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Thrifting in West Cumbria

In recent years, charity shopping has become more popular with young people in the UK thanks to the trend of vintage clothing on Instagram and TikTok and social media influencers doing charity shop hauls.

In the last quarter of 2019, charity retail sales soared an average of 4.4% year on year (YOY) with organisations like Save the Children growing their profit from just over two million pounds in 2018 to almost three million last year.

As a young person in Cumbria, there has always been a stigma surrounding charity shopping as it is shown in a negative light by a lot of people. This can make people embarrassed and nervous to take part in it.

So it is good that people are starting to change their minds and be more accepting.

Charity shopping really helps the environment as all of the clothing is recycled. In 2022, fast fashion is a bigger problem than ever with companies like Shein, H&M and Boohoo making more and more low-quality clothing, which is sent to landfills when binned.

According to Planet Radio: “Fashion sits fourth in a list of the worst industries for environmental impact, behind transport, housing and food.”.

And of course, all profits from a charity shop go to its chosen charity.

In Whitehaven, there aren't many men's clothing shops so charity shops make an excellent alternative if you are prepared to go ratching through racks of shirts until you find the one you want.

You may even find something you didn't even know you wanted in the first place, and it could be something quite valuable.

Here are some things I found while charity shopping this week all under £20.

The FARPLACE Animal Rescue and The British Heart Foundation in Whitehaven have a massive collection of CDs Vinyl, Movies and Games for your collection all for a cheap price.

With vintage clothing becoming a popular trend, lots of sellers of vintage clothing have started charging very high prices for their pieces, when a lot of what they sell can be found in a charity shop for less than £10.

The only downside is that you could be spending quite a long time looking through every charity shop trying to hit the jackpot.

So next time you are out shopping, why not have a quick look inside for 5 minutes and grab yourself a steal before someone else does.

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