i’ll be the one to show you the way

Ok, so seeing as I swear by them so much, this Saturday I thought I’d give you a post about Charity Shops. For some reason they’re like a fashionista’s marmite – you either love them or you hate them. They divide audience’s. I for one can’t get enough of them, but I know other people have a weird phobia of them – fear of rummaging through clothes to find what they want. But trust me, once you bag yourself some bargains, you’ll be hooked! I’m not claiming I can change your minds, I just thought I’d give you a post on some of the things you can find, without fail, in a Charity Shop – there’s so many great pieces to be had, and styles that are raging on the highstreet (especially in the more vintage-inspired shops like Topshop and Urban Outfitters) can easily be scooped for a couple of quid! Trust me on this…if you’re not Charity Shopping, you’re missing out!

ten trends you can find in a charity shop

1. striped breton tops.

 Left: Jumper – £3.50          Right: Jumper – 99p
Breton tops are are both a fashionista and a charity shop staple. Timelessly chic, and available in all sorts of styles; from oversized to fitted, jumpers to t-shirts. Rarely will you enter a charity shop without seeing  flash of that recognisable stripe pattern. And, of course, the cheap-cheap prices mean you can afford to get them in all sorts of styles!

2. men’s shirts.

 Left: Shirt – 99p       Right: Shirt – £7

Man shirts are always going to be a great addition to your wardrobe. Such an easy, sexy, casual look to wear, and something that is always around in charity shops! Channel your inner Keira Knightley with plain white, Blake Lively’s “just woke up at the Boyfriend’s” look or play it indie chic a la Fearne Cotton or Taylor Momsen with a checked one. 

3. big woolly jumpers/cardigans.

Jumper – £3.50

Men’s jumpers and cardigans are a staple layer in my winter wardrobe, and are so easy to find in charity shops. Patterned or plain, they are a great vintage look, at least in the Manchester vintage scene! Woolly jumpers and cardigans are all over actual vintage stores like COW and Ryan Vintage, but in a charity shop you can get the same look for far less money! And in these chilly winter months, why would you say no to something that will keep you cosy whilst looking stylish all at once?! Especially when it only costs you a few pounds.

4. oversized tops.

Left: Black Velvet Top – £3.50      Right:  Burgundy top – £3.50

A big oversized top with a tiny bodycon skirt and tights is the casual silhouette of the moment. So easy to wear and yet a fashion fail safe. This is one item you will never be without in a charity shop – you don’t need to worry about rummaging for something your size because it needs to be too big! There’s a lot of velvet about in charity shops at the moment too, making it easy to combine those two bang on season trends! 

5. leopard print. 

 Cardigan – £3.50

You might be dubious of this one, but the last charity shop I walked into, I literally spotted three leopard print items right away! To be honest, this one should probably be general animal print, as there’s all sorts, but leopard print is my favourite! And with the animal print trend still going, it’s a great find.

Ok, so disaster has struck. Half-way through doing this post I reached the limit of my photo storage and can’t upload any more photos!!! Worst thing ever! So I’m going to cut this post in half and give you the next 5 next Saturday! (It’s probably a good thing seeing as it was getting pretty long anyway!) 

I hope this has slightly inspired some of you to jump on the charity-shopping bandwagon. Seriously, there’s so many good finds to be had that are cheap and in-keeping with the current trends! So give it a go 🙂 Let me know if you find any beauties! I’ll fill you in on the next five trends next week (or maybe I will even make this a more regular post theme?) I would love if you’d let me know your thoughts on this idea and if you’ve enjoyed it/not/etc!

So has anyone got advice about what to do for the lack of photo storage? I’m guessing my best bet is to just purchase 20GB? But it all seems very odd to me…! I read a comment on someone else’s blog who it had happened to of a way to get around it involving something to do with extra email addresses but of course, silly me, I’ve forgotten who’s blog it was on! So please let me know if this has happened to you and you’ve got any advice or bight ideas to help me through! I don’t want it to stop me posting!

Dearie me, drama drama.  😉

Rosie x


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  4. Lisa
    19th January 2011 / 11:46 pm

    lovely post, inspired me to check out the men’s section next time i hit up Salvation Army as I’m usually too shy 🙂

  5. Lace n Coffee
    16th January 2011 / 10:57 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, I love Charity shops and I’ll pop in at least once a week to make sure I don’t miss any great bargains.

  6. Peacock Lace Face
    16th January 2011 / 10:50 pm

    I completely love this post! I wish the charity shops round here sold anything good, unfortunately with all the locals wearing tracksuits its hard to find anything worthwhile or of any decent quality! xx

  7. Violet
    16th January 2011 / 10:04 pm

    love love love your blog and this post! I’ve recently started shopping in charity shops, and i can’t get enough, so many bargains! Now following, 8a83.blogspot.com 🙂 xx

  8. Hannah
    16th January 2011 / 6:48 pm

    Love the breton stripe tops, so much cheaper than what you’d pay for the same thing on the high street!! Thanks for following me, I’m following you too and looking forward to the second half of this post 🙂

  9. Manon Margaretha
    16th January 2011 / 6:16 pm

    Thank you !
    I’m going to follow you too, I love your style (:

  10. ♥ Sadie ♥
    16th January 2011 / 5:12 pm

    Great post!! Love the pics :).

    Sadie x


  11. lilyfm
    16th January 2011 / 2:49 pm

    I love love love this post.
    i also love charity shops so much, they are amazing 🙂
    following now 🙂 xx

  12. Misha
    16th January 2011 / 2:08 pm

    I tried last year but always returned empty handed but affter seeing this post, I might just try it again :]
    looking forward to part II.

  13. Janina
    16th January 2011 / 1:43 pm

    Thanks for your comment, I’m following you too! ((:


  14. Iris / London Fashion Diary
    16th January 2011 / 12:27 pm

    Great article, I really agree with you, charity shops are great, you may not always find something but with a bit of perseverance you can find some real gems!
    but personnally, even if it’s not clothes, I always end up buying a book or a cute homeware piece!

    xx Iris

  15. Alma
    16th January 2011 / 12:11 pm

    I love your post!! Full of useful informations.:P I can’t seem to find a shop to buy a proper boyfriend’s shirt… All look on my enourmous!

  16. Emma (Scrapbook de la Emma)
    16th January 2011 / 10:19 am

    I can never find anything in charity shops, but i probably dont look enough. you’ve inspired me 🙂
    Scrapbook de la Emma

  17. loveandpeaceF
    16th January 2011 / 2:27 am

    this definitely makes me want to head over to Goodwill 🙂 I love the belted mens shirt! So cute 🙂

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