Our Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale is back

On April 29th, the Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale will be making a comeback in Braceborough Village Hall near Stamford from 4-8pm.  Last year my close friend Sarah Milne and I raised over £2000 for Three Counties Dog Rescue at the inaugural event which was opened by TV presenter Catherine Gee.

Jane Means with Sarah Milne and Catherine Gee

After numerous requests we’ve decided to squeeze the event in our busy schedule (doing our bit for Charity) and hope you can join us.

speaking labrador video


We hope that you like our new YouTube advert featuring a speaking labrador called Margo!  This year we have an actress opening the doors so read on…


Boutique Charity Sale

We all have a few clothes in our wardrobe which hardly get worn, and this is a chance to donate your pre loved frocks to our charity dress event.

Vintage dress sale

Sponsored by Country Living Magazine Fairs, it is a boutique experience with a buzzing atmosphere, good quality clothes at a bargain price, delicious refreshments, with free entry and parking.  This year we are delighted that Karen Westwood is opening our event and the actress has appeared on Spooks, Dr Who and Monarch of the Glen to name a few.

karen westwood actress



Last year many people picked up bargains including a few designer finds like a Reiss Dress for £8, Armani Jeans for £5 and a Jaeger Jacket for £15.

Barkmad Charity Event

We priced items low to sell, and offered a complimentary gift wrapping service with purchases wrapped in scented tissue.

Barkmad Afternoon Tea


Clients loved the shopping experience and stayed to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea for under £5.  It was a huge success with so much support, with customers even coming from Yorkshire and Buckinghamshire to snap up bargains.

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With the event only a couple of months away, we are asking for any High Street pre loved ladies clothes to be donated.  These can be dropped off at the following locations or collected locally nearer the time.

We are also looking for more drop off points within Lincolnshire so please let us know if you can help and we will gladly promote you in return!.

Bracebridge Heath: The Haberdashery Closet

Lincoln (Central): Frankeys Estate Agents

Lincoln (Bailgate): Yvonne Bell at Bailgate Hair and Beauty

Stamford: Sly Dress Agency

Bourne: Leonard Interiors

Spilsby: Honeybun Shop and Tearoom

Sleaford  TBA

used clothes wanted charity sale

We can email a PDF version of our poster but if you would like any leaflets or any further information please contact 01522 522544

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Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale 2014






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Our Charity Dress Event

Our Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale was a huge success. We were so touched how many people offered to help, as well as those who donated clothes and prizes
With such a hectic diary I was concerned about the last minute logistics, but my friend and co-organiser Sarah Milne and her team and family did a fantastic job at Braceborough HQ
Days before the event it was a race against time washing and ironing clothes at all hours, rallying around finding rails, mannequins and jewellery displays
Carefully folding clothes and collecting furniture, props, a cash till, carrier bags and the last minute things
We wanted to make the shopping event a pre-loved boutique experience, that everyone could enjoy even on the tightest budget
We enlisted the help of dress agencies and retailers, deciding to price everything at a good price in the hope everything would sell. (We were delighted that this tactic worked a treat)
On the day home-made cakes and cloudy lemonade were brought in, as well as handmade chocolates and lollipops in paw print designs. These were all a huge hit and everyone enjoyed afternoon tea
Jugs of spring flowers and vibrant tissue paper pom-poms graced the hall ensuring a spring appearance and fragrance to welcome our guests
TV presenter Catherine Gee (from Escape to the Country) cut the ribbon and officially opened the sale.  We presented her with a bouquet of Spring Tulips after she cut the ribbon
Crowds flocked in and were mesmerised by the quality designer bargains on rails.  The first purchase included Vivienne Westwood, LK Bennett and Escada clothing costing £27 instead of £500!
Queues soon gathered and each item was gift wrapped in tissue and placed in a brown carrier bag tied with ribbon. Everyone loved the small touches and effort that we put in on the day.
People were delighted with their armfuls of bargains, with many designer pieces including Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe, LK Bennett, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger, Dior, Joules, Per Una and Jasper Conran.
There are so many people to thank including our sponsors and helpers, Country Living Magazine, Elena Alice china hire, LMRT web design, Three Counties Dog Rescue, Jayne Hitchen, the residents and friends of Braceborough, local press and many others.
Thanks also to those who donated fantastic raffle prizes including Entsorga, Leonard Interiors of Bourne, Sly Dress Agency, Glender Launders, Catherine Kaye, Wil Fry, Stamford Curves, Tricia Balson, Hester Creswell, Dawn Robinson and Lisa Hinks
The event went so quickly that we were drawing the raffle before we knew it… the afternoon was now evening and cups of tea had been replaced by glasses of Prosecco.
Our event raised £1263 and the remainder of the clothes and accessories will be sold in Stamford and Peterborough so we hope to raise £1500.
Three Counties Rescue do a superb job and work endlessly to help animals, their volunteers came along and even some of the dogs popped in to join the party (and fell asleep with all of the excitement)
It was such a sucess that we are already organising the next one in February 2014. If you would like to get involved please let us know!
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