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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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    • MoaningMyrtle
    • By MoaningMyrtle 17th Oct 16, 12:51 PM
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    A bnwt Cambridge Satchel Company satchel for £11.99. For a Christmas gift.
    A minute at the till, a lifetime on the bill.

    Nothing tastes as good as being slim feels.

    one life, live it!
    • Floss
    • By Floss 17th Oct 16, 1:56 PM
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    A bnwt Cambridge Satchel Company satchel for £11.99. For a Christmas gift.
    Originally posted by MoaningMyrtle
    You lucky shopper!
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 18th Oct 16, 12:11 PM
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    A bnwt Cambridge Satchel Company satchel for £11.99. For a Christmas gift.
    Originally posted by MoaningMyrtle
    You lucky shopper!
    Originally posted by Floss
    Agree absolutely!

    Present?

    That bag would have a tag on that said "To me from Santa".
    • Miró
    • By Miró 21st Oct 16, 3:43 PM
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    Two finds this week.... from the hospice sale

    Viyella, cream, wool/cotton mix shirt with contrast stitching. Was a size too big but such good quality I couldn't resist. Spent the afternoon stitching four small darts in the back and now it fits! £1.50

    White Stuff, patterned smocky top in 2 shades of blue. Fits beautifully and it has pockets.....(I love pockets me!). 50p


    and from the community chazza

    Pair of B/N, wine coloured, patent loafer-type shoes by Avenue....really comfy £4

    Last edited by Miró; 21-10-2016 at 3:47 PM.
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 21st Oct 16, 5:26 PM
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    In Age UK last weekend, a mushroom coloured Hawkshead feather and down filled quilted body warmer, for £6.99. I nearly didn't try it on as it was a 12 (I'm generally a 14/16 up top), but it looked big enough so I did, and it fitted perfectly. However... there were several greasy looking marks all over the front, so I put it back on the rail.

    The next day I went in again and it was still there. My little voice was giving me "meant for you" signals, so I tried it on again, inspected the greasy marks again, cheekily asked for a discount on account of the marks, to be told only the manager could authorise that and he wasn't in until the next day... and I was going away then.

    Little voice was getting quite adamant, and eventually I decided to go for it. Worst case scenario I could wear it around the house in cold weather.

    I gave it two 15 minute 30 degree washes, liberally dousing with pre-wash stain remover first, and almost all the marks came out. The remaining couple I have been rubbing with a soapy flannel, and they are barely visible now .

    The funny thing is, I discovered concealed half zips in the neck (so there had been a hood that was missing), and in the armholes, so it apparently started off life as a jacket! Never mind, I am very happy with my find - it's good to go with your gut sometimes! I wore it on a short break during the week, and it kept me toasty warm on draughty station platforms.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 22nd Oct 16, 6:13 AM
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    I have avoided chazzers of late but my mum came back with a couple of handbag bargains (including an evening Guess bag, not to my taste at all). I always wonder why people donate big everyday handbags though, can't help but think there must be something wrong with them else surely they'd still be used by the previous owners?

    My most recent buy was 3 books for £1 that I'm enjoying atm - yes I've started all 3, when I finish them is anyone's guess
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 22nd Oct 16, 7:13 AM
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    I have avoided chazzers of late but my mum came back with a couple of handbag bargains (including an evening Guess bag, not to my taste at all). I always wonder why people donate big everyday handbags though, can't help but think there must be something wrong with them else surely they'd still be used by the previous owners?

    My most recent buy was 3 books for £1 that I'm enjoying atm - yes I've started all 3, when I finish them is anyone's guess
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Don't forget a lot of charity shop donations are made by relatives clearing out a loved one's home when they have gone into a care home, or passed away. We donated binbags full of perfectly good things when my parents' house was sold. So there isn't necessarily anything wrong with the items.
    I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe


    • Valli
    • By Valli 22nd Oct 16, 7:59 AM
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    I have avoided chazzers of late but my mum came back with a couple of handbag bargains (including an evening Guess bag, not to my taste at all). I always wonder why people donate big everyday handbags though, can't help but think there must be something wrong with them else surely they'd still be used by the previous owners?

    My most recent buy was 3 books for £1 that I'm enjoying atm - yes I've started all 3, when I finish them is anyone's guess
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    And, of course, people 'overbuy' and that's why you end up with BNWT stuff in chazzers
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 22nd Oct 16, 8:33 AM
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    ...I always wonder why people donate big everyday handbags though, can't help but think there must be something wrong with them else surely they'd still be used by the previous owners?
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I've donated or Ebayed large bags over the years - when the kids grew up & I didn't need to carry all of their stuff: nappies /wipes /toys /snacks /drinks around with me, and when I had over time damaged a shoulder due to 35 years of carrying an overloaded big bag on that shoulder since starting high school!
    • MoaningMyrtle
    • By MoaningMyrtle 22nd Oct 16, 8:46 AM
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    Agree absolutely!

    Present?

    That bag would have a tag on that said "To me from Santa".
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    My niece will love it, it is not my colour (red). I have a royal blue one already.
    A minute at the till, a lifetime on the bill.

    Nothing tastes as good as being slim feels.

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    • FrugalinShropshire
    • By FrugalinShropshire 22nd Oct 16, 10:21 AM
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    No bargains here this week. I was looking forward to a look around my favourite local hospice shop as I had a spare half hour in town , but I was shocked at the price hike! Most of the tops, and I am talking Matalan, Peacocks etc were priced at £5.99. There were some lovely bits there but everything I picked up was over £5. I haven't been in there for a couple of months so I am not sure when the prices went up. The Salvation Army shop usually has very good prices but I didn't have time to check that out this week
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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 22nd Oct 16, 4:08 PM
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    Absolute bargain today - a pair of blue velvet TopShop boots (nearly new) for £4!! They're about £40 new I think.

    And I got a pair of stone-coloured leather fat face boots off eBay (also hardly worn) for £11 inc p&p this week (the same pair I have in several colours because they're so comfy but they haven't stocked this season) - they arrived this morning and they're fab! Full-price they're £70 but sometimes reduce to £35 in the sale.

    I'm currently on the lookout for a crystal ship's decanter for my OH who loves the one his parents have but doesn't want to spend a fortune on one - found one today but sadly it had a pewter neck so not really what he wants. I'm determined to find one at some point though!
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 22nd Oct 16, 9:32 PM
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    I'm determined to find one at some point though!
    Originally posted by kboss2010
    Divine it and it shall be yours!

    I P'in stuff that I really want (usually books!) and the fact I have done so and that it is stored somewhere readily accessible - ie my phone - means I'm more attuned to finding that said item. It's a means of priming my subconscious to look for it.
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    • EssexGirl
    • By EssexGirl 24th Oct 16, 10:09 PM
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    A stunning purple Jacques Vert wool and cashmere coat that fits me perfectly for £10. Much more than I would normally part with in a chazzer but it's gorgeous. Just been Googling and found out it was originally £250!!
    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 27th Oct 16, 2:51 PM
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    Two lovely M&S jumpers for DsS and a little hoodie for DS and a nice top for me all £1 in one of the two £1 clearance of local hospice shops in my town centre.

    Got another pair of Next jeans for DsS as well for £5.00, still had the tags on, originally £19.00!
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    • Minihauk
    • By Minihauk 28th Oct 16, 9:35 AM
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    A lovely Boden coat, like this:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Beautiful-New-Boden-Cotton-Velvet-Coat-Size-22-129-/302118014256?hash=item4657a30d30:g:b4MAAOSwUEVYD26 j

    but in blue. The pleat is still stitched so don't think it has ever been worn £8.95 - bargain. I love it.
    • Potternerd
    • By Potternerd 28th Oct 16, 11:29 AM
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    A lovely dark bluey grey Boden cross body leather bag for £8.99 eeek! But lovely from the local hospice shop.
    • Miró
    • By Miró 28th Oct 16, 12:30 PM
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    Isn't it great when you set off to buy something from a proper shop and you find one in a chazza for a fraction of the proper price? Happened to me twice this week

    Firstly, I was looking for a nylon, very lightweight overnight bag that could be stuffed into a suitcase for a forthcoming touring holiday where we will be without our main suitcases for one night. Could not believe my eyes when I found one in a box of shopping bags for 50p

    Then, I was just about to buy some matt, pressed, face powder when I found a brand new Rimmel Stay Matte in just the right shade for £1, (currently £3.99 in Superdrug)

    Best find this week tho has to be a B/N pair of black, Autograph, straight legged trousers - perfect fit for £3 (saw them in M & S a few weeks ago for £65)

    Also got an Indigo, fine lawn & lace top for 50p (one selling on eBay for £15)

    And a couple of B/N tops for 50p each - one wine coloured long sleeved T shirt by Isle and a white jersey & lace pyjama toppy thing by Nightingales

    Everything from either the hospice or the community chazza.

    Blimey, been a good week!!!
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    • Frith
    • By Frith 28th Oct 16, 8:55 PM
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    A trip to Hereford today. The St Michael's Hospice is going to be refurbished so everything is £1.


    Got some Steilmann trousers (no, I'd never heard of that make before). They're quite expensive online. Very soft, velvety cotton in a very dark purple. They're great!
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 28th Oct 16, 9:24 PM
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    A trip to Hereford today. The St Michael's Hospice is going to be refurbished so everything is £1.
    Originally posted by Frith
    I live in Hereford and I didn't know about that! Hope I haven't left it too late... .
    I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe


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