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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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    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 7th Oct 16, 11:06 PM
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    My DH passed away in July, and in the past few weeks I've finally started to cook some proper meals for myself, however I found that the gravy boat I used to use for both of us is now far too big for one, so I wanted to get a smaller one. This week I found a lovely one in the charity shop that raises funds for our local hospice (where DH spent his last couple of weeks and passed), it was only £1 and is perfect for me.
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    • Georgiegirl256
    • By Georgiegirl256 7th Oct 16, 11:25 PM
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    Sorry to hear about your husband Sue14

    We lost my Dad coming up two years ago now, and its little things like that (like you mention above) that my Mam still finds hard.

    In my Dad's last week, we used a local charity Hospice at Home, and that is now my favourite charity, and shop to visit.

    Talking of which, I was in there today and got a Topshop Military jacket (yes another Khaki jacket lol!) for about £4.50, a burnt orange velvet jacket by Braemar for £2.50, a turquoise velvet evening frame evening bag by Suki & Rose Originals for £2.00, a beige with white polka dot fold out deck chair kind of holder (got it for remotes but husband didn't like it, so will use it in the bathroom) for 80p and two Hospice loom bracelets (someone had made them for the charity) for £1.00.

    From AgeUk, a grey vest top for lounging in for a pound and a bright red blazer also £1.
    • amistupid
    • By amistupid 8th Oct 16, 10:51 AM
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    I get a lot of pre-loved toys from charity shops for my 2 year old grandson. Most are like brand new. The best buys was a battery operated Thomas the tank engine train for 50p (sells new for £17) and a fisher price fire engine and fire station for £10 when a new one cost over £80.
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    • pinkypig
    • By pinkypig 8th Oct 16, 11:23 AM
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    Sorry for your loss Sue14.
    We have an Age Concern warehouse here which is huge. I go and have a browse every month or so. Today I got an electric steamer on the £1 clearance table. All the bits had been fasten together with parcel tape so they didn't get lost and someone had tried (and failed!) to strip it off and it looked a right sorry mess. I had some sticker remover solution left from when I got new windows which got it off eventually. It looks great now.
    I also got a proper fancy pants DeLongi coffee maker for £8. All electrical a are PAT tested and have a one month money back guarantee. It works perfectly and I'm just running some vinegar and bicard through it in case there's any bugs lurking in the chamber then I'm going to christen it
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 9th Oct 16, 2:58 PM
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    Again sorry to hear about your DH, Sue14. Perhaps when you're ready the same chazzer might benefit from a donation of goods that need a new home? It's always good to support a good cause, and you know from personal experience what a difference a hospice make.

    I get a lot of pre-loved toys from charity shops for my 2 year old grandson. Most are like brand new. The best buys was a battery operated Thomas the tank engine train for 50p (sells new for £17) and a fisher price fire engine and fire station for £10 when a new one cost over £80.
    Originally posted by amistupid
    I have secured countless toys for our LO from chazzers and a couple from Freecycle. Grandad does his bit by whipping out his favourite household gadget - the steam cleaner - and getting them all brand new looking and hygienically clean, as he demonstrated to me this morning. I've never seen him clean the floor with it, though
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    • Georgiegirl256
    • By Georgiegirl256 9th Oct 16, 4:06 PM
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    Not a charity shop, but a carboot. Got a brown faux suede with fur trim gilet for £2, looks as new and was actually what I had in mind before going! I really wanted one, and this one is so cosy with a fur lining!
    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 9th Oct 16, 7:52 PM
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    £2.50 minecraft T-shirt for DsS, an Apricot label top (sold in Dorothy Perkins) and a lovely long waterfall cardigan from TU for me, both £3.00 all from BHF.

    Even better the top was a size 12 and fits me...
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    • bobsa1
    • By bobsa1 10th Oct 16, 4:27 PM
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    A quick charity shop bargain for me today . I had 10 mins to spare so popped into the local cs. I got a like new pair of shoe tailor flat leather boots for £2. They are wide fitting and have a stretchy bit so hopefully will fit my elephant like calves
    • Miró
    • By Miró 14th Oct 16, 3:38 PM
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    Didn't find a thing last week....done a bit better this week

    M & S white, elbow length sleeved T shirt in white £1

    Boden, BNWT, cream jersey smocky pyjama top, to wear with jim jam bottoms found a couple of weeks ago £1

    Pack of 7 pairs of knee high's in natural shade 50p

    Next, tapered leg trousers in black multi pattern £2
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    • KitKatMum2
    • By KitKatMum2 14th Oct 16, 4:07 PM
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    I just mentioned this on another thread but I got my toddler daughter a lovely dress yesterday. Peachy colour with sequins and very 'princessy'. It's only from Peacocks, so probably didn't cost a lot in the first place, but I'm pleased with it. It was £2.59 in Barnados. I hate spending money on party or 'occasion' dresses for kids, they only get worn a few times, usually for a few hours and they tend to be expensive brand new.
    • Mrs VP
    • By Mrs VP 14th Oct 16, 4:37 PM
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    Currently on a coastal holiday and have picked up a lovely
    Dotty P black jacket. It's fleece lined and very cosy.
    • Beenie
    • By Beenie 14th Oct 16, 4:47 PM
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    I haven't been on this board for ages as I haven't had any great finds as far as clothing is concerned, however today I bought a brand new Joules dress (which I had my eye on in the Joules sale but it never dropped below £30- odd).

    The price? £7.50 (because it had a slight mark on it).

    It's been washed and dried and come up absolutely perfect.

    I'm thrilled!
    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 14th Oct 16, 6:48 PM
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    Yesterday at local BHF: a Monsoon cardigan, a bit bobbly, priced at £8.75.
    It stayed at BHF!
    Normal people worry me.
    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 15th Oct 16, 4:58 PM
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    I just mentioned this on another thread but I got my toddler daughter a lovely dress yesterday. Peachy colour with sequins and very 'princessy'. It's only from Peacocks, so probably didn't cost a lot in the first place, but I'm pleased with it. It was £2.59 in Barnados. I hate spending money on party or 'occasion' dresses for kids, they only get worn a few times, usually for a few hours and they tend to be expensive brand new.
    Originally posted by KitKatMum2
    Bought many Monsoon and John Lewis dresses for my goddaughters from charity shops over the years and I've lost count of how many posts about DsS's suits I've made.

    He'll need new for our next event in February, he's grown a lot recently and having turned ten last month he's now wearing age 13 clothes and up to his dad's shoulder (and he's 6ft!). Best start keeping my eyes peeled!
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    • GreenBitterfly
    • By GreenBitterfly 15th Oct 16, 5:48 PM
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    Meant to post in here, a couple of weeks ago, I went into my local Scope, and picked up a hardback copy of Going Postal for £2, I'd seen it there the week previously and umm and ahhed about it, as the dust jacket is a bit damaged. But I decided if I saw it there again, I'd pick it up, and it was still there a week later, so I bought it. I also picked up a brand new (well unused) looking Madhur Jaffrey Indian cooking book in paperback for a £1.

    Then yesterday, I went to Scope again, and noticed they'd reduced their DVDs from £2 to £1, don't know whether this is a change in policy or just a sale!, but I picked up Peter Kay - Live at Manchester, Milk and The Bling Ring on DVD for a £1 each.
    • KitKatMum2
    • By KitKatMum2 15th Oct 16, 6:52 PM
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    Bought many Monsoon and John Lewis dresses for my goddaughters from charity shops over the years and I've lost count of how many posts about DsS's suits I've made.
    Originally posted by Lucy5781
    I've also had a few Monsoon, John Lewis and Ted Baker bits for the kids over the years. I don't think I could bring myself to pay whatever they cost originally even if I could afford it! I don't recall ever having seen kids suits in a CS, but they're another thing I wouldn't want to pay full price for, so I imagine I'd be looking there should DS ever be in need of one!

    Today's finds, 2 Julia Donaldson books for the kids, 50p each and a Next shirt for DS costing 99p. All from the Red Cross shop
    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 16th Oct 16, 1:00 PM
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    I've also had a few Monsoon, John Lewis and Ted Baker bits for the kids over the years. I don't think I could bring myself to pay whatever they cost originally even if I could afford it! I don't recall ever having seen kids suits in a CS, but they're another thing I wouldn't want to pay full price for, so I imagine I'd be looking there should DS ever be in need of one!

    Today's finds, 2 Julia Donaldson books for the kids, 50p each and a Next shirt for DS costing 99p. All from the Red Cross shop
    Originally posted by KitKatMum2
    He's had one random generic that I'd not heard of, one lovely M&S one most recently and also a Matalan one, out of charity shops, pretty much one a year since I met him xx
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    • bobsa1
    • By bobsa1 16th Oct 16, 11:25 PM
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    We dropped off some bits that belonged to my late mum today and whilst there I got a lovely cream pleated lampshade for £3.50 and a hardback Jamie Oliver comfort food book for £1. I'm delighted with the lampshade as I'm doing a budget makeover of my lounge and I needed a lampshade similar to another one I found at the cs a few weeks ago and I always love a bit of food porn which this book has in spades
    • jeymate
    • By jeymate 16th Oct 16, 11:55 PM
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    Love all the charity and thrift shops. Every single one is worth visiting. I am saying this because I have recently lived outside the UK and could barely find a charity shop nearby. So I really do appreciate them a lot since I'm back.
    • WelshWanderer
    • By WelshWanderer 17th Oct 16, 4:11 AM
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    Picked up a near perfect set of black crockery (only one plate missing) for £2.50.
    6 large drinking glasses for £2.

    I've recently moved into my own place and intend to check the charity shops first, before buying anything new. I love them!
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