Here's my top 3 rules for nabbin a charity shop bargain...
1. It's all about location.
OK , let's get real here. Fancy towns = fancy charity shops. So the closer you are to wealthy women , or men , who donate their threads the closer you are to finding gems. Places such as Ranelagh , Dundrum & Camden St are hotbeds of gorgeous clothes recently donated. I would suggest heading in on a Monday morning early to find the best bits ( most people donate on a Saturday, so you're more likely to get the good stuff early the next week )
2. Keep your fabric natural.
Natural fabric such as silk , cotton, 100% wool & leather never really age. It's sometimes tough to wade through a sea of pollyester primark blouses, but trust me, stick to this rule and you'll be walking away with some gorgeous clothes that will wash well & hopefully not date.
3. Create a shopping list & stick to it.
This is one tip I stick to religiously. Every season there are a number of items that I covet on the highstreet that I know are available in better quality and for much less in charity shops.
At the moment I want :
1. A full length black wool coat
2. Some silk blouses
3 . Nude / Camel knitwear
So on my next Charity shop adventure, I'm going to stick to my list and I can GUARANTEE that by the end of the afternoon I'll have nabbed at least one.
I hope these tips get you out charity shoppin'
Thanks to Shane O'Connor Photography for the pics x