CHARITY SHOPPING IN LONDON

If you know me, you’ll know that I spend a lot of my spare time rummaging around charity shops and heading to new areas to discover what hidden treasures lurk within.

A bit like a charitable pirate.

As I can currently no longer engage in one of my favourite pastimes, I figured I’d do the next best thing: Write about it!

Once life gets back to normal, here are some of the areas in London that I’d recommend for a good day out to grab those second hand gems.

I spent most of my time living and working in North London, so this is where I discovered most of my favourite charity shops – as reflected in this list.

1. Muswell Hill

Number of charity shops: 11

Charity shops: Boutique by Shelter, The Children’s Air Ambulance Charity Shop, North London Hospice, Sue Ryder, Barnardos, 2 Cancer Research, Oxfam, Oxfam Bookshop, All Dogs Matter, Dogs Trust, Fara Kids

Favourite purchase: A hardback copy of Life Honestly by The Pool

2. Crouch End

Number of charity shops: 8

Charity shops: Shelter, Marie Curie, Cancer Research, Oxfam, North London Hospice, Barnardos’s, RSPCA, The Children’s Air Ambulance Charity Shop

Favourite purchase: Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

3. Finsbury Park

Number of charity shops: 3 (Quality over quantity here. The Crisis shop is brilliant and has a café and the RSPCA shop always has a great sale rail!)

Charity shops: Shop from Crisis, Marie Curie, RSPCA

Favourite purchases: My black rucksack and houndstooth skirt (black Topshop jumper from Boutique by Shelter, Kings Cross)

4. Camden

Number of charity shops: 6

Charity shops: Traid, Sue Ryder, Oxfam, Cancer Research, Mind, Scope

Favourite purchase: Colourful hand knitted cardigan

5. Highgate

Number of charity shops: 9

Charity shops: Boutique by Shelter, Mary’s Living & Giving for Save the Children, Cancer Research, Oxfam, RSPCA, Harrington Charity, Mind, Oxfam Bookshop, The Animal Charity Shop

Favourite purchase: A hardback copy of An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington. I read this on my Kindle quite a few years ago but it’s so much nicer in book form as you can truly admire all the great photos.

6. Archway

Number of charity shops: 4 (again not many but the Crisis shop always has great stock and Second Chance is a lovely shop to look around)

Charity shops: Shop from Crisis, Second Chance, Marie Curie, Children’s Air Ambulance,

Favourite purchase: Leopard print skirt (U.S. Office tee was a gift from Nikki)

7. Kilburn High Road

Number of charity shops: 4 (Some of the cheapest charity shops I’ve found in London, especially the Oxfam and Cancer Research)

Charity shops:  PDSA, Cancer Research, Traid, Oxfam

Favourite purchase: Pull and Bear Mom jeans (Topshop tee from Boutique by Shelter, Little Venice)

8. Streatham High Street

Number of charity shops: 9

Charity shops: All Aboard, Shelter, 2 x Royal Trinity Hospice, Cancer Research, Oxfam, Wandsworth Oasis, Sense, Give a Little

Favourite purchase: £3 vintage cream jumper (Beige culottes were from Traid, Hammersmith)

9. Clapham High Street

Number of charity shops: 7

Charity shops: Royal Trinity Hospice, Ace, Save the Children, Wandsworth Oasis, Boutique by Shelter, Age UK, Cancer Research

Favourite purchase: Bershka culotte jeans (Urban Outfitters mesh top and HnM silver strappy top from Kilburn charity shops)

10. Camberwell

Number of charity shops: 4 (Shop from Crisis is beautiful and would thoroughly recommend a visit)

Charity shops: Shop from Crisis, Cancer Research, Sense, Royal Trinity Hospice

Favourite purchase: Unfortunately I didn’t manage to find anything to buy in Camberwell but did manage to pick up 2 of my favourite books in perfect condition in a charity shop in Elephant and Castle just down the road (lots of shops but a lot more hit and miss)

11. Hammersmith – King Street

Number of charity shops: 5

Charity shops: Shelter, Royal Trinity Hospice, Traid, Cancer Research, Oxfam,

Favourite purchase: River Island culotte jeans and vintage beige culottes (as seen above)

12. Kings Cross and Angel

Number of charity shops: 9

Charity shops: Boutique by Shelter (Kings Cross), Fara, Mary’s Living & Giving for Save the Children, Cancer Research, Oxfam, CPotential, Oxfam Books and Music, Royal Trinity Hospice and Sue Ryder.

Favourite purchases: Brand new Monki dress, Firetrap boots and Urban Outfitters bum bag (all from Boutique by Shelter, Kings Cross)

If you fancy more places for a rummage, I’d also recommend:

North London: High Barnet, East Finchley, Hamsptead, Holloway Road, Little Venice (there are only 2 shops but Boutique by Shelter has a great range of cheap books)

South London: Elephant and Castle & Balham.

West London: Shepherds Bush, Kensington High Street, Turnham Green and Richmond.

East London: Watch this space 😉

Let me know if you have any charity-shopping recommendations as I’m always on the lookout for new locations.

Also, if you fancy having a clear out in your spare time (a great way to kill time indoors and I personally find it really therapeutic), the charity shops will really appreciate your donations when they reopen!

HAPPY BARGAIN HUNTING (IN THE FUTURE)!

xxx

 

 

2 thoughts on “CHARITY SHOPPING IN LONDON

  1. Interesting post! I also like to browse everywhere to find little treasures.
    Kentish Town has some interesting ones, Octavia foundation where the old Blustons and I really like Oxfam there (both the one with clothing and the one with books!). There are a few more in Kentish Town road, but those are my favs.
    I also like Fara in Hampstead/Belsize Park.
    Stay safe!

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