A CHARITY shop pro has revealed the best bargain she's ever bagged in store – and it's worth almost £1,000.
Paula Brannigan, 33, regularly shares her thrifted hauls and sustainable outfit creations with followers on social media (@brantastic_x).
The bargain-hunting fashionista, from Lanarkshire, is on a mission to "make second hand trendy".
And her stunning buys, with some from £1 rails, prove you don't have to break the bank to look good.
Paula was shopping with her mum in 2018 when her passion for sustainable fashion was truly sparked.
"Pre pandemic, my mum and I used to get Wednesdays off work so we would go around the local charity shops together", she said.
"We called it 'charity shop Wednesday’s'."
It was on one of these days that Paula discovered a genuine Prada handbag at Kilbryde Hospice Retail in Lanarkshire.
The 2005 re-edition nylon hobo bag cost her just £40 – hundreds of pounds cheaper than its original price tag.
The noughties Prada handbag is so iconic that it's been brought back by the designer brand, with a new version selling for £920.
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Paula said: "I've had this authenticated, she is the real deal.
"It was an instant high of finding something really special and really unique for an absolute bargain price.
"It’s the ultimate find when thrifting, to find high end designer pieces.
"So from there I knew that there were more things out there to be found and so I started to branch out to more charity shops outwith my area.
"I started to find more and more unique things and it grew from there. I’ve been obsessed since then."
Paula now has a walk-in wardrobe to store all of her second-hand clothes and accessories.
And she's added to her thrifted luxury handbag collection by bagging two Coach bags on more charity shop trips, and another one from Depop.
The 33-year-old was recently invited to speak on a panel about sustainable fashion by online charity shop, Thriftify.
Encouraging others to give it a go, she said: "I think the most important reason to support sustainable shopping is because there are far too many clothes in the world as it is.
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"We could dress the world a few times over with the clothes that are already on Earth, So why are we still making more?
"By shopping, secondhand and in charity shops you’re helping the environment, it’s better for the planet, you’re helping important causes and you’re saving money."
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