A couple of weeks ago I went along to a 'lock-in' event at Manchester's Northern Quarter Oxfam Originals shop.
If you live in or around Manchester but have never been to the Oxfam Originals shop, I would highly recommend a visit.
It's somewhere I read about long before moving to Manchester. A charity shop only stocking original vintage clothing with no rummaging through rails of past season Primark miniskirts and embroidered nylon nasties- sounds great, no? Though I must admit that I enjoy the rummaging.
When I first took a look around the shop a year or so back, I was browsing with the wrong frame of mind. I found it overpriced and a bit pointless; what with the fantastic range of vintage shops that the Northern Quarter boasts and plenty of typically-priced charity shops around the area where I live.
I've since come to learn that this particular shop shouldn't be lumped in with either of these places. Think of it a more reasonably-priced vintage shop, with the proceeds going to a good cause, rather than an expensive charity shop and you're sure to love it as much as I now do.
|Men's accessories and jewellery cabinet|
|Bag and shoe selection|
|Fab range of ties my dad would love|
|some fab 80s belts|
As you can see, there's a really good selection of gent's stuff as well.
I didn't get my camera in over the treats table, but you'll have to take my word that there was an incredible selection of delicious cakes!
Had an awesome cup of tea in some vintage china too.
With 10% off everything, would be rude not to pick something up! I got this great acid wash oversized denim shirt for £9.99.
|Wool bowler hat: £3 (sale), Primark (old); Earrings: £4, Topshop; Scarf: Charity shop; Leather look backpack: £1.10, charity shop; Necklace: Vintage|
Do you think there should be more charity shops like this one, or does it take away from the experience?