The hidden treasures in charity shopping are waiting for the students of Liverpool to discover and grab their vintage pieces right now for a fraction of the price; so what’s in store?  Whether it’s the faux fur coat you’ve been dreaming of for the Christmas months or you desperately need to add to your impressive shoe collection, charity shopping is the new in thing for saving money and supporting a great cause. With its growing popularity, the charity shops I visited along Bold Street were both bustling and vibrant. Their collections of clothing, accessories and shoes were in pristine condition and offered a range of styles for young girls to the older woman. Undoubtedly, they are in real competition with the biggest high street brands.

The craze started out in the 19th century with the Salvation Army’s second hand clothing shops, opened in order to provide the poor with cheap clothing. During the outbreak of the second World War, charities such as the British Red Cross began to operate shops in order to raise money for the war and help communities affected by the devastation and destruction. There are currently 8,500 charity shops in England, although with the high demand they find themselves in today there is certain to be many more popping up along our streets, so keep an eye out.

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Cancer Research UK is a charity which aims to raise money for cancer research. Their chain of charity shops offers second hand clothes, books, and DVDs in order to raise as much money as possible. Their shop is located on the bottom of Bold Street and they are keen for any volunteers to sign up to help with their life changing cause. The clothing available in the store is both vintage and retro, it also covers a range of styles and fashion eras; perfect for any aspiring fashionista. The 1920s glamour was very much alive in this little store, the satins and velvets screamed luxury and are perfect for the party season ahead. This shop offers both traditional and sophisticated pieces as well as everyday wear like jeans and jumpers. However, if you are more daring fashion explorer then this is the place to find unique and individual pieces so you can be as expressive as you like for half the price.

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The British Heart Foundation have the season’s most practical and fashionable must have, faux fur jackets. Layering is key this time of the year so some thick wool tights with a corduroy dress or vintage Levis cut offs is exactly what is needed and is being offered at this charity shop. They had a very impressive and extensive selection of real leather handbags, yes you heard me right, there are plenty of beautiful handbags like mini satchels that desperately need a new home. Their friendly and helpful volunteers add to the atmosphere of the place, it is brimming with the most wanted trends and classic designs. Even better, the money spent in the charity shop helps towards the life-saving research.

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The final charity shop I visited was Oxfam, again located on Bold Street. I was treated to an array of beautiful and in good condition, clothing, shoes and accessories. My favourite item was the beige jacket that caught my attention as soon as I walked in. The store is full with little wonders like this one as well as some exotic and ‘pushing the boundaries of fashion’ shirts. The charity aims to tackle poverty and in only 15 years extreme poverty has incredibly been halved.  So you don’t need to invest in a whole new outfit from overpriced stores, just pop down to Oxfam and treat yourself to one of the many treasures they have here.

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I would definitely recommend anyone a visit to these fabulous shops to get the best deals and contribute to the amazing and inspiring work they do. Especially with the Christmas season coming, charity shopping is the prefect go to for the most retro festive jumpers and presents to spoil your friends and family.