Glastonbury Round Up 2017 – The Oxfam Shop Edition!

Each year the Oxfam festival team make the journey down to Somerset to assemble four Oxfam shops with four different themes, types of stock and targeted consumer in the hopes of raising as much money as possible for Oxfam’s many causes. This year we battled the hottest Glasto set up of all time and raised a record amount of money for the Festival shop! Here is a blog post to sum up our time at the festival and to mention some of my own highlights. If you want to take a sneaky look at some of the goodies in our shops check out my last blog .

Oxfam’s Glastonbury Shops:

Glade

Oxfam Shop at Glade, Glastonbury

If you visited our shop in the Glade area of Glastonbury then you will know that it was a one-stop-shop for sleeping bags, wellies, socks and a dip into our £3 hat bucket (because why not). This year’s Glade shop had a 60’s ‘summer of love’ theme which was perfectly fitting for the weather. We stocked floral dresses and fake fur and sheepskin coats, which were, as always, popular amongst male customers and they pulled them off in true style.

Park

Oxfam Shop at Park, Glastonbury

If you were in the market for some ‘Wavy Garms’ then our shop in the Park area would have been perfect for you. Stocking everything from one off  vintage items to retro branded goods like Levi Jackets, Adidas tracksuits to name a few, Park catered to the eclectic tastes of Glastonbury’s hipsters. This year we also featured hand painted jackets created by some of our volunteers, these were popular amongst people wanting to get their hands on a one-off creation.

Treasure Trove

Oxfam Shop at Treasure Trove, Glastonbury

This year we said goodbye to one of our shops, Pom Pom Palace and said hello instead to Treasure Trove!  A shop that was filled with the best sparkle and gems that we could find. The shop’s new concept was embraced by everyone with free glitter being done by our Oxfam campaigns team.

 

4th Shop (Interstage)

Oxfam Shop Interstage, Glastonbury

Our 4th shop was located in the interstage area between the Pyramid and Other stage of Glastonbury, catering to journalists and VIPs it stocking items like Cashmere jumpers, Barbour jackets and vintage/ boutique gems. With previous customers like Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw this year’s celeb visitors included Matt Smith, Dan from Bastille Blossoms, Black Honey and photographer Charlotte Patmore.

Oxfam Festival Shop Team at Glastonbury 2017

Overall it was an amazing year for the me and the shop, Thank you to all our amazing volunteers who made the running of the shops as smooth as ever and thanks to all our amazing customers who helped us raise an amazing amount of money for Oxfam. See you all in 2019!

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Oxfam is Launching It’s Own Newspaper! Fashion Pages Preview

Oxfam is launching its own newspaper this summer with copies available for free from every Oxfam high street shop it is the perfect feel-good paper to bring a wave of positivity to your day! There are stories from volunteers, Oxfam project updates, book reviews, games, a summer recipe and more it’s definitely worth a read. Today I’m going to give you a tiny sneak peek into the fashion content which focuses on Bridal and Festival fashion.

 

“Together, we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. Together we can end poverty for everyone.”

The New Oxfam Newspaper

“From stunning designer bridal wear – more than 95% of our dresses are brand new – to world-changing wedding lists, you’ll find everything you need for your big day at Oxfam. Here four brides-to-be give our dresses a try. Keep an eye out for our Chippenham bridal department on Say Yes To The Dress UK too, TLC, 8 Septemeber, 9pm.”

 

Bridal Fashion #foundinoxfam

I love the wedding dresses featured, especially Tobi’s on the far right, so elegant and floaty! I recently got to have a nose around the online bridal collection to choose my seven favourites for my recent blog and had a great time drooling over the beautiful dresses!

“I knew Oxfam did wedding dresses but was surprised by the range. This one’s really fun – the Vegas dress! I love the huge skirt.” – Caely Beecham, Bride-to-be

 

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Festival Fashion #foundinoxfam

“Vintage Street #foundinoxfam: Pair branded streetwear – new or vintage – with a hit of bling for a look guaranteed to make you stand out.” Look inspired by Rita Ora.

 

As I’m headed off to help the festival shop team at Latitude this week the festival fashion was great inspiration for my packing. I like the Classic Festival, Laura Whitmore inspired look best with its floaty, hippy, floral top and modern cut off shorts. With these complete outfits starting from £41 you know you can be decked out in style whatever festival you’re headed to this summer.

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Planning My Outfit for the Liverpool Bloggers Event

A few weeks ago I went to a Liverpool Bloggers event. In my head I was totally organised and had already decided my outfit, however, the day before I decided to pop into Oxfam on Bold Street in Liverpool for a little browse (the back of my mind knowing this would never happen). I found two gorgeous shirts one of which was an off-white, stripy one and couldn’t resist changing my pre-planned outfit!

My Outfit From Liverpool Bloggers Event

The classic shirt has been called into question this spring/summer. Designers and high-street brands have been experimenting with it, creating all sorts of different styles whether it be strips of cotton coming off the sides, an off-the-shoulder look, or a cotton belt attached to the shirt to tie around your waist. I have wanted to splurge on one of these gorgeous shirts for a while but when I popped into Oxfam I found it – an incredible one too! It isn’t of the experimental kinds but it’s great because it’s simple, classic and only cost £8. The colour is off-white with faint grey stripes and it’s also mid-length. The cotton is rougher and not the soft cotton we usually find with high-street brand shirts. But I love it! I find this material is better quality and warmer for the winter.

But the best thing…it is one of a kind! Just can’t beat the feeling of owning a piece that is unique to you and that is also funding work to tackle issues such as poverty and education.

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5 Reasons to buy Kidswear from Oxfam Online 

Hi, I’m Joanne Ginley. I’m a sometime blogger and volunteer at Oxfam Online.

Ask anyone who knows me and they will confirm clothes shopping is my favourite hobby! I love nothing more than scouring the shops or searching online for a real bargain. Firm believer in the power of accessories and currently developing a real liking for homeware. Today I’ve focused on the joys of Kidswear as Oxfam are currently promoting their children’s products in the run up to the summer holidays. These are my 5 reasons to buy children’s clothes from Oxfam Online, got any to add? Please feel free to comment!

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5 Reasons to buy Kidswear from Oxfam Online 

Here at Oxfam Online we stock over 1,000 items of new and second-hand kids’ clothing and with new pieces being added daily we turn looking for a bargain into an online treasure hunt! And if that’s not enough to tempt you, here are our top 5 reasons why shopping with us makes perfect sense:

1: Designer gems: Did you know we sell designer items at a fraction of the RRP? Our selection is constantly changing but popular brands we often stock include Ralph Lauren, Barbour and Burberry. Perfect for picking something up for your mini-me!

Designer Kids Wear from Oxfam Online Shop

2: Brand new items: You won’t just find second-hand goods on the site we also have a selection of BNWT pieces – available at a fraction of the RRP and perfect for gifting.

3: Huge choice: We stock items for all ages; from babies to teenagers. Every parent knows how quickly kids grow out of their clothes, so finding quality clothing at affordable prices is a must. You will find a treasure trove of items online from cute formalwear to casual essentials, shoes, accessories, seasonal must-haves and everything in between. Our website is easy to navigate and you can shop from the comfort of your own home – without having to visit the shops with the kids!

Find Unique Items for Kids From Oxfam Online Shop

4: Unique pieces: Looking for something a bit different? You will also find unique hand-made pieces that no other child has in their wardrobe, including handmade knitted jumpers and vintage childrenswear.

5: Making a difference: By buying from Oxfam you are supporting our work fighting poverty in Britain and around the world. Because of you we can provide clean water for communities, campaign for girls around the world to be educated and help get women into work. Thank you for your support, we won’t live with poverty and we know you won’t either.

Help Fund Life Saving Support for Children Facing Poverty Worldwide

So have a look at the Online Shop and see what treasure you can find for your little ones! Don’t forget to share pictures of your best finds with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using #foundinoxfam

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Espadrille: Mixing and Matching New and Old for My Own Twist On The Trend

I think I’ve always had a bit of an eye for spying the latest trend, be it the neon new rave fad of 2007 (cue that klaxon noise), or the bell bottom trend last Summer – Or more recently, the cropped denim jean/culotte look du jour.

 

When I noticed (how could you not?) the espadrille trend growing ever more apparent on my Instagram feed and usual online haunts, I immediately started to seek out the best pair I could. The ever-so-trendy espadrille, worn by the likes of a la mode French fashion bloggers, Jeanne Damas, Adenorah and Camille Charriere, of course I had to have a pair. I went for a navy pair in a low wedge and teamed it with a vintage black and white 4 buttoned shirt I got in Oxfam a few years ago and vintage Levi jeans.

The epitome of french cool, not only are they some of the comfiest shoes I’ve ever owned, they are perfect for the inevitable transition from relaxed day time attire of cropped denim jeans and t shirt, to partying the night away in, without the risk of blisters!

Oxfam Polka Dot Blouse

Mix and Match - Preloved and brand new

Trends from Charity Shops

Elizabeth Miles and Oxfam Fashion

Shoes

I’m wearing: Blue espadrilles in Navy – Shirt: Oxfam – Jeans: Vintage Levi’s.

All photo’s by Alex Amoros

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My Favourite Wedding Dresses from Oxfam Online: Money Saving Tips for Your Wedding Look

This week Money Saving Expert released a video of bride-to-be Sally hunting for her wedding dress naming Oxfam as the place to go for bargain new and preloved wedding dresses, scroll down to watch the video. 

Money Saving Expert claim that by shopping with Oxfam you can save hundreds of pounds without having to compromise on style. I decided to put this theory to the test and challenged myself to find 7 different styles all from within the Oxfam Online Shop’s bridal department (Yes that is the reason, no I am not using this as an excuse to look at pretty dresses all day … ahem!). The dresses I picked range from £50 to £600, a definite bargain considering that, as Sally points out in the
video, a wedding dress can start from £1000!

Wedding Gowns #foundinoxfam

Get the Looks:

Bargain: Size S, £50| Statement: Size 14, £350| Vintage: Size M, £289.99|  Bling: Size 12, £600| Minimalist: Size 12, £175| Body-hugger: Size 12, £100| Princess: Size 14, £225

The average Oxfam wedding dress sells for £250 and Oxfam aims to price at a mere 30% of the high street cost – even though the majority of the dresses they sell being brand new. Oxfam’s bridal range started in 1985 when volunteer Barbara Walmsley began hiring out dresses from home. Oxfam weddings has now grown to generate £150,000 each year, enough to provide clean, safe, drink water to 150,000 people. Buying an Oxfam wedding dress is a lovely way to give back on your big day whilst saving you a huge amount of money.   

 

Money Saving Expert on why you should consider a charity shop wedding dress:


Barbara Walmsley founder of Oxfam Bridal:

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Get a Sneak Peek of the Treats in Oxfam’s Glastonbury Shops

It’s the final countdown to Glastonbury, the weather forecasts are on our side and the line-up is looking as beautiful as ever. What could be better?

We’ll be back in the Somerset fields this weekend, bringing you Oxfam treats you won’t be able to say no to. From RuPaul-friendly glitz in Treasure Trove to Bowie-loving leather jackets in The Park, the festival shops have you covered this Glasto!

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam

Park

For everything on the wavy spectrum, head to our shop in the Park area. If you’re wanting denim jackets, funky patterned shirts or some fancy jumpsuits then you know where to head!

We’ve even reworked some denim and leather jackets, so if you’re in need of a one-off statement addition to your outfit then you better head down quick. You can, of course, follow our DIY to make your own too.

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam

Treasure Trove

This year, we’ve goodbye to the Pom Pom Palace, and said hello to the Treasure Trove. It’s located in the William’s Green area, by the meeting point.

Expect dragtastic glitter and sequins everywhere! From a fully sequined LBD to a gold trench coat even Eurovision’s Verka Serduchka would be jealous of, this shop is the place to be when you’re in need of a sparkle top-up.

Glastonbury Style at Treasure Trove Shop Oxfam

Glade

We’re turning the Glade shop into a flower power wonderland. There’ll be 70s florals everywhere, so make sure you’re a part of the revival of the summer of love. It’ll be full of huge floral prints, Hawaiian shirts and hippy trousers galore.

As well as the 70s love, we’ll also be stocking sleeping bags, wellies and socks for all your festival needs! It’ll be a one-stop-shop for all your fashion possibilities (and emergencies).

Glastonbury Style at Glade Shop Oxfam

Interstage 

For those lucky enough to have access to the interstage area between the Pyramid and Other stages, make sure to pay us a visit. Previous years have seen the likes of Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw have a look at our Barbour jackets, cashmere jumpers and boutique garms. Will Young even bought a beautiful Jaeger jacket to add to his festival
essentials!

This year’s stock includes a bold pair of leather trousers, a beautiful tapestry skirt and wavy patterned dress that we restyled into a top!

 

Glastonbury Style at Interstage Shop Oxfam

Be sure to visit us this weekend, and tag us at @OxfamFestShop on both Twitter and Instagram along with the hashtag #foundinoxfam so we can see all your finds. Also, keep an eye on our feeds as we’ll be updating you on everything fashion, music and Oxfam throughout the festival. Let’s just hope there’s no mention of mud this weekend!

Not going to Glastonbury but still want a bit of festival style? Check out our festival collection on the Online Shop.

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Do the Trend On the Cheap: Make Your Own Personalised T-Shirt

I’m always on the look out for ways to re-create the clothes displayed so beautifully in the fashion magazines using a little charity shop fashion DIY. Lately I have been noticing that slogan t-shirt’s are filling the glossy pages. I love the big ol’ bold quotes on a colourful t-shirt. I love a small embroidered understated slogan in the corner. I love a funny or tongue in cheek slogan. After lusting over these t-shirts for a hell’uva long time, I thought it was about time I got cutting and ironing. The wonderful thing about creating your own slogan t-shirt is that you
can choose your own slogan. You can be hilarious. You can be witty. You can be Political. I went with being a little French and choosing the slogan ‘JE M’EN FOUS’ which translates to ‘I Do Not Care’. Or it does according to Google Translate which I blooming hope it right! I got this idea from another t-shirt. I thought it was a nicer way to remind myself to be a little carefree from time-to-time. And I decided to go with the French version because everything sounds better in French, right?

So, here it is. A little ‘no sew’ fashion DIY.

Choosing your design

Ingredients

  • T-Shirt (Use a plain one you already have or hunt for one in your local Oxfam or on Oxfam’s Online Shop)
  • Scissors
  • Iron on Letters (I used the ones from here)
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Tape Measure

Method

1. Start by cutting roughly around the letters needed for your slogan.

JE M'EN FOUS Top

3. Lay the letters with the wrong side (white paper) facing up starting with the middle letter just below the pins and lay out to check how many lines you want the slogan to spread across.

Ironing the letters on

4. Once you are happy with the positioning of letters, remove all but the middle letter. With the wrong side (white side) still facing up. Follow the instructions supplied with the letters – I pressed the iron on the letter and held for 15-20 seconds.

Carefully remove the backing paper. Check as you start peeling the backing paper off that the letter has transferred onto the t-shirt. If not, hold the iron on the letter for a little longer.

Add the remaining letters from the middle outwards.

The finished look

And that’s it. An easy and quick way to adapt a plain charity shop t-shirt into something personal and unique! Let me know if you have a go at this fashion DIY as I would love to see your finished slogan t-shirt!  

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‘Dressed By The Kids’ Stylist Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew Talks to Us about Creating the Campaign

Manrutt Wongkaew, stylist for Oxfam’s Dressed By the Kids Campaign, 2017, is a doctor of fashion and dance. He worked alongside the incredible hairstylist Anne Veck and make-up artist, Lauren Kay,  to create a fantastic vision of what Dressed By the Kids looks like in 2017.  He shares his passion for playful colour in his fashion with us today.  Dressed by the Kids happens Friday 16th June so get your kids, nephews, nieces, grandchildren or family friends on board and get ready!

 

Dinner Ladies

“I see life in full colour. It gives me joy and vitalises me with immense energy. Having worked in fashion corporates where colours were discouraged, I decided to depart from this type of environment and be true to myself. I am a man of colour and I carry vibrant cultural heritage. I believe in colour and it is my vision to return colours back to fashion and the people.

My name is Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew. I am a doctor of fashion and dance. I help independent brands and fashion businesses grow their visual strengths to compete against conglomerate power and fast fashion trends. My features have been included in British GQ, Vogue and The Telegraph. My work is never about fashion, but rather how I push the boundaries of the art-form to connect with the light and shade of human emotion.

Staffroom

When I received a phone call from Oxfam, I was over the moon. It’s an absolute honour to be asked by the team to style their Dressed By The Kids 2017 national campaign. I turned up with 2 large suitcases filled with vibrant accessories and 2 clothes rails full of rainbow-wear, all sourced and hand-picked from the Oxfam warehouse in Milton Keynes. At the shoot, I juxtaposed proportion, pattern and colour to deconstruct visual perceptions of what is conceived as professional attire. A pink teacups baseball cap was worn with a floral retro gown, finished with pink boxing gloves. This was how I dressed my dinner lady. For mum, a wedding dress was married to a pirate hat and accessorised with an oversized pom-pom Hello Kitty necklace. A schoolteacher had a ball as I gave her a globe chained-necklace to be worn with lemon feathered bowler hat whilst her colleague enjoyed a brew in his superhero bathrobe worn over cricket shin pads. The work allows me to be in touch with my inner child and I have let little Manny run wild with his creative imagination. It is not only a fun day at the shoot but it is also my absolute pleasure to help Oxfam fighting poverty with my art. And what a successful campaign it was!
 

Dropping Off At School

 

After the shoot, Dressed by the Kids 2017 organiser Kelly O’Connor called me Colour Warrior – a name I hold dear to my heart. The name has inspired me to write a Colour Warrior manifesto which sets its objectives to a) embrace diversity and celebrate individual values; b) to support local artists and fashion start-ups here in the UK; and c) to build an alternative fashion system that is inclusive, nurturing and abuse-free. It warms my heart that Oxfam has seen my value and allowed me to be part of their exciting campaign. Colour has its healing power. Find your inner warrior. Be colourful. Be yourself. Embrace diversity and be the change. Together, we will create another world and live life in full colour. Thank you, Oxfam, for inspiring me on this journey.”

Inspired by Manrutt to let your little ones play stylist for the day? Sign up and share your pledge to join in and pictures of you on the day with #DressedByTheKids on Twitter and Instagram!

 

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Do the Trend On the Cheap: Make Your Own Personalised Jacket

One of the biggest trends of both 2016 and 2017 has been slogan clothing, especially DIY style jackets. Seen on both the catwalk from the likes of Gucci and Ashish to high-street stores like Topshop and ASOS all coming out with their own DIY/ Up-cycle feel clothes from patch jackets to painted leather. We have done a blog post in the past on how to make your own slogan t-shirt and now we will show you how we have been up-cycling our plain leather jackets to be sold at our Glastonbury Park
shop and how you can make your own!

You will need:

  • A Leather Jacket
  • Acrylic Paint Pens
  • Water and a cloth
  • Chalk (Optional)
  • Stencil (Optional)

Leather Jacket Upcycle Inspiration

1)       The ​first step of creating your own leather jacket is to first think of a design, I suggest looking on Pinterest for ideas or creating a mood board like the one above.

2)       On a hard surface like a table or the floor, lay your jacket down as flat as possible. Then take your chalk and mark out the design that you want. The chalk is good to use if you are not confident in creating a design free hand because it simply wipes away.


Personalised Jacket How to Instructions

3)       The next step is to take your acrylic paint pen and start drawing your design over the chalk. If you make a mistake you can scrub away the paint with a damp tissue or cloth.
4)       Once the outline is done you can fill it in or leave it as it is, it’s totally up to you what you do!  I chose to add some detail to this lettering with a vibrant pink design.


The Completed DIY Leather Slogan Jacket Look

This is a fun, easy and fashionable way to upcycle old leather jackets to give them a new lease of life. We will be taking lots of custom jackets made by our volunteers to our Glastonbury Park shop, so if you are heading over to Worthy Farm at the end of June check them out!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the designs available…

DIY Slogan Jacket



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