why you should shop charity

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I love charity shopping and not just because you can grab a great bargain from a well known store (because yes I did once find a Ralph Lauren top for £3.99 ) but because the form of primary recycling is great for both you purse and the environment – here are a few reasons why you should buy charity shop. 
I’ll start with the obvious one, you can get an amazing bargain. Okay so you may have to hunt for said amazing bargain but they’re a world away from the price of highstreet shops. I got this adorable dress for £5 and it’s the perfect summer sun dress (even if the weather hasn’t held out long enough for me to wear it) a denim jacket makes it more autumn appropriate. 
Buying from a charity shop encourages you to get creative. I’m not talking bright green jackets creative (unless you do have a particular niche for bright green jackets) but you might see a garment you wouldn’t see anywhere else and just fall in love; charity shops give you that opportunity to find a little gem and try something new. 
You may not think about it when you’ve just spotted a piece you love but charity shops are a more sustainable way of buying clothes. Trends come and go but a charity shop piece can be labelled as ‘vintage’ for as long as you want – instead of ending up in landfill they have returned to your humble home (ain’t you lucky). 

Also giving to charity is a great feeling. Whilst the latest trend from Topshop is great to have, the garment will soon become obsolete and so many products that are thrown out immediately go to landfill. Giving to charity is a form of primary recycling but it also helps contribute to charity shops such as Cancer Research and Oxfam. You don’t know how much of a difference giving your old goods to charities makes and it’s a great feeling knowing you are helping raise money in a form that isn’t always obvious.

If you don’t find anything the first time, try again. Charity shops are full of bizarre mundane pieces but they’re also full of treasures; you just have to hunt. It’s also a form of cheap entertainment, I could spend hours browsing various charity shops and even if I do buy something chances are it cost over £10.

I hope you enjoyed this post as it was a little bit different to what I normally write. Do you like charity shops as much as I do?


  1. Kate Rose xo 8th September 2016 at 9:21 am

    I always forget about charity shops but they really can hold some little gems! Great post! x

    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

  2. Tabitha Beckett 8th September 2016 at 9:48 am

    I've recently fallen in love with charity shops, I enjoy browsing and finding secret gems, even if it's only a book or a mug. I want to explore a few more charity shops as sometimes I feel my local ones just don't have that many great finds in them! I'm hoping that there will be a few charity shops in Chester (I'll be moving there for uni at the end of this month) that I can browse through. Lovely post and that dress is so cute, great find.

    Tabitha x

  3. Lucy Michelle 8th September 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Great post! I think more awareness should be brought up for shopping secondhand but thankfully the blogging and YouTube community seem to be bringing it more light 🙂
    I sometimes find it hard to find items in charity shops, I think just because I get so overwhelmed with all the stuff! But I spend a lot of time browsing Depop which is another great way to shop secondhand.

    Lucy x

  4. Kizzi Webster 8th September 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Lovely post! How do you find the charity shops do you normally go to? I really want to start shopping in charity shops but never know where to find them!


  5. Elyse G 8th September 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Love buying clothes from the thrift shop – it's great to get stuff for a decent price AND not contribute to pollution in the sense that something pre-loved can get more use.
    Great post!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  6. Hannah Walter 10th September 2016 at 10:31 am

    Charity shops are great! You can pick up some real bargains, and it is a much better way to buy clothes than just always buying new – and plus a huge bonus you are giving to charities! They are also GREAT for picking up new reads..

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XXX

  7. Claire Simone 10th September 2016 at 6:41 pm

    This dress is the cutest thing I've seen! The charity shops near me aren't that great I'm still on the hunt for some treasures 🙂

    Claire ❤ | My Little Memoir

  8. Eleanor Pritchard 11th September 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you! Charity shops are definitely great for books as well, there's always so many! x

  9. Eleanor Pritchard 11th September 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I should've mentioned depop as that's such a good place for secondhand as you can really find what you're looking for! x

  10. Eleanor Pritchard 11th September 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I live in a town where there are about 5 so it's not hard! It does depend where you live but depop and wearecow.com are great places to look 🙂

  11. Eleanor Pritchard 11th September 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Definitely! I absolutely love the feeling that buying charity shop brings.

  12. Eleanor Pritchard 11th September 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I should've mentioned about books because they are amazing for discovering amazing books x

  13. Eleanor Pritchard 11th September 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I live near quite a few so I could spend hours hunting for treasures haha!

  14. Teri May 26th September 2016 at 8:06 pm

    As well as charity shopping vintage markets and fairs are a great place to pick up amazing bargains and one off pieces! It's just so much more fun than wandering round a shopping centre 🙂

    Teri-May xx

  15. Miss Danielle 27th September 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I've got so many bits to take to charity atm. Not sure which one to go to! I haven't shopped in one for ages either so I'm going to take the opportunity whilst I'm there. Giving and getting back all in one! Danielle || missdanielle.com

  16. Eleanor Pritchard 28th September 2016 at 8:25 am

    Definitely! Everything is all so similar at a shopping centre 🙂

  17. Eleanor Pritchard 28th September 2016 at 8:27 am

    I have a local charity shop that I love to give to and they're so grateful every time I give clothes! x

  18. Jemima Elliott 11th January 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I love going to charity shops, but find they can be very hit and miss. A great charity shop find is always an amazing feeling though!

    Jemima x

  19. Jennifer Elizabeth 3rd February 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I LOVE the thrill of the chase when shopping charity. Like you I can spend hours browsing the racks, its like a form of meditation for me. I just pop in my head phones and start the search. The best part is I am getting a 3 for 1 – a new piece of clothing at a price well below retail, giving to the charity through my purchase and saving something from the landfill. The best!!!

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