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…).


17 Replies to “Smart Charity”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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