So I have an obsession with charity shop shopping.
I used to work for Barnardos in one of their stores as a Visual Merchandiser and it was so much fun! The dangerous thing was to see all the stuff donated and what a list I had of stuff that I wanted to buy!
These days charity shops are fully professional. There are chains of them, linked to well known charities, however there are still the odd ones that are linked to charities but there are only one of them in each city etc.
These ones I love because you can really find a bargain or a hidden gem!
Refer to my blog from last week on Shopping Mindfully, as this comes into play when you go shopping at a charity shop. Don’t get the £4 ‘because it’s only £4’. Make sure it is still a piece of you are and will fit into your wardrobe easily! Likewise with shoes that are a size too small, tea sets that you will definitely never use, and knick knacks that will clutter up your home. If you want to give to the charity itself there is always a donation point you can give money to them as well which is always appreciated and will give you that feel good feeling!
I will also do a few charity shop no no’s!
- Do not haggle. Not ever. Nope.
- Do not donate your holey tshirts. They are no use.
- Do not leave your donations outside if the charity shop is closed. This damages your items and squanders lots of potential money for the shop and they just have to bin it!
Be best friends with your local shop. When you have declutter your wardrobe, take your donations down. Then when you get unwanted gifts, or things you don’t want anymore, pop it in a bag, and when it’s full, take it down. You will be encouraging that sense of community and helping people in your area!
I would recommend charity shopping to everyone, as these days it is so acceptable to get items from there, and they are in great shape, look amazing, and are so affordable. Plus you will be donating money to charity and your karma points will rise!
Go the next step and volunteer at some point too! You will never regret it!
Let me know your charity shop bargains guys!!