Blackburn charity shop where you can buy designer items

WHEN you imagine charity shops, you can imagine second-hand clothes, piles of books, and old crockery.

However, a charity store in Blackburn is trying to shatter that stereotype and is building a reputation as a place to buy real, designer clothes at a great price.

Daisy’s on Whalley New Road is a branch of the East Lancashire Hospice which bills itself as a boutique.

In addition to pre-loved clothes, they also stock new items.

Katie Elliott, fundraising and marketing manager for the store, said talks have been going well since the branch opened in late May.

She explained, “We want it to brand Daisy’s separately and make it feel different because it’s distinct from other stores.

“We were trying to get away from the preconceived notion that people can have charity shops selling broken dishes and that sort of thing.”

Ted Baker shoes at the store (Facebook / @ daisyelh)

The store’s goal was to create a store that didn’t look like a traditional charity store.

Katie added, “We wanted people to just walk over to what they see on Main Street and in store windows.

“You would be surprised how many people came to us and said they didn’t know it was a charity shop or related to the hospice.”

The boutique has more than an upscale appearance – it regularly receives designer donations with massively discounted prices.

Ms Elliott explained, “This week we received a real Mulberry handbag.

Lancashire Telegraph: Mulberry handbag (Facebook / @ daisyelh)Mulberry handbag (Facebook / @ daisyelh)

“As you can imagine, this was an item everyone wanted because it was beautiful and only £ 100 – who wouldn’t want a £ 100 designer handbag !?”

When bought direct from Mulberry, the handbags cost between £ 151 and £ 1,595.

Mulberry isn’t the only designer brand to have walked through the store’s doors; Jack Wills, Ted Baker and Karen Millen are just a few of the other big names that have been stocked in the store.

Katie also explained that various events will be held at the store in the coming weeks.

A “Prosecco bridal event” will take place next month when brides-to-be can browse the wedding dresses with a drink.

Katie hopes this ‘new concept’ charity store can be rolled out to other parts of East Lancashire in the future.

She said: “We are very proud of it – so much so that we hope to roll it out in some of our other stores as well.”

Check out the store and designer items in stock by visiting their Facebook page.

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