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Charity shop wedding dresses

How do you recycle, save money and give to charity all in one wedding shopping trip? Go for a charity shop wedding dress of course!

Usually with only one previous owner, these wedding dresses are generally in pretty good condition and can be nipped and tucked to fit your curves. 

Here are a selection of UK charity shops with dedicated bridal departments.  So let's go shopping!

 

  • EACH - East Anglia's Children's Hospices

They say: "We've had some truly beautiful gowns donated, some of them are designer one-offs so any local Brides would do well to come and have a look! I think it is great that these gorgeous dresses are going to be used again and will benefit our charity at the same time.

Brigitte Young - Manager
13 Short Wyre Street
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1LN

Tel: 01206 574754

 

  • Little Havens Hospice

They say: "The Wedding Haven is based within the Havens Hospices Charity shop on Alexandra Street in Southend-on-Sea. 

The Wedding Haven is separate to the charity shop section and aims to give the same experience to brides-to-be as other high street specialist shops including appointment-only visits.

To complement the wedding experience, Havens Hospices also offers other such initiatives as wedding favours, Gift Catalogue and Challenge Honeymoons, all of which benefit the charity too."

To make an appointment at The Wedding Haven or to donate items please call: 01702 338 965

To find out more on the Havens Favours, Havens Honeymoons or Gift Catalogue please call: 01702 220 350

 

  • Oxfam

They say: "To make the most of your visit, please call the shop beforehand to make an appointment and feel free to ask questions about the sizes and styles available. When you visit, a trained assistant will be on hand to help you (with no hard sell!), and you will be able to view and try on the dresses in comfort."

Bracknell
96 Broadway
Bracknell
RG12 1AR
Tel: 01344 427698

Bradford
54/58 Darley Street
Bradford
BD1 3HN
Tel: 01274 306700

Cambridge
20 Burleigh Street
Cambridge
CB1 1DG
Tel: 01223 329841

Chippenham
5 The Bridge,
Chippenham,
Wiltshire
SN15 1HA
Tel: 01249 447061
Please telephone for an appointment

Coventry
300 Walsgrave Road,
Walsgrave,
Coventry
Tel: 024 76 448909

Heswall
258/258a Telegraph Road,
Heswall,
CH60 7SG
Tel: 0151 342 8416

Leicester
22 Market Street,
Leicester
Tel: 0116 2556455

Poole
136 High Street
Poole
BH15 1DN
Tel: 01202 674086
Please telephone for an appointment

Southampton
76/78 High Street,
Shirley,
Southampton
SO15 3NE
By appointment only, please call Sue Hutchings on 07969 668939

 

  • St Ann's Hospice

They say:  "The first floor of the shop in High Street, Cheadle has been transformed into a dedicated bridal department complete with a large changing room, relaxed viewing area with special lighting and soft furnishings perfect for those all important wedding advisors."

3 High Street
Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 1AX

Tel: 0161 428 5949

Open Monday to Saturday
9.30am to 4.30pm

 

  • Sense

They say: "The Sense shop in Kingswinford and the Margate shop both stock a wide range of pre-owned wedding gowns and bridesmaids' dresses, plus an extensive range of mother of the bride attire, new items and accessories.

With donations being received and re-sold all the time, it's not uncommon to discover a real gem of a designer or vintage outfit that would make that special day truly exceptional."

Sense Charity Shop
21 Market Street
Kingswinford
West Midlands
DY6 9JS

Tel: 01384 402564
Trading Hours: 9am - 5pm (Mon - Sat)

Sense Charity Shop
126 High Street
Margate
Kent
CT9 1JW

Tel: 01843 297666
Trading Hours: 9am - 4:30pm (Mon - Sat)

 

  • Tenovus

They say: "We stock an extensive range of nearly new bridal gowns, beautiful bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride outfits, and fantastic hats and accessories - all at wonderfully reasonable prices. So you can look a million dollars without spending it!

The bridal department is set on it's own floor with a spacious and private dressing room. You can book an appointment to suit your schedule and have the whole department to yourself to try on as many outfits as you want, in complete comfort and privacy." 

Call Sue or Sheila for more information on: 01179 427744

Or visit us at

The Bridal Department at Tenovus
181 Gloucester Road, Bishopston
Bristol BS7 8BG
(on the A38 opposite the old swimming baths)

Find a charity shop near you 

If you don't live near a charity shop with a dedicated bridal department, it's always worth having a scout around your local charity shops as wedding dresses do pop up all the time.  The Association of Charity Shops helps you to locate your nearest charity shops  Select the 'bridal' option to find out which ones might have your dream dress!

Donate your dress

After the big day, if you think your dress is going to be gathering dust at the back of the wardrobe, why not donate it back again? Charity shops are desperate for your donations and if it was your dream dress, chances are it will be another bride's too!