Whenever I have time to kill, the first places I head to are nearby charity shops.
On breaks at uni, waiting for trains, on lunch at work placement - wherever I am, I love to go rummaging around in charity stores when I have time to spare.
I've always loved charity shops. Growing up, I'd point at the window displays of granny cardigans, old crockery and musty old books, and insist my parents stop so we could go inside, and it was something they could never quite get their heads around.
Nowadays most charity stores have changed. Long gone are the days of 20 pence boxes full of bric a brac, old fashioned window displays, and a wall of bad odour hitting you in the face as you step through the door.
Lots of charities have realised the best way to get customers is to have clean organised stores. They've also wised up to what their items are really worth, so items cost a little more than they used to, but you're still often getting a bargain.
When I finished early at uni last week, I had time to kill before meeting a friend in town so I headed over to my local Oxfam store in the town centre, and I am really glad I did.
As a student, I am definitely as the (SUPER) poor end of the term, but I'd recently cleared out my wardrobe of old, ill fitting items, and I figured as I was going to need to be replacing some bits anyway, where better than a cheap old charity store?
Besides, by putting my old items on Depop and eBay to earn back some of the pennies I'd spent on them, I could use that money to spend in charity stores and continue the cycle...
So here are some of my purchases:
Normally I have a strong dislike for clothing items with large brand names or logos splashed across the front but for some reason I was really drawn to this t shirt.
I picked it up and put it back, but by the time I had finished up and was going to pay for the items I had picked up, I hadn't stopped thinking about this t shirt, so I went back to the rack, and bought it!
I live for t shirts and jeans, so this is a welcome addition to my wardrobe, and it was brand new!
I had had my eye on this dress, whilst it was still in Topshop stores a few months back, but I couldn't justify spending the money on it. I can't remember the exact cost, but I remember thinking, no way was I spending that on it, but instead I would wait for it to go into the sale.
Turns out I completely missed it going into the sale, and so I was left dress-less!
So imagine my surprise and delight to find this in my size, for only £5.99.
I already have lots of ideas of how to accessorize it, so I can't wait to wear it!
Unicorn Fair Aisle Crew Neck - £3.50
As you are probably more than aware, especially given my last blog post, I absolutely love unicorns.
So when I found this unicorn fair aisle cropped crew neck jumper, I was over the moon!
It was brand new with tags from ASOS, and it was my size. I needed no more persuading to snap it up!
There's always room for more unicorn clothing in my closet...
Charity shops may be your absolute favourite place, or your worst nightmare, but hopefully you've enjoyed this post and learnt a few things either way!
No doubt there will be regular posts of some of my best charity store finds, so keep your eyes peeled if that's something that will interest you! I'll also be adding posts to show you how I style the different items.