Woman who hasn’t bought new clothes in a decade is supporting Uckfield’s bridal shop
A WOMAN who hasn’t bought new clothes in over a decade has called a small bridal shop ‘the place to be for brides-to-be’.
Uckfield’s bridal boutique, located above a Cancer Research UK store, sells new and pre-loved wedding dresses, bridesmaids and mother of the bride outfits, as well as tops. shape and tails for the bride and groom.
Sustainable fashion fan Anna Kilpatrick and her daughter Amalia, 14, of Forest Row, held a photoshoot in the shop, modeling some of the outfits for Anna’s Not.Needing.New Instagram account.
“I was blown away by the store. It has the most amazing range of dresses – so many gorgeous dresses in perfect condition,” Anna said.
“When you walk in there, you don’t imagine you’re in a charity shop because of the style of the shop.
“It’s all given away, but some of it is brand new, with tags, as it was donated by local bridal businesses clearing their end-of-season lines – and for much less than half the price.”
Anna, a former teacher, now works for an ethical underwear brand and is a firm believer in responsible styling.
“Apart from underwear, I haven’t bought new clothes in about ten or 12 years,” she said.
“I’m also a single mom on a very modest income, so I always keep an eye on my budget too. But I don’t miss anything when shopping in charity shops.
“If people tell me, ‘God, I like your dress,’ 99% of the time I tell them it’s second-hand or maybe I traded it in.”
Victoria Harmer, commercial director of Cancer Research UK in Sussex and Kent, said the shop had found success with customers across the south east since it opened in 2019.
“The news has spread by word of mouth, so we have people coming all over the place. Most of them are obviously looking for value for money, but a lot of them also have sustainability in mind” , she said.
“And they come with great individual stories. A mum came with her daughter, picked out a dress and asked if we mind how she paid and took out £300 in pound coins.
“She had been saving coins for three years so she could buy her daughter the dress she wanted. It was a very beautiful moment for all of us.”
The wedding range from £150 to £200, most in white or cream.