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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 20th Jun 16, 8:26 PM
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    Chazzers - do you budget?
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    • 20th Jun 16, 8:26 PM
    Chazzers - do you budget? 20th Jun 16 at 8:26 PM
    I know many of OSers have to watch the pennies and budget carefully. I'm usually restrained in shops as I don't need more stuff to ...unless it's the chazzer.

    At which point all bets are off! I still look at the price of individual items and assess whether they are worth it to me, but I don't watch my overall expenditure as I consider it charity rather than retail therapy. Is it just me?
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • Uniscots97
    • By Uniscots97 13th May 17, 10:51 PM
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    Blackpool has some good chazzas, there's still a couple that get 'new' stuff direct from the shops (after sales etc). I love going to see what they have, got a lot of my daughter's clothes (and mine) from the chazzas there
    2014 in 2014 = 2089.52 - 14025.96 / 13694.07. The Other One: 12042.8111540.91 Wine is like opera. You can enjoy it even if you don't understand it and too much can give you a headache the next day J
    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 14th May 17, 11:05 PM
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    I have developed a new rule this year - one in, one out. I am only allowed to buy something if I am prepared to get rid of something in the same category. So, for example, a tee shirt in blue developed a hole right in the middle of the front where it was impossible to mend without it showing (due to the nature of the material and a patch would have just looked silly there!) So next round of pottering with a friend round charity shops I kept my eye out for a blue tee shirt. Having found one the holey one went to the rag box. Since most of my ornaments are presents from friends or memories of places past I wont be buying any of them; I have enough crockery so I wont be buying that; I wont be buying books cos I have a stack of some 20 odd that I am finishing and then donating to my local chazzer...... I live a very contented life with enough stuff - one in one out! I dont need more! Now if only I could apply that to the pounds of fat around my waist :-)
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    • Towser
    • By Towser 16th May 17, 9:12 PM
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    What labels should I covet for teenage boys?

    I have been buying Quicksilver, o'Neill and Hollister Jack Wills, Superdry, Abercrombie & Fitchare there any others?
    • Doody
    • By Doody 17th May 17, 12:49 AM
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    Budget for charity shops? Nah. I go in the cheap ones and splurge to my heart's content and come away with a bag full and change from a tenner. Really, I'm trying to bring less stuff into the house so that is what I set as a limit.

    Teenage boys stuff? Maybe Pull and Bear?
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 17th May 17, 8:37 AM
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    I have developed a new rule this year - one in, one out. )
    Originally posted by Lynplatinum
    Lyn, I really wish I had your restraint - too many times I come home with something which " only cost 1 - bargain!".

    I then realise I'll never use/wear/listen to/read it and justify the sale by telling myself I'm helping the charity by buying it, and then again by donating it back.

    When I do donate it back it's not so much of a problem but I have a nasty habit of letting it sit in the drawer/wardrobe/bookcase/whatever, which means it's more clutter to deal with.

    I just wish I thought before I bought!
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 17th May 17, 10:58 AM
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    Lyn, I really wish I had your restraint - too many times I come home with something which " only cost 1 - bargain!".

    I then realise I'll never use/wear/listen to/read it and justify the sale by telling myself I'm helping the charity by buying it, and then again by donating it back.

    When I do donate it back it's not so much of a problem but I have a nasty habit of letting it sit in the drawer/wardrobe/bookcase/whatever, which means it's more clutter to deal with.

    I just wish I thought before I bought!
    Originally posted by Chris25
    I have a policy of '1 in, 1 out' as my wardrobes are full.

    So even if it's only 1 I do think hard about whether I really want it.

    I was looking at Galileo thermometers in our local hospice shop yesterday.
    They had 2, 1 was 4 and the other was 3 but I decided I want a taller one with more 'balls' in.
    I think the OH would like it on his desk in the study and it would make a good surprise Christmas present.

    I've seen one on Amazon - 44cms tall with what looks like 10 'balls'. It's 20.47 & 4 postage so not that expensive really if I don't find one in a charity shop in the next 6 or 7 months.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 17th May 17, 12:41 PM
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    I was looking at Galileo thermometers in our local hospice shop yesterday.
    They had 2, 1 was 4 and the other was 3 but I decided I want a taller one with more 'balls' in.
    I think the OH would like it on his desk in the study and it would make a good surprise Christmas present.

    I've seen one on Amazon - 44cms tall with what looks like 10 'balls'. It's 20.47 & 4 postage so not that expensive really if I don't find one in a charity shop in the next 6 or 7 months.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Looking at this, the economist in me says go ahead and buy two for 7 and arrange them skillfully - perhaps with other existing items - rather than one for 24.47.

    But then its easy for me to rationalise as this item doesn't push my buttons
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • Towser
    • By Towser 19th May 17, 4:00 PM
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    If you were to walk past some chazzas which would they be? I cannot even though some are more expensive than others, as well as sorting their goods by colour and not size.

    Which are the cheapest chazzas? The community hospice ones?
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 19th May 17, 4:13 PM
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    My opinion:
    BHF is expensive.
    Oxfam is expensive & sorts by colour.
    Our local Barnados is expensive.

    Charity shops that have recently undergone refurbishment tend to be expensive.

    There are 3 shops for the same Hospice in my area. The prices for similar items vary considerably.

    We have a 1 clearance Air Ambulance shop where I've got some great bargains but other branches of the same shop in different towns/cities are more expensive.
    • WeegieWumman
    • By WeegieWumman 19th May 17, 4:44 PM
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    My ex-neighbour was a marketing manager. She informed me that the SAME clothing left the factories bearing labels of VARIOUS shops to be sold to the public at a wide range of prices from cheap to expensive.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 19th May 17, 5:23 PM
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    The local hospice shop is usually pretty good.

    I generally go first to the animal charity shops, as that's my preferred cause; there are two near us, in different small towns, for the same charity, and I always go to the one where they don't look down the side of their nose at me, whether looking to buy or donating.
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    • honeythewitch
    • By honeythewitch 19th May 17, 8:22 PM
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    I have developed a new rule this year - one in, one out. I am only allowed to buy something if I am prepared to get rid of something in the same category. So, for example, a tee shirt in blue developed a hole right in the middle of the front where it was impossible to mend without it showing (due to the nature of the material and a patch would have just looked silly there!) So next round of pottering with a friend round charity shops I kept my eye out for a blue tee shirt. Having found one the holey one went to the rag box. Since most of my ornaments are presents from friends or memories of places past I wont be buying any of them; I have enough crockery so I wont be buying that; I wont be buying books cos I have a stack of some 20 odd that I am finishing and then donating to my local chazzer...... I live a very contented life with enough stuff - one in one out! I dont need more! Now if only I could apply that to the pounds of fat around my waist :-)
    Originally posted by Lynplatinum
    I only wish I had the discipline to do the same
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 19th May 17, 8:22 PM
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    I always go to the one where they don't look down the side of their nose at me, whether looking to buy or donating.
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    Really?
    Do volunteers do that in the shops you go in?
    That's shocking - and I'd put them right on that. In a very loud voice.
    They are there to serve customers and make money for the charity.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 20th May 17, 8:34 AM
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    Looking at this, the economist in me says go ahead and buy two for 7 and arrange them skillfully - perhaps with other existing items - rather than one for 24.47.

    But then its easy for me to rationalise as this item doesn't push my buttons
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Hmmm.

    That makes sense but he wouldn't want 2 on his desk and if it's for a gift and I know he would really appreciate it, I don't think short of 25 is too bad.
    I saw a tall one in a local jewellers the same day as I saw the ones in the Hospice shop and it did look impressive. I think that's what made me glad that I hadn't bought either of the 2.

    So I'll keep on looking for the time being.
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 20th May 17, 9:35 AM
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    Re - Galileo thermometers. I've previously bought my teenage son and nephew one as a stocking filler. I got them in B & M. As they've now broken unsure how many balls were in them, but I think I'll have paid under 10. I'd be tempted to check there if you have one first if the charity shop doesn't come up with one, to see if it's what you're looking for before spending just under 25 on one, which to me also seems expensive. B & M tend to get them in with their christmas stock, so around September-ish time. I wouldn't want to have 2 taking up desk space either,

    There's a charity shop in my town centre that sorts by colour too. I find it handy because most of the time the clothing is for a costume for my DD's drama productions, so I know what colour I'm looking for. I can't for the life of me remember which charity. I tend to mostly know where the chazzas are but not which charity they support. I didn't know Oxfam also sorted by colour but I was pretty sure the one in my town shut down some time ago, a google tells me it's moved to a village on the outskirts, not far from where I work, and it's in an affluent area so once I go back to my usual finish time I'm going to call in.

    My Age concern CS is situated in a old building that has an attic and that's where the 1 clothes are.

    Sue Ryder has almost every item for 2. There's the odd exception for certain items, I think bags and footwear, but most clothing is 2.

    BHF has the collectable book shelves and where I'm picking up the classic books again for DD and some I read as a child too. Though with no price tag on it, I picked up Jo's boys the other week, expecting it to cost 1 or so, like Little Women had a few weeks earlier, and thought the 3 cost was on the pricery side. I haven't looked but I thought I might have been able to get it cheaper on ebay/amazon. Lesson learned, next time I ask the price.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 20th May 17, 1:20 PM
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    Looking at this, the economist in me says go ahead and buy two for 7 and arrange them skillfully - perhaps with other existing items - rather than one for 24.47.

    But then its easy for me to rationalise as this item doesn't push my buttons
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Re - Galileo thermometers. I've previously bought my teenage son and nephew one as a stocking filler. I got them in B & M. As they've now broken unsure how many balls were in them, but I think I'll have paid under 10. I'd be tempted to check there if you have one first if the charity shop doesn't come up with one, to see if it's what you're looking for before spending just under 25 on one, which to me also seems expensive. B & M tend to get them in with their christmas stock, so around September-ish time. I wouldn't want to have 2 taking up desk space either,
    Originally posted by Spendless
    I'm talking about a gift for Christmas for someone who has a wardrobe full of coats, jackets, shirts, trousers and shoes and buys computer hardware upgrades (his hobby) whenever he likes.
    I'm talking about buying something for someone that I know would appreciate it.

    We are not short of money.

    The one I've seen is 18" high, the ones in the charity shop were probably 10" high.

    I will look in B&M and probably Home Bargains (so thanks for the suggestion) but if I'm buying one at all, I want to buy quality.
    I'm not prepared to buy something cheap for the sake of buying it.
    If that's what I wanted I'd have bought the one for 3.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 20th May 17, 1:45 PM
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    Really?
    Do volunteers do that in the shops you go in?
    That's shocking - and I'd put them right on that. In a very loud voice.
    They are there to serve customers and make money for the charity.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    They did it in a shop I don't go in any more!!
    I went there twice - once when I first moved in with Mr LW and had a load of stuff from my "former" life to get rid of - including my wedding dress; they were quite snooty, but I let it pass.
    I went in a second time a few months later just for a nosey, and they were snooty then, too - and I left without purchasing anything.

    So now I only visit the branch in the other town. Same charity, different attitude - in fact this second lot were thrilled when Mr LW and I donated a surplus-to-requirements dinner set, and later very excitedly told me they'd made a very decent amount selling it to a lady who wanted a lot of spare china as she held dinner parties regularly.
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 20th May 17, 3:09 PM
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    I'm talking about a gift for Christmas for someone who has a wardrobe full of coats, jackets, shirts, trousers and shoes and buys computer hardware upgrades (his hobby) whenever he likes.
    I'm talking about buying something for someone that I know would appreciate it.

    We are not short of money.

    The one I've seen is 18" high, the ones in the charity shop were probably 10" high.

    I will look in B&M and probably Home Bargains (so thanks for the suggestion) but if I'm buying one at all, I want to buy quality.
    I'm not prepared to buy something cheap for the sake of buying it.
    If that's what I wanted I'd have bought the one for 3.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    I totally understand what you're saying but for me I have a total cost in my head of a max price I'm prepared to pay for any item, regardless of whether I have plenty of money. The thermometer to me is a stocking filler type present and 'not worth' around 25. It's not something I'd associate with quality either. They sit there with balls going up and down and are pretty to look at if that's what you like and if you knock them off they break, but I hope you find one you like.
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 20th May 17, 3:23 PM
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    I went to the CS this morning. First I hit the shop with the classic book section and I found the book that DD's new speech teacher has said she needs. However because she needed it several lessons ago, we already bought it from ebay and for cheaper, but I got this copy too as an emergency back up. It showed me how if you are after something specific you've got to allow enough time for it to appear.

    DD was with me. I posted either on here or the other thread that last week she moaned like mad about being in a chazza till she saw a Jack Wills mug, this week she looked through the non clothing items and also the clothing rails in hope of a designer brand. None were found, but I thought she'd got over her aversion to charity shops. Not so. I wanted a long skirt for her for her next drama production of Les Mis and that shop didn't have anything, so along to the Sue Ryder place. They did have something suitable for DD. However she reverted back to moaning, this time that the shop smelt and was I sure no-one had died in the skirt. For all her moaning she still wandered into the non clothing area and came back with a 'designer pencil case' a pineapple brand one.

    The drama school has sent out the costume list this morning, some things they mention hiring, some buying. I am pleased with the 2 skirt and intend adding bits we already have in, for the characters she is and seeing how low a budget I can stick to for this production.
    • honeythewitch
    • By honeythewitch 20th May 17, 6:38 PM
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    I'm talking about a gift for Christmas for someone who has a wardrobe full of coats, jackets, shirts, trousers and shoes and buys computer hardware upgrades (his hobby) whenever he likes.
    I'm talking about buying something for someone that I know would appreciate it.

    We are not short of money.

    The one I've seen is 18" high, the ones in the charity shop were probably 10" high.

    I will look in B&M and probably Home Bargains (so thanks for the suggestion) but if I'm buying one at all, I want to buy quality.
    I'm not prepared to buy something cheap for the sake of buying it.
    If that's what I wanted I'd have bought the one for 3.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    i agree,Pollycat. If something brings you (or the recipient) pleasure every time you see it or use it then it is well worth the money.
    Something that isn't quite right is waste.
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