Last Saturday, Jo and I set ourselves a fun challenge – to see if we could find a complete outfit each from second hand shops in one afternoon! We decided to pay a visit to a great place for second hand shopping – Thatcham. Interestingly, my 9 year old Ruby begged to come along too.
After a rather large and delicious lunch at Bella Vita, our first foray was the Sue Ryder charity shop on the Broadway. Ruby found some books and Jo found a navy M&S top with the labels still attached. A great start.
The next shop at the end of the Broadway was the RSPCA shop. It was quite busy in here but I managed to find a lovely teal wrap style jumper – really unusual. Jo found some jewellery, and Ruby got more books. The staff in the shop were lovely and gave Ruby a leather bracelet.
Across the street in the Kingsland Centre are 2 charity shops – Scope and Age UK. In the first I found a lovely East wool skirt for £6.99 in a dark teal which would match my wrap top. Jo found a brown maxi dress for £6 in a really flattering shape. In the second, we got Ruby a gorgeous H&M cream lace dress (with all the labels on - £24.99 originally) for £6.99. She was delighted as she wants to wear it to the school disco!
On the way home we stopped off at my favourite of second hand shops, the Clothing Warehouse. Straight away I found a great wool Boden dress for £10. Ruby got a pair of shoes that match her party dress, and she found 2 skirts that she can wear over leggings, and a sweatshirt to match which she was really delighted with.
In the shoe area I found a pair of tan boots. Last week in Jigsaw, I’d seen a near identical pair in the sale for £99. These were in fabulous condition and when I asked the price - £4. I’d just saved £95! Ruby bought a bright pink satchel and a spotty bag for her sister (she’s excellent at spending my money!). Total for all of this was less than £25!
We then caught up with Jo who had gone to the shop part of the warehouse and found herself 2 jackets, one in a biscuit colour (£8) and one in a grass green (£12) - both of which looked great on her. Jo also found a cool animal print scarf for £2. I found a nice pair of dark skinny jeans – I’d been looking for some for a while – for £8, and an awesome Tommy Hilfiger jacket for £10!
By the time we got home, we were ready for a cup of tea, and we realized we’d bought more than one outfit each – I’d found 3 plus boots and my total spend on all of it had been less than £50. Jo had found a dress and 2 interchangeable jackets and spent under £35. It had been an incredibly successful day, but more than that, it had been fantastically good fun.
If you’d like to try your hand at a bit of shopping second hand style, we run regular guided shopping trips to different towns that have our favourite charity shops, dress agencies and vintage shops. Get a group of girls together and come and join us. To find out more about one of our special group shopping days, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you more details – you might end up as delighted as Ruby!