Good for: die-hard bargain hunters and homeware
Shop Count: 5
If I could nickname this guide, I’d call it For The Brave, because it’s for the real bargain-hunter, thrill and thrift-seekers among you. There are some bargains to be had, but they’re not going to come to you unlike in some of our other favourite haunts like the Kings Road or Gloucester Road.
First, I jump off the district line at Earls Court and head a little up the road on the corner of Child’s Street to find Oxfam. At first I think it’s a sale because everything is organised by price – £2.99, £3.99, £4.99 – but I’m mistaken, this is the ‘outlet’ centre for the Oxfams in the area. And when the shop manager says it’s the cheapest Oxfam in the area, she’s definitely on the money.
Naturally it’s a bit of a jumble sale but I do manage to pick up a perfectly good Whistles knit jumper for £2.99. They had a few other bits too from upper high-street stalwarts such as COS, Karen Millen and Reiss and a few random designer pieces too from Marquez Almeida and James Lakeland (who I only ever associate with Target now). Menswear was also pretty good, though I was too exhausted from rummaging in the women’s to spend too long in the men’s. I did spot some absolutely stunning pink brocade Miu Miu heels for £40 sat on the shelf, so it’s worth asking the assistant about the designer goods – they’re being stowed away for you.
Next, walk down the Brompton Road past the famous cemetery, which if there’s no works ongoing when you’re there is worth a peaceful stroll through with a coffee from nearby Costa or Starbucks.
As you come up to West Brompton Station you’ll see Patty & Bun and Rabbit opposite, which are ripe for a delicious lunch if you’re feeling peckish. If not, keep walking and a turn left will bring you to North End Road where the real bargain-hunting marathon starts.
North End Road first brings us a Fara where I’ve personally picked up A.P.C jumpers for £5, Diane Von Furstenberg dresses for £8 and this time grabbed myself a nearly-new Whistles blouse and a beautiful merino wool cardigan from All Saints for very little. The men’s section is small, but it does exist and is worth a look. Downstairs they have a little cave of bric-a-brac too if you’re in the market for some new kitchenware or artwork to adorn your walls.
For those of you, like me, who are constantly looking for key pieces for your homes, either to upcycle or keep as they are, I recommend briefly popping into 248, which has some really stellar pieces at remarkable prices. A definite if you’re looking for side tables, dining room chairs and mirrors. There’s a myriad of rooms and I challenge you not to find something you like in there.
Next is Sue Ryder, which can be hit-and-miss designer wise but I have found things in there before. They also conveniently have a ‘designer rail’ so if brands is what you’re looking for, your life just got easier. I did find a Claudie Pierlot jumper for £5, which is a steal and didn’t feature on the designer rail so definitely double-check the usual rails too.
A few steps down is The British Heart Foundation, where I picked up a J Crew faux fur gilet for only £7. Much like the other charity shops on this road, it’s worth a rummage and the staff are always lovely!
Finally, Fulham beckons and I end up in Love Walk café, cocooned in a delicious mocha and finally decide to make a trip to Fulham, Parsons Green and Putney very soon.