My Recent Thrift Shop Haul – Including Calvin Klein Skirt ♥

Hello ladies! I’m sure most of you know I love a to bag a good bargain and a root around in a second hand shop. You can find some right gems, and you know what they say.. one mans trash is anothers treasure! Nothing makes me feel better than finding a good bargain, and knowing it’s preloved makes it that bit more special.

Waste can be a big environmental problem these days so it’s always nice to know you’re ‘rescuing’ an item from the landfill and reusing it instead. And charity shops also have the extra bonus because as well as getting yourself a good deal, you get a feel-good factor knowing that the money is going to a good cause. Although I’m not sure whether to feel good that the old lady in one of the shops said to her colleague ‘the little girl would like to pay now’ – referring to me, I’m 22!

As part of the MoneySupermarket ‘What’s in your Pocket’ blogger challenge, I was given £20 to go and make myself feel good, so I hit the thrift shops and bought some right beauties! Here’s what I picked up..

These two stunning brooches were only £2 each from a real antiques shop. I couldn’t decide which one I preferred so I had to get both! I’ve always wanted a genuine cameo brooch and this one has a pretty salmon coloured background and a pearl edging. The other one is larger and has an array of flowers and pearls on a gold coloured brooch. I think these will brighten up any modern outfit and give it a vintage twist.

cute floral tea cup and saucer trio in pretty pastel shades was only
£2.50 for the set from a second hand market stall seller. It’s made in
England but isn’t worth a lot, but it sure is a pretty addition to my
collection. I have bought so many tea cups from charity shops over the last year I’m not sure what to do with them all! I don’t even drink tea! But they’re so pretty… 

I love this little cutie! On the left is a new little kitsch deer I picked up from a charity shop for only 60p. She goes quite nicely with my other retro deer ornament which I bought off eBay. They’re so cute and a little bit quirky! I keep them on my bedroom shelf with some of my favourite tea cups.. granny chic!
This might be my favourite thing I bought! This new Lana Del Rey album was sitting in Oxfam for only £1.99! This was only released last year so I can only imagine someone must have got it twice for Christmas or something! I love Lana and listen to her album again and again on Spotify so now I can enjoy her in the car too! What a find!
I also picked up this brand new Ellesse sports top for only £3. It’s perfect for me to go to the gym in, and there’s an almost identical one selling in Next for £20! So this will definitely make me feel good and hopefully help me to feel more confident after my fitness sessions.

The purple little wooden drawer set might seem a bit hideous and ugly, but from the moment I saw it I had some upcycling plans for it! It was only £1 and I thought its perfect for nick nacks, and I thought with a lick of paint it would be perfect for my bedroom! I sanded it down, painted it white, and then bought some new knobs for it for £2 from eBay! Isn’t it pretty now? Sorry about the bad photo. DIY and upcycling is another thing that makes me feel good! It’s nice to be proud of something you made with your own creativity.

And finally, I also got this Calvin Klein skirt for only £5! It’s gorgeous, although it’s labelled as a size 12 I wonder if it’s a US 12 as it’s quite large! It’s got a leather waistband and the skirt fabric is thick and textured. It was in a recent collection but I can’t find out much about it except for it was still being sold in November, and I imagine it would have been quite pricey! This left me with a smile on my face for the rest of the day! Mum couldn’t believe my bargain!

Have you had any charity shop bargains lately?

Thanks to MoneySupermarket for inviting me for this challenge 🙂 Oh and one last thing.. here’s a rather appropriate video that’s currently all over the place – Macklemore – Thrift Shop!


  1. February 9, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    Lovely bargains and I like your drawer DIY 🙂 xx

  2. February 9, 2013 / 2:52 pm

    Love the little drawer set – it looks so gorgeous now – I miss your DIY/upcycle posts. Vohn x

  3. February 9, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    Ah I'm forever picking up brooches – love them!

  4. February 9, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    Oh my gosh, amazing finds Victoria! The charity/vintage/thrift shops near me never have such pretty things in 🙁

    Samya – Samya Says..


  5. February 9, 2013 / 4:19 pm

    Ooh yes! I love looking for bargains. I picked up a new Ted Baker coat in this charity shop for only £1.99!! It's really warm and still had the labels attached. Couldn't quite believe it when I saw it in the shop! Everything in there was £1.99 wish I had more time to properly look!

    I also found some Christian Lacroix trousers for £3.50 but they were too large! 🙁

    I love your tea-cups! So pretty! You're ever so lucky on finding things 🙂 xx

  6. February 9, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    Love upcycling items. Bring on summer for boot sale bargains 😉

    • February 10, 2013 / 12:22 am

      You always have the BEST carboot sale buys! I cant wait for April! Thats when my carboot starts x

  7. February 9, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    Ha ha! I've been spending my £20 for money supermarket in the Charity Shops too! Great minds and all that. You've picked up some brilliant bargains. xxx

  8. February 9, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    That cameo brooch is gorgeous! The upcycled draws look really good too 🙂 xx

  9. February 9, 2013 / 9:22 pm

    Great haul that little cabinet looks gorgeous x

  10. February 9, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    I adore the deer ornament! I might have to look out for one myself

  11. February 9, 2013 / 11:33 pm

    Love the tea cup and saucer trio, got a couple of similar ones from my nan 🙂 And the drawer looks so much better now, well done 🙂 xx

  12. February 10, 2013 / 1:04 am

    This has inspired me! I want to go on a thrift haul, you got such great and lovely bargains!
    It's great to see you picking up sports gear too, I remember our wee conversation about the gym a while ago, I hope you're enjoying it! (or at least enjoying shopping for it haha!!) xx

  13. February 10, 2013 / 2:41 am

    Lovely finds! Love thrift store finds!
    xoxo carly

  14. February 10, 2013 / 3:53 am

    Oh my! So many great finds. I love what you've done with the drawers xx

  15. February 10, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    I am always in my local charity shops and have started a series called 'Charity shop bargains' you got some fab bits!



    Em’s Mixed Bag

  16. February 10, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    I'm jealous! I want Moneysupermarket to send me £20 to spend in charity shops! I love charity shop shopping. I bought 3 vintage tops and a vintage coat for the grand total of a fiver yesterday! You've done well with your £20, the upcycled drawers are brill. You are so talented. You could be an interior designer as well as a cake making whizz! xxx

  17. February 11, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    I have a Victorian cameo broach pretty similar to yours, although it doesn't have the pretty pearl border -what a great find! Your outfit post that you featured the cameo broach in has inspired me to wear mine more -I love your dress in that post by the way, wish I could find it on a Britian-based store…

    The transformation on the drawers that you upcycled is amazing too!
    Eleanor xx

  18. March 21, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    I think I need to thrift shop near you! I too am obsessed with thrifty second-hand finds, and barely buy anything new any more. The little chest of drawers is divine in your post.

    I'd love it if you visited my frugal lifestyle blog too…

    Gayle x

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