Thrifting has become trendy among the fashion-forward crowds who want to be stylish, while minimising their impact on the environment.
Among the retailers are stores that have gained a cult-following for their range of vintage items as well as those with a reputation for stocking trendsetting pieces at low prices.
Karen said: “I have been shopping in charity shops for over 30 years and I can’t tell you how much joy this can give you.
“Don’t get me wrong I definitely love shiny modern trends like a lot of us, but there is definitely something empowering about stepping out in a uniquely FABULOUS look and the fact this a sustainable way of dressing and you’re supporting a charity ticks lots of boxes.
“What an amazing feeling when you stumble across that gem possibly in your size that only you will own - it’s almost like the stars have aligned and that one piece has your name written all over it.
“This type of shopping takes lots of patience, focus and creativity but it’s so much fun so rewarding.
“Look for pieces that speak to you and don’t be scared to engage with them. This really is a personal shopping experience.
“Do think outside of the box because charity shopping isn’t conventional - remember your own individual style and be confident and experiment with that!
“Think about how you can alter pieces too - like getting trousers, dresses or skirts shortened or even tailored at the waist - think outside of the box.
“The chance of bumping into someone else at an event or strolling down the road with the same cute frock or tailored blazer are super slim. So if you’re someone that’s looking to enhance your personal style and elevate your confidence whilst shopping with a purpose this a great way to think about the way we buy our clothes again.”