Continuing our Best Charity Shops series, Emma Waight heads down to Brighton to see what’s on offer by the seaside.
With its traditional English seafront, great restaurants and abundance of shops, Brighton makes for a great day out. The town is home to all of the high street big names, but if you are looking for something different you will be in your element with the independent shops and second-hand stores on offer. There are also some excellent charity shops worth scouting out and this top 5 list should be a good place to start.
Top 5 Brighton charity shops:
Oxfam, (146a North Street). This Oxfam shop is centrally situated in town so really worth popping in to. Far bigger than it looks from the outside, the shop is beautifully arranged by colour and size. With plenty of stock, branded names and a selection of specialist vintage it is a treasure trove for the second-hand bargain hunter. Having a separate bookshop nearby means this store is all about the fashion.
Barnado’s, (50 West Street). This is a small shop and can get crowded, but again is centrally located so a good one to know about if you find yourself in Brighton regularly. Good for bargains and basics, they had some great accessories last time I popped in which are always great value for money second-hand.
Martlet’s Hospice, (2 Church Street). A must-see for vintage lovers, the Church Street shop of this local hospice charity specialises in vintage fashion from the 1920s to 1980s. Alongside rails of gorgeous vintage clothes, hats, shoes, gloves and jewellery, you’ll also find vintage china, linen and glassware in this exciting emporium. A pop-up shop has opened in the Lanes for a limited time and the charity also have an eBay shop for more unusual donations; a couple of years ago a Hermes scarf sold for £60.
British Heart Foundation, (19-20 London Road). London Road, one of the main routes in and out of the city is a great place for a charity shopping trip. The BHF store is one of the largest and best on the street selling a good range of clothing, books, music and household items, away from the touristy centre.
Scope, (45b London Road). Staying on London Road, pop into Scope, another deceptively roomy shop filled with clothing, shoes, homeware, music and books and even musical instruments. Rummage around to find some unexpected gems.
If you are happy to go further out of the city, the streets of George Street and Blatchington Road in Hove offer a wealth of charity shops favoured by the local residents.