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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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    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 11th Oct 17, 12:57 PM
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    Hit the £1 hospice shop yesterday.

    Two Minecraft t shirts for DsS, a knight costume and a glow in the dark skeleton top for DS and two thin jumpers for me. All £1 each.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 13th Oct 17, 3:12 AM
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    Mystery personal shopper
    Popped into a local charity shop today that is always busy, because of its ridiculously low prices (I have another of the same charity equidistant to me that is just silly with its prices). I headed for the books at the far end end of the shop, caught the eye of another customer en-route and returned his beaming smile.

    I selected 3 humourous books for £1, and waited patiently in the queue, which gave me plenty of time to appraise the bric-a-brac. The same man was looking at some glasses and asked my opinion, which was positive. I then spied a giant mug and was debating the purpose with him - he felt it was decorative, I wanted it for tea! - and left it at that. A minute later I had a tap on the shoulder, this same chap handed me the following ceramic travel mug, a bit dusty but otherwise in perfect condition:



    At 10p I couldn't resist
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I popped into this shop earlier in the week and found my new friend in there once more. He said he’d seen a pair of BN boxed pink trainers that would suit me (you can never have enough comfortable walking shoes!) and then bizarrely told me my foot size and height. Both were spot on!

    Bought another ceramic travel mug, this time in a pink rosebud pattern...very “Cath Kidston” in design. The prices are a little erratic but 50p for a barely used travel mug was still very acceptable to me.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 13th Oct 17, 8:59 AM
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    VfM4meplse - sounds like you've pulled . The other week a very smelly and loud (but not horrible loud) man told me my hair smelled nice. My DH was with me and thought it was hilarious.At least everyone within a 5 mile radius knew I had clean hair.

    Have stayed out of the shops for a couple of days, at the moment I can't seem to resist knitwear but there is only so much one person needs and it takes up such a lot of room, I have bought for other people too but the same applies to them.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 13th Oct 17, 9:34 AM
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    First time of posting in here but I found 3 fabulous items on Saturday worthy of mentioning.


    Henry Holland jumper with a stitched Fox motif, quirky and in excellent condition £3.00


    Seasalt beautiful blouse, in Navy with cream spot design in unworn condition and perfect and smart for work £3.00


    Jersey dress - Brand unknown (as cut out label) but lovely quality, so thinking Fat Face or similar in a Burgundy with a tree pattern, in unworn condition. £4.00


    all from the Red Cross shop in local market town. Very happy girl here.
    Originally posted by tanyalasagne
    Welcome to the thread, Tanya.
    Seasalt stuff is lovely, great bargain.

    Yesterday I bought a new pair of workout crops in a multi-coloured flower pattern on a black background. £1 from Sue Ryder shop.

    And a black felt cloche hat by Laura Biagiotti, also from Sue Ryder.
    Apparently she was an Italian designer.
    In new condition, just some store fluff to remove.
    Fits me perfectly (I have a small head, even M&S S-M hats are too big).
    It has a thin band round the hat that goes into a cross-over bow at the side with a silver brand label.
    I was trying it on and a chap (stranger & customer) said 'Oh yes, that looks great, you must have it'.
    So I did. At £1.00 it would have been rude not to.
    Wouldn't it?
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 13th Oct 17, 10:04 AM
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    How come I don't get chatted up in charity shops?

    I feel quite left out.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 13th Oct 17, 12:12 PM
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    How come I don't get chatted up in charity shops?

    I feel quite left out.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    You know where to go
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 13th Oct 17, 2:42 PM
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    CS are the new dating sites dontcha know!
    Looking for books for DH today - didn't find any but I bought an M&S chunky knitted cardy'coat. I tried it on and hummed and haad and put it back. Walked round the corner and saw something similar but not as good quality in a shop window for £40 so I went straight back and bought it - £7.00 in the local hospice shop! Will look great over slim leg trousers for Sunday lunch type outings
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 13th Oct 17, 7:56 PM
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    A TU sleeveless summer dress in a purple, teal and very vivid coral (almost luminescent) which I think will look fab in the Greek sunshine.
    I tried it on yesterday but left it on the rail. Looked in my wardrobe when I got home & decided to buy it if it was still there.
    It was.
    Sue Ryder £2.00
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 14th Oct 17, 7:46 AM
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    Pollycat - your hat sounds fab, I love that style.

    I got some bits yesterday

    H&M Cardigan, beautiful design with a ribbon tie, wool blend in cream with a shaped front, it has a very hand knitted vibe £2.50

    Hand knitted cardigan in cream, oatmeal and buttermilk fairisle type design £1.99

    Tweedy brown, rust, burnt orange blanket wrap, the type with the shaped shoulders in a wool blend, the shop thought it was a blanket but as I paid I explained what it was £1.99

    Next PJ top, no matching bottoms but I only really needed a new top to go with some existing bottoms £1.99.

    Nike Drifit long sleeved running top in a claret colour £2.50.

    Matalan fleece cowl neck lounge jumper/PJ top, cream with large spots £2.50.

    Brand new Dunnes boys fleece PJ's
    £3.00 for DS.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 14th Oct 17, 9:38 AM
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    Finally, a negative note, the Crypt charity shop on Whitechapel High Street is seriously overpriced. I use book prices as a benchmark, then bric-a-brac, then clothing, and this was silly on all 3 counts. It was selling stuff that could be found BN in Poundland for much more than that! If it sells, fine - but I would suggest that if you wish to support this charity you donate directly.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    More negative reporting, I’m afraid. I was in the Spitafields Crypt Trust (same charity) in Bethnal Green yesterday - an area I haven’t visited for years - and was amazed at the prices. £4.50 for paperback?! Although there were some good titles, that I’ve P’inned. And the customers there were so rude, just shoving past and grunting.

    On the bright side, I later found myself walking past a laundrette in Shoreditch and noticed a trolley of books through the window. I bought 5 serious titles for £2 - all proceeds to charity
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 14th Oct 17, 10:05 AM
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    I've been in the Whitechapel Crypt CS a few times now and haven't bought anything. I did see a baby costume for an adult man in there. I did think about buying it for my husband as a gag gift for his birthday as it's coming up.It would be hilarious to see his face when he opened it.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Oct 17, 10:08 AM
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    More negative reporting, I’m afraid. I was in the Spitafields Crypt Trust (same charity) in Bethnal Green yesterday - an area I haven’t visited for years - and was amazed at the prices. £4.50 for paperback?! Although there were some good titles, that I’ve P’inned. And the customers there were so rude, just shoving past and grunting.

    On the bright side, I later found myself walking past a laundrette in Shoreditch and noticed a trolley of books through the window. I bought 5 serious titles for £2 - all proceeds to charity
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    How much????!!!!

    Forgot to mention I bought 2 paperbacks that look to have been read very carefully once.
    Michael Connelly 'The wrong side of goodbye'
    David Baldacci 'No man's land'

    Both are new-ish titles and are on my holiday reading shelf.
    75p each from our hospice ship.

    Pollycat - your hat sounds fab, I love that style.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    I hope my OH likes it better than the one I wore yesterday evening.
    He said it was a bit 'Miss Marple-ish'.
    (but he was probably right)

    I'm breaking out my green & navy Kangol trilby for today - to go with my green & navy tartan dress and DM green chelsea boots.

    dolly84:
    Your blanket wrap sounds fab.
    I think I'm a bit too short for that look.
    • Potternerd
    • By Potternerd 14th Oct 17, 11:37 AM
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    A pair of skinny jeans for DS for £7 they come from ASOS and would have cost nearly £70 new. In v good condition and I'm always chuffed when I can find ones to fit him. He's quite tall and v skinny, lucky him!
    A Kath Kidston BNWT zipped pouch which is my new pencil case for £2
    A navy polka dot drapey Jersey top from Tu, I'm totally with Pollycat on Tu they do some lovely stuff, for £1, a navy velvety jacket from Monsoon for £6 , a pale pink M and S cashmere jumper for £2 , a Hobbs navy silk cardigan for £3, and a grey and white baby blanket with stars on it from George for £2 for the cat. Oh and a cow parsley patterned shirt fro a company called Brakeburn which looks White Stuffish for £1!
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Oct 17, 2:01 PM
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    Potternerd
    Great haul.
    Coveting your cashmere cardi and silk cardi.

    I've seen Brakeburn in a couple of shops.
    I'd agree about it being like White Stuff and possibly a bit Joules.

    They do nice bags too.
    • C J
    • By C J 14th Oct 17, 3:26 PM
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    Today was a Nettlebed day, and it was absolutely mobbed! The busiest I have ever, ever seen it. I spent around £24 including the entrance fee, and I got:

    Brand new pumpkin design Halloween bib and baby Frankenstein dress up suit for baby grandson - still with tags on. There was a whole rail of baby Halloween stuff which was new, I think a supermarket must have donated it.

    Huge rechargeable super bright torch, unused and boxed

    Mad Millie Italian cheese making kit, in date until May 2018

    6 books for daughter's primary school class

    Wool felting kit (delighted with this, it's something I've fancied having a go at for ages)

    Brand new, sealed, Hobbycraft latch hook cushion kit in a lovely bold modern floral pattern

    A big heavy loose bottom square cake tin, plus a couple of 12 hole bun tins which I am going to use for making wax melts in (part of my current candle making hobby)

    Some balls of chunky knit wool and some more knitting needles in various sizes

    A small weaving loom

    Two small Falconware enamel pie dishes

    A Gromit cuddly toy complete with tag, just cos I luv Gromit.

    Hardback book of the Women's Institute Complete Christmas

    A couple of rubber stamps to add to my collection.


    They had a beautiful old wooden spinning wheel there for £20 and I was soooo tempted. I've always fancied having a go at spinning yarn but I have nowhere to put it really, so I walked away from that one.
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 14th Oct 17, 3:52 PM
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    Potternerd - does your Tu top have a knotted hem? If so I've got one that I grabbed - I think it was in their sale for about £6. It hangs well and washes beautifully!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 14th Oct 17, 6:32 PM
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    How come I don't get chatted up in charity shops?
    I feel quite left out.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I got my bottom pinched once in a PDSA shop
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 14th Oct 17, 6:58 PM
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    does anyone else find the cancer research shop fab ? dont know if ours is a clearance on but everything is £3 or under except for some boxes of i think nappies today i got;
    autograph m and s silk skirt
    dorothy perkins navy skirt
    gap jumper
    phase 8 skirt
    mexx top
    planet long skirt

    think thats it total £9

    they also have a lot of f and f tesco i think christmas clothes t shirts/nightwear/babygrows
    on the brink...
    • maman
    • By maman 14th Oct 17, 7:09 PM
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    does anyone else find the cancer research shop fab ? dont know if ours is a clearance on but everything is £3 or under except for some boxes of i think nappies today i got;
    autograph m and s silk skirt
    dorothy perkins navy skirt
    gap jumper
    phase 8 skirt
    mexx top
    planet long skirt

    think thats it total £9

    they also have a lot of f and f tesco i think christmas clothes t shirts/nightwear/babygrows
    Originally posted by tessie bear
    The CRUK shop by me is expensive for any decent brands. They charge around the £3 mark for Primark and supermarket stuff. Good brands are always £6+. They do have a good £1 clearance a couple of times a year and I tend to get better bargains on brands in the branch on the other side of the city.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 15th Oct 17, 8:27 AM
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    Pollycat - I think Miss Marple had a lovely look going on, if you update it for today it can look very modern vintage and stylish.

    Yesterday's finds

    Hand knitted cardigan
    in pink with multi coloured flecks, beautifully knitted with a cable design down each side of the button/holes. Weighs a ton and even has a spare button attached inside, hasn't been worn so I think someone knits for the shop. £4.50

    M&S relaxed slim jeans in black, barely worn by the look of it and still very black, hard to get a long leg in the CS so even though these were £5 I snapped them up.

    George grey & white striped thin knit with long sleeves, peter pan collar in white chiffon and matching shirt bottom - £2.50

    Steve Madden faux fur gilet £5 not particularly a bargain price but I love faux fur.
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