I’m not great at ‘holding my water’ as we say in these parts! For instance, whenever someone asks me about something I’m wearing, I usually launch into my ‘from a charity shop’ spiel which includes i) the location of said shop, ii) the brand of clothing I’m wearing and iii) the price I paid. In other words, a slightly shorter, oral version of this blog! Invariably the response will be ‘you’re so good at finding bargains’, ‘you’ve got more patience than me’ or ‘you’ve got an eye for quality’. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t deny any of the above. I am a good rummager and yes I can spot quality a mile off, but it’s not at all hard to find lovely items like the stunning earrings pictured. Blink and you might miss them if you’re not in the zone! Hopefully, these top tips will help you to become a seasoned charity shopper too:
1. Get to know your local stores.
Every charity shop has its own personality. Some are great for homeware, some are magnificent for vintage and others display their bling like a proper jewellery shop. Once you get to know them, they’ll become less frustrating and they’ll start to feel like regular shops. You’ll know your way around without even thinking about it.
2. Go shopping with an open mind.
As I’ve said in a previous post, charity shops are great because you never know what you’ll find! If you go on the hunt for a particular item though, the chances are you’ll be disappointed. But, if you head out open to the possibility of finding something you love, the chances are you will!
3. Don’t go shopping on a bad day.
If you are looking for clothes in particular, do what you would do on your usual high-street shopping day. Leave the house feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin and when you see something interesting you’ll be more inclined to give it a go and try it on! If you’re not feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you’ll not be in the mood for hoking and poking and it will be a miserable treasure hunt.
4. Spend time rummaging.
This sounds really obvious but so many people go into charity shops and forget to have a proper good nosey. They’re disappointed after a cursory glance. I love to work my way through every rail and shelf-I hate the thought that I might have missed something outstanding!
5. And finally, enjoy the chaos!
The best part of charity shopping is the fact that there’s no rhyme or reason to what’s in store. You might find a gem, you might not. Skirts might be racked together, they might not. Stock might be really well priced, it might not. You can see where I’m going here! This chaos is what puts lots of people off charity shops, but I say embrace it and enjoy the fact that you’re not in the land of homogeneity. It’s somewhat freeing and exciting to decide what your style is rather than following the pack!
So, I hope these tips help you on your way to some great charity shop finds. And don’t forget to let me know how you get on – I love to see pics!