9 quick charity shopping tips

9 quick charity shopping tips

Thu 22 April

To celebrate the re-opening of No 31, our charity shop in Headingley, here's 9 quick charity shopping tips to help you make the most of your thrifting.

We love Charity shops. Not only can you grab quality items for bargain prices, but they also promote sustainability and can help you make a statement.


To celebrate the re-opening of No 31, our charity shop in Headingley, we thought it would be useful to share a guide on how to make the most of Charity shop shopping, so you can thrift the best bargains out there.

1. Root around

Don’t be afraid to take your time. Charity shops are a treasure trove and the perfect piece you’re looking for is probably there, it just might take some digging to find it. One of the brilliant things about charity shops is they have such a fantastic variety of stock, with all kinds of trends and styles in-store, but it can mean you need to have a good rummage around to find the items on your wish list.

2. Try things on

Over time things get worn, sizes change, and clothes grow and shrink so the number on the garment might not be true to size. If you find the perfect piece but it’s a size too small or big, it’s well worth trying as you might be surprised that it fits you anyway.

3. Be daring

You can find basics anywhere, charity shopping is all about the hidden gems so thrift your way to finding something with true character. Charity shops are a hotspot for vintage pieces that never go out of style and we encourage you to go for something you’d never think to buy, but secretly adore.


As you’re normally grabbing high quality clothes at bargain prices in charity shops, it can be more cost effective to take a risk with pre-loved items, rather than at full-price in a high street store.

4. Befriend the team

Our wonderful shop assistants know our stock inside out and are always happy to help. They will be able to point you in the right direction if you’re looking for something specific, or head to the stock room if what you’re after hasn’t made it to the shop-front yet.


They also know the origin stories of a lot of the items and can let you know if what you’re taking home has a little bit of history attached to it.

5. Seek out designer labels

Charity shops are a great place to pick up designer labels at high street prices, especially for items that never go out of style. Think Levi jeans and Burberry trench coats.

6. Look beyond clothes

Although clothes are a lot of what we offer at No 31, we also stock household items, books, electricals, accessories and so much more. Don’t get so caught up in rummaging through dresses that you forget to check the belts, necklaces and bags too.

7. Be open minded

As the stock we get in tends to be pre-loved, you might sometimes find that the perfect item has embellishments that don’t feel as modern as you’d like. Be open minded to small details – like buttons and belts – that can be cheaply changed and make a great quality, but slightly dated item, feel fresh and on-trend.

8. Don't be deterred

Charity shops like No 31 have a high turnover of stock and we change the items in-store on a daily basis. So don’t be deterred. Some days there might not be anything you want so if you don’t find that one item you’re looking for, visit again as it might just turn up on your next venture.

9. Look for colours and prints

As we generally only stock one of each item, it can be much harder to be gravitate to a certain item in a charity shop than it is on the high street. In order to find what you’re looking for, it might be helpful to scope out prints and colours that you like beforehand.


For example, if you’re a lover of animal print, knowing that’s what you’re after will help you easily identify animal print items that you want to take another look at. Similarly, if you’re missing a certain colour in your wardrobe, that could be a good place to start.

We hope these tips will help you when you next go charity shop shopping and we’re loving welcoming our community back to No 31. If you’d like to come and see what we have on offer you can find us at No 31 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3AA.


We are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm.


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