The Brick Lane Thrift Store
Once the weather turns chillier, we inevitably turn from our closets in despair: Where did all the cool clothes we bought last winter disappear to? Hm. Time for some seasonal shopping, although this year's budget is, um, a little bit tighter than last year's. So we're delighted to offer you some Recession Shopping spots to check out worldwide.
London isn't known for being inexpensive, but there are ways to avoid Harrod's and not look like everyone else in town wearing Topshop. Head to The Brick Lane Thrift Store, newly opened in the East End. Everything there is priced at or around £10 ($15), meaning you can buy a lot for a little. Rifle through the awesome collection of scarves, belts and other accessories to add something special to your outfit, too.
The Brick Lane's staff is laid back but intimidatingly trendy. We trusted their opinions and ended up with some nice finds like a cool, retro forest green "cardy" (cardigan) and a wool miniskirt that seemed like it was made for us. Another perk? Brick Lane somehow magically avoids the weird-thrift-shop-smell thing that most of its counterparts can't.
· The Brick Lane Thrift Store [Time Out London]