On Saturday, real-life BFF and I went on our first #SHOWMETHETHRIFT trip. We had hoped that this would kick start our new thrifting series and I hoped I’d be able to share some amazing second-hand finds from Southport’s charity shops. However, it wasn’t to be and I came away empty handed. So, with spring in the air, I thought I’d share what I wear to go thrifting.

What I wear to go thrifting doesn’t change too much from season to season. When I go thrifting, I like to feel comfortable but still presentable and true to my own personal style. You never know how many shops you’ll visit, or which cafe you’ll end up lunching in. There’s also the practicalities of not knowing if you’ll have to stretch up for that out of reach handbag, or bend over to see what’s hidden. So, I tend to stick to a tried and testing thrifting uniform of my wardrobe’s go-to pieces: a denim pinafore dress teamed with stripes.

Before Christmas, my collection of dresses had started to dwindle. I was encountering a lull in charity shop finds, so I turned to eBay to try my fail-safe search for ‘collared dresses’ or those with cute prints. I didn’t shun charity shops, but I was less enthusiastic. I visited my favourites and neglected those shops that had been less successful in the past while actively pursuing eBay.

Days before Christmas, I chanced upon this TOPSHOP collared pinafore style dress in the final seconds of auction. It was an impulse bid at £3.99, the opening and winning bid. Shortly after Christmas, the dress arrived and I instantly tried it on. It was snug, way too snug for comfort and I promptly disregarded it, whilst chiding myself for wasting £6.88 of my hard-earned PayPal money. Until February.


When we feel the urge to shop, it is not because we are seeking new items, but that we are simply seeking inspiration. 

At the start of 2015, I challenged myself to ditch the high street for 100 days. Since this, the belief that we are seeking inspiration, not new clothes, has always stayed with me. It was a simple comment left on an Instagram post, but it taught me to try and explore what I already own before buying something new. Enter almost forgotten eBay pinafore dress. Post Christmas, post bloat, post start of Slimming World diet… the dress fits!


The best tip I could give anyone starting out on the thrifting journey is to mix old and new. Buy pieces that will stand the test of time or are true to your own personal style that you’ll be able to get your money’s worth from, whilst creating an outfit that feels new and fresh to you. This ASOS cat beret might be the most expensive beret I’ve ever bought, but it’s also the cutest.

Also new is this Flamingo pin, gifted to me by creator, Liz Harry, who I met at the Liverpool Winter Arts Market in November. Her stall was a feast of bright colours in a sea of Christmas colours which I featured on my Instagram. Since arriving through my letter box, her flamingo pin has sat waiting for a suitable outfit. I think this chambray pinafore is a worthy companion.


Outfit Details: Pinafore dress :: Topshop (via eBay) Striped top :: Jennyfer (via eBay) I Pink coat :: Warehouse via Claire’s House charity  Cat beret :: ASOS I Flamingo pin :: c/o Liz Harry via Etsy  Lilac bag :: River Island Polka dot tights :: F&F Patent brogues :: F&F 

So, no bargains were found on Saturday’s thrifting trip to Southport, but next on our thrifting hit list is the wonderful Lake District town of Kendal. We can’t wait to share more of #SHOWMETHETHRIFT!

#SHOWMETHETHRIFT is a hashtag real-life BFF, Katie at Life on Vista, and I created to showcase our charity shop finds on Instagram. Our aim is to show you how being more sustainable can benefit you too, make personal style more exciting and encourage you to go out and see what you can find! Remember to #SHOWMETHETHRIFT on your posts so we can see what you found!

Linking up with: Rachel The Hat’s #Passion4Fashion Vanity & Me’s ‘Celebrating Style’  I Not Dressed As Lamb’s #IWillWearWhatILike

  • Your coat is absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the colour and it suits you a lot xx


    • Polkadot Pink

      Thanks Laura! I think this coat may be one of my favourite charity shop finds yet x

      • You need to take me charity shopping, I am useless at that , never find anything good but when I look at your posts its like gold discoveries ! xx

        • Polkadot Pink

          You’re welcome to join us anytime! Xx

  • Rosie

    Great idea for a series. I’m relatively new to thrifting but absolutely love a monthly trawl of my local charity shops and usually come up with something. My favourite ever find was a blue military-style blazer – something I’d been scouring the internet for to no avail. It fits like a glove and cost £5.99.

    • Polkadot Pink

      I love that you’re scouring your local shops for bargains! I shop regularly, usually at any opportunity. Love hearing about bargains other people find!

  • Kezzie

    Since I know our tastes are very similar, I am not remotely surprised you bought the asos cat beret! I have had it in my saved items on there since last year but never bought it as I already have 3 black berets AND about 12 in total!
    The pin looks beautiful! So pleased you are wearing it!x

    • Polkadot Pink

      Well, this is my first black beret so I guess that makes it okay? And no, it does not surprise me at all that we were both watching it! I love the pin so much, Liz Harry has totally changed me mind! xx

  • mummabstylish

    Cute items you’ve found, love the chambray dress, so versatile – wearable in nearly all seasons. Jacqui

    • Polkadot Pink

      Thanks Jacqui- that’s what I’m hoping! Popping by your blog now too x

  • Your’e right. That Beret is way cute! I really like the pin too. A really lovely look put together with new and thrifted. I do so love a bargain too! Thank you so much for linking up Donna x

  • that pin is super adorable!