Martin Lewis shares savvy shopper’s tip for buying designer clothes for 20p

MARTIN Lewis shared a savvy shopper’s tip for buying designer clothes for as little as 20 pence.

In the latest episode of Martin Lewis’s Extreme Savers series, Lauren Reynolds revealed that she saved thousands of pounds by switching to sustainable purchases.


Lauren Reynolds, 23, saved thousands of pounds by switching to sustainable purchasesCredit: Martin Lewis Extreme Savers / ITV

Martin said: “[Charity shops] have long been a hidden treasure trove of designer and vintage bargains for style fans who know where to look. “

Lauren, a 23-year-old woman from Surrey, started shopping for second-hand clothes, such as charity shops, flea markets and flea markets, in 2016.

She had just finished school and had started an apprenticeship, which paid a low salary, but Lauren was always keen to keep up to date with the latest fashion trends.

To make sure it was financially possible, Lauren started buying used sales rails.

Lauren says she's bought all of her second-hand clothes since 2016


Lauren says she’s bought all of her second-hand clothes since 2016Credit: Martin Lewis Extreme Savers / ITV

Lauren told viewers: “On average, in a charity shop you are looking for prices for sweaters around £ 4 or £ 5, for dresses around £ 5 or £ 6.”

But Martin revealed how charity shops are getting smarter and raising their prices, so Lauren is looking elsewhere to “bring the prices down.”

She said: “The car boots at the bottom are where you can find some real bargains. You wouldn’t be looking to spend more than £ 1 or £ 2 on something that makes things so affordable. “

“It’s so important to think, ‘Do I really need it? And do I really want it?'”

Sharing a few bargains in her wardrobe, Laura revealed a mustard yellow midi dress she bought for just 20p at a charity warehouse sale.

The dress usually costs £ 150 from the retailer.

She also found a £ 50 dress for just £ 4 with the tag still on – her friend had bought the same online at the original price a week earlier.

Lauren told viewers that she also uses Facebook Marketplace and recently bought a pair of new used Doc Martens for £ 180 for just £ 20.

Tips from Lauren’s Charity Shop

LAUREN Reynolds, 23, shared her top charity shopping tips with The Sun last month.

  1. You have to go in the right frame of mind. These aren’t really places to go if you have a few minutes left.
  2. Have a few things in mind that you are looking for, if you look around the whole store you will get bogged down because they have so much in there. I tend to look for a few little things – maybe a midi dress, midi skirt, and jacket. It also helps you spend too much and saves you from buying things you don’t need.
  3. Make sure you try things on, in a charity store you see all these different brands so they are a different size and you might be disappointed. The changing rooms are not open at the moment because of the Covid, but normally it’s a big one.
  4. Try another area. Last year for my birthday my boyfriend took me to Portobello Road in London, Notting Hill, to look in all the fancy charity shops. You certainly see slightly better marks in slightly better condition if you go to a more affluent area.
  5. Don’t be afraid to dig. I only went there when I had free time to watch everything.
  6. Keep a budget in mind, some days you will walk in and find nothing, but other days you might walk out with a whole load of clothes. It adds up, so it’s a matter of how much you want to spend before you get in.

Lauren shares her used bargains on her Instagram page Aware.loz.

She also recently launched the used search engine Savings landscape where consumers can search multiple used sites.

She said: “My biggest goal when buying second-hand is just to never let an item go to the landfill if it doesn’t need it.

“So if I’ve decided that I don’t really want an item anymore, I’ll sell it or give it back just to keep it in the cycle.

“On top of that, it means I never have a pocket which is great.”

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