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Bubblemoon Fri 28-Sep-12 12:06:28

I'm wondering if anyone else out there gets as much joy as I do from putting together "vintage ha ha" outfits from charity shops and if so, what their cleverest outfit find is? Today I'm wearing a White Stuff denim skirt, a M&S navy cardi over a lovely floaty floral top....£6.50 in total, all from the local hospice shop.

Or am I a grotty bag lady for snuffling around in other peoples' cast offs?

deleted203 Fri 28-Sep-12 12:09:07

You are not a grotty bag lady - I love charity shops. And bargains. My BIL calls me 'skip girl' as he claims I can never turn down free stuff. Which is true, but in my defence I've never rootled around in a skip!

HarrietSchulenberg Fri 28-Sep-12 12:24:17

As most of my clothes (well, all of them now that I think of it) come from charity shops, I'm with you and no, you're not grotty bag lady!

Though if you were wearing charity shop pants and swimming costume I might boak!

LilQueenie Fri 28-Sep-12 12:25:04

I live mostly off ebay buys.

TapselteerieO Fri 28-Sep-12 12:28:54

Sounds fab to me. I do search charity shops but usually my local ones have pretty poor quality or very old wifey stuff.

BorisJohnsonsHair Fri 28-Sep-12 12:29:48

I think it's far more exciting shopping in charity shops, as you never know what you'll find, and you can get LOADS for your money. Today, I'm wearing a long white cotton M&S blouse, with a lovely green and silver long necklace, long khaki scarf, big chunky pewter bangle, jeans and suede boots. The jeans were from Matalan (£10) but the rest cost £8.50. Love Ebay too - have just received a lovely grey Per Una (not Speziale, I hasten to add grin) fitted jacket for the princely sum of £1.79, plus £3 postage. I like to think I look v stylish, but probably look like a mature student grin.

LeChatRouge Fri 28-Sep-12 12:30:31

What I love about charity shops is that there are so many items in good quality fabrics....cotton cardigans, wool cardigans, wool trousers, silk shirts....I am fed up with going into high street stores and getting electric shocks from the clothes!

Also, why not re-use garments that are already out there? A good wash and its fine.

qo Fri 28-Sep-12 12:32:44

Absolutely love charity shops! I'm actually wearing one fo my charity shop finds today grin

I also love the fact that you wont (or are very unlikely to) see anyone else wearing the same thing

Zwitterion Fri 28-Sep-12 12:36:26

I love charity shops. There's a posh street near me filled with --useless shops--boutiques and gift shops. The two charity shops there are hated by the traders, but they are brilliant.

Regularly see Hobbs, Karen Millen, Boden, LK Bennett, GAP, Jigsaw, monsoon etc etc.

Saw two lovely tweed jackets this week, one Phase Eight, another M and S Autograph. Both not quite right so didn't buy. I'm sure they'll be more in - can't believe I can be this picky with charity shops to be honest!

Zwitterion Fri 28-Sep-12 12:37:31

Yy to good quality fabrics - especially old lady blouses in thick silk. And cashmere sweaters.

fridgepants Fri 28-Sep-12 12:40:42

I couldn't outfit myself entirely from them - I have long legs and big feet - but I do like a rummage. The shame is that in my part of London it's hard to find decent stuff.

My best finds:
- Alexander McQueen suit jacket, Chorlton Help The Aged, £4.50
- Scotch House vintage cashmere cardi in deep green (my fave colour), Wimbledon somewhere, £4
- several things I bought to sell online, including a Strawberry Shortcake mug (£2, went for £75) Ant and Bee child's book (20p, made £17) and a set of Carltonware plates (£16, made £200)
- several cool fabric/craft finds, most of all a saucepan full of Guitermann threads for £1 at a jumble sale. They were 'vintage' - the bobbins said they were manufactured in West Germany - but will last me forever.

For some reason, I really feel iffy about buying bedclothes, pyjamas and plates from charity shops, though.

fridgepants Fri 28-Sep-12 12:42:01

Zwitterion - if it's near London, tell me where it is!

Richmond and Chiswick were a bit disappointing given that they're relatively posh areas.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Fri 28-Sep-12 12:46:14

YY, and I've rootled around in skips too! But not for clothes, I got a spin dryer once!

DonaAna Fri 28-Sep-12 13:47:37

No you are not - and it's always great when unloved clothes get a second chance! I love a good charity shop and have found so many nice things there this year. And yes, feel very smug in the 3 euro denim jacket, not to mention the thick silk blouse wink

Will wear my charity shop satchel later today...

Eglantyne Fri 28-Sep-12 13:54:03

I love charity shops, wearing my favourite Oasis tunic today (£2). Best buy was when I needed to buy some more Ikea dining chairs when we got rid of the high chairs, to discover they had been discontinued. A week later found the exact ones outside our local charity shop, 5 for £12.50!

NickECave Fri 28-Sep-12 18:44:02

I adore charity shops although I did find I got more delicious bargains when I was a size 8-10 than I do now I'm a 12-14. There are rich women out there who buy small sizes, never fit into them and just pass them on to charity shops with shop labels still attached rather than return them to the store! Putney High Street, Northcote Road in Clapham and Kings Road in Chelsea are best IMO.

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