Don’t you just love it when you stumble upon a hidden gem of a charity shop? Maybe you are looking for the perfect sandals to complete your festival look, a summer dress for a prosecco-fueled picnic in the park or a vibrant cardi to make you stand out from the crowd at the next roof terrace party?
Look no further, people - I know just the place.
Pop Up 38 is a charity shop on Caledonian Road, which is filled with clothes, hats, shoes and jewellery - ranging from high street to vintage with some designer items, too. The best thing about the shop, though – alongside being such a colourful cove of top quality goodies - is the beautiful story behind it.
Kings Cross based Naomi Harper opened Pop Up 38 as a way to raise funds for a school in Afghanistan, continuing her father’s legacy. Dr Howard Harper lived and worked in Afghanistan for almost forty years and during that time he grew close to the Hazara Community in Kabul and identified their vital need for support in education. With a vision to ‘give girls and boys a voice and future through education’, he set up The Lapis Lazuli Schools Charity.
Naomi, along with friends Leigh and Natalie, thought that a pop up clothes shop would be the perfect way to combine their passion for fashion and fundraising.
This is a shop that thrives from the support of the local community – every single item in the shop is donated and every single penny goes straight to the charity. And if all of that isn’t reason enough to go, they are now having a closing down sale until they are able to set up in another space close by.
All items in the store are currently £5 or less but you must move quickly as they close Sunday 28th June!
So if you are suffering from Glastonbury-envy this weekend or fancy spicing up your summer wardrobe, come on down to Pop Up 38 to grab yourself a bargain and become part of an inspirational legacy at the same time.