Bang Bang Clothing Exchange in London has a simple but effective model. They buy clothing and accessories from people who no longer want them and sell them on to people who do. They have been trading for more than 12 years and have two shops – one on Goodge Street and one on Berwick Street. I discovered them on Goodge Street by chance a few years ago whilst hunting down a Nandos, and immediately fell in love with the place.
Bang Bang is like the best bits of a vintage store and charity shop combined. Because they deal with any good quality second-hand clothing they have everything from Topshop to vintage Chanel. I’ve bought a handful of items from them in the past, my favourite being a pair of navy velvet Twenty8Twelve knickerbockers!
The shop is crammed full of beautiful things at sensible prices. Every time I look in a place like this I wonder why I ever bother buying new at all, with so many lovely things waiting to be re-homed. If you have some pieces that you no longer wear, Bang Bang makes it super easy to sell them on. Just take your pre-loved clothes into one of their shops and the staff will decide there and then what they want to buy off you. Their cash offer is typically 25-30% of their selling price; otherwise you could take the exchange offer (typically 45-50% of the selling price). For more information check out their website http://bangbangclothingexchange.co.uk/