Why Charity Shops Are The Best

Around 10 years ago, pretty much everything I would wear would be from a Charity shop or car boot. At the time, I was probably slightly embarrassed as my idea of a shopping spree was wondering around YMCA with my Grandad but now I think it’s the coolest thing ever. Yes, it’s great to treat yourself to a new ASOS dress or Topshop boots but it’s so fun to go into a shop and find a one-off piece for under a fiver. You may need a little convincing, so I’m here to let you know why I like to shop second hand when I can…

for the thrill of it

Part of my childhood memories includes wondering around the shops with my grandparents, begging them to buy me a book or a pretty floral dress. I remember one Henry Holland dress I got for £8 a few years ago, I was very chuffed with that. Though not as easy and quick as popping into Primark and knowing what size you are, I think it’s fun scrolling past all the rotten jumpers with dogs on to find a real gem. The jumper I’m wearing in this picture was only £1. ONE POUND, I feel like you can’t even get a freddo for that anymore. I actually got a few compliments on it as well, which rarely happens.

to help others

There are plenty of options for charity shops and vintage markets on the UK high streets and the best part is that you can choose who you want to support. I’m happy shopping anywhere but I do prefer to pick those that help charities close to my heart. In Hove, there is the Martlets Hospice which is a hospice for the terminally ill.  I know many people who have been there and the service and hospitality is incredible. The staff work so hard. Macmillan and Cancer Research UK are also places that are close to my heart, as I’m sure many of yours as well. Remember, the staff in charity shops are all volunteers so be supportive of them.

a £1 gem 

I found this amazing burnt orange jumper in the Diplocks Yard Salvage Unit in Brighton, all their clothes are just one pound. Another great place is the OXFAM next to Waitrose and the Martlets Furniture Warehouse in Hove. For this outfit, I kept it casual as I was just going for a coffee and breakfast with my friend, Emily.  I paired it with my favourite black jeans, Stella and Dot Jewellery and some flats.

I’m going to be making a consious effort to shop second hand from now on, including depop as well! The feeling you get when you find a bargain is amazing and much better than bags full of fast fashion. I’d love to hear your opinion on charity shops and if you think the stigma of ‘old people clothes’ is over yet…

Photos by the lovely Emily



  1. 20th January 2018 / 5:44 pm

    So many of my fave things have come from charity shops! Definitely feel like my taste in what’s good and what isn’t has improved over the years tho. There’s a fine line between looking trendy and thrifty, and looking like you’re wearing your Nan’s cardie haha! But it’s such a good feeling when you find a gem.

    • thebrightoner
      20th January 2018 / 5:49 pm

      haha that is so true you have to be realistic as you can get sucked into the bargains! thank you for reading xxx

  2. 21st January 2018 / 9:36 am

    It really is such a lovely top! I’ve always said I wanted to try charity shopping people always seem to find such lovely things xx

  3. 21st January 2018 / 5:58 pm

    I love this post – I always keep an eye on selling apps to find a bargain but then you lose the charity element. I think it’s a great idea and you definitely have a knack for it! Would love to see some more finds, maybe some interior steals too!

    • thebrightoner
      21st January 2018 / 6:07 pm

      Oh an interior post is a good idea, so handy for things like pie dishes that you don’t want to spend loads of money on. Thanks for reading xxx

  4. 21st January 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Some of my best ever fashion finds are from charity shops! I need to start looking again!! x

  5. 21st January 2018 / 11:14 pm

    You know how much I love charity shops! I’m all for them and half my wardrobe is full of charity shop gems! x

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