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Linsey visits the Oxfam Shop at the Festival of Thrift

Posted by Linsey Oxfam Fashion blogger

26th Sep 2013

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The UK's first Festival of Thrift took place at Lingfield Point, Darlington over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd September, curated by Wayne Hemingway MBE and Gerardine Hemingway MBE. The festival was a celebration of a thrifty lifestyle and common sense living including upcycling, recycling, and finding the fun in a sustainable living.

The festival was a celebration of what is important in life, getting everyone involved, making and creating to save cash whilst being more conscious of the environment and having fun.

The Oxfam Shop, put together by Oxfam Durham Boutique and Oxfam Darlington, was on hand for everyone's vintage needs and filled with super stylish items. It was situated on the Village Green area near the charityshopdjs, so you could dance while you browsed. There was everything from picnic sets, gorgeous and glamorous coats, leather jackets, feather hats and much more. Here's a small selection of the delights on offer…

The site was huge with various sections; Village Green, Memphis promenade, Beehive, studios and more, each with different activities to get involved with and that's exactly what people did. There was everything from artwork, roving street performers, exhibitions, workshops, theatre, pop up restaurants, food and market stalls to name a few.


The great thing about the festival of thrift was the sense of community spirit and fun throughout the site. Everyone got involved and took part, helped along by all the great games on the Village Green and workshops on site. There was paper hat making, snakes and Ladders, Hula Hooping, dancing and craft creations taking place.


There were thrifty ideas and inspiration throughout the festival with several free workshops that you could get involved with, learn a new skill and make something to take home with you. The first festival of thrift was a great start to something that will hopefully grow into something more, inspiring people to get involved and embrace a thriftier lifestyle all year round.

Blog post written by Linsey

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