Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • Floss
    • By Floss 4th Jan 18, 1:20 PM
    • 4,516Posts
    • 40,371Thanks
    Floss
    More Charity Shop Bargains for 2018 & beyond!
    • #1
    • 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



    This Forum tip was included in MoneySavingExpert.com's weekly email!
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 08-05-2018 at 10:26 AM.
Page 25
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 5th Mar 18, 6:18 PM
    • 25,638 Posts
    • 54,366 Thanks
    VfM4meplse
    I passed a chazzer today selling everything for £1 or less. My new Per Una jacket, knitted casual jacket, linen fully lined summer dress and 5 hardbacks cost me £4
    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!
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 5th Mar 18, 6:24 PM
    • 722 Posts
    • 4,650 Thanks
    ploppy57
    I passed a chazzer today selling everything for £1 or less. My new Per Una jacket, knitted casual jacket, linen fully lined summer dress and 5 hardbacks cost me £4
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Wow....good find.
    DMP March '15 £57,549. Now £44,430. almost 23% paid. Went SM Feb '18 to get DF sooner.
    Emergency fund #231... Building up slowly.
    Christmas '18 challenge... £22 /£300
    "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, Shining at the end of every day"
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 5th Mar 18, 6:30 PM
    • 3,697 Posts
    • 59,357 Thanks
    silvasava
    Gemgem - if they matched what I'd already got, were in good condition and not something I'd see very often - yes!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 5th Mar 18, 8:02 PM
    • 2,825 Posts
    • 8,336 Thanks
    Gem-gem
    Just looked on "China search' they are trying to sell one plate for £8, a bowl for around the same price and the serving bowl for nearly £20. It dates from the 1960's.

    Hubby is going to walk into town for me and go and buy them. Hopefully they won't have gone. (We paid no more than £2 for the six plates).
    £2 Savers Club 2018 no 1 - £500 +
    Save £12k in 2018 no. 56 - Jan £2280/£6,000
    • Laredouter
    • By Laredouter 5th Mar 18, 9:31 PM
    • 27 Posts
    • 234 Thanks
    Laredouter
    Which books did you get today VfM? I normally get the books I have to read for uni from the library because they don't often turn up in charity shops, but mum bought me a pristine copy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. I think I'm going to write about it for the essay at the end of the semester
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 5th Mar 18, 10:02 PM
    • 25,638 Posts
    • 54,366 Thanks
    VfM4meplse
    Which books did you get today VfM?
    Originally posted by Laredouter
    As you ask






    I can't actually remember what the fifth was, they're still in my car boot and I'm so warm and cosy inside I don't feel like retrieving them
    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!
    • Laredouter
    • By Laredouter 6th Mar 18, 11:53 AM
    • 27 Posts
    • 234 Thanks
    Laredouter
    Ooooh, I love Kazuo Ishiguro! The Remains of the Day is one of my favourite books
    • Laredouter
    • By Laredouter 6th Mar 18, 12:00 PM
    • 27 Posts
    • 234 Thanks
    Laredouter
    Ploppy57, I agree. Mantaray has this seaside chic aesthetic that I really love. (Sorry- I don't know how to quote messages on my phone )

    To everyone, what brands do you tend to look out for the most in a charity shop?
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 6th Mar 18, 12:01 PM
    • 3,962 Posts
    • 13,502 Thanks
    Out, Vile Jelly
    Which books did you get today VfM? I normally get the books I have to read for uni from the library because they don't often turn up in charity shops, but mum bought me a pristine copy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. I think I'm going to write about it for the essay at the end of the semester
    Originally posted by Laredouter
    My best buy as a student was the Riverside Chaucer (massive brick of a book, £15 new) for 50p. You might be surprised at the literary classics available in your town library, as well as university library.
    They are an EYESORES!!!!
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 6th Mar 18, 4:30 PM
    • 5,663 Posts
    • 24,415 Thanks
    Mirů
    Happy/sad trip to Otley this afty. Found a b/n M & S pure silk chiffon smocky top with jewelled neckline in shades of dusty pink....£1 in AgeUK. Then saw elderly woman knocked down by car in main street. All roads closed off and had to wait over an hour for a bus home. Since heard poor woman has serious but not life threatening injuries
    Last edited by Mirů; 06-03-2018 at 4:51 PM.
    Earth cannot be flat...if it was cats would have knocked everything off by now
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 6th Mar 18, 4:45 PM
    • 722 Posts
    • 4,650 Thanks
    ploppy57
    Ploppy57, I agree. Mantaray has this seaside chic aesthetic that I really love. (Sorry- I don't know how to quote messages on my phone )

    To everyone, what brands do you tend to look out for the most in a charity shop?
    Originally posted by Laredouter

    I like to look out for Per Una, Joe Brown's, Next, or anything that I can't get cheaply elsewhere. In other words, I won't buy P/Mark, Asda, from a CS.


    Off to a do a quick squiz round the CS's in the next town tomorrow, before my hair appointment. We only have 1 in our village...AgeUK, but in the next village is a great dog charity one and in the town about 3 miles away there are sooo many to choose from...AgeUK x 2, Loros, BHF, CR, Air Ambulance, PDSA and a local one for homeless people....they have a furniture shop as well as a clothes one. Can easily pass a couple of hours there.
    Last edited by ploppy57; 06-03-2018 at 4:52 PM. Reason: Adding text
    DMP March '15 £57,549. Now £44,430. almost 23% paid. Went SM Feb '18 to get DF sooner.
    Emergency fund #231... Building up slowly.
    Christmas '18 challenge... £22 /£300
    "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, Shining at the end of every day"
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 6th Mar 18, 4:49 PM
    • 722 Posts
    • 4,650 Thanks
    ploppy57
    Happy/sad trip to Otley this afty. Found a b/n M & S pure silk chiffon smocky top in shades of dusty pink....£1 in AgeUK. Then saw elderly woman knocked down by car in main street. All roads closed off and had to wait over an hour for a bus home. Since heard poor woman has serious but not life threatening injuries
    Originally posted by Mir!
    Ooh dear. Hope she is ok.
    DMP March '15 £57,549. Now £44,430. almost 23% paid. Went SM Feb '18 to get DF sooner.
    Emergency fund #231... Building up slowly.
    Christmas '18 challenge... £22 /£300
    "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, Shining at the end of every day"
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 6th Mar 18, 4:50 PM
    • 5,663 Posts
    • 24,415 Thanks
    Mirů
    Ploppy57,
    To everyone, what brands do you tend to look out for the most in a charity shop?
    Originally posted by Laredouter
    My faves tend to be LK Bennett, Hobbs, Phase Eight, White Stuff & Autograph (M & S)
    Earth cannot be flat...if it was cats would have knocked everything off by now
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 6th Mar 18, 5:11 PM
    • 2,825 Posts
    • 8,336 Thanks
    Gem-gem
    My faves tend to be LK Bennett, Hobbs, Phase Eight, White Stuff & Autograph (M & S)
    Originally posted by Mir!
    I also look for Hobbs, White Stuff, Berketex, LK Bennett, Laura Ashley, Coast, Autograph, Fat Face, Seasalt and The White Company.
    Per Una - have bought their jeans in a charity shop.
    Found a lovely good quality scarf from TU
    Molton Brown smellies (not B&H).
    Last edited by Gem-gem; 06-03-2018 at 8:54 PM.
    £2 Savers Club 2018 no 1 - £500 +
    Save £12k in 2018 no. 56 - Jan £2280/£6,000
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 6th Mar 18, 6:48 PM
    • 20,048 Posts
    • 53,777 Thanks
    Pollycat
    Ploppy57, I agree. Mantaray has this seaside chic aesthetic that I really love. (Sorry- I don't know how to quote messages on my phone )

    To everyone, what brands do you tend to look out for the most in a charity shop?
    Originally posted by Laredouter
    An earlier reply:
    Laredouter - welcome to the thread.
    You have some nice brands in your bargains.
    I keep my eye open for Seasalt, Joules, White Stuff, Fat Face & Boden.
    Mantaray has dropped off my radar somewhat.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    From other posters' lists, I'd add M&S Autograph, LK Bennett, Hobbs, Coast, maybe Per Una and Monsoon.
    I love Next leggings.

    Re Asda (George), I think they actually do some decent quality stuff.
    And regular posters on the thread will know I regard (some) TU clothing high in quality.
    I've said lots of times that I'd match TU jersey against Per Una and Monsoon.

    Miro - poor lady. I too hope she'll be OK and that she has someone to care for her.
    Last edited by Pollycat; 06-03-2018 at 7:10 PM.
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 6th Mar 18, 7:14 PM
    • 722 Posts
    • 4,650 Thanks
    ploppy57
    An earlier reply:

    From other posters' lists, I'd add M&S Autograph, LK Bennett, Hobbs, Coast, maybe Per Una and Monsoon.
    I love Next leggings.

    Re Asda (George), I think they actually do some decent quality stuff.
    And regular posters on the thread will know I regard (some) TU clothing high in quality.
    I've said lots of times that I'd match TU jersey against Per Una and Monsoon.

    Miro - poor lady. I too hope she'll be OK and that she has someone to care for her.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Ooh yes I like TU, out of all the supermarket ranges, they are the best.
    DMP March '15 £57,549. Now £44,430. almost 23% paid. Went SM Feb '18 to get DF sooner.
    Emergency fund #231... Building up slowly.
    Christmas '18 challenge... £22 /£300
    "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, Shining at the end of every day"
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 6th Mar 18, 7:16 PM
    • 20,048 Posts
    • 53,777 Thanks
    Pollycat
    Just got home and tried on my latest bargain:
    Old Navy jersey dress with a grey yoke and sleeves (3/4) with a black bottom.
    Knee length on me so good with thick tights and ankle boots.

    Very smart

    £1.00 Air Ambulance.

    Googling appears to bring up US websites with Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic being under the same umbrella.
    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 6th Mar 18, 7:30 PM
    • 4,364 Posts
    • 9,923 Thanks
    Wizzbang
    I look for high end brands normally, but if I see something I like it doesn't matter. For example, I found a lovely DP skirt in a stunning fabric which is SO me - colours, pattern everything. Or I purchased 2 New Look cardigans because they were nice styles and a very useful. But I wouldn't normally shop there. Or I found a gorgeous fake fur gilet from a brand I've never heard of, but when I got home it was reasonably upmarket. More importantly, I love the item!

    I look for Laura Ashley, Cath Kidston, Seasalt, Land's End and Phase Eight. Used to look for White Stuff but it's not sought after any more and the quality is not there. Boden I see a lot of, but it's not my style. You have to be careful with a lot of brands now because people don't know how to wash jersey fabric properly and so it ends up all bobbled and stretched because they put it in a normal 40 degree wash (hence why it's in the chazzer). See a lot of Phase Eight that's been treated badly and they still ask £15 + for it!). Or, I see formerly stunning, high end velvet or crushed velvet pieces that have had the iron put on them or got stained. (Again, the chaser's ask ridiculous amounts for them just because of the label. Though I've haggled over staining before on high end brands).

    I LOVE vintage, so if the piece is a great piece I'll buy it - often handmade. But I look for Liberty, Laura Ashley, Dollyrockers, sometimes even St Michael from M&S can be good.
    Minimalist
    Extra income since 01/11/12 £34,570.30
    (Not inc coupons, yellow stickies, bank interest or loyalty rewards because I have better things to do than catalogue everything!) Swagbucks £2,413.50
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 6th Mar 18, 7:52 PM
    • 4,134 Posts
    • 11,249 Thanks
    Hermia
    I look for Laura Ashley, Cath Kidston, Seasalt, Land's End and Phase Eight. Used to look for White Stuff but it's not sought after any more and the quality is not there. Boden I see a lot of, but it's not my style.
    Originally posted by Wizzbang
    I have never seen Boden in a chazzer. Lucky you! I go for the same brands as a lot of you. I don't go for supermarket brands unless they are 50p. I can't bring myself to pay £4 for something that was £10 new. I also look out for petite ranges as they are soooo expensive to buy usually. I need petite suits for work and they are often around the £100-200 mark new. I have managed to find some great barely-worn ones in chazzers. I recently got some Edinburgh Woollen Mill blouses and was surprised how stylish they were and what good quality too.

    You have to be careful with a lot of brands now because people don't know how to wash jersey fabric properly and so it ends up all bobbled and stretched because they put it in a normal 40 degree wash (hence why it's in the chazzer).
    Originally posted by Wizzbang
    I always examine clothes carefully. I always look at the washing label as washing labels always seem to fade and get limp with washing. If the text is still bright and the label is not floppy it often means the item was barely worn.
    • funnyfreckle
    • By funnyfreckle 6th Mar 18, 10:24 PM
    • 532 Posts
    • 1,115 Thanks
    funnyfreckle
    I'm addicted to charity shops and this thread! I need to share today's excitement with someone and none of my friends get the charity shop thing! So, I'm afraid I have a bit of a long story to share ...

    My daughter has been really poorly with ME for 15 months. She should be doing GCSEs this summer and since the New Year all the girls in her year have been posting photos of their (very expensive) prom dresses on What's App. It seems to be all they talk about but as she can't walk for more than a minute going to the prom is definitely not a possibility for her. However, I have a little hope that she might be able to go for half an hour at the beginning to have photos with her friends and have the excitement of seeing everyone arrive in their finery.

    Sorry ...I told you this would be long! Just by chance, a couple of days ago, I stumbled across a Facebook post saying that a local charity shop had brand new prom dresses for sale for £9.99. You can park outside so I took my daughter today and I found 3 dresses in her size that I thought she might like. I was able to carry them to the car so she could see them and bought two for her to try on at home. She only tried one on as she fell in love with it straight away and it fits like a dream. She looks gorgeous (if I may say so!). So she can hang the dress in the wardrobe knowing that Cinders can go to the ball for a little while if she is able and if not she won't feel guilty for having an expensive dress she can't use. Although by rights she does have an expensive dress as I looked it up online and found the exact same dress for sale for over £200!!
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

3,059Posts Today

5,628Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • It's the start of mini MSE's half term. In order to be the best daddy possible, Im stopping work and going off line? https://t.co/kwjvtd75YU

  • RT @shellsince1982: @MartinSLewis thanx to your email I have just saved myself £222 by taking a SIM only deal for £7.50 a month and keeping?

  • Today's Friday twitter poll: An important question, building on yesterday's important discussions: Which is the best bit of the pizza...

  • Follow Martin