Recycling at its very best. Charity shops have some fantastic bargains please check them out,

  • Find the shops that are good for you. Some have new ex- factory clothing in.
  • Get to know the people running the shop as they can keep an eye open for the things you might like.
  • The washing instructions. Dry cleaning could cost you a lot of extra money. I have only been caught out once by giving it a gentle wash. They were beautiful evening trousers!
  • Make sure all the buttons are in place.
  • Make sure zips work smoothly.
  • Check that seams are all still intact.
  • Try it on if you can. Does it fit you? If not is it possible to alter it easily and it still looks good?
  • Sometimes you can change a garment by simply turning a dress into a top and skirt or add some details like buttons / a belt etc. Think outside the box.
  • Does it go with anything you have in your wardrobe now to make it even more wearable?
  • Some charity shops even let you return items now.
  • Do you really want the garment or are you buying it because it’s a bargain? Remember cost per wear. Divide the number of times you are likely to wear it by the amount it cost = cost per wear. A bargain is only a bargain if you wear it!
    • The most important thing is to have fun, be unique and stand out for the right reason.                            Brenda x