London is legendary for its shopping. From the glitzy boutiques of Knightsbridge and Seven Dials to the trendy chic offerings of the new(ish) Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. But in the age of social distancing with the threat of local lockdowns ever-present across the boroughs, many of us would rather not brave the crowds and the calamity for a shopping trip. Which is absolutely fine, because not only is shopping in this way potentially risky, it can also be needlessly expensive. In this post, we’ll look at some ways in which thrifty Londoners can cut the cost of looking good by shopping online. From designer sunglasses to pre-loved furniture, the Big Smoke is a haven for bargain-hunters. And the online realm is way more likely to bring great finds at amazing prices than the average market stall in tourist traps like Camden or Elephant & Castle.
Here we’ll look at some great ways to look good and save money online.
Go beyond eBay
Don’t get me wrong, eBay can be a great source of pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories. Whenever someone loses weight, changes their fashion sense or simply needs to free up wardrobe space, they may seek to make a few quid by putting their wares up for sale online rather than donating them to charity. So if eBay doesn’t yield the bargains you seek, try some of the following;
While they may not have as many users as the online auction giant, they can all be a fantastic source of affordable and unique bargains.
Remember that many charity shops have an online presence
Seriously, though… who needs the highstreet when you can open yourself up to a cornucopia of interesting, unique and vintage bargains at your local charity shop. Heck, why pay £59 for something that’s designed to look like it was made in 1992, when you can get the real thing for less than a fiver? On a serious note though Urban Outfitters, stop trying to make shell suits happen!
But if the idea of perusing the charity shops for bargains in the COVID era doesn’t appeal to you, remember that many of them have an online presence. OXFAM, The British Red Cross, The British Heart Foundation and more all have extensive online stores where you can grab a bargain.
You don’t have to buy second hand to grab a bargain… just expand your searches
If you don’t mind waiting a little longer for your goodies, you might want to expand your searches for bargains overseas.
You may find that buying from across the pond is just as lucrative as trawling the charity shops. As well as offering a way broader selection. Check out this website where you can get good designer frames for your glasses at incredible prices. Even though the pound isn’t at its strongest right now, you can still find outstanding choice at affordable prices by expanding your search overseas.
Whether you’re looking for vintage goodies, familiar staples or one-of-a-kind accessories, you don’t even need to walk through your frint door to avail yourself of a world of bargains.