Today I went out onto the streets of Ipswich to see what their charity shops had to offer, and let me tell you, they had some right gems hidden in their rails!
Not risking it for a chocolate biscuit burgundy boots
With only £12.60 in my purse, I started my challenge in the town’s centre at the small RSPCA charity shop for a little look-a-round. Despite its lack of clothing and shoes, I instantly fell in love with some gorgeous burgundy ankle boots. Not only were my size (3), they reminded me of these stunning Christian Dior boots which were showcased in the Autumn/Winter 2011 fashion shows! However, I decided to leave them, as my budget would have gone and I wasn’t prepared to risk it (sad I know!), and then went on to the next charity shop; Sense.
Sense and sensibility
The Sense store is a fairly large shop on the corner of Butter Market, with an array of clothes in all shapes and sizes. I came across a gorgeous black one shoulder playsuit in my size, but it looked rather big, so I chose to scour through the rails where I made a really nice discovery! There, laying in waiting was this cute cream camisole with intricate lace inserts and sequins. At £2.60, I couldn’t resist buying this baby, which would be wearable for both day time and for a night out!
Here is what i have bought:
After my purchase at the Sense store, I went into a couple more charity shops along Upper Brook Street, with no such luck. The worst thing about charity shops is that they’re a bit like the lottery. Yes, British Red Cross may have all items on sale for a pound, and may have their clothes arranged in a colour-coordinated fashion, however a pair of size 6 black suede knee boots will be no good for a little’un like me! The same goes for the Salvation Army, where there were some beautiful blouses for sale, but the clothing lottery only had the numbers 16, 18 and 20 available, which was a shame.
Good things come in threes
Even though I couldn’t find anything in the other charity shops; I still spurred on and managed to make three other purchases! The first two items I bought were from Cancer Research. In there I discovered a lovely leopard print blouse (which was £2) and a small and pretty beaded purse, which was only 25p! Afterwards, I went into the last charity shop on my trail, Suffolk Age Concern, and went straight to the bag section. While I was there, I picked up this very stylish CK denim mini rucksack at £2.99, however after much strap adjusting I came to the conclusion not to buy it, but to buy a big burgundy bag instead. This bag is perfect for my second year at university in September, and so I would have been stupid not to buy it.
So, after my day of trawling through charity shops I am glad that I didn’t buy those burgundy boots, as I only spent £7.84 of my £12.60 budget, and I have walked away with four very stylish items. It just goes to show, charity shops do have their little clothing wonders inside them, you just need to be brave and persevere! Look out for my charity shop buys in future outfit posts!