Sweet Charity: The resurgence of the charity shop

Charity shops are the norm for students in 2015 (Picture from The Guardian)

Charity shops are the norm for students in 2015 (Picture from The Guardian)

WHILE money is tight for students, there is always a way to make it through the current term.

It’s usually cutting back on trips to McDonalds or  Super Noodles, there’s always a way to reach the next student loan.

However, the way that students are saving money now is something that was unheard of a few years ago.

Charity shops are the in-trend thing, especially with the resurgence of vintage or timeless fashion.

Since 2012 the shops have been becoming increasingly popular, with The Guardian saying that the shops ‘buck the trend’.

When they wrote the article 14 high-street stores a day were closing and charity shops were one of the few businesses making a profit.

In Teesside alone there are dozens of these shops, which are always full of students from both university and the colleges in the town.

One of these is Barnardo’s, where Linda Hope, 84, has worked for over a decade.

She said: “Even though it’s something that I’ve done for a while, students coming in is a bit strange.”

“When I started we had none and slowly they’ve become the majority.

“There’s hardly a day that goes by when a student doesn’t come in for a piece of clothing.”

Clothes aren’t the only things targeted at shop’s like Barnardo’s.

With vinyl records being back in fashion, charity shops are being scoured in search of that elusive record.

Second hand DVDs, books and furniture are also readily available, saving people up to 90% on what they’d pay in shops like CeX.

The nation’s shoppers seem happy to buy into the idea of shabby-chic, retro and vintage, so the omens are good for charity shops.

It’s also worth remembering the money given to numerous worthwhile causes, as well as the money that consumers can save.

With the New Year just beginning there are always people getting rid of their old clothes, which could be just the thing for a student somewhere.

As the old saying goes, one mans trash is another man’s treasure.

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Middlesbrough Extend Impressive Home Record With Addicks Win

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LATEST CHALLENGE: Middlesbrough and Charlton face-off in a match that could of seen Boro go top of the league


The Riverside fortress failed to break its stronghold as Middlesbrough extend their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 3-1 win over Charlton Athletic.

Patrick Bamford opening the scoring in the first seven minutes until the Addicks provided a scare with a beautifully whipped goal from Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Middlesbrough responded in the second half with a tap in from Jelle Vossen and a Scholes-esque goal from Lee Tomlin.

The victory means the Smoggies still remain in third place behind Bournemouth and Derby County but opened up a four point gap between themselves and fourth-placed Brentford.


Middlesbrough made no changes to the team for the first time in 44 games keeping the same team he played away at Brentford.

Middlesbrough loanee Tomas Kalas was fit to return after missing the last two games with a calf injury and was on the bench while Daniel Ayala was serving the second game of a two match suspension.

Charlton Athletic were set to hand debuts to Christophe Lepoint and Roger Johnson who were purchased in the January transfer window while Johnnie Jackson returned from a calf strain.

The meeting between to the two teams earlier in the season ended in a goalless draw at the Valley but Boro are unbeaten in nine games against Charlton, winning six.

Middlesbrough were unbeaten in 11 home games while Charlton had not won any of their last five away games, failing to score in four of them.

First Half

The opening exchanges saw some rusty defending from Middlesbrough as Yoni Buyens dragged a shot just wide after a defensive mix-up.

But it didn’t take long for Boro to quash any glimmer of hope for Charlton when Grant Leadbitter’s corner was met by the head of Patrick Bamford (6′) who glanced into the bottom right corner for his 11th goal of the season.

Leadbitter then provided his own flash of brilliance when he flicked the ball through two defenders but his low drive was deflected wide for a corner.

The game then lulled for the next 20 minutes as both teams struggled to make any clear cut chances while Boro had the majority of possession.

Former Boro loanee Milos Veljkovic, recently signed for Charlton on loan, had to be substituted after a nasty looking shoulder injury forced him to leave the field in tears.

In the 37th minute, Middlesbrough gave away the ball cheaply and Buyens fortunate touch fell to Gundmundsson (37′) who fired into the top corner from 20 yards.

The game was looking very even but Jelle Vossen was proving to be a constant threat going forward, linking well with Lee Tomlin.

However, Middlesbrough frustratingly found themselves level at half-time and would be looking to improve after the interval as they have in recent games.

Second Half

Aitor Karanka will have demanded better from his players in the second half and he got an immediate response from his team.

January’s Championship Player of the Month, Tomlin, had his shot blocked on the edge of the box which kindly fell to him. He unselfishly squared to Vossen (48′) who fired into an open net to lift the Riverside crowd.

Bamford was presented with a glorious chance to double his tally but he could not adjust his feet in the box and Tal Ben Haim recovered well with a strong challenge.

Boro failed to create many more clear cut chances what was looking like an unconvincing performance. The back four looked very steady in the second half with Ben Gibson leading by example.

Vossen was really in mood for Boro today as he was given time to chest the ball down, play a one-two with Tomlin but his low drive was eventually blocked.

In spells they were perhaps trying to be a bit too clever on the ball while another goal for the Boro would of killed the game off.

And the fans didn’t have to wait much longer with a beautifully crafted goal.

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BEAUTY: Lee Tomline celebrates his belter as the Riverside crowd jump for joy

Leadbitter again from the corner picked out Tomlin (87′) who met the ball with a low volley from the edge of the box into the bottom corner leaving Marko Dmitrovic with no chance.

After that, the ‘We are going up!’ chants from the Middlesbrough fans echoed around the stadium.

The final whistle blew and in an unconvincing win for Boro, grinding out three points when you don’t play well is the mark of a winner in football. UTB!


After the game, Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka insisted just how important every game and that his team could of been the masters of their own downfall.

He said: “It was very important to win especially as it wasn’t a great performance in the first half.

“If you score early, then you think the job is done. I told the lads at half time that the job was not done.

“I think the gap will start to widen at the top of the Championship and with the top teams, which is why every win is important.”

Charlton manager Guy Luzon admitted that Middlesbrough have the quality to be in the Premier League but the result did not reflect the game.

He said: “I felt we did not deserve to lose the game 3-1 but in the end we were not good enough in the game.

“Middlesbrough have the quality to be playing the Premier League next year because they are a very good side.”

Team Line-ups

Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1): Konstantopoulos (GK); Fredericks, Omeruo, Gibson, Friend; Clayton, Leadbitter (C); Bamford (Forshaw 72′), Tomlin, Adomah (Reach 72′); Vossen (Kike 88′)

Charlton Athletic (4-4-2): Dmitrovic (GK); Solly, Fox, Ben Haim, Onyewu; Gundmundsonn, Veljkovic (Jackson 32′), Buyens (Lepoint 85′), Cousins; Watt, Church (Vetokele 58′)

Unused Subs (Middlesbrough): Mejais (GK), Woodgate, Kalas, Whitehead

Unused Subs (Charlton Athletic): Etheridge (GK), Wilson, Gomez, Bikey


Middlesbrough 3-1 Charlton Athletic

Possession: Middlesbrough 64% – 36% Charlton Athletic

Shots (on target): Middlesbrough 18 (8) – 10 (2) Charlton Athletic

Corners: Middlesbrough 10 – 3 Charlton Athletic

Fouls: Middlesbrough 12 – 8 Charlton Athletic

Yellow Cards: Middlesbrough 1 (Forshaw) – 0 Charlton Athletic

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Attendance: 18,903

Player Ratings 0-10

Tside Man of the Match – Ben Gibson

Dimi Konstantopoulos – 7 – As confident and commanding as usual but could do nothing about Charlton’s goal

Ryan Fredericks – 7 – After a rusty return at Brentford, Fredericks was back to his best

Kenneth Omeruo – 6 – Shaky and unreliable at times but handled the majority of challenges well

Ben Gibson – 9 – Middlesbrough’s unsung hero. Outstanding performance both composed and commanding

George Friend – 7 – Reliable as always and was more of a threat going forward than in recent weeks

Adam Clayton – 7 – Clayton’s need to add more goals but is a vital addition to this Middlesbrough team

Grant Leadbitter – 8 – Two assists and the starting point of nearly every Boro attack. Brilliant yet again

Albert Adomah – 6 – Had little influence on the game but provided good balance to the Boro attack

Lee Tomlin – 8 – Proving his worth to the team! A beauty goal and showed creative skill going forward

Patrick Bamford – 8 – Brilliantly finished header and looks like an accomplished figure in this team

Jelle Vossen – 8 – The Belgian was hungry! A constant threat and was a nightmare for Charlton’s defence.

Subs: Forshaw (6), Reach (5), Kike (n/a)

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Be our guest… director: Post from Tees bit on the side

Rob Howsam, one of the founding partners of brand agency Purpose, spent last Friday working with our Year 3 students, as guest Creative Director of our latest N54 publication.

An intensive and vibrant session saw the year group split into design teams, each responsible for their own creative response to the theme of ‘Versus’. Deadlines were set throughout the day to deliver strategic feedback, hard-hitting advice and tea breaks… or coffee of course!

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