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Tackling fast homewares

Find pre-loved treasures for your home at the Barnardo’s x @littlebigbell Virtual Homewares Pop Up
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
Tackling fast homewares

A week-long auction starting tomorrow (01 August) will feature a gorgeous range of pre-loved homewares – all starting at 99p – to support Barnardo’s and help steer shoppers away from ‘fast homewares’.

The goal of the Barnardo’s x @littlebigbell Virtual Homewares Pop Up is to showcase the treasures to be found at charity shops and raise much needed funds for Barnardo’s, while highlighting the problem of ‘fast homewares’.

‘Barnardo’s is grateful to Geraldine and all involved for their generous support. The coronavirus pandemic has hit vulnerable families the hardest, with many reaching crisis point. All funds raised will go to our work supporting vulnerable children across the UK, more important now than ever.’

Chief executive of Barnardo’s 

Le Creuset and Oliver Bonas

Curated by interiors expert Geraldine Tan from award-winning @littlebigbell (donating her time and expertise for free), the online store will sell covetable homewares donated to Barnardo’s.

All items – big and small – will start at just 99p and be open to bidding for one week (01-08 August 2020), after which items will be sent directly to the winning bidders.

Look out for on-trend pre-loved pieces from Le Creuset, Oliver Bonas and a gorgeous vintage jade green tea set.

Bombay Duck London, Catherine Rowe designs, Doodle_Moo , Eleanor Bowmer, Gayle Mansfield Designs, Hannah Carvel, Kitty McCall, Moi_Mili, Nanas of Anarchy, Particular People ,Sugar Snap Studio, The Native State and W.A Green who have all generously donated pieces.

‘I’m super-excited about the collection of homewares we have put together with Barnardo’s; there are some gorgeous pieces. I get real joy from pre-loved shopping and it’s a charity and a cause I feel very strongly about.’


£7.9bn spent on homewares

Our homes have arguably never been so important. As charity shops re-open, Barnardo’s is encouraging Brits to shop pre-loved homewares as the sustainable, affordable option.

A survey of over 2,000 UK adults commissioned by Barnardo’s before lockdown (February 2020) found on average Brits spend £7.9 billion on homewares annually.

Shockingly a further 27% bin unwanted, unbroken homewares; if we assume they all only bin one item each per year, that would mean 14.5 million items are ending up in landfill annually. This needs to change. 


A follow-up post-lockdown survey for Barnardo’s (June 2020), found over a third (37%) of Brits agree the look of their home has become more important to them since lockdown.

Nearly a third (32%) want to zhuzh up their home more than ever before. In fact, nearly a quarter (24%) bought homewares during lockdown to update rooms.

Home improvements in lockdown

In the pre-lockdown survey over a quarter (28%) of Brits claimed to completely change the look of a room at least once a year, and 23% completely change the look of a room at least once every one to two years.

Responses to the survey in June reveal 48% (an estimated 25 million) have changed the look of at least one room since lockdown began. That’s almost double the amount that would usually be expected over a longer period.

Other findings from the February survey include 20% of Brits agreed that they judge a person by the look of their home.

To support that finding, 20% of those who buy homeware do so to ‘zhush up a room before having people over.’

By far Brits’ favourite indulgence is cushions, with 38% of people having brought at least one cushion in the last year – that’s 20.6 million of us. Only 7% of them bought cushions from a charity shop. 

Shop the Barnardo’s x @littlebigbell Pop Up here from 09.00 01 August to midnight 08 August.

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