Without getting all Miss World on yo’ asses, I’m a big fan of trying to do good (aren’t we all?) and I’m pretty sure charity shopping ticks everyone’s box in the good deed category. My local high street is fueled by twelve (yes, you heard right) charity shops, and although that is pretty excessive- means there’s always of plenty of bargain hunting to be had; and good causes to be helped. So, when Kristabel and I were invited to visit Oxfam HQ and the mother of all warehouses that looks after hundreds and thousands of incredibly generous donations, I jumped at the chance and was on my way to Milton Keynes with Kbel before you could say ‘I’ve already eBayed it!’.
It shocked me, and it’ll probably shock you to know that those black bin bags you see piled up outside shops have quite the journey ahead of them before they reach the shelf in your local store. All stock (books included) are transferred to warehouses, examined for damage before being sent to a suitable store (apparently lots of ‘trendy’ pieces end up in Dalston stores due to the hip locals) in order to make the most money possible.
Additionally, when it comes to festival season and their amazing pop ups, pieces are individually picked to suit each event; with sparkles and cool era pieces heading to places like Glastonbury and funky fancy dress numbers to Bestival- it’s quite the process. Plus, looking through the warehouse it’s obvious as to how many hidden gems there really are lurking amongst the rails. Between you and me, you’d be astounded at the amount of last season Whistles I dug out (all I’m saying is this leather biker jacket is now online; the same as mine- but for about a third of the price; just saying…) and to make the blow easier about leaving a lot behind, everything you see above and below (bar the floral shirt which is now taking residence in my wardrobe) is now sitting pretty online (well, until it’s been hand uploaded of course).
So, the next time you go hunting for that sold out Topshop dress; head here before eBay- you’ll be doing more good than you’ll know- and you never know what you might find (cough-amazing-high-street-and-vintage-bargains-cough)…