Tuesday, 22 February 2011

I'm no charity case!

Charity shops. They have that musty, old, never been cleaned aroma, full of ugly, nylon ensembles that someone else has already worn... who in their right mind would even step foot the place?!

Well me actually. Yep, this is where my obsession began. And it was this little poppet that caught my eye...

Small, brown, patchwork leather shoulder bag - £8 
(Oxfam Originals, Manchester).

The cute, ditsy print lining inside, simply embraces this bag's character.

As you can see, this bag is getting on a bit (pardon the safety pins!) but still looks divine. The Oxfam Originals store is located on Oldham St in Manchester's Northern Quarter. With it's crisp white walls and bright spotlights, highlighting an abundance of beautiful vintage pieces, this store really set's the bar for 'boutique' charity shopping.

Next to satisfy my vintage accessory obsession was a purchase from another well known charity shop - British Heart Foundation. This leather lovely hits all the right buttons; vintage, great condition and storming the SS11 boho craft trend. (Not to mention it's rather glorious price tag - all in the name of charity!)

Brown leather, plaited waist belt - £2.99 
(British Heart Foundation, Nottingham)

The Nottingham store is located on Bridlesmith Gate and, well, isn't at all vintage inspired, but like many charity shops, there are some lovely little treasures just waiting for the right eye to find them.

Charity shopping has seriously come of age and has even developed it's own slang term of "thrifting". The worn-out stereotype is fading like the old bric-a-brac occupying the shelves. 

Charity shops are back, with a vengeance.

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