Fast fashion has been ditched and there’s an influx of millennials piling through charity shop doors, trying to nab up a cheeky designer find for under a fiver. We’ve said ta-ra to the Primark plimsoles and QD tees cladding the rails, and hello to London’s charity shop scene that’s brimming with vintage donations and designer handbags. So if you think you’ve got an eye for a bargain and fancy trawling through ditched designer garms, we’ve whittled down five of London’s best charity shops. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure…
Crowned the “Queens of Shops” by the British media, Mary Portas has used her fashion expertise and created a series of charity shops with a difference. Created back in 2009, Mary’s Living & Giving shops were set up by Mary and her team at Portas Agency, working with Save The Children, reinventing the way we see charity shops today. These shops bring us Londoner’s a fantastic place to shop designer without the major price tag, filled with chic trinkets and classy clothes.
Where: Various branches across the city
On a mission to fight against clothes wastage, TRAID is a charity that’s tackling waste disposal, production and consumption by bringing us Londoner’s charity shops brimming with high-quality secondhand clothing and vintage garms. And, if you don’t fancy venturing out into the windy city, they’ve got an eBay store with some dazzling goods to so you’ll be rocking a whole new outfit in no time!
Where: Several sites across the city
Shut the front Dior! Fashionistas, this one’s for you. We’ve all heard of the FARA charity shops who work hard to transform the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in Romania. But have you heard of their epic clothing emporium over in Victoria? Retromania London brings all of the historical pieces donated throughout the FARA shops and is brought together in one stylish space. You’ll find everything from vintage hats to dresses, menswear to memorabilia. Come on girls, let’s get shopping!
Where: 6 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, SW1V 1SH
Known for being one of the wealthiest boroughs in London and the home to the Made in Chelsea stars, it’s no surprise Kensington and Chelsea has some stellar charity shops adorn with designer garms and classy tweed. Make your way over to the British Red Cross and their specialist vintage and designer charity shop in Kensington and Chelsea and there’s no doubt you’ll leave the door without a Gucci clutch in tow… Or hop over to the British Red Cross eBay store for some cheeky glad rags.
Where: 69-71 Old Church Street, Kensington, SW3 5BS
Just a short dash from the vibrant Portobello Road Market, you’ll find the Oxfam Boutique Westbourne Grove serving up all of your fashion needs, whether you’re wanting to peruse the high-end garms, or just fancy donating your beloved items to a good cause.
Where: 245 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2SE