I had a rummage through a couple of charity shops in the last few days. The first one was really dire, drab colours and really old stuff. The crazy thing was there was not one item I saw that was under £4. I just walked out. I have noticed this before that items are much more expensive than they used to be. I often bought things on the off chance as they looked nice and I might please someone with them. Now I look at items and go "HOW much?" I realise that it is for charity, but instead of spending maybe £5 or£10 every two/ three weeks I now very rarely buy anything at all. I presume I am not the only one so takings must be down for all these charities. I wandered down the road to Store 21 and managed to find some BRAND NEW tops for £1.99 each and a couple of scarves for £4.
Then on Thursday I decided to check one of my local charity shops out to see if it was the same. I walked in and immediately I could see some nice items. Unfortunately the prices were higher than they used to be, but at least the clothes were nice.
Here are the items I bought, you can see the three new tops (top left and bottom right) and the scarves that I plan to use to turn them into something unique. I also picked up a cute red blouse that I plan to change into a waistcoat. I love the teeny heart buttons and the textured flowers. There was a denim skirt too, with loads of pretty details but also a tiny hole. I have got some crafty plans for it too and the hole will not be visible any more. There was a top with a beautiful embroidered edging. No idea what I am going to do with it but it will be something special eventually. The long dress was given to me and it will take a bit of imagination to make it pretty but I will succeed I am sure to turn it into something much more wearable. I will keep you posted on the progress on these projects.
I would love to hear your thoughts about charity shops, upcycling and reusing clothes.
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