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Charity shopping in Bray

It’s always nice to get out of Dublin and recently I headed out to Bray to visit my friend and fellow blogger Kathryn.

The visit was postponed several times due to both our busy lives until I had a Monday off and decided to hop on a train out.

After lunch in Kathryn’s beautiful period house, we set out on a charity shop excursion and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of charity shops in the town.

First stop was the Vincent’s shop where I immediately found €2 Marks and Spencers jeans in a bargain bin and a grey and pink pinafore dress for €5.

I was absolutely thrilled with the jeans as I’d been looking for embellished jeans for ages but didn’t want to fork out loads.

It’s pretty rare to find decent jeans in a charity shop as most of them are either cheap ones or worn and stretched out and if you do find a decent pair, it’s likely they’re not your size!

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Wearing my thrifted jeans in the Botanic Gardens

So I got really lucky with these as they are a really nice snug fit in the waist and good quality denim.

They don’t stretch which is a big plus for me. The only downside is that they are a tad too long for me but I just rolled up the ends.

I never buy clothes in Marks and Spencers but I’ve heard that they are good quality.

If you are looking for something similar, they are a ‘girlfriend’ fit from M&S. I will put a full-length photo of them soon.

I also found a grey and pink pinafore dress for €5 in the St Vincent’s store.

It is from Dunnes and I’ve been layering it over a grey poloneck for work.

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Grey check pinafore dress

It is a size 10 and could do with a belt but I haven’t found one that suits it yet. I will put up a pic of me wearing it soon.

It’s a light material with no lining so one for summer rather than autumn/winter and has two pockets in the front with decorative silver buttons.

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Pinafore dress detail

I actually haven’t been to many St Vincent’s charity shops as the nearest one to me is in Drumcondra and  George’s Street and Sean McDermott Street in the city centre.

Kathryn introduced me to the one on Sean McDermott Street and it is enormous -well worth a look around!

I bought this adorable faux leather yellow skirt for about €7 there.

Another shop we visited was Purple House Cancer Support which has the cutest storefront and I couldn’t resist a picture.

Although I’ve been to Bray several times, I never knew there were so many charity shops and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the stock also.

Many of the shops had homeware and cute knick-knacks and ornaments, a cheap way to spruce up an apartment.

We hit up the National Council for the Blind of Ireland, an Irish Cancer Society shop and an Oxfam along the way.

I tried on several items in these shops, but as my wardrobe is overflowing, I decided not to buy anything else.

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Purple House Cancer Support Bray

There were so many good charity shops that it actually took ages to get around to them all!

For my shopping trip, I opted for a comfy and casual outfit, a baggy Topshop jumper, River Island jeans and thrifted black loafers.

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The perfect photo backdrop at Purple House Cancer Support

Usually, I’m alone when I’m charity shopping but it’s always good to have a friend along to give you their opinion.

Kathryn was a voice of reason and stopped me from buying another ornament I didn’t really need (just a dust-collector) and a very nice but slightly too small sparkly blue t-shirt.

Check out her vintage and thrifty fashion blog here.

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Two happy charity shoppers

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you’ve any charity shop recommendations or questions, leave me a comment below by clicking the grey speech bubble icon on the bottom right.

I’m off to Amsterdam later this month so hopefully, I’ll have a travel post on that soon.

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Photo shoot fun

Never work with children or animals!

On Easter Sunday I got together with my good friend Elena who is a fashion journalist and photographer. Both of us were feeling like orphans not being able to go home for Easter so we decided to put together a photo shoot to cheer ourselves up!

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Customised t-shirt, shoes and denim shirt I made and pvc look leggings.

We used Elena’s Canon camera and some clothes I had customised as well as a few things out of Elena’s wardrobe for styling purposes! It was a lot of fun and we ended up using unusual props such as 3D glasses, a luxurious wig and even an uncooperative dog who wanted to be in the shoot but didn’t want to pose! 🙂

As Elena’s passion is journalism she did an interview with me for her blog to accompany our photography. You can read it here. Her other passion is music and singing.

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Handmade shorts
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Scarf print jacket from Oxfam

We had a great time and hopefully we will be putting together a few more shoots soon! Watch this space! 😉 Thanks for checking out my blog.

Goodwill! Poppin’ tags!

When I was a kid, my mother bought many of my clothes in second hand shops (the joys of being an only girl and the youngest!) I used to get in a huff about this sometimes but once I moved to college and starting getting bargains from the bigger charity stores I soon changed my tune!

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I’m a bookworm but rarely buy them new, as you can get all types of books second hand for a few euros which is a lovely treat for a rainy day. I don’t normally buy shoes there but I’ve often given them some of mine when I had to give up a few pairs for reasons of space and sanity! 😉

I’ve gotten amazing bargains such as a striped Topshop blazer for €4, my winter coat for this year for  €9.50 (saving me approximately €50), a pair of River Island jeans and Converse trackies for €5 each and even a mini sewing machine for €9.90.

I’ve also picked up little things for my room and jewellery at times and of course donated lots of things to the charity shops when I was moving around or clearing out.

I saw a huge Salvation Army store during my time in the US but unfortunately never got to go and see what was there. So in the future I would really love to check out charity shops abroad and see what they are like.

Thrift shoppin’ is fun and I don’t even always do it out of necessity! If you are lucky you might get a designer bargain or find an item that you lusted after before but was sold out by the time you had money for it.

The shops I visit around here vary from actual charity shops to businesses and vintage stores.The vintage stores are mostly to admire things rather than buy. I always seem to find things in Enable Ireland and Phibsborough has the best charity shops.

If you’re in Galway the St Vincent de Paul shop near the docks is really big for a charity shop and very well organised.

House of Portobello is not a charity shop but an amazing place to find a designer bargain. They sell good as new high street and designer clothing. The stock is always fantastic shoes, bags, dresses, jewellery and even unused marked down beauty products. I bought a beautiful pair of River Island red peep toes here for  €50. They were perfect quality and would retail at €70-€80.

My gorgeous shoes!

Here I’m wearing them with a €4 Missguided playsuit which was brand new from Enable Ireland.

 

The downside of charity shops is of course there’s usually only one of an item, good things are snapped up fast and you may see something you love, seize it and then..it’s not in your size! 😥

Naturally it’s also tempting to buy things merely because they’re cheap. However it’s one of the best and more fun ways to spend. Excuse all the subtle Macklemore references, apparently he has Irish roots….my Irish mammy would be delighted with his thriftiness! 😉

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Do you have any favourite charity shops? Let me know! Thanks for checking out my blog. 🙂 Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.