Sometimes I question how many things go on in towns and cities that you are completely oblivious to. Today’s post is about the fabulous Bristol Textile Recyclers which is literally one road down from my work. Had I noticed, driving past each day that the place existed? No, I am too busy dancing and singing along to my get psyched mix trying to motivate and cheer myself up before starting my day at work.
Bristol Textile Recyclers are a family run business who divert 20 tonnes of textiles daily. BTR work with charities, schools and fundraising organisations with cash for clothes services. Then people can also buy from BTR through their UK wholesale and kilo sales and export textile grades. So whether you want to sell your clothing or buy new clothing take a look at Bristol Textile Recyclers website and see what they do.
When I first arrived at the Bristol Textile Recyclers near Bristol Temple Meads Train Station, I didn’t expect to come home with so many beautiful items of clothing. The layout of the Bristol Textile Recyclers is easy, everything is split into large containers to sieve through in a huge warehouse. What I loved about this is that you don’t have all the branded or even all the jumpers in one section. Other vintage kilo sales I have attended before have everything split which means it can be so hard to get anywhere near jumpers as everyone has crowded around. As everything is mixed into containers it’s really great as people are not pushing and shoving to get to certain sections so you don’t miss out on anything.
I have been looking for a new denim jacket for ages. In fact I really wanted that furry Topshop denim jacket that has been sold out since it was launched. I found this gorgeous Topman denim jacket at the Bristol kilo event which was under a kilo in weight, meaning it cost less than £6. It fits perfectly as it’s slightly baggy and I can fit jumpers underneath which is exactly what I have been looking for. You wouldn’t even be able to notice it was Top’man’ when wearing.
For myself I also picked up two scarves, a checkered shirt, print trousers and two cardigans. They are all very high quality materials that will be loved for a while. All of this and the jacket came to under two kilos in weight, under £12 altogether. So for £12 I have re-homed 7 items of beautiful clothing.
My Mum picked up some gorgeous pieces including a hat, scarf, beautiful smart coat/blazer, a strapless dress, a sparkly black skirt, a knitted cardigan and a shirt. How much would this cost? All of my Mum’s pieces weighed 3 kilos, that’s £6 per kilo so everything my Mum had cost £18. I bought a shirt yesterday for over double that. Just one item!
It does take a lot of digging around or what I like to call, eyeing up what other people pick up and put back and go and take it after they have moved.
If you live in Bristol I would thoroughly recommend heading to the Bristol Textile Recyclers vintage kilo events as you can grab such great bargains. All garments are in very good condition and the people are all very lovely. The next event is on the 6th of May from 9am to 5pm. Hope to see you there!
*I was offered a few kilos in exchange for a blog post for Bristol Textile Recyclers. I am honest & thankful as per.