Our Best Charity Shop trail continues to snake around the country. Following on from London and Exeter, we now visit Winchester, where Emma Waight tells us about the best places to go for pre-loved fashion.
Winchester is an historic cathedral city in Hampshire and former capital city of England. A visit to Winchester provides for a lovely day out with its carefully edited collection of shops, traditional pubs and historic buildings.
Due to the exquisite taste of the local residents, Winchester has a fine collection of charity shops all within easy access of the main High Street. On my last trip I managed to pick up a seventies Marks and Spencer cotton check dress which I immediately fell in love with. So which are the charity shops to look out for in Winchester?
Cancer Research UK, (75 Parchment Street). This shop has a fabulous range of clothes and accessories with plenty of branded and designer pieces at good prices. Garments are organised according to type and they have a particularly good collection of menswear, including quality shirts and designer ties.
Age UK, (48 St Georges Street, 84 High Street). Age UK have two small charity shops in Winchester. They are well stocked but can get crowded at weekends. Friendly and chatty staff make for an entertaining shopping trip.
Naomi House, (8 St George’s Street). Naomi House have shops scattered across Hampshire. The Winchester store is very spacious for a charity shop, and organised according to colour. They don’t get many designer names but they have plenty of well-priced basics.
Oxfam, (153 High Street). Once again Oxfam show that they are way ahead of the fashion game. This is a well presented store stocking second-hand clothes, accessories and bric-a-brac as well as Oxfam’s Fairtrade food products. The store has a designated vintage section with excellent fashion finds priced lower than the average London store. There is a separate books and music store on Parchment Street, next to Age UK.