Charity challenge for bargain hunter

Clare Wells with her daughter Madison and one of the dresses she has bought from a charity shop
Clare Wells with her daughter Madison and one of the dresses she has bought from a charity shop

MOST of like to pick up a bargain while browsing around charity shops but for Clare Wells, it’s going to be a way of life for the next year.

Clare, 24, has pledged to buy all of her clothes from the Age UK shop in Eastbourne in a bid to raise awareness of the charity and save money.

The mother of one, who lives in Ocklynge Road, began her project on July 1 after initially working in the Age UK charity shop.

“I love clothes,” said Clare. “I love clothes almost as much as I love handbags...and slightly more than cake.

“But 18 months ago my life changed dramatically. I went from being a notorious spendaholic with a seemingly endless hole in my pocket to saving for a wedding and a baby, Madison, all within a fortnight.

“In all honesty I’m not sure if the nausea was more the horror of all those clothes sat on the rails waiting for me than baby-related.

“I had shopped in charity shops before but until I started working at an Age UK shop, I didn’t realise the quality of the goods that people donate and how many good labels there were,”

“I thought it would be much harder to live on a budget than it actually was; but I’ve since discovered it is possible to look good with very little.

“I realised it could be quite achievable to buy things from the shop on a long term basis instead of buying stuff new from shops.”

Together with 10-month-old daughter Madison, Clare says she has already uncovered some treasures.

“I have even found a pink dress for my birthday,” said Clare, who is writing a blog on the 12-month long project for More! magazine.