Great UK's Top Designer Charity Shops Hunt

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  • HappySad
    HappySad Posts: 2,021 Forumite
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    found Cancer Reseach to be very expensive. I feel that the charity shops that are all looking nice inside and organised are more expensive. but they are also the shops that have more nicer things inside. The shops that are OK or not OK looking you will have to hunt for the good stuff but everything there is very well prices.
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  • I went to the BHF in Tunbridge Wells, normally fairly reasonable but not this time. There was a pair of vintage shoes, Russell and Bromley circa 1970 for £25!!! £25 for a pair of shoes from a charity shop. I was shocked. Don't you hate it when someone in the charity shop realises how much they could actually get for the items they are selling, I mean it's a charity shop not Ebay!
    I've heard that charity shops in Sevenoaks are full of designer gear at rock bottom prices, but I have yet to test that theory.
  • KM1976
    KM1976 Posts: 25 Forumite
    T-girl wrote:
    There was a pair of vintage shoes, Russell and Bromley circa 1970 for £25!!! £25 for a pair of shoes from a charity shop. I was shocked. Don't you hate it when someone in the charity shop realises how much they could actually get for the items they are selling, I mean it's a charity shop not Ebay!


    They are also a business. They need to make as much money as possible. If they know how much something is worth, why shouldnt they charge that? Just because it's a charity shop doesn't mean they should charge a quid for everything! You'll probably still get it cheaper than buying it elsewhere, AND you will be donating money to charity :-)
  • There are 10 charity shops in easy walking distance from the Golder's Green tube. The cancer research is overpriced, but the ones along the road with the 83 & 183 bus stops are much better.

    There's one just past harrods that is surprisingly cheap - we've had fortnum & mason shirts from there for £2 and the book section in the basement is pretty good.

    Also the one at finchley road opposite the 02 center can be quite good, but you have to be careful to read the labels as some are bargains, but some are more cannily priced.
    Still wish I could buy a TARDIS instead of a house!
  • TeaBoy_2
    TeaBoy_2 Posts: 408 Forumite
    ayla261 wrote:
    rochester (medway, kent) officially has the most charity shops in one high street, i think its 8 or 9!

    i'm pretty sure i can beat that, my little town of northallerton has about a dozen all on the high street. all full of complete cr@p like.

    do the charity shops sell what they collect or do they move stuff around the country? theres not much chance of anyone donating designer gear in this grim little hole.
    What's it going to be, eh?
  • DrFluffy
    DrFluffy Posts: 2,549 Forumite
    The Sobel House Hospice shop on Little Clarendon Street, Oxford is fab for designer bargains - clothes and homewears...
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  • hiya

    i live in lincolnshire and you very rarely get anything designer in the shops in lincoln. i stick to tk maxx for a designer bargain.

    question - a friend told me she'd read somewhere that there is a charity shop in london where all the main designers donate their display/catwalk/sample wedding dress stock - so the charity can make a profit. does anyone know where this is and what the shop is called? if so i'd be very grateful, especially if it has a website and will take a daytrip on the train down to the london to see if its any good.

    thanks, claire
  • starlite_2
    starlite_2 Posts: 2,428 Forumite
    A lot of charity shops now employ people to pick out the best things and sell them on ebay as they have a chance of making much more money from them.

    I know that miss selfridges donate their returned and excess sale stock to Scope charity shops, and you can find some amazing bargains amongst those.
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  • hiya

    question - a friend told me she'd read somewhere that there is a charity shop in london where all the main designers donate their display/catwalk/sample wedding dress stock - so the charity can make a profit. does anyone know where this is and what the shop is called? if so i'd be very grateful, especially if it has a website and will take a daytrip on the train down to the london to see if its any good.

    thanks, claire

    Have you tried clicking on the link to the Telegraph article in JennyB's post #21 above?
  • The Notting Hill Housing Trust shops are excellent - I have had great clothes from the branches in Knightsbridge, Putney and Richmond (over the bridge towards St Margarets - there are about four charity shops close together there).
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