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The Quirks and Perks of Charity Shopping

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The Quirks and Perks of Charity Shopping

Before Corona decided to hit, shopping was, admittedly, a bit of an addiction. I suppose it still is, considering we can continue to browse (but on a screen instead of in-person). Impulsive spending on stuff we don’t need is far too common these days, and I’m guilty of it myself. In recent years, though, I’ve decided to put my bad habits to good use and resort to charity shopping. Just from looking in my wardrobe, at least 60% of my clothes are second hand. 

Once you go there, I can assure you, you won’t go back…

The Quirks

The best part of charity shopping is the fact that you can never predict the outcome; you walk in and you never know what you’re going to find. For all you know, you could walk out with a designer coat in hand originally worth £200 that you managed to spot for £20. Every item of clothing, pairs of shoes, book or other miscellaneous item has a history with the potential to tell a story; this is what makes it so fascinating!

Some seem to possess a negative view of charity shops and would rather not associate themselves with it. I presume this stigma comes from the youth dominating the face of fashion, and the false belief that trends set and maintained by younger members of society are more appealing. The truth? Trends recycle. If you dig deep and go to a charity shop with an open mind, you might just find that perfect garment – one that probably belonged to an 80-year-old woman… After all, why go forward with fashion when we can relive the past?

You might even have an OAP themed event written in the calendar, so having a rummage through your local Oxfam is your answer there.

The Perks

Yes, the familiar musty smell of old books and vintage clothes may take a bit of getting used to, but it’s nothing a handy steam wand cleaner won’t mask.

Here’s a list of benefits that will hopefully change your perspective of charity shopping for the better:

  • It all goes to a good cause. When you walk out of a charity shop with a few purchases in hand, you may feel a slight sense of spending guilt.But when you remind yourself you have contributed money to a charity, that sense of guilt will quickly be overwhelmed by a feeling of reward.
  • You get more for your money. Even if you find too many things that appeal to you in the shop and cannot resist buying them all, you’ve probably just bought 5 things worth the price of one top in Urban Outfitters. It’s a positive form of procrastinating without exceeding your student budget if you ask me!
  • Ethical disposal. The joy of charity shops is that it gives you the ethical option when you get ROUND to that ruthless clear-out and wish to dispose of neglected items. This takes the strain offlandfill sitesandmeans you’re doing your bit to help improve the environment.
  • Reduces impacts on fast fashion.Charity shopping is another step closer to slowing down the exponential growth of fast fashion and, by doing so, you’re actively reinforcing the strength of recycling as an opposing force.

Overall, charity shopping is kind to your bank account AND the planet (win-win). It’s also an opportunity to reinvent your wardrobe, so I hope this has inspired you to follow in my footsteps and change your perspective of spending… you will thank me later!

Although we can’t physically shop at the moment, there are so many online forms of charity shopping that have been a recent revelation, so what’s stopping you?

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