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To hate colour blocked charity shops

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Sunny525 Sat 23-Mar-19 17:01:13

I know it looks pretty but who has ever gone into a shop to buy a 'green' not bothered of it's a jumper, t-shirt, cardigan, thick or thin as long as it's green?
AND I have to sort through every colour section in the shop to find a cardigan (for example) and the sizes are all over the place.

I'm sure they think it's a good marketing idea as you have to look through the whole shop but I just give up and don't bother!

AIBU to just want to go in, find the jumper/cardigan section and look through the bit that has my size?

It also makes me furious that they don't apply this ridiculous system to the men's clothing - they can go straight to the shirt section and look at the collar size section that suits them.... do they think lady brains can only shop in pretty colour sections, while men get a sensible system for sorting their clothing angry

Sunny525 Sun 24-Mar-19 14:57:30

I understand people only choosing to wear a few colours but even then do they go in purely to browse and not to look for a category of clothing?

I want a red cardigan at the moment but it's much quicker to go to the jumper/cardigan rail and look for a red one in my size section (and the size above and below - which are adjacent) than to sort through every red/redish/pinky-red garment be it long sleeve, short sleeve, thick, thin, wool or cotton...
and surely colour matched people (who I envy as I don't understand how it works or if I'm warm or cool skin tone etc) have to still find the 'right' green? forest green, lime green etc are all different so you don't suit all greens?

oldfatgreycat Sun 24-Mar-19 09:11:43

Yes I agree and all the ones round here do it. I’m afraid I just can’t be bothered with it.

GreenOliveOrBlackOlive Sun 24-Mar-19 09:10:05

The only possible way to sort clothes is in sizes and into types ie skirts, dresses cardigans etc. Colour blocks are crazy.

However I can forgive charity shops their quirkiness and strange foibles. Finding a Tu item on the ‘designer’ rail is not a big deal to me. As has been said, volunteers are staffing them.

SileneOliveira Sun 24-Mar-19 08:46:56

Please will someone tell the staff of charity shops that George, atmosphere and TU are not famous designers

Two points. Mostly volunteers. Not "staff". Some volunteers are really interested in fashion and know their labels. Other volunteers don't know their Primark from their Prada. An overworked manager can't check everything, mistakes happen.

Most of the big charities have lots of management information available - we get sales broken down by department and lots of stats about how that compares to last week/month/year. If managers spotted that switching to colour blocking decreased sales, they would swap back. Because it's all about maximising sales. It obviously doesn't have that much of an impact on sales overall.

imsorryiasked Sun 24-Mar-19 08:34:35

One of my local ones not only sorts by colour but puts the hangers on the rail with the size cube on the "inside" so you can't even immediately see what size stuff is.
I peer in the window occasionally to see if they've come to their senses but don't go in any more.

junebirthdaygirl Sun 24-Mar-19 08:11:48

I don't go in wanting say a red top but l know the colours that suit me so l not going near beige/ brown etc. I go into charity shops for a lucky dip so know l will only buy something that pops out at me.
I have an amazing selection of jackets from charity shops all in jewel colours that suit my colouring. Lift a whole outfit. So its colour blocking for me.

FyiYolo Sun 24-Mar-19 07:15:53

I control my wardrobe with an iron fist! Any new item has to go with pretty much every other one I own. I know exactly what colour I want when I go shopping. So, I like colour blocking.

JaceLancs Sat 23-Mar-19 23:37:39

Please will someone tell the staff of charity shops that George, atmosphere and TU are not famous designers!
And breathe.......

Feduppluckingmychinhairs Sat 23-Mar-19 22:07:12

The two best charity shops I frequent are sorted by size, and I purposely avoid the ones sorted by colour. I wish someone would show them this thread

GG20 Sat 23-Mar-19 22:02:20

I prefer it. Apart from the fact that sizes vary wildly between brands (and even within brands), quite often sizes will be mis-categorised (e.g. a US 10 will be with the UK 10s). I'd rather just look at stuff in the colours I like, and decide whether it fits regardless of what the label says.

Still18atheart Sat 23-Mar-19 21:41:46

Yanbu in general. However I quite like it when you go in for a fancy dress outfit and have a certain thing in mind beeline to the colour not there nm try the next shop. This is especially the case with tweed or similar

WeepingWillowWeepingWino Sat 23-Mar-19 21:40:40

I don’t think they should be sorted by colour or size - they should be sorted by garment type. Tops, knitwear, skirts, dresses, trousers, jeans, outerwear.

Supersimpkin Sat 23-Mar-19 21:37:57

Colour blocking only looks good with colours; black stuff, which normally sells first, crawls to the black rail to die. As do white and grey.

I can't be arsed if stock is just sorted by colour. The 'posh' chain of London hospice shops do this now and it's a bore. It also highlights how out of date the colours and prints of the stock are. Fuschia pink trousers anyone? Lime green batty riders?

Size 16 is rare enough as it is without setting the customer off on a search for a needle in a haystack.

Lovestonap Sat 23-Mar-19 21:35:38

* I meant of course hear hear

MsMightyTitanAndHerTroubadours Sat 23-Mar-19 21:35:13

oh i thought i was the only one who didnt like this...I like to look at coats in the winter, or summer dresses, fancy frocks .... three swishes and off we trot if nothing suits

but all this colour malarkey...NO!

looking at every bloody hanger to see what it is, and then what blasted size it is, where's the label?? that suede handkerchief is never a size 18 miniskirt, no it's a top shop small on an 18 hanger....oh we don't have enough of the right it suede you are looking for?? gloves? No ta, I want a nice frock.

Lovestonap Sat 23-Mar-19 21:34:56

Here here op. I shop almost exclusively in charity shops for my clothes and colour blocking is such a weird way of doing it!

I'm interested in people who only wear one or two colours though, have you really got wardrobes all full of one colour garments?! 😁

Except the all-black thing, I get that.

Off subject but I also hate the high prices charged in some shops (bhf I'm looking at you). Its like they've never heard of fast fashion and price the asda stuff the same as the Next stuff just because it's the same garment type.

I feel better to have got that off my chest because I would feel like a miserable skinflint voicing it in real life

asparalite Sat 23-Mar-19 21:29:34

There are some charity shops, Oxfam I think mainly,where not only are women's clothes colour blocked but the hangers have no size cubes making it even more tedious to find things!

Afineexample Sat 23-Mar-19 21:26:59

My local BHF sort by size and it's HEAVEN.
No great finds only to find they are 4 sizes out!

JaceLancs Sat 23-Mar-19 21:24:47

My favourite charity shops are British heart foundation purely because they sort by type of garment then by size
Local hospice also does the same
Any shop that colour blocks I lose the will to live and just check out the bric a brac
Interesting how others disagree
I go into charity shops looking for something specific eg at moment am looking for shoes/sandals summer dresses and lightweight coats or jackets
I’m definitely not looking for something of a specific colour!!!

MightyAtlantic Sat 23-Mar-19 21:21:38

books of course, the rogue apostrophe does not feature in the shop signage! wink

MightyAtlantic Sat 23-Mar-19 21:19:24

I also dislike charity shops that arrange clothes by colour. But not as much as I dislike the charity bookshop near my parents' house that splits its fiction section into books by men and book's by women. In 2019. hmm

ShellieEllie Sat 23-Mar-19 21:18:55

I absolutely detest it too. I've not bought a thing in our local Cancer Research and local Hospice shops since they've done this sadly. I'm limited for time in my lunch hour and don't want to spend it going through every single colourway to find something I might want - by size and type is definitely the only way. I certainly don't go into a charity shop thinking 'I really need a blue item of clothing today'.

Princess1066 Sat 23-Mar-19 21:15:01

I think YABU - it's so much easier to see things IMO grin

Totopoly Sat 23-Mar-19 21:12:45

OP, you said it for me!

Leeds2 Sat 23-Mar-19 21:10:17

I don't know a single charity shop that does this! I go in lots of them, frequently, to buy books so maybe I have just not noticed as I don't look at the clothes. I will, next time!
Fwiw, it would annoy me, and put me off buying anything.

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