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Traid Kilburn and my 6 pound shopping spree

The best (and one of only a few) charity shops in the Kilburn area is Traid. Traid stands for “Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development” and this charity has a number of shops all over London. Find them here.

Basically what they do is divert clothes from landfills, then they hand sort it and sell the best stuff in their shops. The profit is used to “support projects fighting inequality and exploitation in the global textile supply chain, and projects establishing environmental sustainability in some of the world’s poorest communities.” Quite admirable and worth supporting.

I always walk past this shop on my way to our local Sainsbury’s and last time the sale signs were screaming at me “2 pounds, only 2, come in and have a look Mette!!” So I did. The shop is long and cluttered and filled with rows of clothes arranged by colour and type.

It can get very busy and your second-hand treasure hunt will probably be time-consuming so don’t bring your better half as he will slowly deteriorate outside the shop while you manically flip through row after row of skirts, bright ethnic caftans, polyester shirts, boyfriend’s jeans etc.

Traid, 69-71 Kilburn High Road. Map

It can be difficult to dig out the really brands or vintage finds here as 80% of the stock is made up of newish  cheap stuff like Primark, M&S, H&M etc. I ended up with these three in my basket:


It’s a basic cotton T-shirt (C&A) but I like the wooden pearls that have been applied around the neckline. before: 6.99, now: 2 pounds.

Mexx was all the rage amongst nice little girls when I grew up in Denmark in the early 80’s so this see-through top hit the nostalgia spot. But I also like the bordeaux colour and the animal print. Will definitely have to wear a black top underneath. Before: 6.99, now: 2 pounds.


Well, who can say no to a pair of 2 pound striped Jaeger trousers? Not me, as I love that brand. Only drawback is that they’re slightly too small and when I wear them I resemble an over-stuffed sausage (I didn’t feel like queuing for the changing rooms, so didn’t try them on). Oh well, they’ll go in the “stuff-I’ll-wear-when-I-get-slimmer” pile and probably stay there for a long time. Before: 14.99, now: 2 pounds.

Second-hand shopping guide: Highgate


Området omkring Highgate byder skam på andet og mere end fin kirkegård. Blandt andet nogle lækre genbrugsbutikker, endda ret billige og med super flinkt personale i dem alle. Man spotter dem så snart man træder ud gennem den lille dør på Highgate Tube Station. Jeg vendte mig nemlig mod venstre for at tage et billede af Sam og “hov, hvad var nu det grønne der i baggrunden?” (jeg, jeg har en indbygget genbrugsradar):

Highgate is not all about the beautiful cemetery: the lovely green area is home to some pretty brilliant charity shops and the staff was very friendly in all of them. You don’t even have to run around looking for them, as the two first two are right in front of you when you exit Highgate tube station. I was busy photographing Sam when my finely tuned charity shop radar spotted a green shop front behind him:


Jeg susede over de regnvåde gader og ind i den to-delte Mind genbrugsbutik, og det er en af de bedste, jeg har set i et stykke tid. Bøgerne kostede kun 1.49 pund og tøjet var også billigt – så blandet Ferragamo-sko til 15 pund og andre fine mærkevarer. Butikken var overskuelig og rar at være i, og helt sikkert en af dem jeg ville besøge i tide og utide, hvis jeg boede tættere på.

I hurried across the street and through the doors of the fabulous Mind charity shop. The shop is divided into two parts: one for clothes and accessories and one for books. The books were really cheap, 1.49 for the paperbacks, and so were the clothes. I spotted a pair of Ferragamo shoes for 15 pounds. The shop had a nice vibe to it and a very friendly woman behind the counter. I would pop in every other day if I lived in the area.

Mind, 329 Archway Road



Ville ønske at jeg kunne sige det samme om RSPCA naboen med den skriggule facade og temmelig højtråbende skilt om, hvordan man stopper katteaids. Den var en lille proppet rodebutik, virkede halvbeskidt, lugtede ikke for godt og udvalget var r–kedeligt. Hvem ved, måske jeg var der på en dårlig dag.

I wish I could say the same about the RSPCA charity neighbour with the screaming yellow shop front and the “neutering cats against aids” slogan but it was not nice at all. Small and crammed and kinda smelly-dirty. The clothes selection was pretty zzzzzzzzz too.

RSPCA, 335 Archway Road


Fortsæt mod højre indtil du kommer til Southwood Lane og drej så til venstre ad den.

Now it’s time to head in direction of Highgate Village, so continue down Archway Road until you can take a left up Southwood Lane.


Fortsæt ligeud (og husk at nyde den gode udsigt ind over London på vejen) indtil du ender i Highgate High Street, dvs. hovedgaden i Highgate Village. Hvis I kigger godt efter på billedet nedenunder, kan I se endnu en grønlig facade helt ude til venstre.

Walk up Southwood Lane until you reach Highgate High Street and Highgate Village ( make sure to admire the amazing view over London on your way). If you look closely at the picture here, you’ll spot a green shop front to the very left:


Jep, den er god nok – endnu en dejlig genbrugsbutik: en Oxfam dedikeret til bøger, spil og musik og den slags lir. Super fint udvalg men samme priser som i resten af London, dvs. 2.49-3.00 pund for en paperback.

Yup, it’s an Oxfam. This one is dedicated to books, games, music etc. and they have a good and broad selection. Paperbacks are around 2.49-3.00 pounds, so same price as London’s other Oxfams.

Oxfam Books, 47 Highgate High Street


Og hvad ser man så der, på den stik modsatte side af gaden?  Her ligger den anden del af Oxfam-butikken, og den her er dedikeret til tøj og den slags. Priserne var lave og udvalget godt (gjorde et godt fund, som jeg snart vil vise jer). Dog temmelig rodet og præget af pladsmangel. Men butikken skulle til at lukke for renovering, da jeg var forbi, så forhåbentlig bliver der rettet op på dette.

Luckily there’s another Oxfam on the opposite side of the high street, dedicated to clothes and accessories. Prices were really good (I found something very nice that I’ll show you soon) but the shop is small and crammed. When I visited they told me that they were going to renovate the shop, so hopefully it’ll get a needed face lift. But all in all a nice little shop.

Oxfam, 80 Highgate High Street


Den sidste butik i denne omgang ligger lige til højre for Oxfam-butikken. Cancer Research UK har et ok og ret moderne udvalg og alt var i pæn stand. Jeg fandt ikke noget, men vil helt klart kigge ind igen, næste gang jeg er i området.

Last shop is the Cancer Research charity shop a bit further down the street. I only had 5 minutes to browse but it looked really nice. The selection was pretty modern and prices not too high. I’ll definitely be back.

Cancer Research, 72 Highgate High Street



Og hvis du er gået sukkerkold efter shoppinganstrengelserne, så bliver du altså nødt til at kigge forbi hos High Tea of Highgate. Jeg havde kun tid til et hurtigt kig gennem vinduet, da Highgate Cemetery kaldte lidt længere nede ad vejen. Men det så super hyggeligt ud, og jeg skal helt sikker tilbage og prøve deres “cream tea“.

If your blood sugar levels are a bit low after all the walking and charity shop browsing it might be a good idea to head for the lovely little tea shop High Tea of Highgate. We were in a hurry to get to Highgate Cemetery so I only had a sneak peek through the window. It looked very cosy (and they seem to get good user reviews) so I’ll be back soon for some “cream tea“.

High Tea of Highgate, 50 Highgate High Street

Second-hand find: The perfect winter coat for a tenner

Når man leder allermindst, så har de gode fund det med at springe ud fra stativerne. Som den her ret så fantastiske vintage uldfrakke med pelskrave, som pludselig blinkede frækt til mig i St. John’s Hospice genbrugsbutikken i St. John’s Wood i går. Sådan en klassisk sort frakke har jeg været på udkig efter i flere år i alverdens genbrugsbutikker (jeg køber aldrig splinternye vinterjakke, da kvaliteten er for dårlig i forhold til prisen, – med mindre selvfølgelig, man har råd til at investere i mærker som Burberry, Celine og Aquascutum).

Jeg kunne se at kvaliteten var i orden, og jakken sad perfekt, men jeg var lidt i tvivl om, om den var vintage, da alle mærker var klippet af. Men så fandt jeg denne gamle seddel omkring et ophørsudsalg i en nu hedengangen fancy butik i Mayfair i inderlommen. Tilbage var der kun at spørge til prisen, og jeg var skeptisk, da de godt ved, hvad de skal tage for tingene i St. John’s Wood. “Hmmm, skal vi sige 10 pund? Vi skal have alt solgt, da butikken skal renoveres,” svarede den venlige dame bag disken.

Jeg har aldrig været hurtigere til at få pungen op af lommen…

Se flere fund fra St. John’s Wood…


When you least expect it, great finds have a tendency to hijack you in the charity shops. Like yesterday when I went for a tiny, innocent walk to St. John’s Wood and quickly stopped by the St. John’s Hospice charity shop. Suddenly it was there: the perfect black winter coat with a fur collar that I’ve been looking for for the last many years. (I always buy my woollen winter jackets second-hand as it’s very difficult to find top quality nowadays, – unless of course you have enough money to invest in Burberry, Celine or Aquascutum and the like.)

I checked the quality and it was great, and it fit me perfectly.  But all the tags were cut off so I wasn’t 100% sure that it was vintage, until I found an old flyer from a now defunct Mayfair store in the inner pocket. Now I only needed to know the price. I warily approached the woman behind the counter as the prices tend to be pretty high in St. John’s Wood. “Shall we say 10 pounds? We need to sell everything as we’re having the shop refurbished,” she answered.

I put the tenner on the counter almost before she finished the sentence and was out the door before she could change her mind.

More St. John’s Wood finds..