if you’ve been reading this blog for a while or know me in person, you’ll know i love charity shops. i buy pretty much all my clothes in them (undergarments etc aside, obviously) and a lot of things for around the home too. as well as helping charities it lessens waste, and you can often find interesting and unique items. not to mention bargains are often to be had. i thought i’d compile a short list of 10 tips for buying in charity shops to help out any people that are new to using them.
1. go in regularly
especially if you live in a town or city as stock will be rotated and changed quite often.
2. look thoroughly
sometimes stuff can get buried and i’ve often found something amazing just by taking a little more time to look. things are not always going to be well organised so be prepared for a rummage!
3. go in with an idea of what you want
but be prepared for the eventuality of not finding it. if you know what you want, you’re much less likely to buy things you don’t need. charity shop shopping can get expensive quickly, too!
4. be realistic
that dress that’s too big, that item that needs a bit of a clean up/fixing …are you actually going to do it? if there’s doubt in your mind, don’t buy. i can guarantee it will sit there doing nothing until you decide to donate it back.
5. be open minded
sometimes something may not be exactly as you imagined, but if it works for you, it fits in with your tastes, and you love it, get it. i find this to be especially true with furniture and storage items. stay open minded.
6. be prepared to leave with nothing
it might be a case of wanting something but not finding it, that things are out of your budget or you just don’t find anything to your taste. as with any kind of shopping, sometimes you will be leaving empty handed.
7. try things on
like in high street and other shops, try things on. it makes sense and you’re less likely to waste your money. think about how items go with your existing wardrobe/your home if you’re buying homeware.
remember that most vintage and older clothing is sized differently to how it is now. just because the label says it’s a few sizes bigger than your normal, it may just fit you perfectly.
charity shops in smaller villages, further out and in a different area to your norm are much more likely to be cheaper and because there’s less competition, you are generally more likely to score a fantastic bargain.
10. give back!
clothes you don’t wear any more, or clothes that don’t fit? homeware items that no longer suit your style? donate donate donate! remember to make sure your items are clean and in good condition first.