All posts tagged: Mary Portas

How to Charity Shop (Top Ten Tips)

I consider myself to be a semi-expert charity shopper. I spend a lot of time in charity shops. A lot! If I had to quantify the contents of my closet I would ‘guestimate’ that about a quarter of it is charity or thrift purchases; primarily jackets, dresses, skirts, tops and knitwear. I don’t tend to buy second-hand shoes, although I have bought one or two pairs. Similarly, for hygiene reasons I tend to steer clear of trousers, although I will happily buy jeans, which can be laundered at higher temperatures. For the purposes of disclosure I should state that I am a bit of a personal hygiene freak… I’m fairly confident there is nothing wrong in buying clean shoes and second-hand trousers! I have also volunteered in a charity shop, which was a lot of fun (but not particularly healthy for my bank balance!). I now know what I would do to fill my days if I won the lottery! Drawing on my experience I have compiled my top ten tips for charity and thrift …

Icons & Influencers: Claire Mahoney

By far one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things about¬†being active in a scene and on social media is the social aspect. Some friends, by virtue of distance or circumstance remain ‘virtual’ until such time that you find yourself at the same event. Claire Mahoney, journalist, broadcaster & Mod is one of those friends. Being a writing ‘enthusiast’, Claire (as the professional) is an inspiration to me. ¬†In fact, if you’re in the Mod or Scooter scene yourself and haven’t heard of Claire, then shame on you! Claire isn’t just an active member of the Mod scene, as a journalist and broadcaster she is an influential promoter of the scene. An obvious choice for The Mod Closet’s Icons & Influencers series, I was absolutely delighted when Claire agreed to put virtual pen to paper and tell us a bit about herself. Claire also gave us a sneak peak into her Mod Closet to show us her favourite outfit, which you can see here! Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live? …