IMG_9449p Without getting all Miss World on yo' asses, I'm a big fan of trying to do good (aren't we all?) and I'm pretty sure charity shopping ticks everyone's box in the good deed category. My local high street is fueled by twelve (yes, you heard right) charity shops, and although that is pretty excessive- means there's always of plenty of bargain hunting to be had; and good causes to be helped. So, when Kristabel and I were invited to visit Oxfam HQ and the mother of all warehouses that looks after hundreds and thousands of incredibly generous donations, I jumped at the chance and was on my way to Milton Keynes with Kbel before you could say 'I've already eBayed it!'.
Untitledp Untitledpp It shocked me, and it'll probably shock you to know that those black bin bags you see piled up outside shops have quite the journey ahead of them before they reach the shelf in your local store. All stock (books included) are transferred to warehouses, examined for damage before being sent to a suitable store (apparently lots of 'trendy' pieces end up in Dalston stores due to the hip locals) in order to make the most money possible.

Additionally, when it comes to festival season and their amazing pop ups, pieces are individually picked to suit each event; with sparkles and cool era pieces heading to places like Glastonbury and funky fancy dress numbers to Bestival- it's quite the process. Plus, looking through the warehouse it's obvious as to how many hidden gems there really are lurking amongst the rails. Between you and me, you'd be astounded at the amount of last season Whistles I dug out (all I'm saying is this leather biker jacket is now online; the same as mine- but for about a third of the price; just saying...) and to make the blow easier about leaving a lot behind, everything you see above and below (bar the floral shirt which is now taking residence in my wardrobe) is now sitting pretty online (well, until it's been hand uploaded of course). Untitledpppp Untitledppp
So, the next time you go hunting for that sold out Topshop dress; head here before eBay- you'll be doing more good than you'll know- and you never know what you might find (cough-amazing-high-street-and-vintage-bargains-cough)...

x
IMG_9449p Without getting all Miss World on yo' asses, I'm a big fan of trying to do good (aren't we all?) and I'm pretty sure charity shopping ticks everyone's box in the good deed category. My local high street is fueled by twelve (yes, you heard right) charity shops, and although that is pretty excessive- means there's always of plenty of bargain hunting to be had; and good causes to be helped. So, when Kristabel and I were invited to visit Oxfam HQ and the mother of all warehouses that looks after hundreds and thousands of incredibly generous donations, I jumped at the chance and was on my way to Milton Keynes with Kbel before you could say 'I've already eBayed it!'.
Untitledp Untitledpp It shocked me, and it'll probably shock you to know that those black bin bags you see piled up outside shops have quite the journey ahead of them before they reach the shelf in your local store. All stock (books included) are transferred to warehouses, examined for damage before being sent to a suitable store (apparently lots of 'trendy' pieces end up in Dalston stores due to the hip locals) in order to make the most money possible.

Additionally, when it comes to festival season and their amazing pop ups, pieces are individually picked to suit each event; with sparkles and cool era pieces heading to places like Glastonbury and funky fancy dress numbers to Bestival- it's quite the process. Plus, looking through the warehouse it's obvious as to how many hidden gems there really are lurking amongst the rails. Between you and me, you'd be astounded at the amount of last season Whistles I dug out (all I'm saying is this leather biker jacket is now online; the same as mine- but for about a third of the price; just saying...) and to make the blow easier about leaving a lot behind, everything you see above and below (bar the floral shirt which is now taking residence in my wardrobe) is now sitting pretty online (well, until it's been hand uploaded of course). Untitledpppp Untitledppp
So, the next time you go hunting for that sold out Topshop dress; head here before eBay- you'll be doing more good than you'll know- and you never know what you might find (cough-amazing-high-street-and-vintage-bargains-cough)...

x

38 comments:

  1. This looks amazing , you must of had a good trip! Might just check there before searching eBay. Great post

    Eloise http://simplynaturale.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Wow, I had no idea they had to go to HQ before stores. Charity shopping is always great fun, its the only place my aunt shops!

    plumcherrytree.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I've never personally shopped at a charity shop before but am always jealous of the amazing finds friends have made in them. Will have to check them out for myself xx

    Heels forever

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  4. How lovely is this? I could fill my wardrobe with pieces from there ;)

    http://sarahdezutter.blogspot.com

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  5. ohhh well that makes sense! i never find anything in charity shops in my home town, but everyone living in london and other cities like bristol, nottingham etc seem to find amazing things! i guess now i know why! it makes sense to send those items to the trendier places though, for sure!

    Sophie | fashionslave.co.uk

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    1. Hi Sophie,

      All items donated to Oxfam shops are in the first instance sold in the shop it is donated to - if it doesn't sell it is then sent to our warehouse to be resold, reused or recycled.

      Make sure you do check out our Online Shop we even have a vintage section :)

      www.oxfam.org.uk/shop

      Kelly

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  6. Very lovely post!

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    Coline ♡

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  7. What fun!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  8. i've just started volunteering at a charity shop - this one looks so much more organised! x

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  9. wow having worked in several charity shops this is definitely not normal looking - so organised and lovely!
    Emma x
    emandthem.blogspot.com

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  10. I love charity shops, but I've never thought to do charity shopping online before! Charity shop shopping takes more time but it's definitely worth it. THere are so many beautiful clothes in your photos! xx

    www.jessthetics.wordpress.com

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  11. Wow didn't know so much went into charity shops, may have to check out the ones on Dalston Junction...thanks for the tip off

    Courtnie xx

    A Model Wardrobe

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  12. Wow, didn't know so much went into charity shops, thanks for the tip about Dalston Junction

    A Model Wardrobe

    Courtnie xx

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  13. All of these photos look so great, I wish my local thrift stores were filled with as many good finds!
    xx
    Natalie | Salt & Sail

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  14. This looks so lovely! I'm glad you enjoyed the visit!

    xx
    Mere

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  15. I love charity shops and car boots, although I do love the feel good factor of charity shops. New follower x
    Lovelybettycornwall@blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Fantastic and inspiring post! =)

    Erin, xx

    http://strawcherry21.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. I volunteer in a local charity shop and some of the pieces we get in are just amazing! I love a bit of a rifle through a charity shop!

    http://ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. I'm quite amazed that all donations get sent to a central warehouse and then distributed - surely not ones that are donated into stores?

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  19. Love this post - this would be my dream day out!

    http://you-little-wonder.blogspot.co.uk/

    Rachaelxx

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  20. Looks amazing, I really want to go there now haha! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  21. lovely post
    http://olivia-and-sophie.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

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  22. I volunteer in a charity shop which means I get a good load of bargains and get an idea of what goes on behind the scenes. Even so I thought this was really interesting and never knew about the online thing - Uh-oh! It looks like a dream come true to have a rummage through - I'm a bit of a bargain addict! Your friend looks lovely :)

    Chloe.x

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  23. Ohh, I live in Milton Keynes! I had no idea the warehouse was here :) + me and a friend are planning to make a day of hunting down some charity shop bargains! x

    http://theressomethingaboutalice.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. I love charity shops, I buy lots of my clothes from them. I also volunteer at one, I love it :)
    Danielle xo

    opheliaevernote.blogspot.com

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  25. I've never thought a lot about shopping in charity stores but this post makes me think twice, I might give it a go and see if I can find any hidden gems! :)

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  26. I love it !

    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

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  27. i did not know you could buy online from oxfam! i'm off to check this out right now!!!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

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  28. such beauties!
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  29. This looks fab! I'd love to visit this, I'd totally raid everything haha! Charity shops are my faves, you can find such gems! x

    The Little Things

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  30. Wow this is awesome...little did we know!x

    vanityrail.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. Love this post, I love looking through charity shops to see if I can find any hidden gems :)

    Charlotte xx

    www.charolivia.blogspot.com

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  32. Such a fab post lovely, I love how Oxfam has a website too - I love supporting charities!

    Elizabeth x

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.com

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  33. I always charity shop and spend next to nothing on my clothes!! I also love that you can find something original that not everyone will have!! X

    www.indigogirl1.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. great post i love charity shops so much,your blog is so nice!id love if we both followed eachother? let me know:)

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  35. Wow, I had no idea they had a warehouse, I thought it was all just donations from locallers! Wish I could have a rummage through there!

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