Following on from our piece on London’s best charity shops, we visit the city of Exeter. Thrifting Queen Moll Costello tells us the best places to go.
The city of Exeter has a lot to offer the charity shopper, with a number of shops concentrated in certain areas.
Start at the Odeon end and work your way down towards the town centre. Visit British Heart Foundation and Hospicecare on one side of the street, and British Heart Foundation and Kidney Research UK on the other. Kidney Research Shop is my favourite, the window display is always inviting and I’ve found some wonderful clothing bargains there.
When you reach the start of the High Street, turn left into Paris Street, for five charity shops in a row: Save the Children, ECTA, Children’s Hospice South West, Age UK, and RSPCA. Clothing in these shops can be a bit tired and sometimes overpriced, but always worth checking. One of my favourite charity shop buys of all time has been a pair of men’s Savile Row shoes from Children’s Hospice South West.
You might want to walk back to the High Street and down its length (aghast at the high prices for cheaply-made, mostly unethical, clothing), then turn left into South Street where you’ll find a large Oxfam. The shop is always well-stocked and attractively laid out, and with clothing for all tastes.
Fore Street, Heavitree
It’s worth taking a short bus ride from the city centre (A, R or S route) to Heavitree for the best charity shopping experience. Here you’ll find Devon Air Ambulance Trust, and – the best charity shop in Exeter – Force Cancer Charity. The majority of my Magpie Monday finds come from here. If you want to find out more about why Force is the best charity shop, read my interview with manager, Wendy Syme.
There are of course other charity shops in Exeter, but I’ve concentrated on those best for clothing, and easily accessible to those shopping in the city centre. So why not give the High Street a miss and take a trip down this alternative shopping route instead?
Moll writes the blog Molly and the Princess and vintage, vegetarianism and Vienna