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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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    • Laredouter
    • By Laredouter 7th Mar 18, 10:19 PM
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    Mir! and Pollycat- when I was in Peru we were warned not to buy any alpaca goods from the markets because they were all cheap Chinese knockoffs made for tourists. It was quite sad actually.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 7th Mar 18, 11:33 PM
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    I'm defiantely a fabric feeler
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    I love that term.
    I'm going to use it next time I'm out shopping with my friend - she's a dressmaker too.

    Mir! and Pollycat- when I was in Peru we were warned not to buy any alpaca goods from the markets because they were all cheap Chinese knockoffs made for tourists. It was quite sad actually.
    Originally posted by Laredouter
    Do you think they do refunds?
    Only joking - 100% cashmere or not, I really like it.
    And it's keeping my frozen sausages warm.

    Having been to India, China & Thailand I was aware of fakes but hadn't considered Nepal (or Peru).
    • janb5
    • By janb5 8th Mar 18, 12:05 AM
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    What a lovely Mummy you are Funnyfreckle. I am sure your daughter is absolutely thrilled with her dress.
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 8th Mar 18, 12:11 AM
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    Great buy. I have seen some nice prom dresses in charity shops. I guess people don't know what to do with them once they have worn them. Maybe after the prom she could sell it on ebay and get herself some money to buy something nice.
    Originally posted by Hermia
    Prom outfits are a huge expense here.

    Every city has a group that collects gently used dress, shoes, shawl/wraps and pretty evening bags. Then sets up in a shop like setting and invites girls put forward by teachers to come in and shop for an outfit. That way nobody is left out. I've known of girls who haven't gone to Grad because their family couldn't afford the dress.

    Now they are adding suits and ties for the young men. Same idea, referred by the school and hopefully something comes up.

    My youngest son donated his first suit to them.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 8th Mar 18, 6:45 AM
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    The crazy thing is that prom and all it's trimmings has only been a custom in the UK for a very few years, a total American import. Some schools have even got to the point of banning it because it has become so overblown and ridiculous.

    My cousin's girl (now early twenties) went to prom with her best male pal as she didn't have a boyf just then and he lacked a girlfriend at the time. I saw the pix and they both looked super.
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    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 8th Mar 18, 8:06 AM
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    proms think we got off lightly having a son but still got a suit seems girls get very pricey I do see outfits in the charity shops very suitable lovely in fact so that's helpful
    on the brink...
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 8th Mar 18, 10:40 AM
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    Out Vile Jelly- I love your username by the way. I'm assuming it's a King Lear reference.
    Originally posted by Laredouter
    Yes, well spotted. I consider myself very lucky to have seen Ian McKellan's Lear some years ago.
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 8th Mar 18, 11:42 AM
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    The crazy thing is that prom and all it's trimmings has only been a custom in the UK for a very few years, a total American import. Some schools have even got to the point of banning it because it has become so overblown and ridiculous.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    It was bad enough when I was at school attending the school Christmas Party. At least then it only required a 'Sunday best' outfit and a walk to school not a gown worthy of a Karkrashian and a stretch limo....not to mention hair/nails/make-up/spray tan!
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    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 8th Mar 18, 3:04 PM
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    in my local salvation army shop I got a suede gilet for £5.00. its a longline one and its so warm. also got a per una burnt orange jumper for 99p brand new in the same shop.
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    • Laredouter
    • By Laredouter 8th Mar 18, 5:45 PM
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    Out Vile Jelly- goodness, I am so jealous. I have seen clips of Ian McKellan's performance and he epitomises the role in my opinion.
    • foxyloxy11
    • By foxyloxy11 8th Mar 18, 5:52 PM
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    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!!
    Originally posted by funnyfreckle

    Really pleased to hear this, it made my day let's hope she is able to make it even if it is for the beginning.
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    • funnyfreckle
    • By funnyfreckle 8th Mar 18, 10:34 PM
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    I must confess that my daughter and I have had a real laugh together at all the pics of dresses that the girls in her year have bought. I'm an old fogey but they seem totally inappropriate! And the prices people pay!! She's still beaming from ear to ear with her dress and said if nothing else she can wear it around the house!!
    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 9th Mar 18, 12:26 AM
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    Who says that White Stuff 'isn't sought after anymore'?
    Charity shopping isn't exactly London Fashion Week.

    I don't know about their current quality as I don't buy (and never have bought) new but the quality of the White Stuff items I've picked up in charity shops has always been good.


    FTR, I tend to class 'jersey' as the (usually) 95% viscose and 5% elastene that Per Una, Monsoon, White Stuff dresses are made from.
    I'm not sure if I've seen anything that says it's 'jersey'.

    Personally, I think bobbling is less down to poor washing and more down to actual wear.
    On the dresses I mention above, bobbling tends to occur around the bust area and on the shoulders and the opposite side-back where cross-body bags can rub and bobble.


    I see quite a bit of Boden round here.
    I agree, the care label is a great indicator of how often the item has been washed. And the quality control small round paper sticker (which disappears when first washed) usually means it's not been washed or at least only once.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Once I've worn my items for a while, I normally sell them if I can on eBay. That way I can have something new again, once I tire of an item or if I find it's not quite right after all. White Stuff rarely sells on eBay at all anymore and I also see little of it in the charity shops round here, and when I do I can tell from the labels that it's ancient! I think they've had their day, I don't like any of the styles or patterns I've seen for the last couple of years at least.

    I only buy cotton jersey as I don't wear synthetics for hygiene and environmental reasons. If you don't wash things right (aka according to the care label), they bobble, stretch, fade etc. I have Phase Eight dresses that have been washed and worn for years according to the care label and they still look new. Contrast that with pieces that haven't been washed properly which can be instantly wrecked. M&S stuff is the worst, so much of theirs is 'special wash' and having made the mistake of washing even their t-shirts & vests in the wrong cycle in the past, I can tell you that they stretch beyond all recognition and look awful.

    I've only ever seen 'site specific' bobbling on knitted garments, for example, under the arms where the fabric rubs and anyway, on that fabric it's easily removed with a de-pilling tool. But jersey, once ruined is irretrievable.
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    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 9th Mar 18, 12:31 AM
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    In my local Julias house I bought a joe brown dress for £7.50 and a crystal cut sweet pea vase for £2.00.
    Originally posted by Treasurequeen
    You must live near me!
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    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 9th Mar 18, 12:38 AM
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    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!!
    Originally posted by funnyfreckle
    What a fab pick-me-up for her.

    Please don't push her to go to prom. Perhaps you can think of some other ways to adjust the day for her? Could someone FaceTime her on their phone instead, so she can join in from bed? She can always wear her dress at home and have her hair and make-up done, if she's up to that. Perhaps a couple of close friends could come and have pics taken with her beforehand? 30 mins out is a long time for someone who currently can't even walk for 1 min currently. The worst thing to do is have a set-back caused by booming and busting.

    Do you know about AYME? The Association of Young People with ME. I'd really encourage her to join up, they were a fab source of support to me when I was a young person with ME.
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    • funnyfreckle
    • By funnyfreckle 9th Mar 18, 6:55 AM
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    Wizzbang - thank you so much for your support & advice. I really appreciate it. It is such a lonely illness with very little support so I really appreciate your comments and will look in to that organisation today.

    You are so right I really don't want a set back - my life literally seems to revolve around keeping her on an even keel if I possibly can. Whilst she can't walk any distance she can manage 1 or 2 lessons at school & being with friends for that time helps to keep her going. Which is why I thought half an hour with friends at the beginning (if she can sit down!) would be something she might enjoy. However, if it's not looking like a good idea I love your idea of her Face timing. That is why we were so excited with the bargain dress. If she can't go then there is no stress, if she wants to pop along for 10 mins she doesn't have to turn up in jeans & can blend in!!

    To be honest she's not interested in the Prom bit too much now she knows a ball isn't like the balls in Jane Austen's day!!
    • funnyfreckle
    • By funnyfreckle 9th Mar 18, 6:56 AM
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    PS - Whizzbang - I really hope you are doing a lot better now x
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 9th Mar 18, 8:21 AM
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    Once I've worn my items for a while, I normally sell them if I can on eBay. That way I can have something new again, once I tire of an item or if I find it's not quite right after all. White Stuff rarely sells on eBay at all anymore and I also see little of it in the charity shops round here, and when I do I can tell from the labels that it's ancient! I think they've had their day, I don't like any of the styles or patterns I've seen for the last couple of years at least.

    I only buy cotton jersey as I don't wear synthetics for hygiene and environmental reasons. If you don't wash things right (aka according to the care label), they bobble, stretch, fade etc. I have Phase Eight dresses that have been washed and worn for years according to the care label and they still look new. Contrast that with pieces that haven't been washed properly which can be instantly wrecked. M&S stuff is the worst, so much of theirs is 'special wash' and having made the mistake of washing even their t-shirts & vests in the wrong cycle in the past, I can tell you that they stretch beyond all recognition and look awful.

    I've only ever seen 'site specific' bobbling on knitted garments, for example, under the arms where the fabric rubs and anyway, on that fabric it's easily removed with a de-pilling tool. But jersey, once ruined is irretrievable.
    Originally posted by Wizzbang
    I think most of the posters on here buy their stuff from charity shops and then re-donate to the charity shop of their choice.

    I don't see a lot of White Stuff around here but what I do see tends to be to my liking, good quality and of a reasonable price.
    I don't look at the style of label to date a garment.
    I'm not a fashion victim or fashion junkie.
    I buy what I like at the price I'm happy with.
    I can't remember the last time I bought anything new - my choice, not necessity.

    We appear to have had very different experiences with 'jersey' fabric.
    I've definitely seen 'site specific bobbling' on the type of jersey I'm talking about.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 9th Mar 18, 9:03 AM
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    Pollycat - I like White Stuff too. I know what you mean about the jersey bobbling, it's where the arm brushes the boobs mainly.
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 9th Mar 18, 9:08 AM
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    I think most of the posters on here buy their stuff from charity shops and then re-donate to the charity shop of their choice.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Nods!!! Yep, could not be doing with all the hassle of FleaBay for, (mostly), so little profit these days.
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