I visited Worcester charity shops with £10 - and I was shocked at how expensive it is

On the hunt for Bargains in Worcester's charity shops <i>(Image: NQ)</i>
On the hunt for Bargains in Worcester's charity shops (Image: NQ)

I went to a charity shop with £10 and I was shocked at how expensive everything was.

After being tasked with the job to find an affordable Christmas party outfit, I was released from Worcester News HQ and made my way to the High Street.

As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, I seem to be forever scrolling on TikTok for affordable hacks and bargains so I was quite excited to see what I could find.

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Worcester News: On the hunt for Bargains in Worcester's charity shops
Worcester News: On the hunt for Bargains in Worcester's charity shops

On the hunt for Bargains in Worcester's charity shops (Image: NQ)

Despite the drizzly weather, I was optimistic about what might be up for grabs in Worcester's charity shops.

First up, I wandered into Salvation Army on Queen Street and my eye was caught by a pricey-looking leather jacket propped on the rack.

For £40, I quickly put the jacket back on the rack in the hopes of finding something a little more within my budget.

Worcester News: PRICEY: 'Beautiful leather jacket' for £40 in Salvation Army, Worcester
Worcester News: PRICEY: 'Beautiful leather jacket' for £40 in Salvation Army, Worcester

PRICEY: 'Beautiful leather jacket' for £40 in Salvation Army, Worcester (Image: NQ)

I found a checked blazer for £12 but with that also eating up my entire budget, that also made a swift return back to the racks.

Worcester News: Salvation Army: Blazer for £12
Worcester News: Salvation Army: Blazer for £12

Salvation Army: Blazer for £12 (Image: NQ)

Although Salvation Army did have a few good bargains, I opted to make my way to a couple of other charity shops in the city centre.

I had slightly better luck in Acorns and managed to find a skirt for £4 which I then paired with a long black t-shirt for £3.

Worcester News: Acorns: Skirt £4.00
Worcester News: Acorns: Skirt £4.00

Acorns: Skirt £4.00 (Image: NQ)

The outfit came to £7.

Worcester News: Acorns: Long black sleeve top - £3
Worcester News: Acorns: Long black sleeve top - £3

Acorns: Long black sleeve top - £3 (Image: NQ)

With £3 to spare, I decided to look for some shoes, but quickly realised how optimistic that was considering my budget.

I did manage to find some ankle boots, but as they cost £5, I was unable to add them to my outfit.

So I left the black boots behind.

Worcester News: OUT OF BUDGET: Black ankle boots - £5
Worcester News: OUT OF BUDGET: Black ankle boots - £5

OUT OF BUDGET: Black ankle boots - £5 (Image: NQ)

Next, I went into St Richard's Hospice and found a pair of Mom jeans for £5.50

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Worcester News: St Richard's Hospice: Jeans - £5.50
Worcester News: St Richard's Hospice: Jeans - £5.50

St Richard's Hospice: Jeans - £5.50 (Image: NQ)

I decided to make my way to Sense to see if I could find a nice top to pair the jeans with and found a knitted jumper for just £2.

Worcester News: SENSE: Bargain knitwear and blouses in Sense
Worcester News: SENSE: Bargain knitwear and blouses in Sense

SENSE: Bargain knitwear and blouses in Sense (Image: NQ)

However, you could also dress up the jeans with this white blouse which was also £2.

I came to the conclusion that while charity shops have always been a key feature of high streets across Britain, as prices continue to rise everywhere, they may be at risk of alienating their target audience.

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Although I managed to secure a couple of bargains, I think the days of 50p steals may be something of the past.