The Accidental Thrift #2 :: Emmaus Second Hand Superstore

The Accidental Thrift #2 :: Emmaus Second Hand Superstore

Recently, I stumbled across the Emmaus Second Hand Superstore, a huge charity shop housed in the shell of a former primary school. It was a welcome surprise, although I’m new to Burnley, I’d passed that way numerous time before. I had to go inside and take a look. 
 
Emmaus is a nationwide charity which supports the homeless. They sell furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac, crockery, vinyl, books, games…you name it! To me, it will now be known as an Aladdin’s cave of unexplored treasure. 
 
 
 
Instantly, I was drawn to the building’s Victorian charm. Every corner you turn reveals signs of its previous life as a school; the piano sat awaiting judgement day in the hall (although its been years since it last rang out a hymn as its middle C is akin to a ship’s fog horn), the old chalk board wishing us a happy Christmas, the high ceilings throughout the buildings or the winding school steps countless children have climbed over the years. 
 
 
 
 
Before leaving, we were fortunate to happen on a chance meeting with an Emmaus employee. I’d made the assumption that the shop was staffed by volunteers, not so. He explained the Emmaus philosophy:
 
“Emmaus gives the homeless a hand up, rather than a hand out.”
 
In return for a 30 hour working week, employees are paid with a home, food and some cash. Most importantly, “a chance to rebuild their life in a supportive environment.” 
 
A philosophy echoed in the employee’s words. He continued to tell us how Emmaus had given him a different life, a life of changed priorities. He also disliked my Guns and Roses t-shirt, but each to their own. 
 
Emmaus is a nationwide charity with branches across the UK, however you can also support Emmaus by browsing their online auctions on eBay.
 
As always, much love,
 
Donna x
 
Did you see my last accidental thrift? It’s a beauty!
Kendal Calling :: See You In The Fields

Kendal Calling :: See You In The Fields

I knew the glorious summer weather was just too good to be true. If the weather man is to be believed, we’re in for a rainy few days. For these days, I’ll be at Kendal Calling in the Lake District. If you have been following me on Twitter, you may have seen my barrage of excited tweets. Yes, the ones where I ramble on about the line up, or cryptically name random bands. 


Amongst the line up are some of my favourite bands of all time and some newer additions. This Kendal Calling play list has kept me company throughout the strife of packing and key decisions. (Will one pack of baby wipes be enough?) The Fleetwood Mac cover by Dutch Uncles is an absolute beaut!



As I write this, it’s Thursday night and the jitters are setting in. Have I packed the right things? Have I forgotten anything? It’s been ten years since I went to a festival and even then I only camped for one night, yes I just admitted to that. But, along with a group of friends, I am going to another festival and camping. This trip is part of our bucket list challenge, our joint pledge to help each other fulfil each of our lifetime ambitions. (Mine was starting a blog, just in case you were wondering.) 
This one’s for Clare

So, the first day of freedom my summer holidays was spent packing, with a side portion of stressing and panic washing. At 10pm, I’m finally packed but casting a cautious eye over the Kendal Calling forums, you know, just in case. Here’s a snippet of some of the essentials I’ve popped in my bag. 


 
Obviously, I’ve packed the bare essentials: sleeping bag, pillow, roll mat, torch, clothes, however I’m sure I’ll remember what I’ve forgotten when I arrive there. Such is life!  
 
What do you take to a festival? 
What are your top tips?
 
As always, much love,
 
Donna x
 
Pssst! Did you show your passion for fashion? Don’t forget to join in the link up with Rachel and Lena B!
 
What I Wore :: Simple White Sun Dress with Orla Kiely Prints

What I Wore :: Simple White Sun Dress with Orla Kiely Prints

I love a simple basic with a twist. What’s more, I love finding a simple basic with a twist on the clearance rail. Way back in rainy May, this simple white sun dress was languishing on the sale rail at my nearest TK Maxx for the meagre price of £12. Embroidered with a skull pattern, it was a simple twist on the classic broderie anglaise floral style. It seemed perfect for warm days, even though I expected to wear it abroad.
 
 
When we were invited to a barbecue,  it seemed the perfect dress to wear. In Britain, I’ve always shied away from wearing white with my pale skin, but a dress with tags on is a tempting thing. 
 
This could possibly be the cheapest outfit in my wardrobe. My tan woven belt is Primark and cost £1, my sandals were gifted to me by my mum and my bracelet came free with my perfume!
 
 
 
As luck would have it, this was the weekend that I decided to splurge and purchase the Orla Kiely sunglasses I’d been eyeing up for weeks. Usually, I will buy fashion sunglasses from Primark or H&M… I rarely spend over £10 on glasses. However, my late twenties are catching up with me and I’ve decided that it’s now time to invest in a sensible pair and protect my eyes.  
 
 
Enter these beauties. Who said sensible couldn’t be stylish? I am a huge Orla fan (go see my latest Orla love here) and when these glasses were reduced to half price in the Boots sale, I decided to take the plunge and purchase. The shape is perfect for my pea sized head. I don’t get the bug eyed look, which doesn’t suit me a jot! They feel a little mod, whilst still maintaining a modern look.
 
 
Today, I’m teaming up Rachel of Rachel The Hat and Lena B for their Passion for Fashion link up. Why not head on over?
 
Do you like basics with a twist?
Do you believe in expensive sunglasses? 
What’s in your basic summer wardrobe?
 
As always, much love,
 
Donna x

Lena B, Actually
Guess Who’s Back? Orla’s Back :: Orla Kiely Shopping Bags at Tesco

Guess Who’s Back? Orla’s Back :: Orla Kiely Shopping Bags at Tesco

Orla Kiely is back at Tesco with a limited range of iconic printed shopping bags. These beauts are due to hit stores this week, however you may be lucky enough to ‘bag‘ one up early as some branches already have them on sale. 


The bags are priced at £4, of which 50p is evenly shared between Cancer Research and The Royal College of Art. Tesco say there are no plans to sell them online. However, if you can’t snap one up in store, you can always rely on eBay . You can get them for £7.99 (plus £2.95 p+p). Although, I’m not sure how I feel about a charity bag being sold at a mark up price. 



 
You can imagine my squeals of joy when the boy sauntered up to me with both bags purchased and wrapped in a Tesco carrier bag. I’ve had my previous Orla jute bag for over two years now and it still comes everywhere with me. Whether it’s carrying text books or shopping, these bags are stylish, practical and hard wearing. So, it’s not hard to see why they are being eagerly anticipated in store. 


Are you an Orla fan? 
What do you think of the new designs?
Will you be rushing out to snap these up?
 
As always, much love,
 
Donna x
The Accidental Thrift :: The French Chair (Ooh La La!)

The Accidental Thrift :: The French Chair (Ooh La La!)


For some time, I’ve toyed with the idea of buying a French style chair to place in the bay window of my bedroom. I imagined I’d sit and read Tolstoy, feet perched on the edge of my bed, coffee close by and while away the summer days. All my illusions were cruelly shattered by the price of these chairs. Hold on to your mugs… the cheapest chair being on sale at an astounding £169!


So, imagine my unadulterated joy when I stumbled upon this beauty, quite by accident, for the price of £45. Yes, you heard me right, £45. The chair that is, not Basil. The boy and I were enjoying a few hours at Wycoller, up in East Lancashire, when we strolled past a house sale. Well, a cottage sale. How lucky!
 
Technically, I’m watching what I spend at the moment. However, I just couldn’t let this beauty pass me by. My bedroom is blue, the rose is blue. It seemed like fate.
After a few logical considerations, how do I fit a French chair into a convertible? Which is the closest cash machine I can dash to before someone nabs the chair? Then, the chair was mine. All mine! 
After an interesting drive down the M65, I finally got the beauty home. 

 


So, with only three working days left, I’m digging out Anna Karenina and stocking up on coffee. I simply cannot wait!

Do you have a reading chair? Are you a fan of the French style? 

As always, much love,

Donna x