Our charity shop is OPEN - but we STILL need your clothes!

04 June 2009

Mary Portas Mary Portas

We've spent two weeks gathering donations from designers, high-street retailers, fashion insiders, a few of our favourite stars and of course YOU - and this morning Mary's Living and Giving pop-up charity shop finally opened it's doors! Shoppers eager to get their hands on bargains and hand in their own donations queued for half an hour before, eyeing up their target purchases in the window. Then Mary Portas joined by the lovely model Tolula styled in a Sophia Kokosalaki gold dress and Stella McCartney coat from the shop opened the doors to shopping mayhem. £150 Manolos were grabbed from the window, an £80 Mulberry bag was swiped from the shelves and rails were rifled through to seek out that £35 bargain of a leather jacket from Oasis. Within an hour we'd raised an amazing £3,600 for Save the Children, MIND and Trees for Cities. One shopper, Mirella, traded in a pair of her old Sergio Rossi shoes for a Roland Mouret dress (£150), a DVF denim jacket (£25) and a French Connection top £8) - it's shopping neutral!

And the shopping is still going on now and for another THREE weeks at the Village at Westfield! Coming next week - we'll tell you exactly when each day here on GraziaDaily – are shoes from Mulberry, clothes from ASOS and GAP, a Luella bag and don't forget to keep bidding for the amazing Burberry bag giveaway! But the success of Mary's Living and Giving shop depends on YOU. We desperately need your donations to make this work. We've all got old clothes hanging around in your wardrobe that we're never going to wear again - high street, designer and vintage - so put them to good use. Please donate in any of the ways below or, even better, come down to our shop with your donations so you can walk away with something new as a reward for being so virtuous! The Grazia staff will be there every day for the next three weeks too, so we'll be on hand for fashion advice... See you there!

Mary Portas


Drop off your donations at any Save the Children shop in the UK, or send your donations clearly marked for "MARY'S LIVING AND GIVING SHOP" to Save the Children collection depot in Derby. Save the Children collection depot, 4a Cotton Brook Road, Sir Francis Ley Industrial Park South, Derby, DE23 8YH.

Alternatively, you can drop off your donations at Grazia HQ. Strictly between 9am and 6pm at 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JG. For further information call 0207 295 6779.

Come to Westfield London from 4-27 June when Mary's Living and Giving Shop in The Village opens and drop in your donations, before you carry on shopping. The shop closes on 27 June. Mary's Charity Shop will be next door to Donna Ida and Twenty8Twelve on the first floor in The Village at Westfield.


Mary's Living and Giving shop is open Monday - Saturday: 10 - 9pm, Sunday: 12 - 6pm. From the 4th - 27th June.

UPDATE - We've only been open seven hours and we've already raised £10,000 - that means we've saved 2000 children in just one day! Well done to you all for donating and keep it coming...


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