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More Charity Shop Bargains for 2018 & beyond!

edited 8 May 2018 at 10:26AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • As a larger lady I have the same issue, the new sue ryder shop near me which opened a few months ago seems to be getting a few larger sizes.
    A friend who volunteers in a British Heart shop told me that they rag anything in above a 22 whether this is true/ or his managers policy I dont know. I know I have never seen much plus sized when I have looked in british heart shops, having looked in their shops in lots of areas.


    I tend to find hospice or small local charity shhops tend to be richer picking as they seem to try to sell as much of the donations as possible

    Good grief, I hope it's not true!

    I donate my large sizes in the hope it will help out another equally generously sized lady.

    Not for them to go to the ragman, based on their size! :(
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    I know several shops rag uniforms to prevent misunderstandings - which when I see the efforts reenactors go to to replicate 50s & earlier garments is heartbreaking, but how can a cs know what the buyer intends?

    To rag on size alone is just poor business, surely? It isn't much more storage for a market that will happily spend on the right garment.
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    edited 18 May 2019 at 3:09PM
    I’m just back from Nettlebed, and mulling over my purchases (and the ones I missed) so I will share them with you while I have a much needed cup of tea!

    My missed ‘bargain’ (I now think it was a bargain and I should have been quicker off the mark to bag it) was a strange looking heavy duty metal hand cranked circular stitching machine thing. I do a lot of craft type stuff but had never seen anything quite like it. It seemed almost industrial in its size and weight, and was in excellent condition, the handle and needles turning smoothly and easily. Nobody knew what it was. The man was asking £20 for it and wouldn’t engage with any haggling as he reckoned it might be worth quite a bit. I hummed and hahed, thought with its main needle being curved that it might be for stitching leather and that it might interest Mister CJ .... I left it for five minutes and when I returned to look at it again, it had gone. I’ve googled it, and it is something called a Linker machine for joining knitting together, so it wouldn’t have been of much use to me, except they sell second hand for around £200!

    So I did buy:

    A set of three Marguerite Patten wartime recipe books, and a Nigel Slater cook book for a total of £2 the lot. The Marguerite Patten ones are particularly great, lots of social history in them too.

    A set of four fabulous matching very large wooden picture frames in perfect condition for 50p each. Very pleased with these.

    A large crate of Duplo including two big base plates and some fabulous Duplo figures, £3. This is for small grandson (you can never have too much Duplo)

    A new, sealed pack of four Lancôme Juicy Tubes lip glosses, and a new sealed pack of Orthaheel shoe inserts in my size - £1 each. The shoe inserts are fab, I already have some and they make an otherwise uncomfortable pair of shoes feel like ones in which I am walking on air. They’re usually around £25 a pair.

    A couple of little kitchen utensils - one of those wire scoop/drainer/skimmer things to use with a wok, and a pair of kitchen scissors with multiple blades (for chopping herbs) both of which have been on my search list for ages - £1 each

    A large rug - about 8ft sq I think - brown, with a modern red and white pattern which will suit the intended room perfectly - £5 and it’s in great condition (although I will shampoo it)

    And then I impulse-bought a telescope. I know nothing about them, haven’t got around to researching them, but sometimes I’ve watched Professor Brian Cox or Dara O’Briain on telly and wistfully thought I would like to gaze at the night sky and wished I had a telescope. I don’t yet know if this one works (Mister CJ is currently setting it up for me in my garden craft studio) but I have checked the make and model and it retails for £249 so I I definitely think it was worth the £10 I paid for it.
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    I know several shops rag uniforms to prevent misunderstandings - which when I see the efforts reenactors go to to replicate 50s & earlier garments is heartbreaking, but how can a cs know what the buyer intends?

    To rag on size alone is just poor business, surely? It isn't much more storage for a market that will happily spend on the right garment.

    I volunteer at a small local Hospice charity and it is our policy to rag modern workwear/uniforms if they have a company logo on them. However, we would never rag any vintage uniforms. We collect vintage clothing and put on special vintage events a couple of times a year.

    Nothing gets past our team of skilled volunteers, they know their labels both vintage and modern. Like osbornbiscuit's colleague we also do invisible repairs on anything that is high quality such as designer/vintage/cashmere clothing. We also launder expensive items which have been donated because they are soiled or stained. Some posh dry clean only dresses come up a treat when washed inside out in a laundry bag on a delicates wash. The same goes for wedding dresses. It's worth a try to save them because otherwise they would be sold to the rag man.

    We display and sell all sizes and have plenty of regular donors and purchasers of plus sizes.
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    We've been out and about today and I made an effort to look at the larger sizes and saw a lot of really nice things that I would happily wear in my size.


    We have brought home two bags full of stuff today:


    Mens Hollister Slim Epic Flex Jeans which look new £5.50
    Mens White Stuff ticking stripe shirt 99p
    Mens White Stuff gingham check shirt in beige-y tones 99p
    Mens Rohan All Time Jacket in stone colour £5.99 (retail on this was nearly £100).


    Tu Mustard colour Edge to Edge cardigan £3
    Pistachio summer maxi dress, lovely wrap over top with stripes and a full skirt with floral pattern £4.50
    Joules Kingston shirt in blue and white stripe £2
    Warehouse chiffon shirt with black sleeves and back and floral front, collarless, v neck style £1
    Papaya stone chinos £2
    Zara black straight trousers with raised stitched seam detail £1
    W linen sleeveless top in orange, black and white pattern £1


    Happy days.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler


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    An afternoon out in Pickering for us today and I got a few small bits a pair of smart ankle grazer m and s trousers very lightly worn £2 a looks like new lands end t shirt £3 and an Emma bridgewater mug £15.95 not a massive bargain but it has robins on and would be £19.95 new.

    My biggest none cs bargain today though were some free seat cushions for my sofa from freegle. The sofa cushions are a bit flat and someone was giving away the exact same Laura Ashley seat cushions so very pleased
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    Himself pounced on an icing kit - which was almost certainly in a cs as the original owner failed to assemble it correctly. Husband puttered with it, and seconds later, had it cooperating sweetly. British made, metal, and 50 pence...
    How soon before there are cakes on the shopping list, to be iced?! (Can't ask sponge-baker supreme, he has A levels.)
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    There's always a few plus sizes in our chazzers, but i'm getting some ace stuff on ebay n shpock for my hols :D
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004):D:D:D
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    edited 18 May 2019 at 10:34PM
    Today I went to market/CS and I bought

    An orange blanket ? ambulance issue £1
    A glass pedestal cake stand £2 ( motif underneath which I cant decipher)
    Two baby toys for my new GDD (now washed) £1
    A hair clip( type with claws) 50p
    4 cut glass wine glasses £10
    Alfie book - 50p
    A very pretty floral scarf-= not named £1.50
    Orange/cream Tupperware square storage box £ 2.50

    My radio which I bought in a CS ages ago isnt working well anymore. Does anyone know if these are easy to repair ( TCHIBO) ?
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    Tchibo have a really good customer service rep - it might be worth researching the make & model & then emailing them for help? Not being the original customer will be the biggest tripping point, but they may have things to suggest by email.
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