If you have read my blog for awhile, you will know that I have been working for a local charity (Prama) since last September, and I love it. I mainly run their social media accounts, whilst also working on marketing and general admin as well. The charity have several shops across Dorset, and I really enjoyed visiting them to take photos for the website and social media before lockdown.
Our charity shops are still currently closed, as the majority of our volunteers are older people, who still need to take extra precautions at this time, but we have relaunched an eBay page and some other shops have reopened locally.
I recently visited the Julia’s House store in Creekmoor, where I picked up a lovely summery River Island dress for just under £6. I wanted to share with you a few of my current favourite charity shop finds, as this is something I want to do more of going forward, as it is so important to support charity, and to reuse and rewear clothing rather than always relying on fast fashion.
The River Island Shift Dress – £5.95 – Julia’s House Creekmoor
I visited Julia’s House as my first post-lockdown shopping trip, as I had been building it up in my mind and making myself anxious. The shop was super clean, with hand sanitiser at the entrance and a one-way system to maintain social distancing. I had a quick look through the racks to see if anything caught my eye and this beautifully bright orange dress called to me. It is a size 8, and I am a size 10-12 at the moment, but it just looked quite forgiving on the hanger. It is a little tight around the arms, but I am currently working at losing a little weight and toning up, so this isn’t a big issue. I love how simple it is, whilst being easy to dress up with a pair of gold heels and a bracelet (also from Julia’s House and just 50p – total bargain).
The River Island Bow Detail Dress – £6 – Save the Children Westbourne
This is actually a dress I bought last year, whilst at a blogging event at the Save the Children Westbourne branch, but I hadn’t found an excuse to wear it until lockdown happened and I realised it was perfect for my slightly retro song choices over on TikTok. I love the cute bow detailing, and the colour is lovely too. This is a size 10, and it is quite short – I am 5’6 and the dress comes to around mid-thigh on me (definitely wear big knickers if you are out on a windy day).
The Topshop Floral Pinafore Dress – £5 – Prama
This is my most recent purchase, and one I made at work, when my manager was putting items on the Prama eBay shop. I saw it, fell in love and had to have it. It is actually a size 14, and slightly too big for me, so I will need to have it altered a bit to fit me, but I recently discovered it used to be a ‘cult’ dress a couple of years ago, when it sold out on the Topshop website. It was £55 new, and this one is in perfect condition, so I definitely bagged myself a bargain! I can’t wait to wear it when I have had it taken in a little – the print is gorgeous and it is so summery (especially paired with my trusty bright pink blazer from New Look).
Have you bought any bargains in a charity shop lately? I can’t wait to visit some more in the next few months, to see what other gems I can unearth.