Charity Shop Haul: September 2017

charity shop clothes shopping haul second hand

Welcome to my new, occasional, series on Charity Shop Hauls. Having teenage – and preteen – daughters I am all too familiar with the Youtube shopping hauls, where vloggers talk about their trips to Primark et al.

Although I don’t intend to vlog my finds I thought an occasional blog post may show that it is possible to make some great second hand purchases too, and we don’t have to rely on Fast Fashion to provide us with low cost outfits.

I decided that I needed a few more outfits for work, especially as the weather has got a lot colder and warmer. Last Friday I headed into Bath with a shopping list:

  • Boots/laceups/shoes for work
  • Work trousers
  • Jeans
  • Warm tops/thin jumpers
  • White shirt
  • Tights (first hand)

It can be tricky sticking to such lists when browsing charity shops. It will depend on what styles, sizes and colours have been donated to the particular stores. When shopping I also have to allow for that ‘WOW!’ moment when something stands out and I just have to buy it (see here for the ‘orange coat moment’ or here for a more recent Henry Holland dress)

So when I came across this Marks and Spencer Collection skirt I had to have it!

M&S S/S17 second hand charity shop haul Dorothy House

I am pretty certain these skirts were on sale in M&S earlier this summer. At the time I was tempted to buy one, although I never normally wear long skirts. However seeing this in the Dorothy House vintage store on sale for just £6.50 I just knew I had to add this to my wardrobe!

In fact Dorothy House came up trumps as I was able to create an entire outfit for just £20!

I picked up this Sainsburys Tu top (which is definitely from this summer’s collection) for £5.

Sainsburys Tu S/S17 blue and red knitwear charity shop haul Dorothy House

Interestingly, this was a size 18 (I’m normally a size 12) but it’s often worth looking at larger sizes when charity shopping as they can shrink slightly. I also preferred the baggier fit as I plan to put another jumper underneath when it gets colder.

To finish the outfit I made my first ever purchase of second hand shoes. This is something I don’t normally consider but these £8.50 shoes from Next were a perfect colour to match the top and skirt and I just sort of fell for them….

Next blue patent office shoes charity shop haul

Feeling very pleased with myself, I browsed a few more shops and finally picked up some tops from Oxfam on Argyle Street.

These two jumpers will be perfect for layering this winter. They came to £10.99 in total:

I also bought this gorgeous boatneck top for £6.99. I really like the 1950s style of it.

I’d not come across the Betty Barclay label before but a quick google search shows their tops sell first hand for about £50-£60!

In total I spent £37.98 on four tops, one skirt and one pair of shoes. The majority of the clothes were from good quality labels and I was particularly pleased to pick up two items that were from this year. It did make me wonder, though, why the owners had donated them so quickly. But then one person’s cast off is another woman’s treasure….

What are your thoughts on charity shopping? Do you buy most of your clothes second-hand, or would you never consider wearing charity shop outfits for work? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts, or even persuade you that there is nothing wrong with second hand shopping 🙂

7 thoughts on “Charity Shop Haul: September 2017

  1. I especially love that skirt! We’re blessed with some excellent charity shops here in Bath aren’t we.
    Like you I have no problem at all buying good quality clothes from them. My only concern is to make sure I don’t import more clothes moths – we’re only just getting on top of a problem. My solution is to wash them immediately then place in a plastic bag in the freezer for a few days, defrost, then freeze again. As a precaution. And I’ve found some gorgeous things. Currrent favourite is a purple Boden coat from Dorothy House shop Moorland Rd.

  2. The clothing exchange I went to on Saturday wasn’t as fruitful as I’d hoped. However, like you I am starting to overcome my reticence of secondhand shoes. My daughter said she doesn’t like the shoes I got yesterday but I think they will keep me suitably warm in winter (faux fur lined).

    I too can hardly believe that this year’s M&S clothes should already have been donated. Perhaps they were given as presents and not wanted or the person is a compulsive shopper… The mother of a childhood friend used to buy a brand new wardrobe every season, which even in the 1980s struck me as wasteful (as well as expensive).

  3. Victoria says:

    I just found your blog through Nicola Baird’s homemade kids blog, and am really enjoying your posts. I have a lot of charity shop finds and I wear them to work regularly. In fact I think most of my work wardrobe is secondhand! I’ve found things in good condition which I would not have been able to afford otherwise – it’s expensive keeping a decent looking wardrobe up when things are washed and worn frequently and wear out. I don’t understand why some people aren’t bothered by buying cheap things then throwing them away once the initial thrill has gone, it seems so wasteful to me. And I’m grateful to people who donate their good quality items to charity rather than selling them. I think giving something away is much better as not only does the charity benefit, but the person donating doesn’t really lose out – they had an item which they had no use for, didn’t like / wear / fit, and it’s also a good lesson that teaches people to choose their possessions intentionally and mindfully. After donating something which still had the label on it I began giving more thought to ‘bargain sale’ purchases!

    • Ah thank you, Victoria, for your lovely and thoughtful comment! I think you’re right to say that giving something to charity is a far better thing to do than try to sell it. And it’s as important to donate as it is to buy. I’ve noticed quite a few charity shops recently that are asking for stock. I’m impressed you wear a second-hand wardrobe to work; I have to say that more and more of my ‘work clothes’ are first hand, but I try to get as much wear from each item as I can 🙂

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