A massive second-hand clothes shop has opened in Manchester – and everyone is loving it

There's brands like Carhartt, Tommy Hilfiger, Dickies and Barbour.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 16th September 2022

A huge second-hand shop has opened in Manchester city centre and has already become the talk of the town.

Bare Necessities has taken over the former LOFT showroom on High Street, where you’ll find up to 20,000 items of pre-loved clothing on sale at any one time.

The thrift shop specialises in sourcing high-quality used clothing, which is then expertly cleaned and put back on sale as an affordable price.

And it really is affordable – prices start from just £1.

You’ll find row upon row of denim, coats, knitwear, t-shirts, skirts, and accessories, including a rainbow display of tops that greets shoppers as they come in.


There’s even a whole section of ski clothing, crochet blankets, and fancy dress items.

Brands like Carhartt, Tommy Hilfiger, Dickies and Barbour are all stocked alongside items like patchwork crop-tops, that have been repurposed from other fabrics.


Bare Necessities says: “Our mission is to source our forward-thinking customers with the highest quality of used clothing at the lowest possible price.

“Slow fashion shouldn’t break the bank, and only when second-hand fashion becomes more affordable will there be a larger shift towards the used clothing industry.”

The team who work there individually source clothes from piles of second-hand items that are heading for landfill.


The items are given a full facelift, from de-bobbling knitwear to fixing zips and pockets to being washed and ironed.

Bare Necessities will also rescue damaged clothing and reuse the fabric as much as possible.

Inside Bare Necessities / Credit: The Manc Group

Since the pop-up shop opened in the last few weeks, dozens of people have been sharing TikToks and social media posts of their hauls.

TikTok user Francesca Perks’ video from the store has now gained hundreds of thousands of views.

She described it as the ‘best thrift haul of my life’ and said it was ‘like no other’, before revealing two bulging bags containing a £30 coat, a knitted red jumper, and one of the aforementioned crochet blankets.


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One person commented: “Omg this place seems magical,” and another said: “Literally no idea where this place is but we must go for my sanity.”

Someone else said: “I’ve been debating going but now I’m SOLD.”

Bare Necessities is now open on High Street in Manchester city centre.

Featured Image – The Manc Group