When it comes to vintage/thrift/charity shops I just don’t have the treasure-unearthing skills that some people seem to possess. It’s for this reason that I generally don’t have the patience to trawl through them, and yes I’m aware this is probably a Catch 22 situation. It’s a shame because Camden Town, where I spend my lunch hours, is full of charity shops.
Last year, I came across ‘mary’s living & giving shop’ in Primrose Hill: it was a revelation. I am a fan of Mary Portas but I don’t have a TV so I wasn’t even aware that she’d teamed up with Save the Children, helping them to revamp their charity shops and make them more customer-friendly and so, of course, more profitable.
This is now my favourite thrift shop in London. I’ve seen some amazing pieces in here, from Louboutin and Miu Miu heels to dresses by D&G and Orla Kiely – even a Mulberry coat (I still regret leaving that one behind). The stock is well-edited, well-organised, well-priced, and you can also buy books and homewares. But one of my favourite things about this place is the fitting room, hidden inside a wardrobe. If you’re ever in NW1, I’d definitely recommend a visit! Can you recommend any similar places for me to try?mary’s living & giving shop, 109 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 8UR (nearest tube: Chalk Farm / Belsize Park). Also branches in Westbourne Grove, Richmond, Fulham and Edinburgh.