Selfridges

I love selfridges! I can often be found wondering around the store with my eyes glazed over in a dream like state imagining what it would be like if I was one of the women I have walked past with their arms full of bright yellow bags with the latest Marc Jacobs bag and Burberry coat boxed neatly inside. I haven’t dared set foot in the department store since making our new years resolution, not because I would buy any designer goodies (I would if I could) but because I know it would give me the shopping bug.

So, with this in mind, imagine my amazement when I found out that for the last two years, Selfridges have held an Oxfam- Selfridges hybrid, better known as the Oxfam curiosity shop. This store lasts for arround two weeks and last year alone made £280,000! It seemed that Selfridges opened up their little black book and made a few calls because anyone who was anyone was involved. (Vivianne Westwood, Alexa Chung and Collin Firth to name a few). I haven’t managed to find out if they are doing the same this year but you will know when I do.

Harriet xo

New Clothes

As Grace has mentioned, some of the girls came up to visit and we all spent last weekend at her place in Beetson. I had been working very hard that week to get enough done to have the weekend off and it was well worth it. Except for the Australian movie…that was not worth it.

We spent Saturday morning having a look around almost every charity shop on the street. Sue Ryder was definitely my favourite, especially with the vintage section at the back; it is well worth a visit. Another of my favourites was the Oxfam bookshop. They had so many good books and I think Suzie found herself a cocktail making book! All in all it was quite a successful day. I managed to find a shirt, cardigan, purse, mugs and a book! Better than some days shopping in retail shops!

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Cardigan, Sue Ryder, reduced from £4.95 to £2.50!; Ben Sherman shirt, Oxfam, £3.99

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Purse, £2; Mugs, 25p each; Book, (can't remember cause Harriet payed...) Thanks H!

Rosie

Charity Shopping Spree

From Left: Harriet, Rosie & Grace

Last weekend I had Rosie, Harriet, Suzie & Amberley all come and spend the weekend at my house in Nottingham. We spent the time catching up, drinking wine, or in my case port (new favourite drink! #oldman), watching terrible Australian movies, eating a ridiculous amount of chocolate and of course going charity shop shopping! I live in a small town called Beeston in Nottingham, where half it’s town centre consists of charity shops including Oxfam, Oxfam Books, Sue Ryder, The Salvation Army, P D S A, Cancer Research & more. So we woke up early on Saturday morning eager to hunt down some bargains. Beeston did not fail us and we all ended up getting some awesome stuff, including lots of books, jumpers, tops and even some vintage purses! (I’m sure pictures of our purchases will come up in our next blog posts!). One of the charity shops called Sue Ryder even has a Vintage section at the back, which is a little bit more expensive, but if you are into high-waisted skirts or tweed jackets it’s definitely worth a look!

We managed to get back to my house before the snow came down and then spent the evening watching ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ (definitely not worth a watch), eating more food and of course making a snowman!

From Left: Amberley, Grace, Bertie, Harriet & Suzie

It was a precious weekend and sadly the girls did not get snowed in at mine but managed to drive home through the snow on Sunday. Sad times!

Grace x

A Towel With Arms

TOWEL Dressing Gown: TKmaxx (£16.99)

So I bought a dressing gown the other day… From TKMaxx.
I know what you’re thinking… it’s not even been a month yet and Grace has already failed at The Year Of Charity Shops. But actually you are wrong. Yep, very wrong – here is why…

For a good few years now I have been looking for a TOWEL dressing gown. I currently have a fluffy fleece type one, which is great for keeping me warm but when it comes to absorbing water it decides not to work. Although for some odd reason shops only seem to sell these un-useful dressing gowns at the moment. I was willing to buy any TOWEL dressing gown as soon as I saw one, no matter the colour or size.

So when I walked into TKMaxx and saw this pink TOWEL dressing gown (in my size), it was a no brainer. Or was it?

First, I looked at the exceptions on the rules.
‘You don’t have to buy underwear, tights or plain leggings from charity shops; this is because they don’t sell them and it’s a bit gross!’ – It’s also a bit gross to buy someone’s old dressing gown they used to dry themselves with.  Don’t you think?

‘You can receive presents from retail shops’ – My lovely mother said she would pay me back for a towel dressing gown for me when I finally found one.  Perfect!

Next, I called Rosie. Her response was:

“I bought a bath mat the other day, its pretty much the same thing, you just wrap it round you. It’s basically just a towel with arms!”

Amazing!

Then, I bought it.

The main idea for this year is for clothes purchases and I don’t know about you but I don’t plan on wearing this dressing gown as an item of clothing! #inappropriate

So there we go, I have not failed… yet!  Plus, I wrote the rules anyway! =)

Grace x

P.S On another note, i actually bought this bolero shrug from a charity shop today!

Bolero: Sue Ryder (99p), Originally from ASOS

OXFAM, Notting Hill

Oxfam £6.99, originally from GAP.

So i’ve been up to Notting Hill a few times in the last week or so with work and while i was there i decided that i would take advantage of the AMAZING oxfam they have. The shop had all very good quality clothing alot of which was from highstreet shops like H&M, GAP, NEXT etc. It would be more then perfect if i needed to wear a suit to work or had children. I also saw a Forever 21 coat that was lovely and which i had to stop myself buying as i already have about 4 coats! And a pair of UGG shoes (not boots) which were pretty gross but still a bargin.

Anyhow im sure that the clothes cost more then usual, i bought two items and just felt like i was getting them at sale price not charity shop price. So i would say that unless your looking for a designer item on the cheep and happen to be lucky, or are in town already, its probably not really worth the trip.

Harriet xo

P.S The stripey jumper doesn’t actually look nice on me and so i am sending it to Rosie.

Oxfam £12.99, originally from GAP

Pretty Little Liars

Myself, Grace, Harriet and a couple of our friends are really into Pretty Little Liars at the moment. If you haven’t seen it, it’s ‘A’mazing. (See what I did there PLL fans?)

When we’re all around home we get together to watch it, with popcorn and a bit of jumping and screaming. It gets pretty scary sometimes! Anyway, I noticed they are always dressed amazingly.. Here’s some of their outfits from the series…

Rosie

P.S. I haven’t bought any clothes yet this year!

Old Clothes

As I mentioned in my last post, I am known to buy far too many clothes and never wear them. Which, for my friends seems to be quite a blessing because about once a year I sort out all my clothes and end up giving a lot away! That time of year came this Christmas and once again, I was shocked at the amount I was getting rid of, many items I had hardly ever worn! Apparently a recent study showed British women have spent more than 1.6 billion on clothes they never wear! How ridiculously crazy is that?! (Not sure how true that is though, as they never asked me!) After my friends looked through my old clothes and took whatever fitted (especially Harriet & Rosie in prep for this year!) I gave the rest to the local charity shop. I then thought that seeing as I am giving decent clothes to charity shops then surely other people are too! This got me excited to find these bargains this year!!!

Grace x

The Rules

After a frantic week of LOTS of shopping in the sales, buying clothes for all seasons to last us the year, we now feel a lot more (well.. kind of) prepared for The Year Of… Charity Shops.

Although we are sure many of you have already made new years resolutions, just in case you hadn’t yet or wanted to take on another challenge, why not join us this year with only buying clothes from charity shops? Us girls would find this year so much harder if we weren’t doing it together…. Feel free to email us at theyearofblog@gmail.com and let us know, it would be great to hear how you are doing and maybe have some guest blogs on here from others who are taking part!

Happy New Year!

Grace, Harriet & Rosie X

Merry Christmas!!!!

Thanks be to God for sending His son, our Saviour, Jesus!

Love from Harriet, Grace & Rosie xxx

What a mug!

Gifts

About 6 months ago I bought the outfit in the picture below, apart from the wellies, from a charity shop.

Cardigan- Charity shop Dress- Charity shop Wellies- Hunter

I remember the utter amazement that Rosie, Grace and I shared as I handed over a £5 note, for a dress and cardigan, and got back change!  It was then that we started to think that maybe charity shopping was something that we should be doing more often.  Although I would like to pretend this year is going to be a selfless act and an utter struggle, I actually get an amazing sense of achievement from buying clothes in charity shops. I like to think of it as a little present for myself in exchange for a little present for someone else.

I have a feeling it is going to be harder than I first thought though, particualy in the summer when for no reason whatsoever my mind seems to think I need an entirely new wardrobe.  Hopefully this will be a new year of spending less on me and more on others, although I can only imagine how addicted I might get to buying junk that no one else wants!

Good luck girls, 2012 is going to be a good one!
Harriet  xo