Yesterday, Oxfam Boutique in Chelsea had a £5 sale so naturally I went to check it out. I got my hands on a vintage Peekaboo dress, a metallic leather dress from Zara, a black dress by Alice & Olivia, a beaded top by Temperley, a vintage Paul Costello jacket and a Hugo Boss blazer. My six amazing bargains came to a total of £30, saving £150 off the original shop price.
6 Sept 2015
17 Aug 2015
Vintage maxi dress - £30
H&M Jumper (from menswear section) - £6.50
Jack Wills shorts - £3.99
DKNY Dress - £10
I'm always going on about this charity shop but that's because it's one of the best I've come across in London so far. It's not huge inside but visually it's appealing - everything is in neat sections and colour coded making rummaging a lot easier. There's a big vintage section in the back as well as loads of shoes and jewellery. On top of that, the staff are really friendly, making it a great overall shopping experience. Not to mention, the amazing stock! Due to its location, it can be a bit pricey but I did snap up an Alexander Wang top for £8 a few months ago (which I will post about at a later date).
The above are some of my most recent buys and probably some of my favourite charity shop purchases in a while. The vintage dress was more than what I usually like to pay for a second-hand dress but it was love at first sight. I have been on the lookout for a textured breton jumper for an age so pretty chuffed that I found this perfect one whilst browsing the menswear section (which I recommend highly). The cute denim shorts were too much of a bargain to pass up and there is something nostalgically 90's about the red dress that I just love.
16 Aug 2015
28 May 2015
£3 (RRP £18)
£4 (RRP £28)
£6 (RRP £18)
£4 (RRP £20)
£6 (RRP £18)
£5 (RRP £25)
£3 (RRP £14)
Beyond Retro held their first ever garage sale next door to their Dalston store and it was amazing!! They promised bodacious bargains and bodacious bargains we got as prices ranged from £1-£9. Held over 3 days, we went on the second day (Saturday) and the place was still a piece of vintage heaven. Sadly, I didn't spot any of the denim jackets I had seen in pictures from the first day but I still came away with some absolute bargains. I've been after a Harley Davidson tank top for an age and this one is perfect as it also satisfies my love of skulls! I can't believe it was only £3. The denim Levi's shorts were a stroke of luck - they seemed to be the only pair left and a steal at only £4. I currently have a love affair with suede so the patchwork skirt was a no brainer. Surprisingly, my best bargain was the shopper bag which was originally £25. I also bought a £5 jacket for my mum so overall, I spent £36 on about £160 worth of vintage. Craaaaazy. I really hope this sale becomes a regular thing.
20 May 2015
Last weekend, I headed to Bethnal Green to hunt for some bargains at the best jumble sale in the UK (maybe even the world?!) Rumble In The Jumble is an annual charity event run by The Music Circle and Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney to help disadvantaged women around the world. This year, the event raised money for Oxfam’s gender equality campaign in Myanmar and each £5 entrance fee was donated to Oxfam's Nepal Emergency Appeal.
If you’re a bargain addict like me, you’ll know that this is one of the best places to find designer goodies and musical and literary wonders at ridiculously cheap prices. Last year I didn’t really know what to expect but I was lucky enough to get my hands on Daisy Lowe’s Gucci bag and Jessie Ware’s boots for just £15 each! This time I was more prepared and took extra cash, arrived earlier and donated a bag of my own jumble.
Bargain hunters, bloggers and musicians flocked to support the cause and hunt for some one-of-a-kind treasures. Renowned for its celebrity donations, Fearne Cotton’s Mulberry boots, David Gandy’s Versace suit and Nicole Scherzinger’s Alice & Olivia dress were just a few of the sought after items up for grabs. Vintage giant Beyond Retro supplied second-hand fashion whilst high street brands such as Whistles, Monki and Barbour donated brand new pieces which were then sold at jumble prices. Radio 1 DJ’s treated us to some top tunes so we could dance while we shopped, Drink Shop & Do provided delicious cakes so we wouldn’t go hungry and Smashbox cosmetics gave makeovers so we could all look great.
After manically rummaging for hours through the stalls which were manned by various women in the music industry (with the exception of Rick Edwards’ ‘man stand’), I spent £50 and came away with a Chloe clutch, ankle boots from Schuh, a crop top from Monki, Dolce & Gabbanna trousers, a leather gilet from Allsaints and once again, Daisy Lowe’s bag. A huge total of £26,000 was raised and I am so happy to have been involved with such an amazing event for the second time.
4 May 2015
With Rumble In The Jumble #4 coming up this Saturday, I thought I would share some of the amazing bargains I bought at last year's jumble. If you're a bargain addict like me, you'll know that this is one of the best places to find designer goodies and musical/literary wonders at ridiculously cheap prices. If you haven't heard of this event, I would strongly recommend checking it out. The Music Circle (a subsidiary of Annie Lennox's The Circle; a group of women in the music industry working with Oxfam to fight poverty and inequality) run the organisation which is headed by Radio 1's Gemma Cairney. This year, some great pieces have been donated by various brands and celebs, including Fearne Cotton's Mulberry bag, David Gandy's Dolce & Gabbana suit and Nicole Scherzinger's Alice & Olivia Dress. All proceeds go towards helping empower woman in Myanmar and this year, the £5 entrance fee will be donated to Oxfam's Nepal Emergency Appeal. Last year I managed to get my lucky hands on Daisy Lowe's Gucci bag and Jessie Ware's Office boots for £15 each. I also filled a £3 bag with 10 items of clothing ranging from Topshop and New Look to Ralph Lauren. To find out how you can get your hands on some goodies, check out their facebook event: facebook.com/events/408756509283229
3 May 2015
The other week one of my favourite brands, AQ/AQ, had a sample sale in Brick Lane. Most items were 80% off and I was lucky enough to get my hands on the gorgeous Belle Maxi Dress which had been on my wish list since last year. I also picked up a cropped jumpsuit for £10. Overall I saved a cool £245. Profits from the sale went to Cancer Research which was an extra bonus. Definitely one of the best sample sales I've been too!
Belle Maxi Dress - £20 (RRP £115)
Lydia Cropped Jumpsuit - £10 (RRP £160)