Smart Charity

Smart Charity

After last week’s questioning and ‘Um-ing’ and ‘Ah-ing’ over posh Oxfams about to pop up all over the UK, I think this week, I was able to exemplify charity shops smartening up and sadly, in a few years time, designer bargains in charity shops will be virtually extinct.  In my local Animal Aid (and I live in a mundane-as-muck London suburb…), I saw this John Richmond dress from the 80’s and it was priced at ¬£10.  Not a great deal of money in London terms but not the ¬£3 cheapie steals that I used to buy…

Turns out, they consulted Lazooli next door to confirm that it was from the 1980’s (yup, that decade is now officially a ‘long time ago’…), hence the tenner price tag.  Grudgingly, I have to admit there is nothing wrong with knowing the value of the donated wares seeing as the money goes to charity anyway but I guess it’s just an observation of the shift of times in charity shopping, making me glad that I started doing the thrift rounds early on…(thank you dad for harping on about the merits of charity shopping and carboot sales…).



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  1. selina

    2008-05-17 at 9:38 PM

    i would have paid double, it looks gorgeous on you!

  2. Suzi

    2008-05-17 at 9:46 PM

    That’s stunning! Really body-con.
    ¬£10 isn’t too bad for a designer charity shop find, they could have charged waaay more.

  3. fashiontoast

    2008-05-17 at 9:50 PM

    Wow I would have paid a lot more than that too…but I get into that thrifting mindset too where you want everything to be $5. Then the boyfriend has to make me snap out of it by telling me how much it would be anywhere else..ever so rational that one.

  4. love the figure hugging dress-skirt!! What an amazing find!!

  5. pretty face

    2008-05-17 at 10:56 PM

    Still very nice!
    Your hair looks lovely in that first picture, and where are your socks from? I believe I need more socks…

  6. Winnie

    2008-05-17 at 10:59 PM

    It’s a great find and you look awesome in it!

  7. Sabrina

    2008-05-17 at 11:01 PM

    That dress looks incredibly current. Good find, wow.
    I noticed that my local thrift stores were getting savvy with the pricing when I came across a beautiful pair of buckled boots for $60 or $70 just a while ago. Drat.

  8. super kawaii mama

    2008-05-17 at 11:46 PM

    Still it is 10 pound you wear very well. A good buy all in all.

  9. Jen

    2008-05-18 at 1:08 AM

    I love this outfit. I think it needs some peachy lipstick.

  10. Giselle

    2008-05-18 at 1:30 AM

    that dress is totally worth it in my opinion.

  11. WendyB

    2008-05-18 at 1:48 AM

    I would love to get ANYTHING for ten pounds!

  12. Alline

    2008-05-18 at 2:43 AM

    OMG, you should be a model!! You look gorgeous!!!

  13. Nay'Chelle

    2008-05-18 at 9:00 AM

    Lovely skirt! I would have bought it in a heartbeat.

  14. Zad

    2008-05-18 at 5:33 PM

    wow that looks fantastic!!

  15. floraposte

    2008-05-18 at 8:16 PM

    Really gorgeous on you! And many thanks for your recommendations of vintage shops in London! I know you are saying that they are pricier than they used to be but still SO much cheaper than Dublin. I shopped ’til I dropped!

  16. Lu

    2008-05-19 at 7:20 AM

    looks great!!

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