Charity Shopping in ChelseaFriday, 6 January 2012
In general, I have a fail safe tip for charity shopping in any city - go where the rich people live. This is where you'll find the great labels, the great bargains, and where you'll generally have the place to yourself, as none of the rich people would be seen dead inside.
I'm in London for a week, staying in Putney. Yesterday I took a long amble up the Kings Road, headed for Picadilly, and hit the jackpot with the charity shops on the New Kings Road. It started in Fulham, with Fara. There were some great items, well displayed, and I spotted a lot of French Connection, Joseph, Reiss etc. It's a little out of the way if you're not in the area - I was on a 6 mile walk, but unless you're in the Putney/Fulham locale then it might not be worth the trek.
Further up into Chelsea (and a little closer into town) is the Oxfam shop, at 423 Kings Road. This is a little haven of top labels - I saw Dior, Stella McCartney and YSL, as well as plenty of high end high street items from Banana Republic, Reiss and Joseph. The prices aren't too bad either - I tried on a YSL pencil skirt which was just £17.99, and a pair of Joseph trousers were £12.99. The quality is outstanding - think Sloaney office wear and formal separates. You won't find anything too wacky, but for good quality basics it's well worth a visit.
Do you have any favourites in the city?