Wednesday, 9 March 2011

EastEnd Thrifting...

Lets face it London's East side is awash with a hub of vintage stores and thrify basement, and whilst im not complaining it was lovely to come across a new little find providing both vintage and second hand items but all in the name of charity! After a dissapointing trip to Lama's Pyjamas on Roman Road (normally a favourite of mine if im in need of a cheap random purchase, but on this occasion i left very empty handed) I pottered round to the Gallery Cafe(another great vegan/vegetarian Bethnal Green haunt) and passed by a delightful window display of a store that previously a bit of a mess!

Formerly known as Ikosi, the place underwent a little makeover in July 2010 to become what it is now known as Ayoka. A new charity boutique style shop, i won't lie, you will find alot of your typical charity shop tack and primark dresses! But thanks to a with fun bunch of fashion conscious volunteers working the floor there is also great collection of vintage gems and unusual labels pulled out from the depths of endless black binliners. Channelling a 70's chic look at the moment, for a measely £14 i picked up a almost new deep red blazer from jigsaw and a lighterweight cream blazer from paris, along with a beautiful dark green shirt dress for £4 (more hippy chic than workwear chic) and a gorgeous green sheer scarf for £1!

Raising money for African Women's Welfare Association, it dosn't just stop at the clothes....with more instore gigs, events and shop shenanigans planned for the future! Next to York Hall, moments from Victoria Park and Bethnal Green station, take a peek if you get the chance!

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