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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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    • serious_saver
    • By serious_saver 20th Mar 12, 4:39 PM
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    I bought a curtain sample from a charity shop for £2.50 on Saturday. It doesn't sound that exciting but I did manage to turn it into 3 large (and rather lovely) tote shopping bags! I’m looking at one of them right now and I'm feeling rather proud of my sewing skills!
    • serious_saver
    • By serious_saver 20th Mar 12, 4:46 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!
    Originally posted by shandyclover
    I love our local Salvation Army shop. They are my favourite local charity shop by far. You get some great bargains and if you give them a donation that is useful to someone they are helping it doesn't even get to the shop, it goes straight to the people who need it.

    This is closely Followed by Tenovus because there's a lovely old lady who volunteers in the shop. She offered to teach me to knit if I bought some of their wool
    • building with lego
    • By building with lego 20th Mar 12, 4:52 PM
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    I got a money bag full of cream and white buttons for £1 one day last week, and used it to make something like this for my mum for Mothering Sunday in an IKEA £9 box frame. She loved it. And I still have a load of buttons left.





    Edit: I've just noticed that this is my thousandth post
    Last edited by building with lego; 20-03-2012 at 7:09 PM. Reason: Enclosing a small celebration
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  • BitterAndTwisted
    I bought a curtain sample from a charity shop for £2.50 on Saturday. It doesn't sound that exciting but I did manage to turn it into 3 large (and rather lovely) tote shopping bags! I’m looking at one of them right now and I'm feeling rather proud of my sewing skills!
    Originally posted by serious_saver
    I would be, too. Very clever. I need to get my thinking cap on and see what I can make. There's a really good Islamic Relief CS near me that sells the most beautiful fabric remnants both plain and embroidered and/or jewelled. I very nearly bought a really gorgeous sari there to use as a window treatment. I think they wanted three pounds for it. I only have one window to treat and that's the width of a whole wall, so about 13 feet, so just the one sari wouldn't do it but I thought about buying that particular one just for the sheer hell of it. I might pop back later in the week and see if it's still there
    • Nicepeach
    • By Nicepeach 20th Mar 12, 7:47 PM
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    Reporting a failure & a success...
    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.
    Originally posted by building with lego
    Thanks building with lego, I will do.

    The hunt began in earnest today for the china tea set I want for my Mum's birthday tea party. So... I visited a grand total of 5 CS in my quest to acquire pretty china tea set. Sadly, to no avail. There were lots but not quite what I'm looking for, although some have gone on the back-up list (i.e. if haven't found exactly what I want by a week before I'll make do with one of them I saw today!).

    However, in the last shop I went to I bought the following:

    1 x Red Herring dress, green jersey @ £2.25 (half price in blue cross sale!!!)
    1 x George dress, splodgy purple/fawn/multi colour jersey @ £3.50
    1 x Wallis Petite black thick jersey dress @ £4.50
    1 x Peter Storm baby blue fleece jumper @ £3.00 (looks brand new, will be great for walking in winter)
    1 x Damart lacy thermal vest, pretty enough to wear as a cami - £1 - that's my favourite.

    So, 5 items - 3 frocks (I do love a nice frock), 1 fleece & 1 thermal vest for the Grand Total of £14.25. I'm really pleased with that.

    I had looked at everything else in the other shops I'd been to but nothing I had to have in those. But I'm very grateful to the small lady who originally owned these garments, had a clear-out & took them to our local Hospice shop (suppose could have been more than one lady but they are all the same size!).

    I will now send 3 frocks back to said Hospice shop (all too small now - I'm growing at last, it's taken over forty years but I'm nearly grown up!).

    Thanks to all who have posted, really enjoying reading about your acquisitions. Also thanks again to koolkatsaffi for starting us off.
    Last edited by Nicepeach; 20-03-2012 at 8:11 PM.
    • Greenqueen
    • By Greenqueen 20th Mar 12, 8:31 PM
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    I was quite taken aback this week when I went into one of our local CS to find a young man standing at the door to meet and greet whilst shaking a collection tin. I`ve often seen the tins at the till and will pop some change in now and again but this seemed quite intimidating. Is it becoming the norm? I wonder how many people turned and went straight back out again.
  • lmp0507
    I have an interview tommorrow and bought a smart black blouse for a quid!
    • koolkatsaffi
    • By koolkatsaffi 20th Mar 12, 9:44 PM
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    I got a money bag full of cream and white buttons for £1 one day last week, and used it to make something like this for my mum for Mothering Sunday in an IKEA £9 box frame. She loved it. And I still have a load of buttons left.
    Originally posted by building with lego
    That's FAB - A lovely hand made gift to treasure!


    I'm very grateful to the small lady who originally owned these garments, had a clear-out & took them to our local Hospice shop (suppose could have been more than one lady but they are all the same size!).
    Originally posted by Nicepeach
    At my hospice shop it must have been a Plus Size lady that had had a clearout - All waaay too big for me!

    I will now send 3 frocks back to said Hospice shop (all too small now - I'm growing at last, it's taken over forty years but I'm nearly grown up!).
    Originally posted by Nicepeach


    Thanks to all who have posted, really enjoying reading about your acquisitions. Also thanks again to koolkatsaffi for starting us off.
    Originally posted by Nicepeach
    Ditto & It was a kinda 'joint' collaboration!...

    I was quite taken aback this week when I went into one of our local CS to find a young man standing at the door to meet and greet whilst shaking a collection tin. I`ve often seen the tins at the till and will pop some change in now and again but this seemed quite intimidating. Is it becoming the norm? I wonder how many people turned and went straight back out again.
    Originally posted by Greenqueen
    I saw this outside a CS a few weeks ago - I didn't go in! - It wasn't one of the cheapest CS to start with TBH never mind 'paying' to go in...


    You all seem to get some great finds in your Salvation Army CS's... Ours is sadly lacking and basically full of jumble sale items The older ladies that volunteer there are LOVELY but the stock is overpriced and very outdated... It is tiny, dark and smells odd - Shame cos it could be a belter, especially on market days!

    I nipped in Scope today as I had to go into town to the bank...I had 10 mins before parking was up...I picked up a purple and black vintage River Island ra-ra skirt for £3

    Still no preserving pan tho!

    Loving this thread!...THANK YOU all for posting!
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    • tiff
    • By tiff 20th Mar 12, 9:48 PM
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    In our charity shop the manager wouldnt put out a jam pan in the shop, she would put it with the rest of the pots and pans earmarked for metal recycling so it might be worth asking the shops if they have one out the back.
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  • mummybearx
    I got a money bag full of cream and white buttons for £1 one day last week, and used it to make something like this for my mum for Mothering Sunday in an IKEA £9 box frame. She loved it. And I still have a load of buttons left.
    Originally posted by building with lego

    That is gorgeous!! I will add it to my list of 'things I want to be able to make but will probably never bother doing'
    Can't think of anything smart to put here...
    • koolkatsaffi
    • By koolkatsaffi 20th Mar 12, 10:13 PM
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    In our charity shop the manager wouldnt put out a jam pan in the shop, she would put it with the rest of the pots and pans earmarked for metal recycling so it might be worth asking the shops if they have one out the back.
    Originally posted by tiff

    Thanks for the advice

    I have been asking for a suitable large pan in a few of my usual CS...They tell me that they do get them in from time to time but they fly out as soon as they come in...If I pop in any more frequently I will be moving in...

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    • prepareathome
    • By prepareathome 21st Mar 12, 9:52 AM
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    I got a money bag full of cream and white buttons for £1 one day last week, and used it to make something like this for my mum for Mothering Sunday in an IKEA £9 box frame. She loved it. And I still have a load of buttons left.
    Edit: I've just noticed that this is my thousandth post
    Originally posted by building with lego
    That is beautiful, never seen anything like it but the price I have lots of beautiful buttons I inherited from OH auntie years ago and have barely made a dint in the collection so I am going to buy one of those box frames and have a go at making something like this for my friends birthday in June, its her 70th so was wondering what to do - might even find one of those frames in a CS - I certainly will look, a few years ago I found a lovely one with tiny ornaments making up a house which I bought for £1 and then saw exact same in a shop in London with a price tag of £125 on it.

    I picked up a beautiful hat on Saturday, as need one for May, its actually very similar in style to the one the Queen wore yesterday, just body is a bit shorter. I did pay £9.99 for it but similar in shops are around £40. I want another couple of hats so this time of year is always best time to find them as they have them all out ready for the race meetings.

    I have been so very lucky with finds these past 6 months, lovely padded white pure cotton duffle coat for winter - even the quilting is cotton but was so warm and kept me totally dry even on the worst days - I have always had a thing about duffle coats I just adore them. My brand new expensive dresses, some lovely curtains and oh don't know what else. I think 90% of my wardrobe is all CS buys and most good names and more than half of them were brand new still with all the labels on them.

    Yesterday wore the new Per Una Speziale skirt I got on Saturday when went for blood tests and the phlebotomist complimented me on my outfit ( I was wearing a top GD had bought me for mothers day and a necklace I received in a knitting swap, all very 1970's, I used to wear similar clothing then), she loved the skirt and I told her where I had bought it and how much, and her mouth literally dropped open. She said she had never been in a CS in her life, she had always thought they were a bit like jumble sales full of tat, but she plans going to them on her next day off. So might be another convert
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    • mrsyallop
    • By mrsyallop 21st Mar 12, 11:34 AM
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    I picked up the board game cranium this week for £3.50. Been wanting it for ages so I was well chuffed!
    • serious_saver
    • By serious_saver 21st Mar 12, 4:33 PM
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    Ooooooooo! This thread makes me happy
    • Nicepeach
    • By Nicepeach 21st Mar 12, 4:51 PM
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    Ooooooooo! This thread makes me happy
    Originally posted by serious_saver
    Me too, love hearing about everyone's bargains, tips & good ideas.

    Really don't like the sound of the "greeter" on the doors of the CS which some posters have been telling us about. I think it would definitely put some people off going in. They probably see it as an opportunity to get an additional donation, especially from people who haven't found anything they want & so don't make a purchase on that visit. But they must be careful not to put people off or put the people who aren't in a position to donate under pressure to do so. To be honest, I would probably ask to speak to the Manager or Supervisor in private if it happened to me to discuss it from the "shopper's" point of view. Not in a horrible, aggressive kind of way but just to politely put my point across.

    I've been good today, haven't set foot in any CS at all after yesterday's marathon! Can't promise I'll last the week out so, up to press, my bargain of the week was my lovely Damart thermal vest for a £1. Gave it a quick slosh around in the sink yesterday to freshen it up & it's like brand new, really don't think anyone's ever worn it. It's so pretty too, with a lovely wide band of lace across the top.

    Keep posting & reporting back everyone!
    • mishmogs
    • By mishmogs 21st Mar 12, 6:10 PM
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    Ohhh what a great thread!! am really enjoying reading about everyones finds.

    I started a college course about 4 weeks ago and there are about 8 charity shops in the town. Am I in heaven or am I in heaven?
    I got a jam pan for £8 (a tad expensive but defo cheaper than the shop) and it still had its makers sticker on the side. A large selection of tweeds and check materials which I am not sure what to do with them (did think about a large handbag) but as they are all good sized pieces, am sure the inspiration will hit me soon. Prices varied from 50p to £4.
    A lovely hand painted ceramic pill box for £3, the assistant even gave me a £2 reduction and I dont know why!!
    Some broken necklaces made with indian silver beads for 30p each.
    An old fashioned solid metal frying pan unused for 99p
    and a sewing thread storage box for 50p.

    Mother introduced me to CS and jumbles when I was a nipper and have frequented them ever since. The amount of books I have purchased and kept or recycled back again is anyones guess.

    I think some CS seem to have stopped selling the unusual and odd bits and only sell 'good' stuff. I like odd, I do odd! I agree with others that the high street CS are more expensive than the local ones.

    My OH says put me in a new area (I like to go with him for a trip out when he goes to meetings in different areas) and I can sniff out charity shops happy days...
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    • Kaz2904
    • By Kaz2904 21st Mar 12, 7:04 PM
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    I haven't had many good buys recently. I don't bother for clothes any more because there is never anything in my size that I can afford (I buy it all from ebay instead ). I was bowsing the other day though and found a pineapple slicer and corer. We love pineapple in my family and I bought one of these from the £1 shop a while back but it was rubbish. My neighbour got hers from John Lewis's which is 20 miles away and is always shut when I go near it so I was happy to find this one for £1.50. Heck, I'd probably have paid full price for it
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    • MoaningMyrtle
    • By MoaningMyrtle 21st Mar 12, 7:07 PM
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    My best buy this week is a lovely tan M & S Autograph bag. This was from the BHF shop and was £9.99.

    I thought it was worth is as it's immaculate condition. Probably £70.00-£80.00 new. When they charge £5.00-£6.00 for artificial leather it it a good deal.
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    • fairyface
    • By fairyface 21st Mar 12, 7:24 PM
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    My local charity shop is a cheap as chips, run by local elderly ladys, most things under a fiver, in the last few weeks , I have had a gucci bag as new £1.00, a louis vitton bag as new, £1.00 East black beaded tunic hand embelished new with tag cost £49 paid £2, White trousers £90 price tag on paid £2.00 Top shop shoes new with label,£50, paid 50p , Royal doulton china x 4 pieces, excellent condition, 5op each, the list goes on and on, I have kept most of this myself, and sold a few pieces as I am in debt, but I am not gonna buy new bits again, I am hooked on charity shops
    • building with lego
    • By building with lego 21st Mar 12, 8:48 PM
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    That is gorgeous!! I will add it to my list of 'things I want to be able to make but will probably never bother doing'
    Originally posted by zepsgal
    That is beautiful, never seen anything like it but the price I have lots of beautiful buttons I inherited from OH auntie years ago and have barely made a dint in the collection so I am going to buy one of those box frames and have a go at making something like this for my friends birthday in June, its her 70th so was wondering what to do - might even find one of those frames in a CS - I certainly will look, a few years ago I found a lovely one with tiny ornaments making up a house which I bought for £1 and then saw exact same in a shop in London with a price tag of £125 on it.
    Originally posted by prepareathome
    Go on- it was so easy! Last time I was in IKEA I bought three of the small (25cm square) box frames, knowing that a project would turn up. Gluing the buttons down took all of 15 minutes- a quick, effective, VERY pleasing little job. Go on!
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