Why I love buying my clothes from charity shops!

There was a time when I would feel embarrassed to be caught buying my clothes in a supermarket let alone a charity shop.  Times have changed though and now instead of being embarrassed about shopping for clothes in a supermarket, I would simply prefer to go to a charity shop and buy things secondhand if I can and this is why:
  • Secondhand clothes are sooo much cheaper than new ones and more affordable.  
  • If you shop in a charity shop the money goes to a good cause 
  • Buying secondhand is an eco-friendly option
  • If you have young children they can play with the toys in the charity shop while you are perusing the clothes.  
  • Preworn clothes have most likely already been washed and any leaky dyes/ chemicals added to the clothes have already been washed out – I will ashamedly admit to buying some new jeans recently and I have noticed that they have been leaving blue residues on my chairs in my kitchen and even on my legs!
  • I find making the decisions about whether or not to buy something much easier and less stressful as the items are low cost and the money spent is going to a good cause.  

I have found that it is worth picking your area for the type of clothes you are after as although there is a usually a range of clothes to suit all ages in most charity shops some areas will have more kids clothes and others will have more suited to an older person for example.

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Today we hit the charity shops as I have gone down two dress sizes since going on my sugar free diet and my clothes are starting to get a bit too big for me.  I was particularly looking for tops and I managed to find 7 that I liked (as pictured above) spending a total of £16.50!  I’m pretty sure my weight will continue to go down as I have a little more to lose and I may soon find these clothes are too big for me. At that price however I don’t mind investing a little for the meantime.  Plus I can always sell them on/ donate them back to charity when I am done with them.
My husband and two children also joined me on my shopping spree and to keep my 4 year old entertained we gave him £2 to spend in the shops and told him it was his choice what to do with the money.  He loved it and he bought a small hot air balloon toy and a puzzle with his £2, which then provided the afternoons entertainment when we got home!
I really enjoyed the shopping trip today and am looking forward to wearing all my ‘new’ clothes!
How do you feel about buying your clothes from a charity shop?  Would you feel proud or embarrassed to tell people your clothes came from a charity shop?
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  1. You got a good haul there! I usually find I don't have the patience to look for clothes for myself – although I have no problem at all wearing second-hand stuff and telling people it's second-hand. I do get lots of kids clothes from charity shops, sooo much cheaper than new and like you say they are already worn in a bit and more comfy 🙂

  2. Zoe

    Thanks Make do Mum – I was pretty happy with my haul. I also buy most of my kids clothes secondhand, but so far have been going to NCT nearly new sales for them. As they get older though I will definitely be looking for their clothes in charity shops!

  3. I loved buying secondhand or pre-loved clothes because they are branded clothes with cheaper and affordable as well. But sometimes, I don't like to go shopping because there are plenty of people in a shop selecting and picking for the best and nice and it's so crowded, I cannot select the clothes properly.

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