My Branded charity shop bargains! 

Now I have to say before Harry I was one for branded clothing I love the likes of Jack Wills, Hollister, Joules, Crew and all the others. But since Harry I can’t justify spending £30 on one polo shirt. But of course that doesn’t stop me wanting them. 

So when browsing threw one of my favourite charity shops the other day I came across these amazing bargains ! Two Joules polo shirts which were in my size !!  And a Crew clothing jumper also in my size. And they were all £3 each ! Joules polo shirts retail from £30+ and Crew clothing jumpers retail at £60+ totalling £120 ! A massive saving! The polo shirt were in very good condition and the jumper was amazing condition. I got them home and put them in the wash now they are as good as new! One thing I would say about charity clothing is wash in antibacterial washing powder and on a hot wash. 

Over the time I’ve been shopping in charity shops I’ve picked up some amazing branded clothing items. Spending no more on a £5 for each one. It’s definitely worth hunting threw the racks of clothing, some charity shops will have a rail where all the branded items are. Check the kids section as well as you can grab some great bargains in there too! I’ve managed to get Gap, Junior J, Baby Joules all for a fraction of the price of new and children grow out of there clothes so quickly and cover them in all sorts of stains there’s no point buying new. 

So rummage threw them racks and see what hidden Branded bargains you can find. Please share with me any that you do.

Thank you. 


I don’t always buy secondhand…. but it’s still a bargain! 

Even though I love a charity shop bargain I also love buying new clothes that are a bargain! I find some clothes shops like primark, H&M and even some supermarkets will sell brand new clothes cheaper than some charity shops sell second hand ones. So my bargains this week were some bigger clothes for Harry. We went to primark and when I go shopping I always look at the reduced section first and see if what I need is in there. Primark will always sell there outdated stock a lot cheaper than the original price which makes for a good bargain!  Also if you see something brand new you like in there wait a few weeks because I guarantee it will go down in price. There is always quite a few stands of bargain clothes and not always in the same place so have a really good look around or ask a staff member. 

I brought Harry a long sleeved Star Wars t- shirt for £1 originally £5.50 , a batman hoodie for £3 originally £10.00 and some Spider-Man slipper for £1 originally £5. So a total of £20.50 worth of clothes for £5. Bargain! 

So it’s definitely worth looking in clothes shops in reduced sections to find things you do need, but you also need the willpower not to buy more than you need ( which is easier said than done) I succeeded in not buying more than needed in this shopping trip and that doesn’t always happen. I always think in my head ” it’s not a bargain if you don’t need it” there’s no point just buying it because it’s cheap. If you don’t need it don’t buy it. 

I hope you found this post useful, I will be posting about how to budget in my next blog so be sure to come back and see that. 

Thank you ! 

My primark bargains 🙂 

An insight in to my thrifty ways. 

So before having my son ( Harry) I would always buy new, would never think of checking reduced sections or using coupons. The thought of walking into charity shops completely embarrassed me! But when pregnant with my son I realised I needed to start saving and budgeting. I started by recording my spending each month literally noting down everything I purchased including a cheeky meal deal here and there. I then looked at where I was spending the most money this was food and not even food I needed, it was them sneaky naughty food supermarkets would put on special offer and I just couldn’t help myself. I aimed to reduce my total spendings every month and keep it at an acceptable amount. This helped me budget and save money, the extra money would go towards an upgrade on the pram I wanted to a better one or the little but important things babies need. 

When Harry was born I was going shopping with my Gran and she needed to take some donations to the charity shop, the thought of going in one when I knew people in that town was like social suicide ! I checked my surroundings for people I knew then ran in quicker than Usian Bolt. I walked past the baby section and noticed they had a offer on baby clothing which was ” fill a carrier bag full of clothes for a £1″  I dived into the many boxes full of clothes and started filling my bags up. I couldn’t believe how much I was getting and the quality that it was, some was brand new and others were hardly worn. I found such beautiful baby gros and cute little outfits I couldn’t believe my luck! By this time I had filled up 4 carrier bags and was on my 5th ! I then looked around the whole shop, children’s toys were 50p each they were good quality branded toys as well I brought the Lamaze robot for 10p ! Children’s books were 10p I found so many great ones like the Gruffalo, Room on a Broom and loads more. I was happy as a pig in….. I took my findings up to the till and it totalled £6 ( the price of one brand new baby outfit)  £6 for 5 bags of clothes a few books and toys ! From then on every time I went to town I would be in them straight away ! 

So definitely don’t be afraid to save yourself money by thrift shopping, this blog will be about how to find the best bargains, how to make the most of your money and how to budget. I will be posting pictures of my findings and tips and tricks to get the best deal. 

I hope you enjoy My Second Hand Life.