A Guide To The UK's Best Charity Shops

If you're appalled by the rapid consumption, throw-away approach, and devastating repercussions of fast fashion and want to make more socially and environmentally responsible shopping choices, charity shops are the perfect place to start. Finding one-off treasures, giving money to charity and knowing you’re delaying the landfill being stuffed with more unnecessary purchases is a win-win-win.
Want to spruce up your home with Pinterest-worthy vintage finds, but can’t afford to? Charity shops! Does the idea of getting into records suddenly appeal to you? You guessed it, charity shops. Desperate for classic designer finds but can't stomach the price tag? Correct! Charity shops!
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To make smashing your interior and fashion #goals easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best charity shops around the country for you to have a good old rummage in. So next time you’re scouring the high street for a bargain, try dipping into one of these shops instead and get more for your money.
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Name: RSPCA

Where: Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Great for: Shelves and shelves of books and vintage clothes.

Anything else? Leo is the shop dog, who you’ll often find staring vaguely at a sequin dress, or asleep in a bag in the donations room.

Top charity hunting tip: These guys are known for having collector's editions, so hunt hard in the book section. You never know what you might find.
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Name: TRAID

Where: 2 Acre Lane, Brixton (as well as lots of other locations across London).

Great for: Bold shirts, retro denim and edgy accessories.

Anything else? It feels nothing like a charity shop! It’s minimalist and spacious. Plus, great people and great customer service.

Top charity hunting tip: Ask them what they would use to style their next window display, and you’re guaranteed to find something unusual.
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Name: Fara Kids

Where: 614 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5RP

Great for: Everything a little one (or mum) might need

Anything else? Stuffed with toys and games, as well as clothes, this is a lovely place to rediscover your inner child.

Top charity hunting tip: Look out for bigger items like prams, cots and high chairs to snag a real bargain!
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Name: Mary’s Living & Giving Shop for Save The Children

Where? 43 Highgate High Street, Highgate, London.

Great for: Statement fashion pieces and prints.

Anything else? Being Mary Portis’ passion project means it’s a gorgeously chic shop.

Top charity hunting tip: Go at the beginning of the year when the Highgate crew and Primrose Hill set have had their annual clear out.
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Name: Oxfam Boutique

Where? 12 Elvet Bridge, Durham (it doesn't have it's own Instagram account yet but London's Westbourne Grove is a great branch too).

Great for: Finding incredible vintage designer clothes at a fraction of the price.

Anything else? Higher price tags than your average charity shop, but worth it. They also have an incredible bridal section.

Top charity hunting tip: Shop on the weekdays to find the best stuff before the surrounding students get their hands on them. For less expensive (but still excellent) finds, head to Durham's North Road.
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Name: Sue Ryder

Where:30 - 32 Goosegate, Nottingham.

Great for: Unique bags, shoes and coats.

Anything else? They transform into a pound shop on selected days, and run workshops like “Crochet & Cake”. So very cute.

Top charity hunting tip: Workshops and £1 sale details are released on their Instagram account.
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Name: Barnardo’s

Where: 76 High Street, Cheadle, SK8 1AE

Great for: As Barnardo’s solely vintage and retro shop, you'll be sure to find a one-off gem.

Anything else? Nostalgic and fun - plus it’s open on a Sunday. Won 'Specialist Shop of the year’ last year from the Charity Retail Association, if you needed convincing.

Top charity hunting tip: Get in there on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the shop receives its deliveries.
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Name: Oxfam Books

Where: Byres Road, Glasgow

Great for: Books, of course! Stunning coffee table reads, retro magazines and records.

Anything else? They also have a lovely little gift section stocked with only small brands.

Top charity hunting tip: They're partial to a little bartering here so don't be shy! Have a chat and get more beautiful titles for your money.
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Name: Shop From Crisis

Where: Hackney, Finsbury Park, Elephant & Castle, Archway & Camberwell

Great for: Vintage furniture and eclectic pre-loved garments.

Anything else? As well as raising money for Crisis, these shops offer training and employment opportunities for homeless people looking to work in retail.

Top charity hunting tip: Pop into the Finsbury Park branch for not just a great selection of shopping but also a fantastic cup of joe from their coffee bar as well as a freshly baked bun.
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Name: All Aboard Charity Shops

Where: London, Hertfordshire, Manchester, eBay

Great for: A huge selection of vintage, designer steals. Their eBay store makes spontaneous shopping a lot easier, too.

Anything else? All aboard raise money for more than 60 different charities up and down the country, most of which will be local to their stores and work with vulnerable children and students, the disabled, service veterans, patients, the elderly and victims of abuse.

Top charity hunting tip: Keep an eye on their social media sites to find out when they'll be heading to a pop up or car boot sale near you.
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Name: British Red Cross (Kensington & Chelsea)

Where: Kensington, London

Great for: Actually stumbling upon some great designer items.

Anything else? There's always plenty on offer and seasonal star items are often shared on the store's Facebook page, especially when there are some designer goodies available. We're talking Gucci, Prada, Emporio Armani - the whole gang.

Top charity hunting tip: Throughout the year they hold special designer sale events which are definitely worth looking out for. In the past there have also been dedicated art and wedding events if it's not just clothing you're in the market for.
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