Like many other university students, I am currently experiencing the harrowing symptoms that stem from ‘The Dissertation’. Surrounded only by piles of books, notes and the blinding light from my Microsoft Word page I have at times felt as though I may suffocate under the weight of post-it-notes. Thankfully I am doing much of this from home, in Somerset, where my mum brings me pots of Earl Grey tea and my dogs lift my mood with a snuggle. Until D-day arrives with an almighty slap across the face, glamorous cocktail nights in London are on pause. Shopping has also taken a back seat (did those words just come from me?) so when my Grandma invited me to an afternoon of tea, cake and charity shop exploring I jumped at the chance.
My Grandma and I visited No.7 cafe in Crewkerne, Somerset where we enjoyed pots of tea and delicious chocolate cake. She also bought me a bag of chocolate mini eggs for my journey back to London the following day – aren’t Grandma’s the best?
We then made our way round the charity shops, searching each rail for something special. I have been charity shopping since I finished school and I can honestly say some of my favourite garments have been bought from a charity shop. The variety of trends, eras and items that are available make charity shops an exciting and rewarding alternative to the predictable high street shops. When I discover something special, it’s not just the price that makes me beam from ear to ear, it’s how unique and precious that item is. I’m not just buying a new dress, I’m buying something to cherish. From my favourite vintage velvet jacket to some of the shabby chic furniture sitting pretty in my bedroom, I owe a lot to Charity shops.
The black crocodile imitation clasp bag (£4.50) is my favourite buy and is very reminiscent of the Hermes Kelly bag. The straps can be removed and the timeless style embodies my favourite aesthetics; elegance and class.
The black bowler hat (£2.50) looks fabulous on and really changes the look of an outfit.
The wool tartan scarf (£2) was a delight to find! I had caved into the tartan trend a few days before and was coveting a scarf in the iconically British pattern. To stumble across it at £2 was a beautiful moment indeed. I’ve already made good use of this, incorporating the flash of red into my usually monochrome outfits.
Three lovely accessories for under £10 and all quintessentially British in style – an afternoon well spent!
What are some of your favourite charity shop finds?