How to work charity shops for on-trend homewares

Barnado's homewares

Barnardo's charity shops across the UK are all about the homewares at the moment, with cool window displays and a Home Edit booklet showing you how second-hand products can be a sustainable and affordable choice.

Now's a great time to have a hunt around charity shops, thanks to the Marie Kondo effect: Barnardo's says it has 20% more pieces in its shops than usual as people donate things that don't bring them joy. They might bring you joy though, so why not take a look?

Barnardo's has shared some advice on key on-trend items to look out for and how you can upcycle vintage objects to get a very 2019 look.

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- Mason jars are a fun alternative to a classic jug, or why not pop the lid on for a sustainable option for drinks on the go?

- Picture frames are perfect for adding a touch of personality to any room. Simply pop in a postcard or print that reflects you!

- A flash of colour using quirky accessories brings a room to life.

- Wicker baskets have so many uses around the home. Use them to store your throws, magazines and any other bits 'n' bobs.

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- A pouf is a perfect versatile piece. It's ready to put your feet up on after a long day or why not position it in the centre of your living room as a funky alternative to a coffee table?

- A turntable and a selection of your favourite vinyls are perfect for adding that eclectic, vintage feel.

- Grab any baskets you find in-store and upcycle them for next to nothing with your very own home-made pompoms! That's storage with a touch of flair!

- Look out for vintage 70s, boho, and global nomad styles (think earthenware and woven textiles) and woodland and nature motifs on plates, cushions and plant pots – all are big interior trends right now, as are Native American prints and cactus designs.

- Chintzy cups and fancy glassware make nice candle holders.

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