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    • Floss
    • By Floss 4th Jan 18, 1:20 PM
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    More Charity Shop Bargains for 2018 & beyond!
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    • 4th Jan 18, 1:20 PM
    More Charity Shop Bargains for 2018 & beyond! 4th Jan 18 at 1:20 PM
    This is a new thread to take over from this one: What is your charity shop bargain?

    I will put a linky to this thread onto the old one



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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 23rd May 19, 11:18 AM
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    Anyhoo, orft out I goes this afty, calling into the hospice chazza* on my way and when I returned I peered through the window to find a big ginger lump curled up in the new bed hugging his ratty. Yay!!! Of course as soon as I walked in the room he shot out of the bed as if to say 'that wasn't me in there'!
    Originally posted by Mir!
    How cute.

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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 23rd May 19, 3:06 PM
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    Oh, Albert! It'll all be all right in the end but every cat needs his rat...

    That man is leading me astray. (Sort of. It isn't like he had to work terribly hard...) He did a tour of the local shops, and before moving on, mentioned he'd seen Playmobil Vikings. Couldn't remember the shop name but where it was. So I google-street-view-ed, and called them & promised a good home (and money) if they'd hang onto them for me.

    The morning passed and the next phone call was that the Denby he'd found was blinking heavy. I can take a hint. I went & met him, met a superb Denby Reflections tea set (pot, jug, sugar bowl, 6 cups & saucers and 6 tea plates) & just dropped in & at his suggestion eyed an unstamped oval plate that is unquestionably Camelot. So I puttered up clutching the plate (a whole pound - shocking!) & introduced myself & was handed two boxes of Playmobil vikings, which mopped up the rest of my emergency tenner. Husband was startled, then weak with laughter when he heard I'd placed the call as soon as I'd located the shop's phone number.

    As Amazon have both boxes from their new & used supplier at £106 each, I am cheerful. The stores-flat toy castle made by my Uncle Jack with turrets & walls & walkways, just needing a few soldiers to protect it, (and somehow having a hospital bed & a doctor in it, leftovers of my infancy) now not only has assorted defenders (um and an oil tanker and a Porsche concession and customs vessel - not wholly left over from *my* infancy, either), it has a proper enemy at the gates. With horses & a cart & a tent!

    If my workplace every gets really snippy about not having anything along monitors then a fleet of [at least] 24 further fearsome warriors (Romans, barbarians, an alien, an apprentice Pharaoh, a Mongol Khan, a monarch of the seas, an F1 driver and so forth - I love the mystery packets but the intriguing unifying thing about them is They Are All Armed) will appear. The little castle will have a lot of defenders, making story time much easier. Hand me a prop & I can usually spin at least one story around it. My little castle will house an easy month or more of different stories nightly! (I just hope any granddaughters Fate decides to land me with like castles too. The horses may be worth their weight in rubies, there.)
    Last edited by DigForVictory; 23-05-2019 at 3:08 PM.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 23rd May 19, 7:54 PM
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    Which I have now unpacked and I have bonus Three Wise Men, camel, a nun (!) & six Vikings, two horses & a battering ram.
    My Inner Toddler is delighted - my sons think I’ve lost it...
    My husband, laying out the figures, is quietly pleased at me bouncing.

    Then muttering “why do I enable you?”
    Then handing me a nice solid cardboard box to put All my Playmobil in.
    I may be some time...
    Last edited by DigForVictory; 23-05-2019 at 8:05 PM. Reason: Got handed a tidy box...
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 23rd May 19, 8:10 PM
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    a nun & six Vikings
    Originally posted by DigForVictory
    The little castle will have a lot of defenders, making story time much easier.
    Originally posted by DigForVictory
    But who will defend the nun against the six Vikings?

    And is that a bedtime story fit to be told
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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 23rd May 19, 8:17 PM
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    Something that has my husband gurgling happily. I suspect that saga will be told when I have gone to bed. Just as well, really. Heroes & sword fights & Viking nettle soup - absolutely, I’ve read enough fairy tales & a few sagas, I can spin a yarn easier than a fleece. The truths of battle, comms foul ups, weapons jamming, booby traps intended to harm & war crimes - not so much. Really not bedtime stories!
    • Mrs_Ryan
    • By Mrs_Ryan 23rd May 19, 10:55 PM
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    Hello
    I donít often buy much from charity shops as someone else mentioned due to the distinct lack of plus sizes. However I was in BHF today and did spot some size 24ís so I donít think that they do rag everything.
    Iím desperately hoping for some luck in finding some Irregular Choice shoes in a charity shop. I have several pairs that I bought brand new but thereís just something about getting that bargain! Iíve not been lucky yet (although my sister has but she gave them to my niece who has dinky feet) but I always like to have a nose in the odd chazza- just in case
    I wandered into BHF today. Now, I donated five big bags of stuff a couple of weeks ago and decided to play Ďspot my old stuffí
    I found some of it and was shocked! A loungewear top from Primarni (although I wore it as a hoodie) which I paid about £8 for priced at £6. A Gap tunic top which I think I had paid a tenner for from the outlet and was badly faded- priced at £6.50. A pair of black glitter Sketchers which had quite heavy wear to them (Iím very hard on my shoes and these ones were soft anyway) also £6! I thought the pricing was a wee bit off.
    However... on the rack of dresses I spotted an absolutely beautiful Quiz maxi dress. White with pink and blue flowers and studded with diamantes along the waistband with a scarf type halter neck tie. In absolutely lovely condition, priced at £12.99. I didnít mind the price though as I have had several of these dresses from new and they can retail anything up to £80 new- even reduced the lowest Iíve seen is about £35. It was a size 16 (Iím nowhere near a 16 ) but it had an elasticated back and I know some of them can be quite generous.
    I got it on I took the plunge and thought if it doesnít seem right when Iíve got *cough* supportive underwear on (Spanx and a decent bra ) and decent shoes then iíll donate it back. So I got it home, stuck it on a delicates wash inside out and line dried it, then tried it on with my Spanx, my good multi-way bra and my pink Irregular Choice heels, and I stuck my white Primarni crochet shrug over it and it looked a treat. Was really happy with it and it was an absolute bargain. I think someone has probably paid a lot of money for it for a special event, perhaps a wedding or suchlike, and has just never worn it again which is such a shame. I intend to wear it for my hen night in July
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    • Laredouter
    • By Laredouter 24th May 19, 1:24 AM
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    Sam is a big fan of my new coat, so much so I found him curled up asleep in it when I made the mistake of leaving it on my bed after photographing it to show my best friend. Has anyone got any tips for removing a thick layer of black and white hair from wool?
    • Laredouter
    • By Laredouter 24th May 19, 1:27 AM
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    Mrs Ryan- I had that happen to me before. I donated a big bag of stuff to BHF Basildon a few years ago, and when I went in there a few weeks later everything was priced £6 and up, including my Primark items.
    • C J
    • By C J 24th May 19, 5:52 AM
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    Sam is a big fan of my new coat, so much so I found him curled up asleep in it when I made the mistake of leaving it on my bed after photographing it to show my best friend. Has anyone got any tips for removing a thick layer of black and white hair from wool?
    Originally posted by Laredouter
    Parcel tape works well.
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 24th May 19, 7:12 AM
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    Sam is a big fan of my new coat, so much so I found him curled up asleep in it when I made the mistake of leaving it on my bed after photographing it to show my best friend. Has anyone got any tips for removing a thick layer of black and white hair from wool?
    Originally posted by Laredouter

    Same as C J, tape wrapped around your hand and just dab it all off.
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 24th May 19, 8:11 AM
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    Sam is a big fan of my new coat, so much so I found him curled up asleep in it when I made the mistake of leaving it on my bed after photographing it to show my best friend. Has anyone got any tips for removing a thick layer of black and white hair from wool?
    Originally posted by Laredouter

    A damp rubber glove is supposed to work too but I haven't tried it. I use the sellotape/parcel tape method or one of those sticky roller thingies.
    Remember how far you have come not how far you have to go
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 24th May 19, 8:28 AM
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    A fourth voice upraised for bandage a hand in sello the sticky side out & then, once all is clean & lovely again, concealing this comfortable new bed from Sam by engulfing coat in suitable garment cover/suit protector, on a hanger, in a closed cupboard.

    Is Sam an all-time champion shredder or just seriously discriminating in his targets?!

    *cough* supportive underwear on (Spanx and a decent bra)
    Originally posted by Mrs_Ryan
    Love this! How many of our best outfits are best largely due to the *cough* supportive underwear?! Plus seriously gorgeous shoes...
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 24th May 19, 3:11 PM
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    From the sublime to the ridiculous today...

    Had to go into the city to do a survey at our posh new John Lewis this morning so I had a chance to have a bit of a nosy round. Lovely shop but the prices!!!! I'm not very good at the undercover stuff, secretly taking photos and talking on video in various departments. I fully expected a hand on the shoulder with 'would Modom accompany me to the security office'. Anyhoo I got away with it, I think!

    Then got the bus to my usual haunts....the local chazza shops. First off I found a longish black chiffon smocky top with long sleeves and a subtly jewelled neckline by Christelle (Greek company) for £2. Then I spotted a white linen skirt by Pomodoro with dark purple stylised flowers on, fully lined and with a 'flippy' hem, £3.75. Just as I was leaving I decided to try on a pair of Finn Karelia (Finnish make) trousers in a camel shade not expecting them to fit or look remotely good. They had a partly elasticated high waist and were a slim fit. Ooooh aren't trousers that actually fit into your waist comfy??? I had quite forgotten!!! So I ended up buying them for £1.75. Then finally in the bric a brac they had a big basket of new soaps so I ended up with 2 bath size bars of Cussons Imperial Leather for 15p each.
    Remember how far you have come not how far you have to go
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 24th May 19, 3:23 PM
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    You found Bath size bars of Imperial Leather? Goes Kermit Green with envy - we didn't hear they were planning to discontinue the size & so have stacks of small bits. The young chaps of the house are simply not bothering trying to use a bit of soap you rather have to coerce into cleaning. When we get over 40 bits I am going to try to heat and compress them into a solid bar, but that's about another 3 weeks away, plus a research project.

    As for John Lewis letting you wander around - if they think you might spend money they'll let you do almost anything, and these days not babbling into a mobile suggests you might be one of their vintage customers! I hope it was amusing & that you get paid promptly.

    Laredouter, how's the coat & the cat?!
    Last edited by DigForVictory; 24-05-2019 at 3:25 PM.
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 24th May 19, 3:39 PM
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    You found Bath size bars of Imperial Leather? Goes Kermit Green with envy - we didn't hear they were planning to discontinue the size......
    Originally posted by DigForVictory

    I didn't realise they were discontinued either...that explains why I couldn't find them to check the price on MySupermarket! I might have to dash back tomorrow cos they had loads of them left.
    Remember how far you have come not how far you have to go
    • Towser
    • By Towser 24th May 19, 3:58 PM
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    With all these charity shop bargains, do you find you have far more than you need or want? Bordering on hoarding proportions?
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 24th May 19, 5:38 PM
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    i wanted a couple of little dishes to feed a cat we seem to have adopted..i looked in the hospice shop and found a portmerion sweet dish in botanical garden heartease for 10p...well im having that and kitty got 2 blue saucers
    onwards and upwards
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 24th May 19, 5:45 PM
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    2 x dinosaurs to go in my Zebra childs dinosaur garden 50p each (worth gazillions more to him, bless him) and a cup for me that has oat and milk measures inside to make porridge for 1 in the microwave and as I am certainly part bear I LOVE PORRIDGE so that's another £1 well spent!
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 24th May 19, 6:48 PM
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    Oh, Albert! It'll all be all right in the end but every cat needs his rat...
    Originally posted by DigForVictory
    My much missed old boy certainly did.
    But his were the real fur-n-claws type.
    Think lion dragging antelope home and substitute cat and rat.

    Oh dear, ladies.
    I fear I've lost my mojo.
    Had a very tentative walk around town today.
    4 charity shops and saw nothing that I'd even donate, let alone buy.
    Maybe I'm a lost cause.
    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 24th May 19, 8:59 PM
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    Nah, you're just chazzered out for a bit. I am the same, and also it does seem that recently there's nothing on the shelves but rows of unwanted ornaments - some of them really naff, some quite nice, but who needs ornaments these days? As for clothes, I have more than enough to see me out.

    I've been on one of my mini trips, and had a blitz in Scotland - Stirling, Falkirk, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane, over the last two days... the only things I bought were two cotton round necked teeshirts for £1 each, one navy and one "dark lilac". I didn't need them but would have regretted not buying them, and I had to bring something home!

    Well done on the cat tactics Miro - hope he will be a very contented puss now in his new bed.
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