I love charity shops. Should I have said that? Well, I have. And now, it’s out there.
Some years ago, I liked everything “glistening and new”, not so much now. Well, depends on what I am purchasing. An item for covering my “bits and bobs” must and shall be brand new. The reason is obvious, right?
… And shoes.
You see, growing up in a very status conscious Nigerian society, I presumed “glistening and new” was for the well-to-do. Second-hand was for the poor. My thinking has now changed.
I have no specific story to tell you about my first adventure into the world of rooting through some granny cast-offs but all I can say is, if it is good enough for Mary Portas, it is good enough for me.
In the last few years, I have seen the insides of a few charity shops, from Barnardo’s at Brixton to British Red Cross at Wallington. Sometimes, I have walked out with a gem in a creased plastic bag, sometimes with nothing.
All in all, I have found some great items especially well-made vintage clothes. These clothes, I know, have histories attached to them. Straightforwardly, I am more interested in how they make me look than their histories.
I am not going to bore you with the ethical argument for recycling clothes since I am not knowledgeable on that. Nor am I going to deceive you by saying, my main purpose is to help raise money for a good cause. What I know for sure is, as a member of a one income family, I have been able to look good and stock up on my wardrobe on a budget.
I love fashion especially vintage fashion. I honestly believe if you are on a limited budget like me, you should give charity shops a chance.
In my blog, I will also be sharing photos of my purchases with you.