I was invited to blog about my recent charity shop treasures so of course I was interested in taking part as I love a bit of charity shop hunting! I thought I’d also share a few of my charity shop hunting tips too, because I know a lot of people tend to shy away from buying second hand clothes, but there’s no need to!
My top tips for buying second hand clothes:
Close inspection – make sure you look over the garment first before making up your mind. If it’s damaged or marked; will you be able to repair it? Will the mark wash out or is it stained? I can tell you, it’s pretty disappointing when you buy something you love and then when you get home you realise it’s got a jammed zip or holes in! Generally most things are in very good condition as the volunteers work hard to make sure the items are wearable, but it’s worth double checking.
Does it fit? – I used to get too over excited whenever I saw something I liked in a charity shop and hardly paid any attention to the sizing. But this ended up in me spending my money on things that I would never be able to wear because it was too small or too big and I’d never get around to altering it so it would just end up being sent back to the charity shop in my next clear out!
Vintage sizing – If you come across some genuine vintage treasures, be aware of the sizes. Over the years the ‘standard’ sizing of the general population has increased and therefore you might find that a vintage dress labelled a size 12 is actually more of a size 8-10 in today’s terms.
Upcycling and accessorizing – You might find some garments that come in a beautiful fabric but they style just isn’t for you. If it’s a good price, why not buy it and then upcycle it into something more modern? In the past I have shortened dresses, created a cinched waist or turned a dress into a skirt. And don’t forget you can use accessories; for example you can always add a skinny belt to a large dress for an oversized look.
And if all else fails… if you end up with something you won’t actually wear it’s not the end of the world. You have only spent a few quid on it and it all goes to charity anyway! 🙂
So here’s a few of my most recent charity shop purchases…
This cute red daisy print smock dress was originally £38 in Topshop but I found it for only £4! It had bobbled slightly, but I’ve found the quickest way to remove pilling is by going over the fabric with a disposable razor. Now it’s good as new!
The cherry print skirt must be quite a few years old as it has an old style New Look label in it. But it was so cute I couldn’t resist it for £3! I plan on changing the waistline on this one so it sits more high waisted as in the photo as otherwise it sits very low on the hips.
I wanted this sporty looking skater dress when I had originally seen it in H&M for £15 but I never went ahead and bought it (because I’m tight like that). So I was very happy when I found it brand new with tags in a charity shop in Knutsford for only £5 a few weeks later!
I was really chuffed to have found this Fred Perry polo shirt dress in a charity shop for £7! I’ve always wanted a dress like this but never wanted to buy one at full price so I’m really happy with this. It looks brand new and unworn too. Who would just give this away?! They’re about £80 new!
This floral print skirt from Oasis was £5 from a charity shop and the original price was £40. I really like the structured shape of it, although I’m not sure it’s very flattering on me! I like the bright pink and blue colours too.