“Recently we had an amazing donation of some 1960s micro mini dresses,” says Ged O’Flanagan, manager of the vintage Oxfam store in Liverpool. “I was chatting to a customer in the shop, who said she had a few to donate as she didn't wear them anymore and wanted them to go to a good home. She turned up a week later with over 100 dresses, it felt like being on an Austin Powers film set!”
Combine stories such as this, strong sustainability credentials and profits going to good causes and it’s unsurprising that these specialist charity shops are so alluring for vintage fans. Here are some of the best.