I’ve been a fan of charity shops for a long time, and I now buy much of my work clothing from them, the biggest success being blouses and shirts.
There are a number of secrets to shopping in charity shops. First, I only buy good quality clothing, looking out for labels such as M & S and Next. I’ve managed to find mens’ shirts from YSL and Dior and I once found a lovely French Connection tailored women’s shirt.
Second, you have to keep looking. I will go for months without buying anything, and then find a couple of shirts just as my current ones are wearing out.
I usually pay £2-£3 for a good quality womens’ shirt, and £3-£5 for mens. Shopping in charity shops does need discipline. It’s easy to think you are not spending very much but these small amounts can add up. I like to browse, but I also know when I’ve got enough work clothes to keep me going.
What has been your best charity shop bargain?
Until next time, Tawney x