10 best charity chops in London

This morning I was delighted to see an article on the London Evening Standard website about charity shops in London, listing the Top 10 in the city. Second hand fashion is growing in popularity, and charity shops are reacting to this trend with better stores and better stock. As mentioned in this article, in certain areas (the posher ones) some charity shops are the perfect place to pick up a designer piece, or a once loved celebrity item, and all the while raising money for good causes across the UK and the World.

I was even more delighted to see that two of my frequent charity shop haunts have made the list! As my local,, the Oxfam in Dalston is one of my favourite charity shops and I have found some really wonderful treasures in there, such as this heart print dress, or this cute little designer number. The other is one that I have recently started visiting as it’s close to my new workplace, and that’s the Save the Children store on Clapham High Street. I like to pop in here on a lunch break, and often come out with something, such as these cute dresses, and this bag for a recent wedding.

There are some shops on this list that look great, but they are little far away from where I live so perhaps I will do a special day trip and see what treats I can find in them!

Charity Shop in Brixton

Charity Shop in Brixton

Pretty in Pink

Dalston Oxfam is fast becoming one of my favourite charity spots. I usually leave with something, and my most recent visit didn’t disappoint.

My first find is this simple but cute pink and white polka dot cami, bought for £3. A perfect top to brighten up a pair of jeans in the spring, or with a grey tube skirt like I have here.

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The next little purchase is this pale pink blouse with scallop collar, from New Look. Such a cute top that can work dressed down or up, perfect for work! Also bought for a mere £3.

Pink Blouse

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I Heart You

January. The worst of all months. Like most people, I got a little giddy over Christmas – presents, nights out, food, train journeys, musicals, more food.  At the time this is great, you’re loving life. But in reality it leaves you a cereal for dinner eating, antisocial, ‘I’ll walk’ rather than get the tube mess 6 weeks later in January.

And so it was, last week I was faced with a challenge. My housemate and girlfriend were ‘just popping into Dalston’ on a Saturday afternoon, and ‘would I like to join them?’. Now, I know what popping into Dalston means. It means charity shops, which would be filled with unwanted  Christmas presents and treats, and usually this would be music to my ears. But pay day was two weeks away, and I was barely able to afford my food shopping, let alone a charity shop binge. But I went, with a promise to myself that I wouldn’t spend anything. Not a penny….. unless it was AMAZING and under £10.

You all know where this is heading readers. I went into Oxfam in Dalston, and low and behold I did find something AMAZING, and it was well under my £10 limit at a mere £3.50. I didn’t even feel guilty.

I’m a sucker for a cute dress, and cute this one was. A very simple, but wonderfully fitted tulip dress in a navy blue colour with a white hearts pattern. It’ll be fabulous for nights out, but also for important worky stuff too. Teamed with some tights, little black boots and bit of pink lippy, I have a feeling this will become one of my firm favourites amongst my collection.

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Lady in Red

Mostly, when rifling through the rails in charity shops you find primark rejects and once loved topshop delights.  Every now and then though, you stumble across a designer gem. This is one of those occasions. I found this stunning Camilla and Marc dress for £15 in Oxfam, Dalston. A little more expensive than your average charity shop purchase, but considering it’s retail price is about £150, you can’t complain! The dress is made of the most sumptuous wool and it feels amazing on. A wonderful winter dress.

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