargain. Most of these I got at one charity shop on Elmsleigh Drive. It's AMAZING. I'll have to take you with me one day to share in the amazingess. xxxx

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    5. Don't think I've been to that one! I always raid the charity shops down Leigh with Ian but that's mainly for geeky books/DVDs haha. Next time I'm with you :P x

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  3. Absolutely great bargains!

    And I agree, vintage shops in London charge ridiculous amounts for things they've probably bought in a wholesale or charity shop themselves! Luckily for us we know there's some good bargains to be had at charity shops and also car booties!

    http://brightanddandy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I know, when I was younger I absolutely adored Beyond Retro and all the big vintage stores in London but I'm so over their ridiculous prices now. Can't wait for summer to come and for the car bootsales to start! xxxx

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  4. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! Loveee the jumper, can't believe it was a quid! And the flower garlands are so pretty. There is absolutely nothing I love more than a good route around the charity shops :) xx

    paintedglitter.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ahhh thank you! The garlands were a great but though I'm not sure I can pull them off. So glad you share in the love for charity shops! :) xxx

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  5. Wow, can't believe how many great bargains you managed to pick up - I've been in the charity shops in my town and they only to seem to have rubbishy clothes in them, it's really annoying :(

    xx

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    1. Yeah sometimes it's just a matter of luck. One week I'll find nada and the next they'll be so much choice, also some charity shops are A LOT better than others - I have my favourite one that I visit almost every week! It's worth the effort when you find something brilliant though. xxx

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  6. I really need to try more charity shops! I've had quick looks before, but they've never seemed that great.
    Now I'm in a new city (and have been for a while) I really should check out the shops here! You got some great stuff!

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    1. Thanks, Katie. Some locations are better than others in terms of charity shops. Even locally here in one road they're all expensive with old lady clothes then in another they're amazing. You just need to explore and find the gooduns :) xxx

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  7. Some great finds! I love the Next blouse, and such a good price! With charity shops, as fun as they are, they can be really hard work to find some good pieces although it's so rewarding when you do! i guess I'm lucky when it comes to vintage shops, where I am although you can spend a lot of money on very little there they always have lots of bargains too - I've regularly found dresses and blouses for £5. Having said that, the one up the road from that one will happily charge £30 for a very basic t-shirt - guess it just depends on the shop. xx

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    1. Good point, Jodie. Some vintage shops are definitely more reasonable than others but then again you also really have to route around in them to find something decent too. I just started to feel ripped off by them a bit, at least in a charity shop the money is going to a good cause too. But you're right it totally depends on the shop - they're all different xxx

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  8. Finally, I've been waiting to see what charity shop bargains you picked up since you commented on my Whats in your pocket post! You got some lovely stuff too!! Charity shopping is the best xx

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    1. Ha ha! Thanks Vikki. We both did well - I still can't believe you found that Lana Del Rey album. I've been collecting this stuff for like the past month though and still didn't manage to spend the full amount! xxx

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  9. They are amazing bargains!
    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

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  10. I would have done exactly the same! In fact my OH told me to buy myself something rather than buying him a card for Valentines Day - I got a dress a scarf and a book for £2!!
    That Victoriana blouse is gorgeous!

    Jenni x

    Bows Bangles & Bakes

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    1. Awww that's SUCH a cute Valentine's idea. I absolutely love the blouse, can't believe I found it. xxxx

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  11. Wow can't believe you got all those for £15! You've inspired me to go charity shop bargain hunting this week :)

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    1. I know! When you think what £15 would buy you in Topshop or even Primark these days it's amazing. Have a good time bargain hunting and definitely let me know if you get anything good! xxx

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  12. Great post! So insightful and nice to see someone else appreciate Charity shops and their bargains! Please check me out if you get chance: gutterflowerbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww thanks Jodie! I have mega appreciation for charity shops. Will defo check out your blog :) xxx

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  13. Amazing post, this has inspired me so much to look in charity shops again. I used to but I've become lazy.

    Next weekend I will!!

    New follower btw :)

    www.themakeupdirectory.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Oh yay! I discovered your blog on TSR a couple of days ago and loved it! Definitely post if you get anything good bargains :) xxx

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  15. I love finding a good bargain or two but looks like you managed to grab more then a few and they are all SO NICE! Where do you go charity shopping?!!! I am a fan of trinket boxes as well haha. I have quite a few! Nice blog post! xx

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  17. I'm in love with that lilac blouse, which charity shop did you get all these from cos when I'm in London I find charity shops' prices very high (same as primark or new look etc.)

    by the way; there's a giveaway on by blog at the moment, a coupon of $30 to spend in chicnova.

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