In our last issue, one of our contributors, Louise Essex, inspired the lifestyle team to hit the charity shops in York to find some great bargains for our readers. In true Gok Wan style, we also found similar purchases from the high street to prove that you don’t need to splash out on the cash to find some great purchases.
Our first stop was Mind charity shop on Goodgramgate. Upon entering, we were greeted with warm, friendly faces and plenty of stock to choose from. Immediately we found a timeless floral smock dress with a fitted upper body band and flowing skirt: Pairing this with a brown (faux) leather bag made for a simple, fresh spring look, for a third of the price of the matching Topshop version.
Our second look was found in the Sue Ryder Care Shop across the road. We were very impressed by the upstairs ‘vintage’ dedicated section which was complete with an easily accessible changing area. After raking around through the racks of treasures, we picked created an outfit comprised of an intense tan coloured leather jacket, and a delicate silk scarf, the colours of which contrasted nicely with the leather. We were shocked to find that the jacket only cost £20, compared to a £65 leather River Island comparison, in a slightly darker leather colour.
Finally, whilst sifting through the stacks of clothes, we came across a rare find – an elegant, black velvet dress, complete with a gold beaded trim, which we concluded would have been perfect for a sophisticated cocktail or evening party.
We thoroughly recommend all students to make the most of York’s plentiful range of charity shops. Whether you’re looking for some cheaply priced basics for your wardrobe, or something special, there is something for everyone – and after all, you know your money is going to a good cause!