Barnardo’s virtual homeware auction has pre-loved Oliver Bonas and Le Creuset at amazing prices

Barnardo’s have joined forces with the award winning design, interiors and lifestyle blogger Geraldine Tan aka Little Big Bell, to curate an online pop-up of pre-loved and vintage homeware items.

Barnardo's x Little Big Bell pop-up
Barnardo’s

Remember that huge clear out you had over lockdown and all those many bags you took to the charity shop? So did everyone else, so Geraldine has combed through all of Barnardo’s recent donations (as well as some generous donations from big brands) and handpicked some of the best hidden gems. The blogger has also donated some of her own personal homeware items to the cause, so you can literally shop Geraldine’s home.

The week-long sale begins at 9am on 1 August until midnight on 8 August and it will take place entirely online. It will run on an auction basis with prices starting at just 99p and with brands like Le Creuset, Oliver Bonas, Kitty McCall and more all on offer, there will be some excellent bargains to be had. Better still, 100 per cent of the profits from the pop-up auction will go towards helping to change the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and families.

Barnardo's x Little Big Bell pop-up
Barnardo’s

So what will be available to shop? With Geraldine at the curation helm, we can be guaranteed there will be some gems in there, but if you’re new to shopping pre-loved and vintage, Geraldine has divulged a few of her top tips for secondhand homeware and they apply to shopping the virtual pop-up and in charity shops.

Go with a plan. Charity shopping without a plan is a no-go! You may end up overbuying or overspending. Before hitting the charity shops have a look around your home and identify what you need or want. This will help keep you focused.

Know your budget. A lot easier said than done when shopping pre-loved but things do add up! However, do take comfort in knowing your money is going to a good cause.

Barnardo's x Little Big Bell pop-up
Barnardo’s

See the potential. Think outside the box! The item you have picked up may have the potential to be an amazing piece of decor. For example, you could frame the photos or illustrations from an old picture book to give them a new lease of life.

Be bold. It’s super fun to mix different colours and patterns to create a unique look. Definitely don’t be afraid of mismatched items.

Go for a classic. If you still aren’t sure, then you can stick to what you know best and go for a classic.’

We’ll see you for the virtual bidding war.