How to; Charity shop, for Dummies | Trashed Vintage

Thursday, 9 February 2017

How to; Charity shop, for Dummies

Here's some reasons why Charity shopping is so great (apart from the obvious, being, y'know, it's for charity)

  • It's so affordable

I've had Hilfiger jumpers for £3, Saint Laurent tops for £2.50,
an amazing Oasis dress with the original price tag still on
(£188) for £3, the list goes on...

  • It's better for the environment 

It keeps things from going to the landfill, everything comes
without the environment price tag aka eliminates emissions
from production and distribution.

  • You can find seriously unique or vintage pieces that no one else has

Just take a look at my previous blog posts...

  • 'The thrill of the hunt' you never know what you might find

Refer to first bullet point...

  • Finding a designer label for a couple of squid, no feeling is better

Again refer to first bullet point...

  • New stuff arrives every single day

Literally, Which means stuff goes on sale all the time to
make room for newer stock, as if it wasn't cheap enough already...

Here's some common misconceptions about Charity shops

  • The clothes are dirty 

Wrong. Charity    shops will NOT sell  dirty, broken or worn out clothes,
they are all thoroughly inspected and most clothes in Charity shops are good
as new or still have tags on them.

  • It's all stuff nobody wants
Wrong. I have found so may designer pieces in Charity shops
including YSL, Hilfiger, Vivienne Westwood to name a few!! There are so
many hidden treasures waiting to be found.

  • It's impossible to find anything
Wrong. Every single Charity shop I have been in (and that's a lot btw!)
has been laid out in sections for Womens, Mens and
Children and then laid out within those sections in types of clothing
and then size.

  • All the clothes are ugly, why else would someone have got rid
Wrong. There are so many reasons why clothes end up at Charity shops.
Some people change their whole style/wardrobe every single trend or
every single season and want to get rid of stuff to make way for more
(that's fast fashion for ya!) People lose weight, put weight on,
change their minds, want to make space, tire of things, maybe they
don't like being seen in the same outfit more than once....etc...etc...etc

Tips 'N Tricks

  • Look in ALL sections
Look in both the Womens section AND the Men's, you might just find
a pair of vintage Levi's, a vintage shirt or band tee.

  • Look at ALL sizes
 Sizing can be different especially if a piece is vintage or from the US.
Can't tell you how many times I've picked up vintage dresses labelled a 
12 and they've fit my petite size 6 frame perfectly

  • Don't get overwhelmed
Faced with racks and rails of clothing can be a bit overwhelming so just pick 
out any colours, patterns or textures that catch your eye

  • Check the Lingerie or Nightwear rail
 This might sound gross BUT it is usually wear all those cute slip dresses
 are hiding 

  • Use your imagination
Imagine things 'out of context' some things can look a little 'drab' on 
the hanger in a charity shop, try and picture how you would style it

  • CHECK the labels
 If it's labeled atmosphere aka primark then I steer well clear, check for 
good brands that are good quality, if you don't recognize the tag, 
check for where it was made, if it says 'made in Italy' or 'Made in France'
this is usually a sign of quality.

Where else to buy Second hand or Vintage pieces?

  • Car boot sales

I realise this is a British thing, so let me explain it to my Non-British pals.
A car boot is something that is held in the summer months in a large field
where people rock up in their cars. On first glance, it looks like a single person
(the driver) and a car full of stuff from their home/garage/wardrobe they
no longer want, however when the car starts to empty, you realise there
was actually a front seat passenger and 3 small children hidden under
and amongst all their belongings, they all stand in the field for a couple of
hours with their stuff laid out on the grass/table/car and people can walk
round and buy their stuff. Car boot items are usually dealt in 20p, 50p's
and £1. Sounds shit but honestly I've found some of my favourite
wardrobe staples aka grunged up, vintage band tees from car boots.

  • Jumble sales

Usually held in local village halls, lots of super cheap pieces
(as in 20p cheap!) lots of rummaging to be done.

  • Vintage shops

Vintage shops obviously do have super cool pieces, though the price tag
is never super cool. I try to avoid places labelled with 'Vintage shop' or
'Vintage clothes for sale' as to me it screams 'pieces you could find in a
charity shop just with the price jacked up.' However, I do like going into
vintage shops if there is something I am looking for specifically, that,
and I'm just incredibly nosey and I like to look. If you want vintage but
without the price tag then Google search your town/city and see if there
are any Kilo sales near you (see below)

  • Kilo sales

You rock up to the Kilo sale, sometimes held in shops or warehouses,
you get handed a bag. You rummage through piles, boxes and racks FULL
of clothes and accessories, you fill up your bag and it gets weighed, you get
charged dependent on weight (usually £10/£15 per kilo which is super reasonable
for a bag full of vintage!)

I hope this post will help some of you out and inspire you to get down to your local charity shop and create some cool ass outfits, make sure to stay tuned because this is just part one of a series all about thrifted fashion and charity shops (including some posts on styling and putting together fully thrifted outfits for under a certain amount of ££.)

India Hannah Pixie


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