Temptation was all around me today. Brighton is a pretty cool place to be, its busy, bohemian, buzzing and …err… by the sea. I also like its green credentials, and now, especially, its charity shops.
Its not surprising there’s a pretty high standard of donations in the centre of town, being a trendsetting kind of a place. The trendsetters need somewhere to offload when renewing their wardrobes.
My husband and daughter went off to eat ice cream, play on the beach and put 2ps in machines, I took a couple of hours out to investigate.
My first stop was Barnardo’s on West Street. This is a lovely, welcoming shop with friendly staff, and the stock and layout gave it a Springtime and seaside feel. My first buy of the day wasn’t particularly Springy, being a black 92% polyester 8% elastane mini skirt. It had a leather/suede kind of look and a soft feel to it. I’ve paired it here with a find from Oxfam on North Street.
Next I went to, what now is one of my favourite charity shops ever, Oxfam on North Street. It is full of good quality, quirky, vintage and retro style. I must have used one of my two designated browsing hours in this shop alone. The shop layout makes it easy to browse, but I find this with most Oxfam’s – there is more browsing space rather than trying to pack as much stock onto the shop floor as possible. Here is what I came out with – although there really could have been much more …
Regulation black roll-neck jumper, which has been missing from my wardrobe.
I have been searching for a good quality Breton-style long sleeved T-Shirt, and with this one I get an added extra – a sequined bat.
A lovely floral top for Spring.
I really recommend going and having a charity shop browse around Brighton. Its a treasure trove!!