When you think of charity shop clothes, what comes to mind? Second hand? Old fashioned? Worn out? Contrary to popular belief, not only can you find many a bargain, but charity shops can be homes to hidden gems for the frugal shopper. Rennie Grove Hospice Care recently suited and booted gymnastic commentator, Debbie Georgiou for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Debbie herself competed in the Barcelona Olympic Games as the youngest rhythmic gymnast in 1992.
Rennie Grove caught up with Debbie upon her return from Rio to ask her about the 30 dresses she purchased from their Bennetts End shop. Debbie said, ‘I had honestly never bought anything from a charity shop before but as I know the shop manager, Sue Zugg and I had just been offered the job presenting the gymnastics at the Rio Olympics, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to raid the racks and see what my local charity shop had to offer! I literally could not believe the dresses that people had donated and almost by accident, found loads of things that I loved. Being on a budget, it was fantastic to get such good quality dresses at the fraction of the price in the shops.”
Having always tried to do her bit for charity, Debbie also had her own jewellery company through which she made official charity bracelets for Jeans for Genes and raised £10,000 for them by running the London Marathon. Debbie continues: “I’m so grateful to Sue Zugg at the Bennetts End shop, who is a wonderful lady and went out of her way to source as many dresses and she could for me. Rio was such a fantastic experience and I’m proud to say I wore every single dress I bought from the Rennie Grove shop. I love fashion and I now think it's crazy for there to be a stigma around shopping in a charity shop. I am most definitely converted and will always be popping into the shop to see what they have as well as donating my unwanted items such as my daughter’s old clothes.”
Rennie Grove Hospice Care has 24 shops in various locations across Herts and Bucks. You can find your local Rennie Grove shop here: www.renniegrove.org/shoplocations