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Mary Queen of Charity Shops debuts tonight

Mary Portas’ new three part series for BBC 2 will air at 9pm tonight.

The show sees Portas overhaul the image of the traditional charity shop in an attempt to turn them into must-visit shopping destinations on the high street.

Tonight’s episode sees Portas tackle the branch of Save the Children in Orpington in Kent.

Portas will also open a temporary charity shop within the designer section of Westfield London shopping centre on Thursday. The store, which is called Living and Giving, has already drawn in donations from celebrities and high street chains such as Topshop and New Look and French Connection, which is reported to have donated a mass of samples to Portas. It will stock womenswear, menswear and kidswear.

According to Grazia magazine the Westfield London store will also carry a black Balenciaga coat donated by Liberty chief creative consultant Yasmin Sewell and a hot pink Marc Jacobs mini-dress donated by Brix Smith-Start.

You can donate items at the shop itself, which will stay open until June 27.

Revisit tomorrow for our verdict on the first episode of the show and to share your thoughts on Portas’ latest project.

Drapersonline will also report on the opening of the store on Thursday.



Readers' comments (1)

  • miggy fromPOUT

    In the middle of this economic crisis, this idea is a great one.
    More of my thoughts on the 1st episode:


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