Fara, Clapham Junction
Although we know Fara to be a well-established charity with a wealth of shops dotted around London, the branch just off Northcote Road stocks a particularly strong selection of clothing (which makes sense considering the area’s affluent, stylish reputation). There’s a kids-focused branch just down the road, as well, with many items as good as new and perfect for that quick win when it comes to children who quickly outgrow their clothes.
Fara, 70 Chatham Rd, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 7978 4608
The beauty of charity-shop browsing is that it’s wildly unpredictable, but if you’re in luck, you might just find a designer bag or two in the small and unassuming Barnardos store in Brixton. What’s more? Prices hit a £50 maximum, so there’s absolutely no risk of overspending on that (fingers crossed) vintage Prada. We’re ever hopeful …
Barnardos, 414 Brixton Road, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 7274 4165
All Aboard, Streatham
You’ll find All Aboard shops dotted around the city. Streatham’s offering is typical of the brand, stocking clothing and accessories that span all manner of preloved goods, including high street brands and designer labels.
All Aboard, 83 Streatham High Road, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 8769 9410
Working towards fighting poverty and suffering within the work that it does, Oxfam is possibly one of the world’s most well-recognised charity’s. The Pimlico location is typical of the brand—expect books, clothing, keepsakes and furniture.
Oxfam, 15 Warwick Way, Pimlico, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 7821 1952
Sue Ryder, Pimlico
Perhaps the store in our line-up that is most likely to deliver something more eveningwear-centric, Sue Ryder is known to boast a selection of elegant gowns and jewellery amongst the donated goods. Be it for a formal event or fancy dress, you might just be in luck here.
Sue Ryder, 35 Warwick Way, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 7630 0812
Among Traid’s focuses is to reduce the amount of clothing that we throw away, as well as the impact that it has on the environment. That said, it’s no surprise that the stores stock preloved and vintage clothing and footwear. Brixton is a great shop to start in, and if you’re on the lookout for kidswear, as well, then the sister branch in Clapham might have just what you’re after.
Traid, 2 Acre Lane, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 7326 4330
Give A Little, Streatham High Road
The charities that benefits from Give A Little’s profits change every four months, and the patrons get to vote on which cause to support next. As a result, the shop’s work spans multiple charities across the world. Located in a pretty little red-brick building on the corner of Streatham Hill, South London’s offering is open seven days a week for your browsing pleasure.
Give A Little, 71 Streatham Hill, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 8616 4166
Hospices of Hope, Pimlico
With stock that spans not just clothing, but also furniture, homewares and the usual bric-a-brac that you would expect to find in a charity shop, Hospices of Hope is the kind of place that you might just leave with a hidden gem you never knew you needed.
Hospices of Hope, 40 Warwick Way, Victoria, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 7630 9010
Cancer Research, Streatham
If you’re close to London Road in Streatham, then the Cancer Research UK shop is as good as any for a nose around and a potential unexpected find. From that much-needed holiday read, to household goods and greetings cards, you can stock up on the little things here.
Cancer Research, 1390 London Rd, Streatham, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 8679 1422
British Heart Foundation, Balham
Not just the home of donated clothing and accessories, the British Heart Foundation store in Balham also stocks new (but still low-price) jewellery to complement your purchase. The preloved denim offering is strong, and most of the stock is reasonably priced to begin with, so at charity-shop markdowns, it’s one not to be missed.
British Heart Foundation, 184 Belham High Road, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 8675 5401