A NEW vintage clothing section has opened at Julia’s House charity hypermarket in Poole, featuring men’s and women’s clothing for all seasons.
Seventy vintage donation bags have been collected and stored in the Creekmoor store warehouse over the past two years.
The recent explosion of interest in retro and sustainable fashion has prompted the charity to create a dedicated space for vintage fashion in-store.
“We knew we had collected around 400 to 600 pieces, including coats, dresses, suits, tops, bags, shoes and accessories,” says store manager David Hutchings.
“We stuck to it because we knew vintage items were a bit more special.
“Sorting through the items was a very exciting day for us – we had a few outfits from the 1950s and 1960s, and we also recognized some familiar styles from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
“Some designer women’s ‘Dior’ shoes from the 1980s were a hidden gem, as well as a number of original Laura Ashley dresses, St. Michael (M&S), Biba, Topshop, Adidas and other well-known brands from the time.”
Julia’s House charity hypermarket in the Creekmoor neighborhood center is much more than a typical charity shop.
It’s an amazing store for clothing, accessories, housewares, furniture, books, toys, and electrical goods, with thousands of items sold each year.
The store receives over 4,000 donations each week and all funds from Creekmoor and the charity’s twelve other stores in Dorset and Wiltshire are dedicated to local care for seriously ill children and support for their families.
“We hope buyers will be as excited about the collection as we are,” David added.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing how people wear these items or mix and match them with other pre-loved clothes from our store – we’d love to see photos of them wearing the clothes.”