5 June 2018

Top Tips For Shopping in Charity Shops


Anyone who has followed me for a while will know I like to shop - a lot! But I also love a bargain, which always makes me feel less guilty about my shopping habit. I am a massive fan of buying vintage and second hand clothes whenever I can. Not only is it a great way to save money but it is also better for the environment and if you are buying from a charity shop - it is a great way to donate money to worthy causes.

When ScottishPower got in touch and asked me to share my tips on charity shop shopping I jumped at the chance. Shopping in charity shops is one of my favourite ways to score a bargain. ScottishPower has an ongoing partnership with Cancer Research UK and this year marks £15million donated to the charity by the energy supplier. They've just renewed their contract with Cancer Research UK for a further three years and pledge to help beat cancer sooner. How amazing is that!

This June kick starts the celebrations of the 5th birthday of my favourite charity shop in Glasgow - Cancer Research UK on Queen Street. I am sure if you have popped in there for a look you will agree they have some amazing pieces and if you are lucky you might even have picked up some I have donated. ;)

Never shopped in a charity shop before? Think charity shops are just full of others people junk? It is time to think again.  Here are my top tips to get you started -



Don't always visit the same shops in the same areas

We are always told that charity shops in the most affluent areas have the best things - but that isn't always the case. Always be sure to check out a wide variety of shops in different areas if you can. Given time you will find which shops are suited to your style and budget.

Don’t rush your shop!
Good charity shops will have their clothes split into sections just like high street stores - take the time to look through the rails and grab anything that catches your eye before someone else - it is going to be the only one there!

Don't restrict yourself to only one section of the store
I always have a wee look in the Men's section too as sometimes pieces there can work for anyone and sometimes other shoppers can put things back in the wrong place. The men's section is the best place to find vintage sportswear, knits and tees.

Check everything!
This is essential for both second hand and vintage pieces. Something may look like a bargain - but not if you are going to have spend more money repairing it after leaving the store.

First things first always check the labels for cleaning instructions. Some items, especially vintage or more expensive pieces might be dry clean only. Are you happy to pay upwards of £15 each time you need to wash the item - if not - leave it behind. Check all buttons are attached and all zips work on items. Check for any staining. On tops check around the arm pits for any staining. If these haven't come out in the wash then they aren't coming out. Also check for any small holes.

Always try things on!
Especially with older or vintage pieces. Sizes have changed quite a lot over the years so don't always go with what the label says. 


It is also a good idea to remember that things look completely different on than they do on hangers - so it is worth your while to try stuff on - even things you aren't sure off. This is your opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new for a bargain price.

Buy summer in winter and winter in summer
Yes I know this sounds strange - but winter clothes don't sell as well in summer so you are bound to find them greatly reduced and the same for summer clothes in winter. I collect vintage sequins and I always score my best bargains in the summer time as most people wear them during the festive period. Just don't forget you bought them when their season comes around.

Visit regularly and be nice to the staff (many of them are volunteers!)
Charity shops receive donations daily so they are constantly updating their stock. It is a good idea to pop in as often as you can to check out their new arrivals. Talk to the staff about the type of items you are looking for and if you are lucky they might know of something in the store room waiting to go onto the floor that you would love. If you are really, really lucky then they might even keep a few items by for your next visit for you to see first before they go onto the shop floor.

Tell everyone where you got your amazing clothes!
Make sure you share your amazing shopping experience with everyone you know and encourage them to visit your favourite charity shops.

Remember charity shops don't just sell clothes
Charity shops are full of household items, fashion accessories, books, DVDs, toys and many other items.

Always give back and use Gift Aid if you can
My last charity donation consisted of over 20 bags of clothes and accessories and the charity managed to raise over £500 from the sale of the items. As you can imagine I felt amazing knowing I had raised so much money for an amazing charity from just donating items I didn't wear anymore. Charity shops are crying out for donations so it is worthwhile having a clear out every once in a while and donating.  The golden rule for donations - ask yourself if you would be happy paying money for the item you are donating? Do not donate anything that you wouldn't. 


It is always good to encourage other people to donate to charity shops too! I often send an email round my work colleagues and ask them to bring any donations to me and I arrange a pick of everyone's donations together.

If you are a UK taxpayer ask to fill in a Gift Aid form when donating your items and the store can then claim 25% tax from the Government at no extra cost. You will also receive a letter from the charity letting you know how much money they raised from the sale of your items.


I really hope these tips will encourage you to pop into your local charity shop and have a look around and hopefully pick up a bargain or two. Please let me know if you pick up anything fabulous!


If you’ve really got a passion for fashion, you could put your skills to use as a volunteer at a charity shop, helping to dress their windows, supporting on social media or taking on responsibility for the stock and display of a particular category, such as accessories.

Cancer Research UK has a dozen shops across Glasgow so wherever you live in the city you’re never far from a bargain. You can find your local Cancer Research UK shop here.


Until next time
Jennifer xoxo




This post was produced in collaboration with ScottishPower. All thoughts and words are my own. #sponsored


 










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8 January 2018

That Monki Jacket


Monki Shearling Coat

Monki Shearling Coat

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 kicked off splendidly for everyone. 

I know what you are thinking. Jennifer did you need another jacket? Didn't your wardrobe collapse only a few months ago due the weight of the jackets you already own? And the answer is YES! I did need it and I have repaired the wardrobe silly - it shouldn't collapse again for a while.

This is my winter 2017 sale bargain. £37.50! Worth every penny and more. My beloved Monki never fail to produce the goods. Yes I know everyone and their granny has been rocking this jacket but that didn't put me off. If only it hadn't been £95 to start with it then I would have possessed it long before now. But hey - I love a bargain, so I am so happy I waited.

If anyone else is looking for a bargain - these boots are now down to £3 in Primark.


Primark Red Star Boots

Monki Shearling Coat

Monki Shearling Coat

Monki Shearling Coat

I wore this outfit on the 1st January when Jimmy and I went a little walk about Glasgow city centre - which was unusually busy for new years day. It was freezing! Probably not the best day for fishnets and jeans with missing panels - but you know - fashion and all that. Thankfully my new jacket kept me warm up top. A special hello to the cutest little bag ever! Who needs a Gucci bag when you can have a Hello Kitty bag!


Monki Shearling Coat

Monki Shearling Coat

Monki Shearling Coat

What I'm Wearing - Monki Shearling Aviator Jacket // Pretty Little Thing Stripey Knit // Monki Jeans // Primark Boots // Hello Kitty x ASOS bag.


And since this is my first blog post of 2018 I should share my only new year resolution - stop buying so many clothes for the sake of it. I have just cleared out 11 bags of clothes for the charity shop and have a suitcase full of items to sell. No one needs that amount of clothes. From now on I will only buy pieces I really love and need. And for the moment - I definitely don't need any more jackets!

Let's see how long before I break this resolution eh!


Until next time

Jennifer xoxo

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12 November 2017

When Did We Stop Being Nice In Real Life?


A few years, whilst visiting New York, I remember being really surprised at how many compliments I received on a huge, orange shaggy jacket that I was wearing. Staff in stores and people in the street were stopping me to compliment it. I was surprised, but I also loved it.

Fast forward a few years into the world of social media and we think nothing of giving strangers we have never met in real life compliments on how they look and what they are wearing - but how many of you are actually doing it in real life? I imagine, for most people, if someone came up to you and said you looked amazing or asked where something was from you would be a little taken a back. Why would someone randomly tell someone they look amazing? Yet we constantly post pictures on social media for strangers to tell us/ask us the same things. So why aren't more people doing it in real life? When did we stop being nice in real life?

I grew up in a generation that didn't have social media (thank god!). Anytime I saw someone wearing something I loved I had to approach them and ask where they got it from or I would never know. There were no clothes tagged on instagram back then. This meant I grew up never being shy about asking people about their outfits, as well as telling them they look amazing/their look is everything/they are killing it. 

I am all about giving that confidence boost. You never know how much that little comment could change that person's whole day.  I am also all about receiving that confidence boost. If you love something I am wearing or just think I look fabulous in general please tell me. Who doesn't want to hear that?

There has been so much negativity recently regarding Instagram and the drop in interaction. So maybe it is about time we started sharing all that love we like to share on social media in real life. Maybe it is time to take it back 'old school' and compliment people in real life!

Please take the time to stop that person you see everyday, normally admiring their look from afar, to tell them they always look great. Tell someone with amazing hair that they have amazing hair. You love their lipstick? Ask them where it's from. I can assure you not only will you make that persons day, but it will also put a more positive spin on your day. And everyone needs a bit of positivity in their life right now.

Until next time
Jennifer xoxo


Special thanks to my friend Ruth Adams for the amazing piece of original artwork for this blog.
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21 October 2017

You Can Never Have Enough Coats and Jackets

Glasgowfashiongirl - Pink Fur

Oh hello autumn/winter! I wasn't expecting to see you so quickly, but here we are! It is almost the end of October, how did that happen? October to December are my favourite months of the year. October brings us the cold, dark nights followed by Halloween. November brings my birthday and December, of course, brings Santa. Sorry folks, you cannot moan about the C word anymore - it is almost here!

October to December are also my favourite times of the year for shopping. Well, let's be honest, I shop all year round - but I live for winter clothes. I struggle with how to dress in summer (my least favourite season) and would much rather be wrapped up than showing skin. Autumn/winter is when I get to invest in my favourite items of clothing - coats and jackets. Who cares if your wardrobe is already collapsing under the weight of the ones you own! Who cares if you own so many you have had to store some in two other cupboards - you can never have enough.

UPDATE: In the process of writing this my coat/jacket section of my wardrobe did in fact collapse and break! Spooky!!!

Glasgowfashiongirl - Pink Fur
 
Glasgowfashiongirl - Pink Fur
 
As soon as I spotted this little Barbie pink fur coat on ASOS she had to be mine. Unfortunately my bank balanced disagreed and she sat in my wish list for a few weeks, going in and out of stock in my size. Never far from my thoughts, but alas, never in stock. Then, like fate, one suddenly appeared in stock and just like that she was mine. Don't you just love a happy ending!

Glasgowfashiongirl - Pink Fur
 
Glasgowfashiongirl - Pink Fur
 
Glasgowfashiongirl - Pink Fur
 
Glasgowfashiongirl - Pink Fur

Glasgowfashiongirl - Pink Fur
What I'm Wearing - ASOS Pink Fur Coat // Monki Top // Topshop Mom Jean // Converse

Jimmy and I took a drive up to Loch Lomond and of course I wanted to wear my new coat. Typical, even though the forecast said sun, it rained! And even more typical, when we started to drive home the sun came out! Welcome to Scotland eh? Fur coats and rain are not the best combination, but the colour looked amazing against the dreich weather. Don't you agree? And luckily I didn't get too wet.

I would love to know what you have invested in for the autumn/winter season?

Until next time
Jennifer xoxo
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