THE DILEMMA of what to wear to the tenth wedding of the year or trying to make a splash for a job interview needn’t be a bank-breaker, charity bosses say.
“Whether people are looking for an outfit on a night out, a wedding or a job interview. I would say you don’t have to look past charity shops,” said Linda Hayes, National Council for the Blind of Ireland Store Manager, Williams Street.
“The outfits we get in are fabulous, you have everything even the big name brands if you’re lucky. If you take the time to browse and have a good root around you can find anything in a second-hand shop,” she added.
As a demonstration, Linda Hayes dressed Limerick Post journalist, Paul Saunders in an outfit that would suit for a wedding, and another casual outfit for an evening socialising.
“The things that are donated – admittedly they are worn – but a lot of the clothes are high-quality items and will last you a long time,” added Linda.
The NCBI Store Manager explained many charities are partially funded by the government, but like the NCBI can have a deficit to make up, as is the case for the NCBI with almost €3 million needed to keep their operations fully-funded.
The “wedding outfit”, made up of a suit jacket, waistcoat, shirt, tie, pants and shoes came in a just €29. Paul’s casual outfit was a pair of chinos, a Farah shirt and a pair of shoes for the steal price of €17.
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