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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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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 4th Dec 17, 3:19 PM
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    silvasava - that outfit sounds very sophisticated.

    Miro - you sound very snug.

    I am wearing a pair of Next tall skinny jeans £3.99 ish and a conflower blue cable knit pringle jumper which I got as part of a 3 for £1 deal at a carboot.

    I haven't bought anything for a while now, I did look this weekend and saw in the BHF a Hudson & Rose (never come across this brand before) cable knit jumper dress, I had a quick look and it wasn't in amazing condition or anything and it was £7.99 - needless to say I didn't buy it.
    Originally posted by dolly84

    I read that as 'you sound very smug' and felt very deflated *

    Wasn't meant to be chazza shop hunting today but as I passed the community shop couldn't resist calling in. Came out with a heavy long scarf/shawl type of thing in autumnal shades of orange, brown, black, wine & yellow with teeny tiny diamond stones scattered all over it, (sparkly but not too blingy!) and thick black fringing at both ends. £1.

    I actually witnessed someone buying a B & H gifty set today too I felt like saying in my best 'Linda'** voice, "are you really sure about that?"


    * Note to self, book an eye test in the New Year!
    ** 'The Archers' reference!
    Last edited by Mirů; 04-12-2017 at 3:23 PM.
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    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 4th Dec 17, 3:38 PM
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    Moved to a lovely town a few months ago and picking up lots of bargains at the charity shops
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 4th Dec 17, 3:51 PM
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    I bought a Zara jumper and another teddy for my dog. £4.50. I'm not sure if that is particularly good value as I don't shop in Zara, but it looked in very good condition. It was stripy too and I was out looking for a stripy top.

    I went into an office bathroom and saw B&H handwash again today! Black Pepper and Ginseng.

    I'm off for a proper search around the CS shops tomorrow, I will hit at least 6 shops tomorrow!
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    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 4th Dec 17, 4:09 PM
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    i keep seeing b and h in shops such as tesco being sold new i feel like offering to reverse up a van and take them straight to the charity shop cut out the middle man as it were xx
    on the brink...
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 4th Dec 17, 4:47 PM
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    Re Bayliss n Harding sets , my DD has once again bought my Mum one ,despite my warnings of where it will end up
    Originally posted by candygirl
    Does she really hate her granny or something?

    There's still plenty of time, I'd encourage her to make something and give it to her. Something like this is easy enough, and a better use of the cash:

    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • Floss
    • By Floss 4th Dec 17, 5:21 PM
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    ...** 'The Archers' reference!
    Originally posted by Mir!
    Just as an aside - we went to a local gin distillery event at the weekend, and I felt as though we had wandered onto the set of The Archers...lots of talk of cows, neighbouring farm gossip & the general chit-chat of rural country folk socialising!
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 4th Dec 17, 6:10 PM
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    Does she really hate her granny or something?

    There's still plenty of time, I'd encourage her to make something and give it to her. Something like this is easy enough, and a better use of the cash:

    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    That-s fab , but she's more if a buyer than a maker 😉
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 4th Dec 17, 7:21 PM
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    Looked in the local CS for DH's favourite author - no joy. It I did find a new Blue Harbour t-shirt for him for £2.99 and in the local hospice shop a BNWT red lined lace top - what particularly took my eye was that the pattern had been matched on the front and on the back ( our pet hates Miro?) In a chevron design - £5. Just right for a family lunch on Saturday
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 4th Dec 17, 7:24 PM
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    Just as an aside - we went to a local gin distillery event at the weekend, and I felt as though we had wandered onto the set of The Archers...lots of talk of cows, neighbouring farm gossip & the general chit-chat of rural country folk socialising!
    Originally posted by Floss
    Ha! I frequently spend week-ends up in the Dales with 'country folk' friends...it really is another world! Full of smells, (sileage....ick ick, cow pats...ick ick) and as for the noise, well, (tractors/chain saws/quad bikes/sheep & assorted animals etc). Give me a nice town with pavements and just the occasional nee naw. I start to get panic attacks after about 2 days due to being away from (charity) shops!
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 4th Dec 17, 7:25 PM
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    Looked in the local CS for DH's favourite author - no joy. It I did find a new Blue Harbour t-shirt for him for £2.99 and in the local hospice shop a BNWT red lined lace top - what particularly took my eye was that the pattern had been matched on the front and on the back ( our pet hates Miro?) In a chevron design - £5. Just right for a family lunch on Saturday
    Originally posted by silvasava

    Woo hoo
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 5th Dec 17, 10:15 AM
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    On the subject of Star Buys, my bloke has a battered leather jacket bought for £10 approx 20 years ago that he's worn every winter since (his wardrobe policy is winter: 1 coat required, summer: no coat required, therefore total number of coats owned = 1). It gets complimentary comments for its 70s cop vibe; basically he looks like he can roll over a car bonnet shouting "you're nicked, son" at any moment. A young lad working in a cafe once admired it and we told him he should be searching chazzers for similar bargains, so hopefully we created a convert there.
    Originally posted by Out, Vile Jelly


    My policy on coats would appear to be to own one for every occasion and every type of weather. I love coats, boots, jumpers, anything wintery really, I love winter.
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    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 5th Dec 17, 11:03 AM
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    omgoodness one coat i feel faint at the thought...my fav cruk shop sell coats for £3 and i take full advantage also worth looking in the end of sale i m and s....might count mine later to see how many more i need must be 20 plus xxx
    on the brink...
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 5th Dec 17, 11:42 AM
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    omgoodness one coat i feel faint at the thought...my fav cruk shop sell coats for £3 and i take full advantage also worth looking in the end of sale i m and s....might count mine later to see how many more i need must be 20 plus xxx
    Originally posted by tessie bear
    I always thought expenditure on new coats to be justified. Until I had to pack the sodding things and realised that I spend most of my winters wearing just 2 of them

    The spring ones barely get an outing as its easier to sling a shawl on.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    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!
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 5th Dec 17, 12:08 PM
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    omgoodness one coat i feel faint at the thought...my fav cruk shop sell coats for £3 and i take full advantage also worth looking in the end of sale i m and s....might count mine later to see how many more i need must be 20 plus xxx
    Originally posted by tessie bear
    Oh dear tessie bear, I'm going to have to go and count my coats now aren't I??

    Update: OMG Coat Count x 27, (I'm really shocked!), and that is after taking 4 winter coats to a chazza last week, and its not counting fleeces and waterproof walking jackets.

    I always thought expenditure on new coats to be justified. Until I had to pack the sodding things and realised that I spend most of my winters wearing just 2 of them

    The spring ones barely get an outing as its easier to sling a shawl on.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Actually, VfM4meplse, thinking about it I tend to have two favourites coats for winter, (one Lands End, down 3/4 coat and a smarter M & S padded jacket) both purchased in sales. In spring and autumn it tends to be either a fleece or my Hobbs trench coat, both chazza purchases. Summer tends to be wraps/shawls/scarves.
    Last edited by Mirů; 05-12-2017 at 12:14 PM.
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    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 5th Dec 17, 12:19 PM
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    miro that sounds a sensible number xx still not got my grand total will do it later....i imagine packing coats would be a pain...have you discovered the endless possibilities of ikea blue bags ?? they are wonderful when moving xx
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 5th Dec 17, 1:52 PM
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    omgoodness one coat i feel faint at the thought...my fav cruk shop sell coats for £3 and i take full advantage also worth looking in the end of sale i m and s....might count mine later to see how many more i need must be 20 plus xxx
    Originally posted by tessie bear
    Is this an appropriate time to confess I own 5 sheepskin coats?
    1 from flea market, 3 from charity shops and one from eBay.
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 5th Dec 17, 2:24 PM
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    i see i amongst friends on this thread xx i counted 27 coats not including suit type jackets think i might donate a few
    on the brink...
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 5th Dec 17, 3:10 PM
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    Eek! I will stay away from the KonMari thread today.

    I went to the £1 charity shop and bought 11 new items today and then I bought 6 more items from another charity shop.

    I was reading about how to match your clothes and create outfits on blogs yesterday and I got a little carried away.

    1 scarf
    3 jumpers
    2 dresses
    1 skirt
    3 blouses
    1 jacket
    4 cardigans
    2 long sleeved tops

    £31 spent in all. I probably won't need to buy any more clothes for 2018!
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 5th Dec 17, 4:00 PM
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    Eek! I will stay away from the KonMari thread today.

    I went to the £1 charity shop and bought 11 new items today and then I bought 6 more items from another charity shop.

    I was reading about how to match your clothes and create outfits on blogs yesterday and I got a little carried away.

    1 scarf
    3 jumpers
    2 dresses
    1 skirt
    3 blouses
    1 jacket
    4 cardigans
    2 long sleeved tops

    £31 spent in all. I probably won't need to buy any more clothes for 2018!
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I'm getting a buzz out of your bargains - a brilliant haul for just £31.
    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!
    • Floss
    • By Floss 5th Dec 17, 4:11 PM
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    I have been like a child in a sweetshop today...DH is away so no shopping monitor when I came home!

    I found:
    2 Phase 8 floaty tops, 1 white, 1 ivory
    Gerry Weber burgundy/pink/ivory/grey silk front top
    Next "Luxe" grey cotton/cashmere fine sweater
    Woolovers grey long line merino/cashmere cardi
    Seasalt reversible top in burgundy/white
    and a cream & grey Atmosphere coatigan.
    Total spend £25

    Oh, and DH has bought me a gorgeous soft baby pink drapey cardi for Christmas...he's ever so clever seeing as he is 180 miles away!
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