Sunday, 14 August 2011

The Best Things in Life are Free (or very very very cheap)

ok peeps, so the topic of the week is......Charity shops! Oh yes, there i said the dirty word (or more implied the dirty words) SECOND HAND! dun-dun-dunnnnnnnnn!!

I am a frequent shopper of the second hand, and i must say, with the current state of my local topshop, i cannot say i really have a choice in the matter! I must say a lot of my friends comment on the lack of 'finds' in their local charity shops, but fear not my feeble finding friends! London is amongst the most prosperous place for charity shops, the general Islington area is rife with vintage clobber and in comparison to other areas the prices are a lot less! (its the most painful thing when you find that amazing dress in a 'highend' charity shop just off regent street only to realise it is out of your price range). Epping, at the end of the central line (east) is also bursting at the seems with finds! 

I am so very lucky that as well as my local town having the highest rate of childhood obesity in the whole of essex but it also has the most amazing charity shop. They call it the YMCA. Some wonderful woman who works there has somehow managed to wangle a deal with Rokit and Beyond Retro and gets all their cast offs, which she sells for charity shop prices! I cannot stress how much this completes my life.

For you non-believers in charity shop finds, i will demonstrate my most prized charity shop possession! My Mark Jacobs cocktail dress, and just to add salt to the wound of any other person who also has to live off of £250 a month in london, it was £35! Now obviously I didn't find this is the YMCA shop, it was in a BHF (british heart foundation) in Chelmsford! 
Those who are charity shop virgins, i suggest a St Claires Hospice, they are the cheapest around, so even if you end up never wearing your purchase it is just as if you donated £2 into one of their buckets. I find this particular chain great for books (on average 20p a pop) and jackets as they put mens with womens and girls, nothing is hipper right now than tailoring, mens blazers are sex on fire!

So this is part one of my bid to get more people charity shopping, my camera is currently in a box labeled 'shiz to unpack' as im moving, but i will put some photos up in the next few weeks of my recent and most loved charity shop purchases.

So adopt, foster, kidnap, donate and give back through the art of retail!! besides, if you end up spending £50 over the space of a month shopping second hand, you can justify the spend as you are 'donating to charity' (this is often how i explain it anyway).


H. x

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