#2ndHandGlam: Tips for Charity Shopping

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Last Thursday I took part in the #2ndhandglam Twitter chat. This chat was hosted by @ClothesforGood. Always one to jump at the chance of chatting all clothes second-hand, I opened Twitter at 8pm exactly and started chatting. As well as discovering how often people donate to charity shops, I also heard stories of people’s favourite charity shop purchase. There was a sequin bomber jacket, a Calvin Klein winter coat and a Chloe top involved. The consensus of this questions was that you can pick up some amazing, investment pieces that will last in your wardrobe for so much less than you would be able to find them for on the high-street. Another questions was centred around advice on how to get the most from charity shopping. Since I am always eager to know how people bag their bargains, I thought I would share what I learnt from this question.

My number 1 tip for getting the most out of charity shopping has always been to visit as often as possible. By visiting often you have more of a chance of snapping up the wardrobe of the gal who is your size and has your style who has just dropped off her entire clothes rail. I was interested to know what other charity shoppers thought.

They had some great advice which included:

1. Go with an open mind

Don’t go with an idea in mind. If you’re open minded and relaxed, you’re more likely to leave with an outfit you love.

2. Don’t forget the Sale Rail

Go to the areas others miss out in a charity shop. The sale rail can often be neglected but often is the place to find absolute bargains. I found one of my most worn shirts on a sale rail for £1. I’m pretty sure I have made money by buying that particular shirt…maybe.

3. Spare a little time

Usually there are a few charity shops down one road so it’s useful to have a bit of time to spare to ensure you have time to route around them properly – not missing anything.

And that’s it. Three of the top tips I picked up from @clothesforgood’s second hand chat on Twitter. To find out what else we chatted about just use the #2ndhandglam hashtag and scroll on down.

Do you have any top tips for getting the most from charity shopping?

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