TRAID stands for Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development. Launched in 1999, TRAID has gone from strength to strength. With its unique link between recycling and fashion retail, TRAID continues to raise money to fund international projects whilst helping to promote recycling and waste reduction in the UK. Unwanted clothes that are donated are hand sorted or redesigned and reconstructed to make new recycled garments, and sold through their charity shops. Through its strong branding, TRAID has been successful in gaining a reputation for being innovative and edgy, appealing to a predominantly young, fashionable and environmentally conscious audience.
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Venue Details & Map
2 Acre LaneBrixtonLondonSW2 5SG
- +44 (0)20 7326 4330
- Public transport:
- Brixton, Underground
Funky little charity shop (thrift shop for my fellow Americans) right off the main drag in Brixton. I wandered into here after having a big Caribbean lunch next door, and I got sucked in pretty quickly by the excellently curated collection of secondhand clothes, shoes, and accessories. It's got more of a boutique vibe than a secondhand store feel. There were no sad racks of obvious cast-offs...more
What a fantastic shop . Cheap good quality second hand and vintage clothes clean bright shop . Staff although foreign with limited English are cheerful helpful and have great product knowledge and are helpful courtious.It is a pleasure to shop there Other. Charity shops should take a leaf. From this shop well done all at Traid acre lane. .more
This does the job, as a charity shop should-- it's cheap, generally decent, and all that.
HOWEVER, I really want to see more from it: They promise they've got all sorts of things running, including reconstructing (fugly) vintage garments to top style.
But when you go in there?
It's all just the same.
Hint, though: Hit the branches in posher areas of town, and they're filled with...more
Now this is what a decent Charity shop should be like! A mixture of vintage and modern styles, clean, displayed well and with changing rooms so you can try stuff on. They only thing that fails is the price, £15 skirts, £17 for dresses, it just seems a little steep for a second hand store. Also, can you haggle in a charity shop or is that rude? I went here with Larissa D and we questioned this...more
Traid has a few shops in London, each seem to be completely different. From all of the branches I have visited I'd say this Brixton branch is your best bet for reasonable and very cheap vintage clothes.
the fact that your money is going to the environment is a total bonus. Don't expect the best vintage clothes here but I've often found a nice vintage 50s skirt in here or a nice checked shirt...more