The Lancashire bargain hunter shares the best tips for finding cheap designer clothes in the least suspicious places

A savvy Skelmersdale shopper has revealed her hidden tricks to finding discount designer clothes.

Robyn Elphick has been scouring charity shops since she was a teenager in search of pieces to help her emulate the look of TV presenter and fashion designer Alexa Chung. The 27-year-old visits stores in the North West, searches shelves and rails, then shares her finds on social media.

Robyn told ECHO: “I started going to charity shops in Ormskirk with my friends and we were looking to see what we could find. It was there and places like Pop Boutique where we used to to go, we didn’t have much money because we were only teenagers, but we were going to find good things.

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“When I was younger I used to go shopping with my mom at TKMaxx and I remember I was a little bored as she went through all the rails. I think I pull my patience from her.”

Over the years, Robyn has learned a number of tips and tricks for finding the best bargains, including designer brands. For her mother’s surprise 50th birthday party, she wore a stunning £2 dress from Roy Castle in Liverpool and YSL shoes which she found in the charity shop Mind’s Liverpool City Center for £45.

Robyn revealed that Southport is good for designer items while Ormskirk’s charity shops often contain ‘very good quality items and student donating high street brands with labels’. She added: “My favorite charity store is the YMCA, it’s really reasonably priced and the lifeboat rescue store has brand new with labels direct from Zara, Pretty Little Thing and Nasty Gal.

“In Southport you tend to buy more designer items, my favorite places are Queens Court and the lifeboat rescue charity shops. In Liverpool city center there are a few places, MIND is amazing and has a vintage section and Barnardo’s Take 2 on Bold Street is amazing for anyone new to charity shopping and it’s very clearly explained.”

After spending years honing her shopping skills, Robyn has three key tips for people looking to do charity shopping and find the best deals. She said: “Be open-minded and don’t assume you won’t find anything.

“Worst case scenario is you don’t like something and have donated £7 to charity. Make sure you check every section as things always get put back in the wrong place.

“The sizing of vintage items can also be a little different, so look everywhere, even in the men’s section. The last thing to do is shop out of season, people always throw away their coats in the summer when they’re not in use, and the same the other way around.”

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