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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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    • Floss
    • By Floss 15th Sep 17, 8:12 PM
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    Primarni candles are all numbered - look at the description of the scents rather than the name My local store had no lime basil & Mandarin, but a good selection of the others.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 15th Sep 17, 8:18 PM
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    Cheers Pollycat

    Not Aldi then!

    I'm in town tomorrow so will pop in primarni and report back

    Bexster
    Originally posted by bexster1975
    Cheers.
    I'm in a city tomorrow so I'll pop in and see what I can find - Primark is usually heaving there.

    Different town next Friday so will also look.

    My sis - who loves Jo Malone and told me about the Aldi diffusers - is also on a mission to a different town.
    There is no hiding place.
    • Miró
    • By Miró 15th Sep 17, 8:18 PM
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    Miro
    Help. Help.
    Been into Primark, asked where the Jo Malone smell-alike was.
    Assistant didn't know so asked another.
    She didn't know so asked another.
    She didn't know either.
    Looked in the perfume section.
    Nothing.
    Wandered upstairs to the home section, looked at candles & diffusers.
    Nothing.
    Where should I be looking?
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Awwww Pollycat...sorry you had a wasted journey. It is a new range so perhaps it hasn't been rolled out to all stores yet? Still you would have thought the staff would have been aware as there has been a lot of discussion in the press about it.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4840848/Primark-launches-3-perfume-s-exactly-like-Jo-Malone.html

    (Apologies for linking to the dreadful Daily Fail!)

    The range is called 'Private Collection' and in both the Leeds & Harrogate stores all the items were with the other cosmetics and smellies quite close to the tills. At least you managed to get a chazza shop bargain!

    P.S. Just noticed there is a photo of a display stand for the JM stuff in that article....mebbe that may help??
    Last edited by Miró; 15-09-2017 at 8:26 PM.
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 15th Sep 17, 8:24 PM
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    Awwww Pollycat...sorry you had a wasted journey. It is a new range so perhaps it hasn't been rolled out to all stores yet? Still you would have thought the staff would have been aware as there has been a lot of discussion in the press about it.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4840848/Primark-launches-3-perfume-s-exactly-like-Jo-Malone.html

    (Apologies for linking to the dreadful Daily Fail!)

    The range is called 'Private Collection' and in both the Leeds & Harrogate stores all the items were with the other cosmetics and smellies quite close to the tills. At least you managed to get a chazza shop bargain!
    Originally posted by Mir!
    Mine were in the Home section and also by the ground floor tills
    • osbornbiscuit
    • By osbornbiscuit 15th Sep 17, 8:40 PM
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    re primark
    My store in the NW only had the pomegranate and black tea in the hand cream. I did ask the store assistant who was restocking the shelves and she said that that was the one everyone was buying but all they had left was the hand cream and when I got to the till it was half price, which doesn't bode well for further stocks. They did have loads of the Disney teapot but were limiting it to one per person. I bet Ebay well be flooded with them this weekend!
    I did manage to buy a lovely dark brown light weight coat from Next that was in one of our more 'posh' charity shops. It has a little stand up collar and concealed buttons and I am over the moon with it.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 15th Sep 17, 11:28 PM
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    Not a wasted journey at all, Miro.
    I was in town anyway and needed to go to Primark to return some leggings and I had time to spare before meeting OH and friends.

    Have sharpened my elbows for tomorrow in case I need to get into a scrum in the big Primark.

    Will be doing around 10 charity shops too so hope to bag some bargains but I find this city's shops a tad expensive.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th Sep 17, 5:15 AM
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    Will be doing around 10 charity shops too so hope to bag some bargains
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    I'm looking forward to your hearing about your finds. My chazzer kicks will henceforth be vicarious...
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 16th Sep 17, 7:20 AM
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    I'm looking forward to your hearing about your finds. My chazzer kicks will henceforth be vicarious...
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I'm very pleased to hear it.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 16th Sep 17, 7:36 AM
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    I do have a zippable laundry bag made of a fishnet stocking type fabric that I bought for my undies in communal washes when travelling; never thought to use it with larger items. I guess they keep garments more compressed, so less surface area to bobble and warp?
    Originally posted by Out, Vile Jelly
    I think so. Sometimes the twisting and rubbing against other garments can be a bit much for some fabrics, I guess we've all unloaded our washers and had to unsnarl legs and sleeves from various garments from each other. It also stops detailing like beading etc from catching. I shall be handwashing the mobair Hobbs cardi as it's very delicate, though. Very chuffed with that find, and to think I almost missed it because I wasn't even looking at nightwear!
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    • funnyfreckle
    • By funnyfreckle 16th Sep 17, 8:44 AM
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    I've loved reading all your bargains. I've had major back surgery so have been out of action for a while but I am hoping to share some bargains soon. I am a complete charity shop addict and now can't shop elsewhere!

    I was just wondering if any of you could help? I was excited to find a lovely Boden jacket yesterday for £5 . But I hate to admit I'm getting older and didn't have my reading glasses with me so I couldn't read the care label!! When I got home I noticed it is specialist dry clean only.
    I don't know whether to take it back or whether I can risk it in the machine? I don't want to spend a fortune in the dry cleaners as the coat was only £5. It is 100% cotton and fleece lined. It is a really heavy cotton and I was hoping it may offer a little protection from showers but it is not a wax coat.

    It's like this coat but shorter! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BODEN-BLACK-HOODED-RAINY-DAY-JACKET-SIZE-8-BNWOT-/112564732697?hash=item1a35618319:g:MKMAAOSwjVVV2aM 5

    Thank you so much for any advice.
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 16th Sep 17, 8:51 AM
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    Hi, gotta be brief as am about to run out the door.

    Neither of the fabrics you mention are dry-clean only. Jackets can sometimes have interlinings (collar, lapels, front facings typically under buttons/ zips) which aren't machine washable, though.

    The worse case scenario is that the cotton wasn't pre-shrunk and that it, or the interlinings (if there are interlinings, most jackets would have some even if they are very thin) distort and spoil the look of the garment.

    I would be tempted to risk hand-washing this jacket gently, in a large vessel like a bathtub, squeezing water out (i.e. not wringing it out), starting the drying process flat over a towel over a clothes airer, and finishing it drying over a coat-hanger.

    HTH, gotta run. GQ x
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 16th Sep 17, 9:20 AM
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    Many times manufacturers put dry clean only to make sure items are not washed on the wrong programmes or that colours may run. I'd wash it on a 30 deg gentle wash (delicates?)with just a light spin.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 16th Sep 17, 9:44 AM
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    Funnyfreckle
    That coat looks really smart.

    I've not been inside a dry cleaners for probably 30 years.
    I've washed lots of things that said dry-clean only, including a Jaeger mohair coat (from a charity shop) - it did smell of wet dog whilst it was drying though, and never had a mishap.
    I'm with silvasaver, I'd wash on silks/delicates.

    You might have a problem with creasing - how do you think it would iron?
    • funnyfreckle
    • By funnyfreckle 16th Sep 17, 10:06 AM
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    GreyQueen, Silvasava and Pollycat - thank you all so much for your help. I really appreciate it. I knew I could find help on here x

    I'm now encouraged to keep the coat and will have a go. I'm not sure I would be brave enough to try ironing it ... I could try an inside bit of the coat and see what happens.
    • VintageHistorian
    • By VintageHistorian 16th Sep 17, 11:33 AM
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    My bargain of the week is a lovely long-sleeved thick cotton top from Seasalt Cornwall, only £2 in the local Oxfam shop. They normally don't have any clothing less than £5 so I think they put it low as they didn't recognise the label - similar tops are £30 on the Seasalt website so very happy with that!
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    • Miró
    • By Miró 16th Sep 17, 12:38 PM
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    I would be tempted to risk hand-washing this jacket gently, in a large vessel like a bathtub, squeezing water out (i.e. not wringing it out), starting the drying process flat over a towel over a clothes airer, and finishing it drying over a coat-hanger.

    HTH, gotta run. GQ x
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Ooooh nice coat! I too would adopt this hand-washing approach and then get a couple of bath towels and put the coat between them and press out as much water as possible, makes drying a bit quicker. Then as GreyQueen says dry flat to start with.


    I'm now encouraged to keep the coat and will have a go. I'm not sure I would be brave enough to try ironing it ... I could try an inside bit of the coat and see what happens.
    Originally posted by funnyfreckle
    Can I suggest that you don't iron the fabric directly if ironing the outside as you may get horrid shiny iron marks on that type of fabric. Iron over a cloth instead. Try smoothing and pulling the fabric straight as it dries....may be all that's needed. Actually with that style of coat a few slight creases would not look amiss...think 'distressed look! I quite enjoy a challenge like that especially when it's such a bargain to start with. Do let us know how you get on
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    • Miró
    • By Miró 16th Sep 17, 12:42 PM
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    Wilko do some that are not fishnet but are 'filled in' - IYSWIM - and also padded.
    http://www.wilko.com/washing-lines-pegs+peg-bags/wilko-delicates-washing-bag-white/invt/0328211

    I always wash my bras/bikini tops in them as well as anything that has beads or sequins on.
    And all knitwear.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    I just stuff delicate things in a pillowcase and fasten with a couple of tiny safety pins
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    • charlies-aunt
    • By charlies-aunt 16th Sep 17, 2:00 PM
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    From my fav CS Age UK - navy fine knit sweater dress with a subtle geometric pattern and a moss green long line cardi - £1 each.


    A little disappointed to find that the cardi is a little tight in the upper arms (which is possibly why it was in the CS!) I am going to try washing and gently stretching that area to try and get the fabric to 'give' a little more.... if that doesn't work, it will have a makeover into a sleeveless long line waistcoat


    Visit to Primarni next time I'm in town - fingers crossed that they have some JM lookalikees left!
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 16th Sep 17, 6:00 PM
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    Well, I can categorically say that the Jo Malone smell-alike is not in Derby Primark.
    I had a list (from Miro's DM link) of the 6 fragrances and checked the make-up area and the 'home' area and all the tills.
    Leeds & Harrogate. Hmmm.
    Maybe they are rolling it out in posher areas. But will keep my eyes open

    Slim pickings in the 13 charity shops.
    Probably because I'm now very picky & most shops seem expensive to me.
    Bought a dusky pink White Stuff dress with teal & grey pattern and crocheted edges to sleeves.
    £4.24 (half price) from BHF.
    Wouldn't have paid £8.50.

    And a once-read Jeffrey Deaver 'The Steel Kiss'. 50p.
    • Floss
    • By Floss 16th Sep 17, 6:04 PM
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    I wouldn't say that Blackpool is a posh area And there are a few fragrances, quite possibly more than 6 in my local store.
    Last edited by Floss; 16-09-2017 at 6:06 PM.
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