Converting a High Street Shopper
Katie Cliss Fashion blogger
9th Jan 2015
As a fan of all things vintage and quirky, I take for granted how easily I find clothes in charity shops. I struggle to leave a charity shop without buying something. My lovely friend Natalie, however, hasn't had the same luck so I decided it was time to take her shopping.
Katie: Natalie, how would you describe your style?
Natalie: Generally I tend to wear jeans and a casual t-shirt. I like pastel colours for dressing up - pastel blues, greens and pinks.
K: What's your favourite item in your wardrobe at the moment?
N: My blazer! I bought it from the high street for my birthday. It's powder blue with little shoulder pads, I just love it, it goes with a lot of stuff.
K: Do you ever go in charity shops?
N: Yes, I do, with the idea of buying something but never actually wanting to go through the rails!
K: Ha! Okay, so why don't you ever come out with anything?
N: I'm a really bad shopper. I have to have everything in front of me so I can see it. Even on the high street I tend to skip the sale rail because it's just too stressful for me.
K: So have you got any clothes from charity shops in your wardrobe?
N: Hm...I feel like I must have one item, but no!
K: Would you like to shop in charity shops more?
K: What could persuade you to shop more in charity shops?
N: Someone who is good at charity shopping taking me. It's not that I don't want anything, it's just I need help, I don't know what to do!
Determined to find Natalie a second hand treasure, I took her to our local Oxfam shop and we started rummaging, keeping an eye out for pastel colours.
Success! We found this gorgeous Laura Ashley blazer in pastel pink, costing ten times less than Natalie's blue one from the high street!
K: What do you think, Natalie?
N: I love it! I'm definitely going to go charity shopping again, it's a great statement piece, I love it.
Mission complete! Charity shop stock is constantly changing and there truly is something for everyone so, whatever your style, head to your local Oxfam shop or online and be converted!
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