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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 5th Dec 17, 6:27 PM
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    Two longer body length tops, both black. One thin jumper from LaRedoute and one jersey top with a zip detail, Limited Collection from M&S. Both £3 from the local hospice shop.

    I'm 5'8 and long ish body anyway but the rapidly growing second baby bump just adds to the problem lol
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 5th Dec 17, 7:32 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!
    Originally posted by Floss
    Another amazing haul. Be sure to hide it at the back of the cupboard before its discovered
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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

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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 5th Dec 17, 7:33 PM
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    Two longer body length tops, both black. One thin jumper from LaRedoute and one jersey top with a zip detail, Limited Collection from M&S. Both £3 from the local hospice shop.

    I'm 5'8 and long ish body anyway but the rapidly growing second baby bump just adds to the problem lol
    Originally posted by Lucy5781
    I read that as i'm 58, then saw the baby bump bit
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 5th Dec 17, 7:36 PM
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    I read that as i'm 58, then saw the baby bump bit
    Originally posted by candygirl
    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, 7:55 PM
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    Haha! By the time I have sorted out my wardrobe to weed out not-worn items, he won't notice

    He is quite easy-going though - he accepts that my wardrobe content is often changing via Ebay sales & chazzer purchases
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 5th Dec 17, 11:46 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
    Is B&H quality worse than Poundland?
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    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 6th Dec 17, 2:19 AM
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    Is B&H quality worse than Poundland?
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver

    lots of soaps etc REALLY irritate my psoriasis, oddly B&H (now I know what you're all on about) doesn't
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 6th Dec 17, 7:09 AM
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    Floss & Wednesday 2000 - some fab bargains there.

    Well, I am convinced my local hospice shop (not the one in my village or in the town, one in a different village) has lost the plot.

    I've not bought anything for ages in there.
    Today they had a pair of Julian MacDonald jeans. Brand new with price tag of (I think) £55.
    These had been marked 70% off in Debenhams to £16.50.
    The charity shop wanted £22.50.
    Is it me or would anyone else be put off by that?

    They also have a boxed silver necklace, Cleopatra style, priced at £80.
    I've been watching these on ebay for quite a while and for the weight that is a silly expensive price.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 6th Dec 17, 7:44 AM
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    Sounds dear to me. The trade is buying scrap sterling silver from the public at 28p/ gramme now and selling it to the recyclers at about 35p/ gramme. It they sell it on as pieces to the public, they typically weigh & price at 50p/ gramme. Anything much above that, unless there is exceptional artistic merit, is ridiculous.

    And yes, I would have been put-off by that garment, the most I have ever spent on one garment at a chazzer was £12 for a very nice Planet long line silky suit jacket which is a classic and goes anywhere and everywhere.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 6th Dec 17, 8:01 AM
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    Thanks, GreyQueen, it's nice to know that I've not turned into Scrooge.

    The only other charity shop in the village has closed so I guess it's a captive audience although the prices have been higher than the other 2 hospice shops for a long time.

    I've bought some weighty silver pieces from ebay and the necklace in the charity shop was very lightweight and more expensive than I've bought.
    It's been in their cabinet for a couple of weeks so I'll see if it's still there next time I go in.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 6th Dec 17, 8:33 AM
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    Is B&H quality worse than Poundland?
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    Perhaps not, but Poundland has no marketing illusions of “luxury”.
    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!
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 6th Dec 17, 9:02 AM
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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
    Probably won't need to but probably will

    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!
    Originally posted by Floss


    Well done you.
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 6th Dec 17, 9:05 AM
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    Floss & Wednesday 2000 - some fab bargains there.

    Well, I am convinced my local hospice shop (not the one in my village or in the town, one in a different village) has lost the plot.

    I've not bought anything for ages in there.
    Today they had a pair of Julian MacDonald jeans. Brand new with price tag of (I think) £55.
    These had been marked 70% off in Debenhams to £16.50.
    The charity shop wanted £22.50.
    Is it me or would anyone else be put off by that?

    They also have a boxed silver necklace, Cleopatra style, priced at £80.
    I've been watching these on ebay for quite a while and for the weight that is a silly expensive price.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    I agree with you.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 6th Dec 17, 9:21 AM
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    Today they had a pair of Julian MacDonald jeans. Brand new with price tag of (I think) £55.
    These had been marked 70% off in Debenhams to £16.50.
    The charity shop wanted £22.50.
    Is it me or would anyone else be put off by that?
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    That is quite cheeky of them!

    Probably won't need to but probably will
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Yes, I probably will.
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    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 6th Dec 17, 10:29 AM
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    B&H update: was in TK Maxx yesterday, which was well stocked with B&H gift sets, no doubt many eventually destined for chazzers.

    It's often worth a rummage in TKM for imported hand creams; the Australian and NZ ones seem to be good for sensitive skin.
    They are an EYESORES!!!!
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 6th Dec 17, 6:34 PM
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    Perhaps not, but Poundland has no marketing illusions of “luxury”.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    No, perhaps they should go upmarket and rebrand themselves Pound & Land.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 6th Dec 17, 7:18 PM
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    No, perhaps they should go upmarket and rebrand themselves Pound & Land.
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    Nah, when they go upmarket, they'll be rebranded as Pownd & Lland, the second 'L' being silent, you see. Really posh names look nothing like they're spelt, sez a woman who was in her twenties before she connected Grov'nor's pronounciation with Gros-ven-or's spelling.

    Shamefully, I've been so busy running errands & stuff that I haven't even been in a chazzer for a week, never mind bought anything. This must stop, I am falling behind youse lot in bargainaciousness and am ashamed, I tell you, ashamed.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    • Miró
    • By Miró 6th Dec 17, 9:14 PM
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    Forgive me chazza chums for I have sinned

    [Whispers] Today In a chazza in Otley I saw a new, huge, B & H 3 wick candle in Sweet Mandarin 'flavour'. It was priced at 75p. I quickly had a squiz on t'internet and saw that they normally sell for around £17 I bought it.....oh the shame!


    It's often worth a rummage in TKM for imported hand creams; the Australian and NZ ones seem to be good for sensitive skin.
    Originally posted by Out, Vile Jelly
    I'm a bit hesitant buying toiletries and cosmetics In TkMaxx as sometimes you never know if they have been opened and mucked about with Also, I would never buy anything food related since a few weeks ago I was looking at a Panettone when a fly crawled out of the box....yuk!
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    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 6th Dec 17, 9:40 PM
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    Dogs Trust in between Debenhams and John Lewis in the next town up from me had a Joules sweatshirt/ jumper dress thingy for £20.... Think I laughed out loud. They're £40 brand new.

    On a better note, got a gorgeous tiny Next party dress for bump for £1.50 in Sue Ryder. Would have been £15-18 originally. Already considering it for her naming blessing.
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 9th Dec 17, 6:35 PM
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    Bump!

    Have redeemed myself as a bargainista with a pair of Olsen Europe jeans. this model: http://www.olsen.co.uk/Basics/Bottoms/Power-Stretch-Jeans-Mona-Slim-Dark-Ink.html

    Off their website, £89.00, off the chazzer rail£2.99. Perfect fit, now laundered and drying on the airer. Winning!
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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