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Sustainable and supportive shopping with BuyCharity

There are lots of great benefits to buying from charity shops. Not only can you pick up some real bargains; you are shopping sustainably, reducing the amount sent to landfill. You’re also contributing to a charity’s finances. This means you are making a big difference.

Charity shops had a hard time when the pandemic hit. They rely heavily on in-store shopping, both intentional visitors and passing trade. It can be hard to walk past a charity shop without nipping in for a nosey. While the stores may now be open again, our shopping habits have changed, with so many of us now shopping primarily, or even solely, online.

BuyCharity is a development that is helping to resolve this problem. It brings the nation’s charity shops together and online. Customers can browse for bargains through the online charity shop from their own home. It’s also a great way to view items that would be outside of their nearby shopping areas.

The stock includes:

  • New clothing
  • Secondhand clothing
  • Homeware
  • Garden accessories
  • Antiques
  • Sports equipment
  • Jewellery
  • Electronics

The items are clearly marked as brand new, donated unused, donated used and refurbished. You can filter by the condition you are looking for as well. Naturally the new items cost a little more, but there are tonnes of bargains to find.

Sustainable clothes shopping

I was invited by BuyCharity to do a little bit of sustainable shopping and choose a few items from their vast selection of preloved women’s clothes. It took me a few views to select my items as there was so much to look through! I now have a lovely outfit – an M&S skirt, a Vero Moda top, and DKNY clasp purse. The skirt and top are unused, with the purse second-hand. You really cannot tell though!

It was a really easy shopping process and delivery was within just a few days. I like that you recieve a little bit of info on the charity shop you have supported by buying your items. My clothing came from Age Cymru, with the purse from Age UK South Lakeland.

Overall, is a lovely shopping experience. It is easy to browse through the items and categorise them to help find what you are looking for. I will certainly be using them again.


I received a selection of gifted items for the purpose of this post. As always, the provision of gifted products does not affect my views which remain honest and reflect my own thoughts.

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