Charity Shop Gifts: Part 3
Amelia Glynn Online Fashion Content Assistant
28th Nov 2013
I have bought many gifts from different charity shops over the years.
I love shopping in charity shops whether it is a quick trip or a look around all that I can find. There is such a diverse choice of items and it can be a lot cheaper than highstreet shops or internet sites. You are bound to find something that you won't find anywhere else and it is great knowing that the money is going to a good cause.
This year I have found this purse for a friend, it is almost brand new and just her style.
Previously I have given books and homeware to friends and family, all sourced from charity shops.
I am such a lover of Charity shops. I regularly buy clothes, jewellery and home wares from Charity shops for myself and feature them on my Fashion blog Bang On Style. I love the thrill of a good bargain and the joy of turning someone's unwanted item into your treasured possession. I sourced a huge amount of items for my vintage wedding from Charity shops including picture frames and glass dishes.
I've bought several items from Charity Shops and given them as gifts including books and jewellery but the best gift I ever gave was a beautiful Reiss Black clutch bag which I found in my local Charity shop and gifted to my mum. It was for my brothers wedding and as the inside was lined with a stunning purple silk it matched her outfit beautifully. It was decorated on the day with pretty flowers and looked wonderful next to her Mother of the Groom outfit. I truly converted her to the joys of charity shop buying and she continues to use the bag to this day.
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I'm lucky in that the people I give gifts to like shopping at charity shops themselves. I think they appreciate that they have been given something special, unique (in that it's not likely to be in the shops anymore), and thoughtful too.
My favourite charity shops gifts include bundles of second-hand books, vinyl records and vintage brooches. Tied up with ribbon and decorated with a gift tag saying 'Pre-loved goodies' or teamed up with something new, can create a really bespoke and personal present.
Upcycling charity shop finds is also a great idea. Pick up picture frames (you can paint them if you like) and frame a photograph or print. Look out for clothes with interesting fabrics and patterns which can be made into other gifts; including bunting, head scarves, and cushions!
I wrapped this vinyl record with a Beatles illustration from a magazine, then added some bright washi tape to jazz it up a little! If you package them well, a pre-loved gift is just as lovely as a new one.
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