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Charity shops - February 25th 2014, 01:07 PM

Am I the only one here who sometimes buy clothes from charity shops? Most people I know my age wouldn't step foot in one. I don't see the problem, I'm giving money to charity, I'm getting cheap clothes and people who donated them now have more space in their wardrobes it's win win.

I put them in the wash as soon as I buy them because I'm slightly germaphobic but once they're washed they're fine. I bought a really cute hoodie from one a few days ago for £5.


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Re: Charity shops - February 25th 2014, 04:32 PM

You'd be surprised at how many university students go rooting through charity shops

I volunteer in one so I see loads of different age groups coming in and out so charity shops definitely aren't just for old people anymore. Some nice stuff gets donated too. I sometimes organise the donations and it's amazing what people just give away, designer labels still with the tags on and everything


   
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Re: Charity shops - February 25th 2014, 04:48 PM

I'm assuming that charity shops are the equivalent to what Goodwill and Salvation Army are in the U.S. & In that case I totally love them! Sometimes it's difficult to find things there... I guess it depends on when you go and what's been donated recently. Sometimes I dislike the way things are sorted because I don't like having to go through everything to find something that I like. But when you find a pair of jeans for $4 or a designer purse or something for a ridiculously cheap amount it's totally worth it. A relative got me a purse from Goodwill for Christmas that I later found out would regularly be around $300. So it's incredibly awesome to get quality things for such a cheap price. I don't care that they're used, it doesn't bother me after washing them. And it's always awesome to go on a shopping spree and get a ton of clothes while spending hardly anything. People who refuse to shop at these stores simply because the clothes are used are totally missing out.


   
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Re: Charity shops - February 25th 2014, 05:30 PM

Yeah, I shop there! Actually, that's where a lot of my clothes come from. I don't see a problem with it at all. I've gotten designer things new with tags and saved a lot of money on items that would normally cost more. I like looking around and finding unique things. We also shop there for my special needs brother because he goes through clothes so quickly.


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Re: Charity shops - February 25th 2014, 06:11 PM

I don't shop an awful lot at charity shops...but then, I don't shop for clothes an awful lot anyway. Fashion generally isn't really my thing.

I know that quite a lot of people will, though, and actually I've been quite surprised at how creative some people are with things from charity shops, where they'll buy something for a low price and do something really cool with it.


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Re: Charity shops - February 25th 2014, 07:59 PM

I've never shopped at a charity shop before, but I plan on trying it out sometime in the future.


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Re: Charity shops - February 25th 2014, 08:44 PM

I have! I like getting the cheaper clothes there . Often, I can find a lot of newer things . I would rather spend less on things at those kinds of stores than go and buy expensive clothing that's just as good. I've also bought stuff for dance and Halloween costumes there . I get a lot of clothing from yard sales and other similar things too. You're definitely not alone!


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Re: Charity shops - February 25th 2014, 09:09 PM

I'll be honest and say first off I don't shop often. It's even safe to say I shop for clothing very rarely and therefore don't find the need to go to charity shops. However I do support the idea, I think the idea is great. My only problem with it is that here where I'm from, I found there to be somewhat corruption (I don't mean serious corruption but maybe small unfair action or abusing their power- though I'm talking more of the higher ups). It's hard to give concrete examples but from the stories I've heard, I made up my mind to not trust them or at least trust them less than I would have. That's just me. I still love the idea.

One thing I did participate in was the stop and swap. I was a volunteer and basically, people came in and brought gently used items from their home that they no longer need/use and as they came in, us volunteers collected it and sorted them onto tables while people were able to go around each table, taking items for free. I also got a few free things from there and it was a great experience. I got a pack of sticky notes, a bicycle seat (gave it to my dad, whose bicycle seat has been stolen a few years back). My sister got some clothing. This was not a charity shop. It's actually an event from an organization(GrowNYC) that focuses on environmental issues and avoiding landfills was the idea here.
   
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Re: Charity shops - March 2nd 2014, 11:14 PM

Charity shops are great for cosplayers. If you need a certain item or don't want to buy a brand new t-shirt or whatever to mess it up for cosplay, its quids in.
Even for just general wear, you can find some really nice unworn clothes with the tags still on for a bargain.
My mum is really weird about buying clothes from charity shops, like its 'trampy' to wear second hand clothes. Not at all.
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Re: Charity shops - March 4th 2014, 06:33 PM

In the UK, most reputable charity shops will have all garments washed and laundered before being racked up for sale. I applaud this because some lesser known charities don't do that. Usually I buy from Cancer Research, Oxfam and a couple of others in my town and have come away with some pretty outstanding bargains.

I collect LPs in "fine" condition, among them an original Led Zeppelin album worth quite a bit of money, and have some 500 LPs in my collection, all bought from charity shops. Plus many CDs.

On Saturdays, arrive as early as possible because usually these shops are packed out by 11 am. I'm sure you'll find a bargain, just what you want because it's always the early bird that gets the worm.



   
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Re: Charity shops - March 6th 2014, 11:57 PM

I don't personally use them as I do not like wearing clothes that others have worn before..but I know a few of my friends do because they can get "vintage styles" and some brand name stuff from them. They just make sure they wash them a few times to get the germs out.
   
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Re: Charity shops - March 7th 2014, 12:32 AM

I'm guessing these are similar to Goodwill and Unique and places like that. And those are basically the only places I shop! Especially for stuff like halloween costumes, t-shirts, or sweatshirts. I don't buy shoes from them because I just don't like the idea of used shoes, and if I need good quality stuff I don't look there. But right now most of my outfit is from one of those stores
by the way it's really fun to go in those stores with a friend and pick out the craziest outfit you can find to wear out in public


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Re: Charity shops - March 7th 2014, 03:32 PM

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In the UK, most reputable charity shops will have all garments washed and laundered before being racked up for sale. I applaud this because some lesser known charities don't do that. Usually I buy from Cancer Research, Oxfam and a couple of others in my town and have come away with some pretty outstanding bargains.

I collect LPs in "fine" condition, among them an original Led Zeppelin album worth quite a bit of money, and have some 500 LPs in my collection, all bought from charity shops. Plus many CDs.

On Saturdays, arrive as early as possible because usually these shops are packed out by 11 am. I'm sure you'll find a bargain, just what you want because it's always the early bird that gets the worm.
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Re: Charity shops - March 7th 2014, 04:15 PM

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Re: Charity shops - March 10th 2014, 01:22 AM

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As you're in the UK, Store Twenty One is worth visiting for good quality clothes, but at rock bottom prices. Really rock bottom, too. Often cheaper than charity shops, even. Being brand new the clothes wouldn't be so troubling for you and the stores are in most major towns.



   
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Re: Charity shops - March 14th 2014, 12:19 PM

Yes, my friend! you are right.....We need to do the charity.....It help other as us too...:P
   
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As you're in the UK, Store Twenty One is worth visiting for good quality clothes, but at rock bottom prices. Really rock bottom, too. Often cheaper than charity shops, even. Being brand new the clothes wouldn't be so troubling for you and the stores are in most major towns.
My mother's like obsessed with the place The T shirt I'm wearing now is actually from there


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