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Across the UK, these are the people to call on for seriously sustainable flights.
If you search the Internet for the best charity shops, you probably know that the practice of circular fashion has never been so high priority.
More and more people are turning to clothing rental stores (even for their wedding dresses) and vintage online stores to save money and live more sustainably.
This Second hand September – that is, an entire month dedicated to celebrating used and vintage items – we’ve rounded up the best charity shops you can scroll through. While they used to get a bad rap for old clothes, you can often find barely used designer clothes or high end clothes at a fraction of the cost, so it’s well worth a trip to your store. local. Some of them even have a small selection for shopping online.
With many stores having closed during the lockdown and therefore unable to accept donations, there’s a good chance they’ve had a big drop in clothes, so now is a good time to shop.
Plus, you donate money to a great cause, be it cancer research or the British Heart Foundation. With that in mind, keep reading for our guide to the best charity shops. Be sure to scroll through our charity shopping tips for some great tips on how to grab the best fashion deals, while you’re at it.
Best Charity Stores: 11 To Visit For Designer Clothes And Vintage Stuff
1. TRAID Westbourne Grove
Or: 61 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 4UA (020 7221 5448) and online at Depop
What: While there are TRAID stores all around London, the Westbourne Grove brand is known for designer and high-end junk from its affluent clientele, so it’s definitely worth digging into. They also have a Depop store for those who cannot travel. TRAID aims to end disposable fashion by diverting clothing from landfills to stores, with the proceeds going to global projects improving working conditions and practices in the textile industry.
2. The British Heart Foundation
What: While there are plenty of British Heart Foundation department stores such as Reigate, Balham and Oxford where you can find high end fashion and furniture, the online store also has some great rare gems including ( at the time of writing) a Burberry blazer for £ 25, a Barbour jacket for £ 39 and a Jenny Packham N.1 dress for £ 12. The profits are used to fund research into cures and treatments for heart and circulatory diseases.
Or: Oxfam online
What: There are so many great finds on the Oxfam online store, and they have a huge sale right now, which means you can grab even more great deals. This is perfect for finds you might have missed at Zara and Topshop, but also for more affordable styles from JOSEPH, Whistles, Jigsaw, Ted Baker and REISS. If you are getting married, there are also many wedding dresses available, from vintage styles to new with labels always on. The profits are used to end poverty in the world.
4. Mary’s Living and Giving Primrose Hill
Or: 109 Regents Park Road, NW1 8UR (020 7586 9966) – temporarily closed due to COVID
What: Trendy fashion pieces and high-end finds, brought to you by the team at Primrose Hill. East Dulwich and Bristol stores are also known for high-end bargains. Profits are donated to Save The Children around the world.
Or: Various locations across London – head to the FARA website to find your nearest.
What: After good vintage and used bargains at reasonable prices? Then you will love FARA. With 41 charity shops in 27 London communities, if you’re based in London, there’s bound to be one near you. The money is used to help vulnerable children and adults with learning disabilities and at-risk youth.
6. Retromania London
Or: 6, rue Upper Tachbrook Victoria, SW1V 1SH (020 7630 7406)
What: Part of the FARA Charity (which helps vulnerable and disadvantaged children and youth in Romania), this specialty shop focuses on everything a vintage lover could want, including hats, bags, scarves, dresses, men’s clothing and memorabilia as well as iconic designer items.
7. Cancer research in the UK
What: Depending on what you’re looking for, all three online stores are well stocked. EBay’s is great for street finds like Whistles, Ghost, and Karen Millen, while Depop and Vestiaire stores are a treasure trove of designer items. Currently on Vestiaire, there is a Céline bag, Manolo Blahnik pumps and a Dolce & Gabbana jacket. The profits are used to fund research to beat cancer.
Or: Online on eBay
What: While you can buy literally anything on her eBay store, from housewares to toys, clothes are right where they are. There are Dr Marten boots, Cos and Calvin Klein coats, and an LKBennett dress among the hundreds of items you can buy online right now. Profits are intended to help vulnerable children, young people and families in the UK.
9. British Red Cross
Or: Various locations across the UK, check out their locations on the British Red Cross website.
What: Selling everything from second-hand clothing to second-hand furniture, books, vinyls, accessories and more, the British Red Cross has a long history of supporting millions of people in the UK and around the world. who find themselves in need in a crisis. FYI, they also sell online, so check what they have in stock on eBay, ASOS, or their online gift shop.
10. Buy from the crisis
Where: Various locations around London, check out the Buy from the crisis website to find your nearest.
What: Crisis is the UK’s national charity for the homeless. Shopping at Shop from Crisis means you’ll be helping the homeless not just financially: their stores also provide training and employment opportunities for homeless people who want to work in retail. Cared for.
11. Salvation Army
Where: Various locations across the UK – they have over 400 stores across the country, two charity hypermarkets and 13 donation centers. Head to the Salvation Army website for more information.
What: Fun fact for you – The Salvation Army was one of the first charities to open a store in the 19th century. Then they brought affordable clothing to people who couldn’t afford it otherwise, and in the 150 years since they opened, their primary focus hasn’t changed much. Head to the store to do some used business and support those who need it, while you’re there.