Some of my most popular Instagram posts feature bargains that I’ve bought from places like charity shops, carboot sales, or pound shops.  I know these aren’t ‘cool’ places to shop generally and sometimes people might look down on this, but I honestly prefer the fun shopping experience of bargain hunting for more unique items.
So I thought I’d share with you some of my money saving tips and favourite bargain buys which I’ve picked up recently to try and ease the stigma of buying second hand or in ‘cheap shops’.  You can find everything from clothes, shoes, homeware and beauty products at super low prices if you know where to look! 
I’ve also been ranked as one of the ‘Best Money Saving Blogs’ in the Lifestyle category by SurveyBee. Check out their post to find lots of other similar money saving blogs, and you might also like to read my old blog post on saving tips.

Charity Shop Clothes

       This heart print Oasis dress I picked up in a charity shop for £4.99 recently and I absolutely love it! It’s the perfect style, colour and print for me and it looks great with tights and a skinny belt to wear for work. 
This gorgeous brightly coloured geometric and floral print skirt is from the M&S Limited Collection and I picked it up from a carboot sale for only 50p. 
   
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This Topshop daisy print dress has been one of my most worn outfits this year; it looks great with tights and boots in winter or tan sandals and a belt in summer.  I picked it up for only £6 from a local charity shop and I’ve definitely got my moneys worth! 
I found this polka dot blue dress in an ‘everything 50p’ box at a carboot sale over the summer. It is a size too big for me, but with a belt to cinch it in at the waist I think it looks cute!

Shoes

 I picked up these two suedette platform beauties second hand; the blue pair I bought on eBay for only £6 and the red ones I found in a charity shop for only £5! They’re both in perfect condition and look great dressed up with flared dresses or retro skirts. 

Second Hand Homeware

 
 Homeware bits and pieces are probably my favourite thing to buy when thrift shopping! You can always find loads of gorgeous vintage pieces in charity shops for pennies. I found this set of two genuine Cath Kidston saucer plates in a charity shop for only 99p at the weekend! And the cute vintage floral teacup trio was only £3. I have a big collection of tea cups but I can never resist adding more!
I also found this cute little white ceramic bunny egg cup for only 99p which I thought was a reasonable price and it fits in nicely with my other rabbit ornaments! I was also thrilled to find this Paperchase cupcake two tier cake stand new in box labelled as half price, so it was only £2.50! 
As well as pretty floral china I also like to collect nice glasswear.  I actually bought a set of 6 little glasses this this floral pattern for £1 in one charity shop and then a few months later found the matching little bowl for 50p in another shop! So cute. 
Antique shops are another good place to look or vintage items, although often a bit pricier. But I’ve found a few good things in the part including this gorgeous vintage gold dressing table mirror and pretty crockery.
I bought this cute teacup print biscuit tin which was originally from M&S from a charity shop for 99p a few weeks ago.. it’s perfect for storing fairy cakes and treats! I also found this set of tea cups for only £3.50 for the pair.

Pound Shop Buys

 
 Moving on from charity shops, pound shops also sell a really good range of goodies these days. On a recent trip to Poundland I found this adorable glass hanging plaque and also this cat door mat! For only £1 each… bargains!

Thrifty Beauty


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Poundland is my go-to place for finding beauty bargains! It’s very hit and miss though, so sometimes you can come up with a handful of things and other times there’s nothing worth buying. But recently I’ve picked up all of the above branded goodies for only £1 each including Nails Inc polish, Burt’s Bees tinted lipbalm, L’oreal nail polish, and Max Factor lip crayon. 
Some of their bits and pieces become my make up bag favourites and others are just handy to have in my handbag for when I’m on the go. Their stock changes often though so you’ve got to be quick! 

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I just wanted to say a big ‘hello’ to all of my new followers and readers! I thought I would introduce myself to those of you that don’t know much about me or my blog. It’s nice to do a personal post once in a while!
So, I am Victoria (or Vikki). I am 22, a university graduate and I live near Milton Keynes, in England. I graduated uni with a 2:1 BA Hons in Tourism Business Management, and I am currently working in a little cake shop. 
I am interested in all things vintage and shabby chic. I love cupcakes, florals, pretty dresses and anything nautical. I am also obsessed with tea cups, baking, and weddings. I’m love Cath Kidston too! So if you like pretty, girly things.. hopefully you will like my blog!
Victoria’s Vintage Blog started small in March 2010, I used it mainly as a place to collect photos that inspired me. As time went on, I started to use it as a little scrapbook of my life, posting more personal posts about myself. After gaining a sudden amount of followers I started posting a greater variety of articles, hoping to interest a wider audience, while still keeping it as my space. In summer 2011 I spent 3 months working in Disney World Florida so some posts about that on here too 🙂
My blog is mainly centred on the following topics: Fashion, Beauty, Nails, Bargains, My Shopping Hauls, DIY, Baking, and my Competition Wins.
I love fashion and beauty, and I often post reviews on my blog about new products that I have tried out, or do Outfit of the Day posts showing what I’ve worn. My style is very feminine and I only ever wear dresses or skirts! I keep my make up minimal and classical too. I have also just grown my nails, which has been a massive achievement for me as I used to chew them to the bottom! So now I do a few nail art posts too which I find lots of fun! 
I’m very thrifty and a bargain hunter when it comes to fashion so all my buys are always purse friendly. I don’t tend to splash out very often, and I like to rummage to find bargains on eBay, at carboot sales, and in charity shops. If you’re looking at finding ways to save your pennies, hopefully my blog will give you plenty of ideas on where to find good deals. 
I’m also really into DIY projects and baking. Cakes are a big passion of mine, and I love to bake and decorate (and eat!) cakes and cupcakes. I also pick up old, second-hand things from boot sales and give them a DIY overhaul to make them look like new again. This usually just means giving them a lick of paint and then sticking girly bits on!
I enter competitions online on a daily basis, and therefore I often have parcels arriving for me with some free goodies! I think that ‘comping’ is a hobbie that more people should definitely partake in. The results of this hobby are easily visible! In less than 3 years I’ve won almost £7000 worth of prizes. Most of the prizes have been fantastic such as designer clothes, a weekend away, and new electrical items. People tell me that my blog posts on my prizes have inspired them to start entering competitions themselves, and they have won things too!
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