How many times have you said “I must drop that off to the charity shop” when clearing out your wardrobe to make room for new purchases? Well now you can, while donating to a good cause!
For the month of April, TK Maxx are hosting drop off points for donations for Enable Ireland. Called “Give Up Clothes for Good”, the initiative asks the Irish public to drop in their unwanted quality clothing, accessories and household items to any TK Maxx store.
Donations are then sold in Enable Ireland shops, to raise funds for vital services for children with disabilities across the country with TK Maxx aiming to raise €250,000 for the charity throughout April. Donation bags are available in all TK Maxx stores but you can also use any bag of your own, from supersize carrier bags to bin bags.
As part of the charity clothes drive, the store asked me and three other fashion bloggers (Angela Scanlon, Lorna Weightman and Linda Conway) to partake in a photo shoot to show the fruits of our wardrobe clear-outs and donate to Enable Ireland.
It was a whole lotta fun, a chance to get dressed up and showcase what we’re donating; in my case, a never-worn boxy jacket from Zara with faux leather pockets (I ordered it online in the wrong size and never got around to returning it!) and one of my favourite books, What On Earth Are You Wearing? A Michipedia of Fashion.
And as for advice for shopping in charity shops? I’m a big fan of wardrobe weeding every six months or so (read my tips on how to do a good weed out !) so Give Up Clothes for Good, is the perfect chance to declutter while contributing to a good cause. I found an Alberta Ferriti dress in an Enable Ireland shop a few years back for €10! Here’s a list of Enable Ireland charity shops around the country. Someone else’s castoff could be your treasure.
For the shoot
Hair and Makeup: Brown Sugar. You can read about how I got my hair and makeup done here.
What I wore: Marella bucle jacket, Mark and James by Badgley Mischka silk shirt and a butter soft tan leather pencil skirt by Robert Rodriguez – all at Arnotts.
Merle O’Grady Necklace and BCBG MaxAzria shoes – borrowed from my sis.
Image: Liam MurphyTweet