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Would you buy work clothes in a charity shop?

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hpickup Fri 06-Dec-13 13:29:42

I am desperate for some new clothes for the office, but being on a low salary and with Christmas can't afford new. Is it ok to buy from a charity shop or e-bay?

I am desperate - I am still in a cheap summer jacket as I don't have a winter coat. I have one business suit which I wear to work all the time as I have no other office clothes, and onlr one pair of work shoes which have ceral packets in them as there are holes in the soles!! Whenever it's wet i arrive in work with soaking feet

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hpickup Fri 13-Dec-13 16:13:21

Tried Lidl but they did'nt have any a my local store.

Once the schools break up i can wear my daughter's school shoes which will help a bit.

dyslexicdespot Thu 12-Dec-13 15:44:59

What size are you?

LadyFlumpalot Thu 12-Dec-13 15:40:54

Shoezone? I bought some flat boots last year that are still going strong. Ok, not the most stylish but warm and dry.

TravelinColour Thu 12-Dec-13 12:50:13

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hpickup Thu 12-Dec-13 10:52:36

Thanks for all the help.

Went ot a couple of charity shops yesterday and got a new coat and several blouses for £25.

I don't really fancy the idea of buying shoes from a charity shop though so just hoping the dry wearther continues. (luckily in the office i can "get away" with padding around in my stockinged feet!!),

LadyFlumpalot Wed 11-Dec-13 13:33:35

Oh yes! I have a lovely Next dress, brand new for £6. A lovely cashmere jumper for £4.99 and loads of gorgeous shoes.

hellokittymania Wed 11-Dec-13 13:18:07

Do any brand shops sell really small work clothes? I am a girls age 12. I found some nice things in Hong Kong and can get things made in Vietnam.....

But what can I find in the UK?

rightsaidthread Wed 11-Dec-13 13:09:55

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OneLittleLady Wed 11-Dec-13 13:04:34

My current winter coat is from a charity shop. I'm losing weight at the minute and just didn't see the point in buying something brand new that might not fit properly in a months time. The one I've got was new with tags and cost me £7.99. It's already getting too big!

WowOoo Wed 11-Dec-13 13:01:04

I recently bought a fantastic work woollen coat from a charity shop.
I always have a look when I'm in the posh part of town, where the nicer stuff is. Only £5 and is in perfect condition.

Dh was not happy as I had taken 4 bin bags and 5 small boxes of books to donate.
I'd promised to come back empty handed. Came back with a ceramic bowl, plant pot, two novels, some jeans and a sweatshirt for the kids and a new coat. blush I can't help myself in a charity shop.

CointreauVersial Wed 11-Dec-13 12:51:41

WillPenn - I also have a charity shop Gerard Darel silk shirt. I love it all the more having seen the prices of GD when new.

WillPenn Wed 11-Dec-13 10:38:23

Today wearing my Gerard Darel 100% silk shirt that I picked up from Cancer Research for £6.50 the other day - I am proud of my charity shop bargains and would never miss an opportunity to boast of my finds!

In our (posh) area the best shop is Cancer Research, with Shelter a close second. There is also a DEBRA shop with some really great stuff near by.

My girls also get quite a few of their clothes and toys from charity shops. Apart from anything else it is good to recycle stuff and not always be buying new. to get a new toy from the charity shop they have to donate one.

alemci Wed 11-Dec-13 09:07:00

yes have a look in the charity shops and ebay is very good. Boden things sell on there.

Could you mix and match rather than wearing a suit.

I would buy some good quality shoes if you can afford it in the sales as I think good shoes are important and as long as they look good the rest doesn't matter as much.

Curioustiger Wed 11-Dec-13 08:55:14

Ejayne... Bit harsh! OP I used to manage a team of 40+ people and still wore my charity shop clothes to work.

CerealMom Wed 11-Dec-13 07:25:08

What size are you? I've got a couple of suits I don't wear anymore.

You can (carefully) wash most 'dry clean only' clothes - I do!

Cold machine wash. Put woollies into a net laundry bag (to stop stretching). Use a wool detergent. Dry flat. If hand washing, be gentle when squeezing out water, no rubbing. Use net bag and spin in washing machine. Only problems sometimes when clothes have a lining. This can shrink.

Ememem84 Wed 11-Dec-13 07:12:11

If I'd seen this last week I'd have said no. Don't do it. However. I ventured into local hospice shop on Monday to drop off some things and found a really nice pencil skirt and a pair of wool trousers. £7 for the both. They would have set me back easily close to £100 new. Bargain. I will definetly be going back.

GoodnessKnows Wed 11-Dec-13 06:56:06

Yes, yes, yes. I wouldn't feel comfortable but if be over the moon with the treasures / bargains! Recently bought a second hand dress on ebay and am over the moon. Fits like a glove. Thing is, with clothes, those cast off to charity shops and ebay are usually just the wrong size (people gain and lose weight). The clothes will be perfect!

foofooyeah Wed 11-Dec-13 06:27:02

I buy a lot off eBay. Can't afford not to. Boden dresses for £10 (like new)
I ave bought Duo boots too that were fine

Also got my son 4 work shirts recently for £4.20!

hpickup Wed 11-Dec-13 06:07:28

I don't lack self respect and hate the situation I'm in, but lost everything when I left my ex.

I don't have a winter coat, but try to wear different jumpers to make my clothes look different, but still feel like a tramp.

Also, I usually just go shoeless in the office.

ejayne Tue 10-Dec-13 15:56:46

I don't mean to be un-sympathetic but it's Dec and you're wearing a summer jacket!!

Plus your colleagues must think it's odd if you wear the same suit and holed shoes all the time. TBH you need some self respect.

KatieScarlett2833 Mon 09-Dec-13 17:59:11

Hell yes.
I buy my finds at lunchtime and gather the girls round to admire. I've converted them all grin
I can afford naice new stuff and I do buy expensive items, but nothing beats a well tailored bargain from the charity shop.

Floisme Mon 09-Dec-13 17:47:11

I think it depends where you live. I used to be an avid charity shopper but it's years since I found anything good within 20 miles of our house. However I recently came home from London (posher parts) with a bagful of bargains.

Iris445 Sun 08-Dec-13 21:08:54

Today I'm wearing
Hobbs skirt £3
Oasis cardigan £3.
Reiss top £3.

You have to trawl them though.

British heart and oxfam are a rip off.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 08-Dec-13 16:52:04

I have worn an £8 dress from Shelter to a film premiere blush - it look great and it wasn't even a posh label (Warehouse).

I love getting complimented on charity shop / EBay / car boot clothes at work and always say where they are from. I work in a reasonably fashion conscious industry.

I would love to shop more in charity shops but you do have to dedicate time to it - can't wait for Maternity Leave!

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