Charity Shopping Tips & Tricks

So today I thought I’d sit down and write another post for my series about secondhand shopping – I’ve thought up a list of tips and tricks to increase your chances of finding something special while rummaging through the charity shops!


Charity shops will receive most of their donations on weekends when people have the most free time, this means that their newest stock will be out at the beginning of the week. If you’re looking for first dibs on new stock go on a Monday/Tuesday morning.


What you’re most likely to find depends on the location of the charity shops. Big cities are most likely to receive designer donations whereas small towns and villages are most likely to have cheaper price tags and this is where you can bag yourself a 50p party dress!

Don’t be afraid to rummage:

Once you’re in the shop, take your time and look at every rail in every section – you never know where you’ll find that hidden gem! It could be a badass vintage band tee in the men’s section , the prettiest slip dress in the underwear section or a fabulous Parisian silk scarf at the bottom of a 20p bargain bin.

Check out every size:

As a lover of all things oversized, I always check out the bigger sizes as well as my own but I have petite friends who’ve managed to grab themselves something magical from the children’s section too! Also, vintage sizing is way different to sizing now and so if something is pretty old always give it a look over or a try on.

Check the label:

Check for good quality at a low price, a lot of it is just high street but you can often find designer farms or true vintage that’s made to last.

Use your imagination:

Something you’re drawn to may not have the right fit, be adorned with ugly buttons or huge frills in the wrong places – get creative, try things on and think how they could be worn differently, turned into something else or what else the piece could be worn with that you already have in your wardrobe.


I hope this has inspired you to get into charity shopping or encouraged you to be more courageous with your secondhand purchases, whether that be through some D.I.Y or shopping in the men’s section!

Carrie-Anne x

One thought on “Charity Shopping Tips & Tricks

  1. Charity shops have such good finds these days! It’s great that you can get a little back from helping great causes!

    If you’re interested in Charity shopping, I’ve just written a review on Octavia Foundation, Tooting. Have a read and spread the word on the good work that they do:

    Happy blogging x

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