Brits turning to charity shops for economical shopping

More and more over 50s are using charity shops as a thrifty and potentially stylish way of extending their shopping budget, according to a report.

A recent YouGov survey revealed that 13 per cent of Britons have begun to regularly visit charity shops since the start of the recession.

The increasing prominence of charity boutiques and celebrity customers contributed to a perception of second hand clothes shopping as a budget-conscious and fashionable choice.

In addition, one in five existing charity shop users stated that they have increased the frequency of their visits.

David Moir, head of policy and public affairs at the Association of Charity Shops, has welcomed the fact that shoppers are coming to appreciate the enjoyable and economical aspects of charity shops.

He said that the current trend is "absolutely fantastic not only for charities and the fashion conscious who shop, [but] it also encourages people to donate to charity in this way".

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