How to get the best charity shop finds

Charity shops are the business. Where else can you get vintage designer threads alongside cat ornaments from the 1960s and 99 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey? I mean, really.

Earlier this week I read an interesting post on Racked about how the second-hand clothing resale market is predicted to hit to hit $41 billion by 2022 (wowzers!) and it got me thinking about thrift shopping. This past fortnight I’ve also binged on Layers, a clothes-and-stories podcast from Ana Kinsella and Stevie Mackenzie-Smith, and in one episode they mentioned stumbling across an incredible charity shop in Kensington. Cut to me musing wistfully about my college days when I would spend hours thumbing vintage clothing and lusting over things like a vintage 90s Escada suit but had nowhere to wear it to. Sigh.

If your experience of charity shopping has been less than rewarding and meant thumbing through sweat-stained Primark cast offs or mothballed jumpers worthy of a 1980s kids TV presenter, then you’re doing it wrong.

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Visiting Dublin: my 5 favourite places

I’m baaaaaack! After a brief (ahem) hiatus, I’ve decided to bring myself kicking and screaming into 2017 with a new blog. And what better to write about than the city I’ve called home for almost – gulp – a decade?

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that most of the time you don’t appreciate what’s on your doorstep and, even though I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the place worthy of an Albert Hammond Jr track, writing this post about Dublin and just picking out the pics really did make me see Dublin through the eyes of a tourist and appreciate it a little bit more. Which was nice.

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