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Window shopping


CDs are neatly grouped by genre Scarves galore...


Vintage is very much in vogue on the first floor


The downstairs book selection is all properly categorised


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ven from the outside, this doesn’t look like your average charity shop. In one half of the window, a copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s brilliant One


Hundred Years of Solitude takes prime spot on top of the shelf, while in the other half, a tasteful mix of spring outfits in shades of white, pink and cream – with accessories to match – are styled so well as to give any Bath boutique a run for its money. “It’s got something for everybody,” says manager Lisa Bonomini-Glover. “It’s big, interesting and full of stock. We keep it as jam-packed as we can but nicely displayed.” A wander around the lovely light and airy shop reveals a carefully-curated space split into vintage and retro – clothing and accessories through to homeware and collectables – men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, books, music and media, and


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KATE AUTHERS discovers far more than first meets the eye in this fashion-led charity shop and bookshop on Walcot Street. Photos by Christina West


general bits ’n’ pieces or bric-a-brac. “We put over 150 items of clothing out a


day, plus all the other things that go out as well – we’re constantly processing stock,” explains Lisa. It’s popular with the ladies that lunch crowd, keen to get their top- quality high street labels fix – Coast, Laura Ashley, Jaeger, Whistles, Jigsaw and the like – at a fair but bargain price. There are designer items too – I spot a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt – while men are no less well catered for, with beautiful Italian silk ties from as little as £3, and labels from Gieves & Hawkes to Ted Baker in the mix. “Our aim is to make the shopping


experience as easy as possible,” says Lisa, refreshingly. “It isn’t always like that in charity shops. We’re very aware of trends and fashion, and we have two big sales a year before we launch our new-season stock.” True to her word, there’s a new


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