A fashionista who saved £5k buying from charity shops says her wardrobe is now 90 per cent pre-loved and is sharing her tips for finding a bargain.
Monica Marriott-Mills, 27, started rifling through charity shops in college and was inspired by her grandmother, Jan, 77, who was a vintage reseller.
After being inspired by her style, she invested time into finding vintage designer pieces - like her favourite Burberry trench which she bought for £120, a sixth of the retail price.
Realising she had a knack for hunting out great garments, Monica started sharing her tips with friends and with her online community.
She can spend up to half a day on a weekend sifting through charity shops and using sites such as eBay and Vinted to source her second-hand wardrobe.
Her best bargains include a pair of Kurt Geiger brogues which she got for £1 and a Gucci bag bought for £595 - over 50 percent off the retail price.
She recently purchased a gold Zara dress for £9, originally £50, and a Reiss dress for £12 which was £70 new.
Monica spends up to £50 a month on second hand clothes, saving £450, and saves up to buy a couple of luxury items a year - which she will still try to get pre-loved or discounted.
Monica, a social media manager, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, said: "I fell in love with charity shops and thrifting as soon as I started dressing myself for college and was out of uniform.