Thrift shop for your uni wardrobe

Posted 1 year ago

Charity shop tips and tricks for a budget-friendly style

You don’t need to spend a fortune to look fabulous during your time at uni. Thrift shopping in charity shops is a fun and eco-friendly way to discover stylish clothes that match your unique taste without hurting your wallet. In this handy guide, we’ll show you how to master the art of charity shopping and create a cool and affordable wardrobe for all seasons.

Embrace the charity shop experience

Research and visit charity shops in your area. From second hand basics to vintage boutiques, each store offers its own distinct selection of clothing items waiting to be discovered. Charity shopping requires an open mind and a sense of adventure. Be prepared to dig through racks, mix and match items, and envision unique outfit combinations.

Here's a list of charity shops close to campus:

  • British Heart Foundation
    8 Green Street, Bath BA1 2JY
    Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5:00pm, Sun: 10:00am-4:00pm
    Sells quality clothes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books and new items. Accepts donations and offers freepost service.
  • British Red Cross
    29 Moorland Road, Bath BA2 3PW
    Mon-Sat: 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun: 10:00am-4:00pm
    Sells clothing, shoes, books, homeware and other items. Accepts donations and offers Gift Aid.
  • Barnardo's Shop
    30 Shaftesbury Road, Bath BA2 3LJ
    Mon-Sat: 9:00am-5:30pm, Sun: Closed

a person looking through clothes

Define your style

Before hitting the charity shops, have a clear idea of your personal style and the types of clothing you're looking for. Consider your preferred colours, patterns, and fits to guide your selections. Browse fashion magazines, social media, or style blogs to gather inspiration and discover trends that resonate with your aesthetic. Use these inspirations as a starting point during your charity shopping journey.

Patience is key

Charity shopping is all about exploration and discovery. Set aside ample time to browse through racks, as hidden gems may not reveal themselves immediately. Be patient and enjoy the process. Charity shops receive new inventory regularly, so visiting them frequently increases your chances of finding unique pieces. Pop in whenever you have spare time or make it a fun outing with friends.

Charity shops receive new inventory regularly, so visiting them frequently increases your chances of finding unique pieces.

Check for quality

Before purchasing any item, examine it for signs of wear, stains, or damage. Check zips, buttons, and seams to ensure everything is intact. Don't forget to try items on if the store permits.

If you find a piece that fits well but requires minor adjustments or repairs, don't be afraid to invest in alterations. Simple modifications like hemming, taking in or letting out seams can transform a thrifted find into a perfectly tailored garment. If you don't feel confident doing it yourself, a local independent tailor can be cheaper than you think.

Keep the cycle going

When your style evolves or you no longer need certain items, consider donating them back to charity shops. By doing so, you not only declutter your wardrobe but also give others a chance to find their own treasures.

You can also donate your unwanted items at the end of the year, right from your university accommodation. 

If you want to dress well for university without breaking the bank, charity shopping is the way to go. It’s a fun and eco-friendly way to discover new styles, mix and match items, and express yourself through your outfits. Enjoy the thrill of hunting for treasures, and save money while doing it. Happy shopping!