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