OK. I confess.
Call me a snob but until I started this blog, I wouldn’t have been seen dead shopping for my home in a charity shop. I’ve donated for years, of course, hasn’t everyone? I can’t bear the thought of perfectly good stuff going to landfill, especially if it might do someone a good turn.
But I was always a giver, never a buyer.
And I’ll tell you what… I have been missing a trick!
I’ve discovered that charity shops are an endless source of inspiration for anyone wishing to craft a stylish home on a tight budget. Their shelves (and sometimes the floor!) are awash with items just begging to be used as an easy injection of style and personality in your home.
Whilst spending hardly any money at all.
OK, so you might have to look past the dust, or the colour, or even the construction but you can find all sorts of wondrous goodies.
And no-one will ever know they’re from a charity shop.
Unless you tell them.
Sometimes quirky and often built to last, charity shop pieces are a fraction of the cost of the usual, over-priced, mass-produced, disposable items that grace homes up and down the country.
You just need a good rummage!
With a little imagination and a dose of creativity, you can turn someone else’s trash into your treasure.
Every image in this post features at least one charity shop find that I’ve used around OneandSeventy.
Some pieces I’ve used just as I found them, while others have received the Suzy Homemaker treatment. Can you guess which ones are which?
I challenge you to spot what’s from the charity shop and what’s not. What’s original, and what’s been altered.
You might be surprised!
It is my hope that by showing you a little of what can be achieved, you’ll discover your own inner Charity Shop Queen (or King!). If you’re already a thrift store shopper, perhaps next time you browse, you’ll spot items you wouldn’t normally consider.
Either way, I hope I’ve inspired you to look at charity shopping in a whole new light. I encourage you not to walk by, but to pop in the next time you’re passing. It may just open your mind to a whole new trove of treasure.
But please. Stay away from Uttoxeter and Derby – those treasures are mine!
A hui hou,