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The-Thrift by Barnardosretail - 1M ago

Festival season is here and we’ve got you covered!

We are super excited to have teamed up with ASOS Marketplace to launch an exclusive festival themed boutique. The collection features a range of vintage clothes and accessories which were hand-picked from our stores just for you.

You can shop the range over on ASOS Marketplace now. So what are you waiting for? Go and treat yourself and be sure to tag us in your best festival looks using #MyBarnardosFind.

Want to share your top Barnardo’s finds with us and feature on The-Thrift? Comment below and we’ll get in touch!
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The-Thrift by Barnardosretail - 1M ago

When you think of festival fashion, you don’t immediately think recycled, reworked or reused. Well fasionistas, I’m here to show you that for this year’s festival season you can stand out from the crowd, look great and be super sustainable by shopping for festival clothes in Barnardo’s. Not only are you re-using and recycling, but you are also donating money to charity – win, win, win, win, win situation!

Okuurrrrr. I wanted to bring you some of my own sustainable festi fashion. I stopped by my local Barnardo’s and found some A M A Z I N G pieces. Enjoy!

My first outfit is inspired by Coachella. The blue trousers are from Barnardo’s. I paired them with a classic 1920’s beaded cap, ring belt, cut out trisuit from Motel Rocks and a pair of Buffalo shoes. In my opinion, a bold statement piece is a must for a good festi look which is why I love these trousers.

Side note: These trousers are so versatile you can wear them for every day lewks as well.

My next outfit is inspired by EDC festival. Its super edgy and I feel like it would be perfect for the cool Las Vegas festival. The corset is from Barnardo’s. I paired it up with the same cut out trisuit as the previous outfit, a fishnet top, head piece from local seller: Sass and Halo, and a cross bag to finish the look.

Side note: Being sustainable means using the same piece for multiple outfits so you don’t have to buy more clothes.

My last look is inspired for smaller, local, every day type festivals. I wanted this outfit to be a little less sassy than the other two as I love showing versatility in my fashion. It also means a variety of people can relate to my fashion and be able to take inspiration from it. The neon green top (which is a dress) is from Barnardo’s. I paired it up with black flared pants, a belt, a harness and neon earrings from local seller: Bigger the Hoop.

Don’t forget to check out my blog – www.indialeereed.blog

Big thanks to India for styling and sharing her pre-loved festival finds with us this week on The-Thrift. Be sure to head over to Instagram and give her a follow.

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The-Thrift by Barnardosretail - 1M ago

I’m really excited to be back guest blogging again for The Thrift! It was great to hear and see all the positive feedback about my last post. I thought it would be interesting to do another piece where I style an item four different ways.

Today I am styling a stripe t-shirt from the brand Ninety Percent that I picked up from Barnardo’s for just £4. I have been looking for a striped t-shirt for a while but have never been able to find one that encapsulates my style. I often read that a stripe top should be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe but sometimes I find it hard to style them in new and creative ways. I fell in love with this top while I was rummaging through the rails of my local Barnardo’s shop and thought I would challenge myself to find four unique ways to style it.

For my first outfit I wanted to create something that incorporated mixed prints, a trend I’m loving right now. I paired the t-shirt with a wrap around silky skirt by the Diesel Black and Gold brand that I also picked up from Barnardo’s. I feel like the mix of the subtle red print in the skirt paired with the red stripe in the top. It makes a perfect day to night look.

For my second outfit I wanted to create a staple summer outfit. Something that would be really easy to wear and restyle with a different tee for a new look. I tied the t-shirt in a knot and layered it over a simple vintage Ghost slip dress that I picked up on eBay. You could also easily put the t-shirt under the dress for a slightly different vibe. I love this look as it is really easy and interchangeable!

This outfit is a classic take on how you might wear a stripe t-shirt. I wanted to do a little colour blocking so added this bright red Bitte Kai Rand button up top that I got from TK Maxx. I like the idea of wearing this top as a sort of jacket to make a bold statement. I wanted this outfit to show that you can style it simply but still be creative at the same time.

For my last outfit I wanted to have a little fun and do something a little different. I layered the t-shirt under this crochet dress by Sezanne which I got from Scope. I carried on colour blocking by tying a white denim jacket around my waist which I picked up in TRAID in London. I feel like by keeping the outfit to only three colours, it makes it fresh and interesting without being too chaotic.

I really hope you enjoyed my second four ways styling blog post for The Thrift and it have given you some styling ideas on how you could incorporate a stripe t-shirt into your summer wardrobe!

For more styling ideas head over to my Instagram  and to read some of my eBay and charity shop guides go to my blog.

Big thanks to Harriet for styling and sharing her pre-loved find with us this week on The-Thrift. Be sure to head over to Instagram and give her a follow. Want to share your top Barnardo’s finds with us and feature on The-Thrift? Comment below and we’ll get in touch!
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My first thought when considering what to blog about for The-Thrift, was that I could discuss a recent haul, or one of my brilliant and timeless finds? It soon became clear what I should really be sharing is how, through my discovery of charity shopping combined with an ever-declining bank balance, I overcame my urge to splurge.The problem of my insatiable need to spend really began when I first went to University in London. With minimal lecture time, I would find myself spending hours traipsing around Oxford street, spending my student loans and grants on all the wrong things. These things which would ultimately end up unworn or on a car boot sale stall. I don’t know whether I was trying to fill a void, or whether I felt pressurised to live up to the style expectations people might have of a ‘Londoner,’ the type of fashionista I would see and envy so often. I knew then, as I know now, that my incessant shopping would not make me feel better. In fact, when faced with an every-growing overdraft the only thing I felt was the crippling guilt. But I couldn’t stop!

Coinciding with this problem, and perhaps my saving grace, was a growing concern for the environment, which continued to deepen and exists more fervently today than ever. Because of this, I decided to fling off the ridiculous embarrassment of entering a charity shop in the same way that I would fling an overpriced piece of fast fashion onto the car boot pile. I immersed myself in a new world of sustainable fabrics, using what I already had, and most excitingly for me, thrifting. Similar to a ‘runner’s high,’ I had come to experience what I now call ‘the thrill of the thrift.’

Thrifting has become something that I do not only because it involves reducing waste, recycling clothes and helping to combat the environmental pressures of fast fashion, but also because it helps to keep my bank balance stable. My average haul has plummeted from £300 to £30. So not only is thrifting more eco-friendly but also more economical.

I now feel some sense of achievement; even though my journey has not reached an end. I know that I am on the right path (excuse the cliché). I can’t remember who said this, but someone once told me that ‘circles of influence’ and ‘circles of concern’ are very different things; we cannot carry the weight of the world’s problems on our shoulders, but we can influence those close to us. My concern is largely for the environment. I cannot single-handedly save the planet, but what I can do is influence my ‘circle.’ I can try to reach out to likeminded people, and hopefully inspire or motivate them to do the same. If you’d like to be a part of this circle, and perhaps I yours, head over to sustainable_steph on Instagram, where you might even find some Barnardo’s bargains and beauties, like those featured below!

Big thanks to Steph for guest blogging with us this week, we are feeling even more inspired to get charity shopping.

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The-Thrift by Barnardosretail - 1M ago

Festival season is in full swing and the perfect excuse to head straight to your local charity shop. I bought my first pre-loved piece in Barnardo’s when I was just 16. However, my real charity shop obsession started right after I graduated theatre school. There was a girl on my course who had the most amazing alternative style. She inspired me to switch up my wardrobe using vintage and pre-loved pieces and the obsession has continued ever since.With festival season in full swing I thought I would share my top tips for styling pre-loved pieces.

Go crazy with accessories

Festivals are that perfect excuse for looking, well a bit crazy! A great way to achieve this is with accessories. I went for colourful beads, which were all the rage when I was at school. My granny gave me some when I was little and I’d wear them all the time. Be sure to hit up the accessories section on your next charity shop outing, you won’t be disappointed.

Go crazier with prints

Vintage pieces have some really out-there patterns, especially if you can find some 60s and 80s bits. I love to mix things up, a printed dress with a plain accessory or a funky top with plain bottoms. Of course, you could go all out and practice your print mixing – festivals are the perfect place to experiment!

Mix it up with high street finds

New to charity shopping? You don’t have to create a full pre-loved look. Sometimes, it’s interesting to mix and match things. I think this is especially important with any vintage finds. A high street piece thrown in adds a modern twist, so you don’t look like you’ve stepped out of an old movie. Of course, you can often find new high street pieces in charity shops too. Why not challenge yourself?

Switch sections

My number one rule for thrifting is to never just stick to one section. I love to browse everywhere and have found some amazing oversized men’s shirts. You can transform this into a dress with a belt or rock it as a jacket with a band tee underneath. This gives you so many more options to experiment with.

Think about fun hair and make-up

You can’t just rely on the outfit to get yourself into the festival spirit. I associate festivals with glitter hair, tousled waves and braids. Why not have a search on social media, and create a mood board to offer inspiration.

So, whether you’re planning on heading to a music festival or if you just want to spice up your street style, those are a few of my tips to hopefully help you along. Don’t forget charity shopping is an amazing way to to prevent textiles from ending up in landfill while still staying bang on trend!

Big thanks to Rosa for styling and sharing her pre-loved find with us this week on The-Thrift. Be sure to head over to Instagram and give her a follow.

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This April saw the return Fashion Revolution week we were thrilled to help Love Not Landfill with a wardrobe de-haul. It’s a simple wardrobe detox that ensures no textiles end up in landfill while giving your clothes a chance to be reworn, reused, recycled and re-loved.

Check out this simple how-to video, get your friends around and get involved with your own de-haul. Be sure to take all your pre-loved items to a Love Not Landfill clothes bank or donate them to your local Barnardo’s store.

Fancy guest blogging on The-Thrift? Simply comment below and we’ll get in touch!
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The-Thrift by Barnardosretail - 3M ago

My charity shop obsession started over a decade ago, rooting through the local shops for stuffed animals with my Mum. This soon progressed into charity shops being my first stop when I was on the hunt for a new outfit. We would travel to different areas just to explore their charity shops. It was a hobby for me but also a great escape from everyday stresses and something I realised I was good at. I enjoyed putting together pre-loved pieces and loved when people complimented my thrifted outfit.

The last couple of years I’ve been looking for a creative outlet to demonstrate this passion and I recently started an Instagram account where I curate content consisting of mostly pre-loved outfits. Like many people my age juggling several jobs, you can feel a loss of individuality and while I love working to help other people’s creativity, I wanted the chance to showcase my own.When Barnardo’s approached me about guest blogging on The-Thrift I jumped at the chance. It was the perfect opportunity to showcase sustainability and how you can be stylish without breaking the bank. It also meant a lot to me on a personal level. My Dad was put up for adoption in 1960. He was cared for by Barnardo’s before he was adopted by my late grandparents. I don’t think my Dad would have had the start in life he had without the help of Barnardo’s. The chance to share my love of thrifting and styling pre-loved clothes with a charity that is so close to my heart is very special and something I am beyond excited to share.

In this post, I want to show how you can interject pre-loved pieces into your existing wardrobe and reuse one item to create several different looks! This Zara shirt was a great find from Barnardo’s in Saffron Walden. It cost be about £4 and I have gotten so much use out of it. The classic way to wear this shirt would be to smarten up an outfit but I like to wear tailored pieces in a relaxed and slightly unconventional way. Why not add a shirt as a layer to a delicate dress or maybe tie up the front for a 50s type vibe?

For my first outfit I tied the shirt at the front and paired it with some I.Am.Gia trousers I got from eBay. I love this look as it so versatile and a great transitional outfit going into spring.

My second outfit consists of a blue high neck jumper that I picked up on the sale rail in TK Maxx. I layered it with a top from This Free People Dress for a more feminine touch. As I don’t like to look too girly, pairing it with the shirt as an extra layer adds an androgynous element.

For this outfit I went a little more classic by tucking into a skirt. I wanted to put a slight twist on it by mixing prints and textures. The subtle stripe with the striking snake print skirt, a bargain I got from the Zara sale, makes this look more interesting and something that transitions from day to night.

The last outfit is a an example of the current colour blocking trend and how something like a simple shirt can break up a look and add a bit of contrast. The knitted tunic is from Banana Republic which I picked up from a charity shop years ago. The Zadig & Voltaire denim skirt was a fab eBay find.

Hope you guys can get some inspiration from my outfit builds and shows you just how easy it is to jazz up a single item and wear it in some more interesting and original ways!

Big thanks to Harriet for styling and sharing her pre-loved find with us this week on The-Thrift. Be sure to head over to Instagram and give her a follow.

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Is your wardrobe no longer sparking joy?

This Spring, why not take a look in your wardrobe and donate any items that no longer bring you joy to your local Barnardo’s store!

The change of season is the perfect time to take a look in your wardrobe and donate any Spring or Summer items that you no longer wear.

Take a look at our top tips to help bring the joy back to your wardrobe!

– Create separate areas for your possessions, including ‘Keep’ and ‘Donate’ piles

 – Try and complete your spring clean in one go

 – Only keep items of clothing that bring you joy

– If you have not worn something for over 12 months, it’s probably time to say goodbye

– Still unsure? Ask yourself: “Would I buy this item today?” If the answer is no, add it to your donate pile

– Take your donation to your nearest Barnardo’s store

Enjoy your newly organised wardrobe!
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The-Thrift by Barnardosretail - 3M ago

Over the last couple of years, charity shopping has really started to spike. Vintage and pre-loved pieces are trending all over Instagram and retro is yet again back in fashion. As a Londoner, I am only a stone’s throw away from the vintage shops that dominate Brick Lane. While most people flock to these vintage spots for their retro outfits, charity shops can sometimes be overlooked. They offer a great avenue to find amazing pieces at a fraction of the price, as well as rehoming lovely pre-loved items.

My wardrobe is dominated by colour, and pieces with a 70’s vibe. With that in mind, I have pieced together two 70’s style looks, with pre-loved item’s from Barnardo’s and Traid, which I picked up on a recent charity shopping spree in Brixton.

Look 1:

Shirt: Barnardo’s – originally Zara

Flares: Depop – originally Topshop

Popping into Barnardo’s in Brixton, I came across this beautiful green shirt from Zara. While not part of an everyday 70’s look, it’s definitely a piece to dress up for a ‘going out’ 70’s inspired outfit. I paired it with these fun petite flares that I bought a few months ago from Depop. These are extra funky because they are not too long, which is usually the case with my tiny legs, result!

I really love this outfit and who knew green and red could look so great together! Even better, the shirt was just £3’s, and the flares £10. Retro, without breaking the bank!

Can we appreciate the cute little necktie though?

P.S. If all else fails, add a strong curl and you’re perfectly set up for a fun 70s look!

Look 2:

Shirt: Traid – originally Topshop

Trousers: Traid – originally Zara

Yet another couple of pieces from Topshop and Zara! As soon as I saw this shirt in Traid Brixton, I knew I had to have it. The pattern on it is to die for, feeling some major 70’s festival vibes! Then 5 minutes later, I found these gorgeous tan trousers. I love the slightly shorter flare on them, perfect for showing off a cool pair of boots!

Pattern of my dreams right here – 70s Stevie Nicks dreams!

So next time you’re thinking of getting a new 70’s inspired look, have a little peek in your local charity shop, you never know what you might find!

Big thanks to Amber for styling and sharing her pre-loved find with us this week on The-Thrift. Be sure to head over to Instagram and give her a follow. Want to share your top Barnardo’s finds with us and feature on The-Thrift? Comment below and we’ll get in touch!
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The-Thrift by Barnardosretail - 4M ago

After the long Winter months, I like to breath some fresh air into my home with a big clean, a re-jig of my stuff and bring in some new thrifted homeware pieces.

My local Barnardo’s is my go-to for pre-loved homeware accessories and whether I have something in mind or not, I’m always guaranteed to stumble across some one of a kind bargains!

I love to blend my thrifted finds, with items I already own, to achieve a curated and lux look. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve acquired a charity store item that was a mere fraction of the original price tag and in absolutely perfect condition. Shopping pre-loved is a no brainer. It’s ethically sustainable, while also supporting a worthy cause in the process!

Here are my latest Barnardo’s finds I’m loving, which I picked up for my big annual Spring refresh.

Marble vase

The most gorgeous little object, just look at those curves! It’s cute and dainty but also has something quite deluxe about it. Totally on-trend right now, I adore this piece!

Decorative Shells

Shells are my favourite – I love anything beach related and I practically snatched these off the shelf when I laid eyes on them. The colours and shapes are so beautiful and they store my jewels and lippy perfectly.

White plant pot

I’m always on the lookout for plant pots, you can never have enough, can you? Plant pots can be quite pricey when bought new, but I grabbed this one for just £1! The colour makes is really versatile, it goes everywhere and with everything!

Wooden dish

I adore the colour of this dish so much and knew instantly that it would complement both my living room and kitchen décor beautifully. It also came with a nifty stand, so I can display it on a shelf, table or wall.

Salt tea-light holder

This gorgeous salt tea-light lamp complements my Himalayan salt lamp just perfectly. In the evenings I like to light candles, fairy lights and other low light appliances, as they help me to wind down before bedtime. This tea-light lamp has the most delicious glow when lit, and was another bargain at just a couple of quid!

All in all, a very successful spree I’d say! All of this for less than a tenner, with change to spare! Pre-loved homeware shopping is one of favourite things to do. Along with this, having a bit of a re-jig and a big spring clean, my home feels refreshed, clean and an inspiring place to live again.

Have you found any treasures in your local Barnardo’s lately? Let me know in the comments and tell me how you styled it up at home!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @homelyhazical

Home is truly where the heart is. Discover the joy of shopping pre-loved homeware, and design your own ‘One-Of-A-Kind’ style for every room. Pick up our Homeware Edit brochure in-store or online now and get inspired. Want to feature on The-Thrift? Comment below and we’ll get in touch!
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