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    • koolkatsaffi
    • By koolkatsaffi 19th Mar 12, 12:00 PM
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    What is your charity shop bargain of the week?
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    • 19th Mar 12, 12:00 PM
    What is your charity shop bargain of the week? 19th Mar 12 at 12:00 PM
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    Like many moneysavers I have a bit of an addiction to charity shops (CS) ...

    In my opinion it is a win/win situation for all concerned and the BEST form of recycling...I feel a great sense of satisfaction when I buy items from CS - far more than if I brought the items from a high street shop - It is not just the money issue, It is the fact that my purchase will help others too...

    I regularly trawl the local ones and frequently visit others further afield with friends as a girls lunch/day out...

    After reading a few posts on MSE it was suggested that we start a new thread of posting our latest charity shop bargains and finds...

    I will start...

    This last week I needed a Mothers Day gift for my Mum in Law...I had already bought some gorgeous artificial full pom-pom head chrysanthemums that she had been cooing over in a local shop...I didn't want to just give her the flowers on their own, plus they would need an extra large vase to display them properly...The vases in the shops were silly prices (£20+) so I popped along to our local hospice shop where I found a fabulous, immaculate, tall vase perfect to display them in for just £2.50

    She was over the moon with them and so pleased with the vase!

    So come on folks - What is YOUR latest bargain/find?






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    • shandyclover
    • By shandyclover 19th Mar 12, 8:57 PM
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    This week our Sal*vation Army shop had a sale on all knit wear.

    Bought a White Tommy Hilfinger jumper, and a vibrant green H&M cardigan for DD15
    A black Next jumper for OH
    A brown H&M cardigan, and a gray M&S woolen dress for me!

    All for £5!
    • building with lego
    • By building with lego 19th Mar 12, 9:36 PM
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    My favourite hospice shop closed today for a two week refurb

    Luckily there are another four along the road so I should be ok . Best bargain of last week: some Lego which included this cat (not this actual one but one the same). I paid £4.95 for the bagful, have sold a few bits of it on ebay this weekend to offset the cost of it and earned enough to be able to keep our cat without panicking about losing the little chap.
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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 19th Mar 12, 9:37 PM
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    I dont have time for shopping at the mo, but my mil does. I mentioned dd has grown out of all her trousers, next thing I know, the CS she volunteers for had "paid" her in toddler leggings for sorting out all their kiddy clothes. So she got 6 pairs for the grand total of - nothing!
    • flutterbyuk25
    • By flutterbyuk25 19th Mar 12, 9:40 PM
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    I bought my mum's Mother's Day present in a CS. I work for a charity and we often get stuff 'donated' to us but we don't sell items. So I was taking some of the bits to one of the local CS. In the window they had this small grey/brown pot that said 'marmalade' on it. My mum already has ones in similar style saying 'tea' 'sugar' and something else. So I hurridly took it to the till and it was just 29p!!!!! Bargain! My mum loved it

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  • BitterAndTwisted
    I got two really nice baking tins today for 50 pence each. One of them is a fluted-edged flan thingy with a removable base which will be handy for cheesecakes and whatnot. And a black slubbed-cotton cushion-cover for my sister, also 50 pence. I'm sort of regretting not having bought that gorgeous Boden purple boiled-wool cardigan for £2.99
  • Xaniwoop
    This week I got two smart blouses from the sale rail in our local hospice shop for £1 each, one is Joules and one is Reiss! I also snapped up a Betty Jackson dress for £4.50.

    Having always worn Primark/supermarket clothes I can't get over how posh my wardrobe has become since I discovered charity shopping for my own clothes (always gone in for children's clothes and toys). Even DH is impressed with my finds - he's given me a list of his requirements so I can look for him too.

    I also got a load of dainty vintage china from Oxfam, peach scalloped edge serving dishes, a floral tureen and napkin rings painted with bird. gorgeous!
    • koolkatsaffi
    • By koolkatsaffi 20th Mar 12, 11:17 AM
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    this cat (not this actual one but one the same).
    Originally posted by building with lego
    Wow =- great find!...Love it - soooo cute - never realised how much these lil bits of plastic are worth!

    BitterAndTwisted - I got a Lakeland baking tin a few weeks ago for 75p - most excellent, especially when they are still on sale in Lakeland for £18

    Xaniwoop - Great designer finds!

    Loving reading all these fab posts!

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    • dawn1980
    • By dawn1980 20th Mar 12, 11:58 AM
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    The swap shop is an initiative run by my local sustainability (eco friendly) group. You take along things you don't want and take whatever you do want. For free. Of course you can just go without taking anything with you. They weigh the stuff on your way out. Anything leftover goes to local charity shops. No clothes but lots of toys, books, kitchen bits, tools and odds.
  • mummybearx
    You all must have good CS's next to you! All my local ones are rubbish! Some here are really expensive for clothes etc

    I'm trying to keep away from the shops, but might sneak in a few CS's this weekend, see if I can grab a bargain or two :-)
    Can't think of anything smart to put here...
  • CompBunny
    My local charity shops seem very expensive compared with your finds! They are also full of bobbly primark and tesco clothes, which is strange as most people in my area are much richer than we are..I must be looking in the wrong rails or something!

    Edit: you beat me to it zepsgal
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    • Nicepeach
    • By Nicepeach 20th Mar 12, 12:46 PM
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    Hi Zepsgal & Compbunny,

    I find the big national ones are not nearly as good as local ones. As posted previously I understand that they have structures & pricing policies to adhere to but I was recently in one of ours & they were asking £24.99 for a Debenham*s coat which was quite bobbly. I was quite shocked. I have stopped going into the local PDSA branch as they were really expensive too & seem to be branching out into more new "gift" type things such as wooden love hearts with logos & key hooks etc. which are also extremely expensive, more expensive than in the local branch of M&S right opposite in fact!

    Maybe try looking up some of your local charities & see if they have shops?

    I've totally changed my shopping habits now & always check CS first, whether it's for a frock or cake forks (got some a while ago). If I can't find what I want in CS I do go to "real" shops, honest!
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 20th Mar 12, 12:48 PM
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    Lopi Hand Knit jumper- will wear to death then felt and make into a bag or something.
    EWM washable lambs wool jumper- will offer to DH but if he doesn't want it I do.
    Free toy for DS (seeing as one door was broken they let him have it free, still very functional though!)
    Transformer toy for DS

    ETA Where we live (Orkney) there are not many clothes shops, and most clothes shopping is done online, or when we are off the island, so charity shops are another way to get hold of things from different shops. Sometimes the bargains are good and I expect it is people who either bought things south and cannot return them or folk who cannot be bothered to return things from catalogues or don't do it in time.
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 20-03-2012 at 1:07 PM.
    • Nicepeach
    • By Nicepeach 20th Mar 12, 12:51 PM
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    The swap shop is an initiative run by my local sustainability (eco friendly) group. You take along things you don't want and take whatever you do want. For free. Of course you can just go without taking anything with you. They weigh the stuff on your way out. Anything leftover goes to local charity shops. No clothes but lots of toys, books, kitchen bits, tools and odds.
    Originally posted by dawn1980
    Thanks Dawn, never heard of anything like that near us. What a good idea, especially for kitcheny type things. When I was looking for a poaching pan recently went to lots of CS before I found one & staff I asked said that they couldn't get enough kitchen type things & cutlery etc., said it just flies out as soon as they put it on display.
    • building with lego
    • By building with lego 20th Mar 12, 1:10 PM
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    Nicepeach- have a look at your council's recycling bit of the website. Ours has recently done a 'bring and take' event which sounds like the swapshop mentioned above, and it was so successful they're doing another two this year.
    They call me Dr Worm... I'm interested in things; I'm not a real doctor but I am a real worm.
  • Diflower
    Had a lovely result this morning
    Was out visiting where we used to live, always poop into a few of the charity shops and nearly always find something.

    Today one had 'bogof' on all linens. I found a big piece of beautiful red linen (150cm x 150cm) and a pretty piece of greeny patterned cotton, a sort of Chinesey design. That's only 87cm wide but it's 120cm long. The two cost £3, plus I got 2 little bags of buttons, some heart-shaped orange ones, and a mixture of flowers and stars.
    It's the only CS I know that has someone who bothers to sort through the rubbish clothes for nice buttons

    Now just have to decide what to do with the material

    • starsandmoon
    • By starsandmoon 20th Mar 12, 2:31 PM
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    I popped into a tatty little charity shop by work and got brand new with tags cropped M & S cotton trousers, great for the summer, £3 and a brand new with a £35 price tag on Next work skirt for £3.50.

    Most of my clothes are from charity shops and the odd car boot. I dont have a big clothes budget and shopping this way means I get better quality clothes at Primark prices
  • brunettegirl
    I bought my not yet 2yr old LO a Thomas the Tank Engine Umbrella - it was 50p! He loves it and loves walking with it even when its not raining.
    I need to start saving so I plan to save £2 a week to start with
  • BitterAndTwisted
    Zepsgal & Compbunny:

    What you might consider is going to another nearby neighbourhood which is a bit more upmarket that where you might live. The charity shops I visit are not the nearest ones to me. Tried those but I live somewhere rather ghetto fabulous. The people are nice but they don't invest in good qualtity clothes for themselves. Their kids are a different story however.

    There could be some CSs that you're not familiar with which could be almost on your door-step but tucked away from your normal routes : take a look on the yell.com website for their listings, I think you can sort by post-code.
    • mummyyof5
    • By mummyyof5 20th Mar 12, 4:10 PM
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    Im going out with DD for my mothers day meal tomorrow and have the chance to pop into a really good charity shop while there...its only the small town next to my village but somewhere I never go...DD has been a couple of times and got DGD a lovely minnie mouse rainmac only £2.49 and its from Disney shop..Also got my LO a grey hooded top and long sleeved t-shirt both Next..for £1,49 each...looking forward to it...will let you know if i get any bargains tomorrow

    Good luck everyone x
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  • Xaniwoop
    I find prowling round the CS every week or so seems to elicit the best bargains. Only works if you have the time to spare though, i often use them to fill in time waiting to pick my DD up from school.

    I agree that local charity shops have the best prices although i find the Red Cross very reasonable, they actually apologised for the price of my Betty Jackson at under a fiver I wasn't complaining!

    I seem to have had a run of designer type items lately, I picked up a plain white cotton blouse for £1 to customise for fancy dress for DD, thought the brand sounded vaguely familiar so I googled it and found the blouse selling 2nd hand on ebay for £9.99! Not that mine would sell for that now it's covered in pompoms
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