In a city full of second-hand and vintage shopping, it takes something pretty special to stand out from the crowd. Glasgow’s very own Glad Rags Thrift opened its doors in early January and has been quite the destination for savvy shoppers and fashionistas all over town. Last Wednesday was the official Glad Rags Thrift Launch, hosted at their store and adjoining cafe on Pollockshaws Road. I went along to join in the celebrations.
The launch night was the last event in Glad Rags Thrift’s #FASHIONFEBRUARY calendar, which included an extensive mix of exhibitions and interactive events throughout the month. Highlights included an ‘inside the studio’ opportunity to get up close to designs by local talents Naromode and Danni McWilliams, and the much-tweeted-about 6 hour up cycle challenge!
But it isn’t just the programme of fun events that sets Glad Rags apart from the other thrift stores on the high street. Nor is it simply the vast range of treasures filling the racks. Glad Rags Thrift is a not-for-profit organisation that thrives on its sense of community. So where does the money go? It’s all about the beat, baby!
The profits from the store are invested into the Glad Foundation, an organisation that helps to provide music tuition and workshops to local young people. Feeling good about fashion has never been easier.
This passion for combining music and style was a strong theme last Wednesday, as the store launched with a bonanza of mini-events including a photography exhibition by Emma Lindsay, a short film screening by Mr Webster Film, a live set from DJ Dema, and – my favourite – an art installation by the uber-talented Create Forty Eight design in collaboration with MAKlab.
The Glad Tags installation featured quotes from fashion and music and I LOVED the quote from Raspberry Beret (of course!). On the night, the Glad Cafe was a hub of creative energy and it was amazing to see such a massive and enthusiastic turnout in support of the launch.
After enjoying the music, film and exhibitions, there was also time to scoot next door to the store and browse the goodies on sale at Glad Rags Thrift. “I can’t get over the prices” grinned one lady. “I NEED THIS DRESS!” squealed another. The store was PACKED!
Bargain-hunting fashion lovers scoured the racks, resulting in plenty of happy faces leaving the store that night.
I have no doubt that Glad Rags made a lot of sales that night – which is great news for them AND the Glad Foundation. Remember, it’s also good to give – with clothing, accessories, shoes, books and vinyl all gratefully received by the store. There has never been a better excuse to kick-start your Spring cleaning!
With its thinking-outside-the-box approach to business, I’m really looking forward to seeing what the folks at Glad have up their (impeccably styled) sleeves in the coming months.
Have you visited Glad Rags Thrift? What has been your most awesome second-hand find?
If I had the chance I’d do it all again…
Miss West End Girl x