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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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    • DianneB
    • By DianneB 31st Aug 17, 8:35 PM
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    A brand new Kenwood Chef with the plastic still on bowl and beaters with instructions, not that I need them! for £75. A lot of money but I bought my old one in 1984 and the clanking noises were quite alarming!! I am very happy!!
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    • CandyB101
    • By CandyB101 31st Aug 17, 10:00 PM
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    Last week I found my most expensive purchase from a charity shop.
    A Gplan dressing table for £80 in perfect condition!!!
    My daughter had set her heart on one .... even willing to pay for it herself (I guess as one of her favourite UTuber has the same one).
    The cheapest I previously found was on eBay for £180 and nowhere near in such a good condition.
    Good old charity shops ... I love them.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 31st Aug 17, 10:55 PM
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    Fab find in the BHF C/s in Ryde today, pale pink, soft as cashmere, short sleeved jumper ,just right for the autumn with my black velvet trousers and they had a sale on so it cost me a whopping £1.65 great bargain as I can only wear really soft wool as my skin gets irritated very easily so its cotton tops or really soft thin wool.Can't wear synthetics grr I come out in weals
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    • Miró
    • By Miró 1st Sep 17, 12:21 PM
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    Total finds over the last two weeks.....zilch!

    Can't remember ever going for so long without a single purchase. Lots of my local charity shops are full of 'back to school' stuff which is of no interest to me and some now have rails of 'party wear'.....all ready for the Christmas party season , (or so one of the helpers told me).
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 1st Sep 17, 12:25 PM
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    Total finds over the last two weeks.....zilch!

    Can't remember ever going for so long without a single purchase. Lots of my local charity shops are full of 'back to school' stuff which is of no interest to me and some now have rails of 'party wear'.....all ready for the Christmas party season , (or so one of the helpers told me).
    Originally posted by Mir!
    Put the money you're not spending in a separate purse, ready for when you do find something that you dither over as it's a bit more than you want to pay!
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 1st Sep 17, 3:16 PM
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    DianneB - well done on the Chef! Excellent machines. I used to work for Ken Wood many years ago - lovely man. Ive also still got my little Chefette hand mixer - must be getting on for 40 years old and still in regular use!
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    • GreenBitterfly
    • By GreenBitterfly 1st Sep 17, 3:34 PM
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    Visited both Scope and my local hospice charity shop today, nothing that I fancied in Scope, but in the local hospice charity shop, I picked up three books for £1, they have a long term 3 books for £1 offer. The books are The Girl on the Train (hardback edition) by Paula Hawkins, The Queen and I (paperback edition), by Sue Townsend, and The Mystery of Mercy Close (paperback) by Marian Keyes. The books are not in great condition, but at on average around 33p each, it's not bad really!
    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 1st Sep 17, 3:59 PM
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    I've donated more recently. Not bought for a while.

    Have a task now though. Cousin's 50th birthday party at the start of October requires my DH, men's XL, DsS, men's small and DS, 12-18mth to all wear Hawaiian shirts.....
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    • WeegieWumman
    • By WeegieWumman 1st Sep 17, 4:05 PM
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    Bought myself a pair of spanking new looking 'Footglove' casual shoes for £3.99. Shop price £45. I'm as pleased as a cat with two tails.
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 1st Sep 17, 6:55 PM
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    A local shop must have given in all the unsold Easter stuff because the CS had chicks galore; knit-your-own fluffy ones, packs of wiry ones, plastic ones, some on bunting, and some with rabbit friends.

    And eggs; cardboard ones, hollow plastic ones, solid plastic ones, and little strings of egg shaped lights.

    Everything was £1 - going like hot cakes cross buns
    • foxyloxy11
    • By foxyloxy11 2nd Sep 17, 7:29 PM
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    Foxyloxy11 we live just outside Beverley in East Yorkshire and Beverley has some great charity shops but these particular bargains were from Hessle where there is a local hospice outlet where virtually everything is £1 hence the price of the suits and there are some other well priced cs as well Willerby where there is a sue Ryder that can be great sometimes and that's where I got the Cath kidston and Emma bridgewater and cottingham for the shoes and le creuset. We are fortunate that there are quite a lot of fairly affluent suburbs so get some nice things but the general cost of living and things is low so prices in the smaller charity shops or those that don't have national pricing are very good
    Originally posted by bobsa1
    Brill!!! even better i'm not far away. I live in Waltham near Grimsby/Cleethorpes. I will definitely be popping over the bridge. Thank you
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 4th Sep 17, 7:33 PM
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    Went looking for books by a particular author for DH. Didn't find any but.....pair of fuchsia pink leather Autograph ballerinas for 5.99 insteadf £40 - look like they've been worn once at the most. A Minuet silky heavy jersey top with three quarter sleeve s and a lovely shawl type neckline and a nice cotton jersey night shift with pretty embroidered hearts £3 for the two in a local charity shop. Well pleased!!
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    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 4th Sep 17, 10:06 PM
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    I went to stay with a friend for a few days and found two new high-quality tops for £1 each. I nearly died of shock! Where I live clothes always seem to be a minimum of £4.99 even though it isn't a rich area. I might have to find an excuse to visit my friend again!
    • pixo
    • By pixo 5th Sep 17, 1:09 PM
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    My main bargains are always on books. My local hospice has a book shop and if you buy three kids books, you get three for free. It's brilliant. I pop in once every couple of weeks. The kids library is coming along very well.

    One of the best bargains myself and my mother had recently was in the British Heart Foundation. We found a Brand new - still in the packet Cath Kidston phone case... for £1.99, which is great anyway... but the best thing is - it fit my mothers phone! She has a rather old phone and I've no idea which one it is. She was absolutely overjoyed and claims she will never change her phone now!
    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 5th Sep 17, 6:12 PM
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    Brand new Vidal Sassoon hairdryer for £3.
    • Frith
    • By Frith 6th Sep 17, 5:42 PM
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    Worcs today and did well in Oxfam.

    New grey t shirt for older son (tags still on) for £4. Looked it up online (Friend or faux brand) and their t shirts start at £30!

    Then an M and S Scandinavian looking patterned lambs wool jumper for me. It's a mans one as I get sick of tops being too short in the body.
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    • nuttywoman
    • By nuttywoman 6th Sep 17, 10:05 PM
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    A Brio train set for £1.50 at one local shop for me xx
    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 7th Sep 17, 8:39 AM
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    I've donated more recently. Not bought for a while.

    Have a task now though. Cousin's 50th birthday party at the start of October requires my DH, men's XL, DsS, men's small and DS, 12-18mth to all wear Hawaiian shirts.....
    Originally posted by Lucy5781
    turns out DH still had as old one in his wardrobe.

    Found for both DsS and DS in the £1 hospice shop. DsS has a small men's H&M one and I found an age 1 Pumpkin Patch of for DS.

    He was one the day before yesterday
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 7th Sep 17, 9:22 AM
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    Linen blouse 'East' brand with mother-of-pearl buttons - 50p.
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    • esmy
    • By esmy 7th Sep 17, 6:28 PM
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    Recent finds in the large independent charity warehouse near me..

    New M&S girls school pinafore dress for DGD - 99p
    Berghaus ladies walking trousers with zip off legs - £1 (cheapest on line about £35 so very pleased)
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