I used to avoid going into charity shops because of the fact that they were second-hand, but the moment I discovered vintage fashion, I changed my mind completely.
I still wear high street clothes and love my boutique wear but collecting vintage clothes is more of a hobby.
It does feel like a treasure hunt whenever you enter charity shops, but all that hunting will be worth it when you find that gorgeous dress that retails at about £200 but you only got it for a fiver.
Or if you find that rare vintage 1960s Tootal scarf that costs more than £50 to buy online (I found one for a pound)
Here’s what I found in some of the charity shops in Sheffield City Centre to add to my collection.
Joseph Ribkoff is a Canadian designer who mainly makes Cruisewear. His designs are made for the glamorous. Now you probably cannot wear this on a night out round Sheffield, in fact, as a student there’s no where I can actually wear this to. I got this dress anyway because I just thought it was beautiful and it might come in handy one day.
This next dress is a Vintage 1970s satin dress I found, it is in such a great condition, the owner must have really looked after it.
I don’t tend to shop in vintage shops that charges drastic prices on something that I could have found on my own. I remember going into a vintage shop in York ( I rather not name it) and every item there was priced over £20 per piece. This included St Michael’s (Previous name for Marks & Spencer) clothes. It is not hard at all to find a piece of vintage clothing so you could save some pennies if you went to look for a dress yourself instead of going into a specialist vintage boutique. There are cheap ones around like Cow in Sheffield.
It isn’t common to find a top notch designer dress in a charity shop, why would anyone want to give it away after splurging a few hundreds? so imagine my shock when I found an Alexander Mcqueen dress in the Marie Curie charity shop in Eccessall road! I have an Alexander Mcqueen dress but I felt more excited buying this second-hand one because it felt lovely that I landed with such a bargain. This dress used to retail at £500 at Harvey Nicholls, so my eyes lit up the moment I spotted the label. Charitable or not, I will never understand why anyone would want to buy such an expensive dress and then donate it.
I love quirky knitted jumpers with old knitwork, however, I only collect them as I know I would get quite a few raised eyebrows if I wore any of the jumpers in my collection. Here’s an example
Here’s yet another designer piece, a Paul Smith Waistcoat from the Black Label collection. This retailed at £100, to find it in a charity shop is just pure luck.
I could go on and on about the amount of clothes I end up with after a visit to a charity shop, but you would find yourself in the same situation if you did the same.
Have you found anything great at a charity shop recently?