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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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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 7th Apr 18, 4:15 PM
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    Just been to a small local market town that's 'upmarket' the CS I've used before now specialises in baby and kiddiewear - full rails and plenty of mums in there. I tried the local hospice shop and found a pretty cashmere cardi but at £20 decided I could live without it
    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
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 7th Apr 18, 4:21 PM
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    Whizzbang.....you have exactly the right attitude and this is how I was with my sons too.

    However their wives......they both seem to have a had very different upbringing.

    My DIL comes from a very rich family and earns serious money herself. She has never had to really think about money. I do not think she realises that she is literally throwing money away. Maybe she will wise up one day.

    As you say she would be better salting the money away for the childís education, or maybe a house deposit, or even her own retirement.

    Anyway itís her money.......

    The thing is I am not going to follow her path and be squandering money on my grandchild buying him expensive clothes he will wear for a few weeks.

    Madness...
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 7th Apr 18, 4:22 PM
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    You know how it is when you go into a chazza and spot something and instantly think 'I have to have that' no matter what the price? My 'have to have' today was a calf length jersey skirt, M & S, fully lined, as new in purple/black/white fuzzy stripes, cut in four panels so the stripes formed a (matching) zig zag. My favourite colours . Was priced at £4.49 and in the BHF shop. I don't normally go chazza-ing on Saturday and wouldn't usually pay so much for a skirt but it just had to be.....
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    • retiredinfrance
    • By retiredinfrance 7th Apr 18, 7:15 PM
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    I quite agree. After moaning about their financial problems, a young colleague started talking about her three yearold DD, who has four pairs of shoes, real shoes , that is , not counting wellies or slippers. I asked why DD had four pairs( mine only ever had one pair at a time). To go with different outfits was the answer I got and a look that implied " what a daft question". I don't think she connected the two parts of the conversation.
    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 7th Apr 18, 7:54 PM
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    I bought new big items for DS with saved money such as his buggy, car seat and cot and some of that was with vouchers and special offers as well. Most of that is being re-used this time around as I pointedly bought unisex for this reason.

    A large amount of his clothing has been second-hand and No.2's even more so through having more friends with girls passing on stuff.

    I bought all his vests new in Asda though as that's cheap anyway though and they're being re-used for No.2 obviously.
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 7th Apr 18, 8:17 PM
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    I do not understand people's squeamishness about second hand,... I was bought up by wartime parents and my Grandparents were equally as thrifty.
    Originally posted by Wizzbang
    So was I, and my parents had a horror of second-hand perhaps for that reason.

    Inherited was different, of course.

    Personally I don't see the difference between sleeping between sheets that my great-grandmother died in and sleeping between sheets that someone else's great-grandmother died in.
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 7th Apr 18, 8:29 PM
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    Al Murray's The Pub Landlord's British Book of Common Sense Hardback 25p.

    The Best of James Herriot - Favourite Memories of a Country Vet Hardback 50p.

    Both 'as new' condition. I got the Herriot one a few weeks ago in another shop for a similar price, but it wasn't such good condition. I wanted to get a nice one as my father gave this to my mother as a gift years ago and that copy was lost in the house clearance.

    And my favourite Chest and Stroke shop has reopened after 4 months closure - everything 49p or 99p (and books for for 99p).
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 7th Apr 18, 8:34 PM
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    Me & my 2 elder brothers shared a grandparents-bought Silver Cross pram (DB3 got a new one as he is 7yrs younger & we had moved house too), our cot did 4 of us and then my 2 sons for sleepovers. My parents bought DS1 his SC pram, in-laws bought buggy & car seat. Baby car seat was passed on, as were 2 binbags of boys clothes from friends & antenatal class mums who gave birth before me. DS2 got everything his big bruv had worn, including the wonderful brushed cotton nightdresses that made nightime changes so easy with a full, sleepy newborn baby! MiL was a mad machine knitter so picture jumpers were in the boys wardrobe, along with some Prince William/Prince George style rompers
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 7th Apr 18, 9:42 PM
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    Back in the 60's jersey shift dresses were very fashionable - trouble was when they were washed they stretched about a foot! I used to pick them up at jumble sales for pennies and make my boys dungarees from them. The short back neck zip was just right size for the front!

    Lucy - read your thread the other day from before you met DH - very impressed with your determination and tenacity and so pleased for you.

    Miro - the skirt sounds lovely.
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    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 7th Apr 18, 10:19 PM
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    My friend is horrified at the thought of wearing cs clothes but freely admits she doesn't wash new stuff before wearing even though I pointed out several other people had probably tried the garment on before she bought it.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 7th Apr 18, 10:34 PM
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    We got given some new stuff for the first grandchild. (M'mother-in-law has a superlative nose for sale rails - I got a phone call when she was on a coach trip top Chester, demanding to know what size the lads' feet were. She came back with four pairs of Hush Puppies for the under 6s, all different colours, with all the insoles. £5 each, as they were "last season's colours"... MIL snaffled every pair that would fit now or in the next 3 months & my lads suddenly had shoes that were different to the others in their group at nursery!)

    Me, I was so pleased to spot a cot in Barnardos, I bought it & then found I hadn't the huff to carry it home. People can be really really kind if you promise not to go into labour on them. The previous occupant had gnawed it - so I got out the sandpaper, then Himself re-varnished it. When we went to Toys R Us for the travel system (which didn't look anywhere near as nice in person, so we got a pram and carseat & a new mattress & then a taxi home), we managed not to fall for a lot of stuff.

    Then the medics told me I Absolutely Was Not To Breastfeed (hours after I'd given birth) without a reason. Ward staff as bemused I was was, so eldest was cupfed for the first 48 hours while the reason percolated through - my anti-convulsants. So my parents had half an hour to croon then were despatched off to Mothercare & Boots to get bottles, steriliser, a specific milk etc. Still, my packet-mix poppets are hefty cheerful young thugs now, so while I regret never learning that skill they've no quarrel with it!

    Me, I shoved that pushchair (actually full wheelchair width - things you find out too late, eh?!) to every jumble sale, charity shop & NCT bash I could squeeze the chair into. As long as all the seams were still intact, the poppers worked & it was machine washable, I'd buy. Then I ran the little once-were-white vests through the washing machine with a sachet of dylon til they came out kermit green. You could spot our family laundry at several hundred yards, and it still washed beautifully. (Stuff boy or girl colours - we went for British Racing Green where possible!) Both blonde & brown haired Diglets looked stunning in strong jewel tones, jade, amythest, ruby. I quickly found the paler the colour the more often it needed washing so went for the (much) stronger colours by child #2! (We ended up with 3 under 5 which was hard work but ye gods every garment, toy & infant-related kit gave value for money! Er, decades later that's still true. Only now youngest is the only one in uniform does he get much stuff *new*.)

    As for the baby doesn't know what kit you're using - So Right! One memorable family holiday there wasn't space for the Moses basket - so he slept in a drawer. Absolutely fine. We happened not to mention that til we'd got home, lest our parents worry, but they roared with laughter & revealed where we'd been tucked on occasion. (The things your parents Happen Not To Mention til you are a parent too!)

    You can't dictate as a grandparent. If mum is adamant that only new will do, it may wear off. (Point out the family baptism robe is hardly new?! Ours is glorious, just my three were such strapping young souls at baptism, they were all too big for it. So we have photos of me, babe & relatives, where child has arms tucked through armholes but you can't see the robe gaping at the back....) If on the other hand, smart cookie mum is cheerfully accepting Everything she can store? Those terrifying tummy bugs where every orifice seems to be leaking are just less difficult - you just keep on changing them from desperately-needs-a-wash to whatever's in the clean basket. Regardless of its colour etc.

    Very best of luck to you, expecting folk!
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 7th Apr 18, 11:52 PM
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    Visited a different area today. Visited six cs.
    Bought John Grisham hardback book for £3 (looked brand new. still atleAst £7 on Amazon. I used to buy his books when thy first came out for £10. £20 onthe inside sleeve).
    Another book for £2.49 from Oxfam - more than I would normally pay but this author has only written three books and I have not long finished reading the other two (couldn't find it in any of the other five charity shops so went back and bought it - It had not been read - has that new book feel.
    Finally bought a (looks) brand new real leather beige across the body handbag. Paid £9.99 for it. Saw it in the shop, first walked away. It is not a designer bag but it is made in Italy and their leather goods can be very nice. Went to the pub to wait for husband. Looked it up on the internet. Brand new on Amazon any price from £20 - £30+ Another site !!!8364;40. Thing is, the colour matches a pair of sandals that I have. So I went back to the shop had another good look at it. Couldn't see a mark on it (inside or out). So decided to buy it.
    If I had bought all three items brand new - would have cost £48+. I paid £15.49, so a not as cheap as some things that I have found but happy with what I got.
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 8th Apr 18, 8:03 AM
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    My DD is a big Dan Brown fan and she wanted to buy his most recent book for £10 when it came out, I said it was too much but she insisted she needed the full set of hardbacks, I won and made her wait and reserved it from the library so at least she could read it. Yesterday she picked it up in hardback for £1.25, perfect condition. All good things come to he who waits.

    I have been looking for some grey curtains for DS's room, we must have awkward window drops and I have been struggling. Anyway yesterday I found a pair of Dunelm Mill ones, floor length, grey crushed velvet effect but actually velour, lined for £8.
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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 8th Apr 18, 9:03 AM
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    All good things come to he who waits.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    As she who can be gracelessly impatient, I struggle a bit with this idea.

    Not least as I'm of the view It Was Meant school - if something is there, and calls to me, it is supposed to come home with me. If as I flip the pot for a basestamp or run fingers for cracks, chips etc it's singing to me, then the raw logistics of lugging a 20 piece assortment of Denby home does weigh with me, as in where are the chaps, has the shop got a robust cardboard box, if paid in full would thy hold it for me to fetch the car despite intending closing in another 10 minutes etc.

    I very rarely walk away from something knowingly without a reason. It's not a pattern I'm especially fond of, or it's so overpriced it needs to stay there a month until they realise that "Denby" alone does not sell an ugly pot, ah well. Unless I have that (sometimes very) tenuous reason, the thing comes with me.

    It's why I hold a pot, or book, or garment until a child or spouse can rejoin me (with money, or vigorous health, or both) & my phone has a one button dial for Himself.

    Doesn't mean I cannot & do not appreciate the patience of the hunter checking the waterholes and pouncing on the hunted critter!
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 8th Apr 18, 9:34 AM
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    As she who can be gracelessly impatient, I struggle a bit with this idea.

    Not least as I'm of the view It Was Meant school - if something is there, and calls to me, it is supposed to come home with me. If as I flip the pot for a basestamp or run fingers for cracks, chips etc it's singing to me, then the raw logistics of lugging a 20 piece assortment of Denby home does weigh with me, as in where are the chaps, has the shop got a robust cardboard box, if paid in full would thy hold it for me to fetch the car despite intending closing in another 10 minutes etc.

    I very rarely walk away from something knowingly without a reason. It's not a pattern I'm especially fond of, or it's so overpriced it needs to stay there a month until they realise that "Denby" alone does not sell an ugly pot, ah well. Unless I have that (sometimes very) tenuous reason, the thing comes with me.

    It's why I hold a pot, or book, or garment until a child or spouse can rejoin me (with money, or vigorous health, or both) & my phone has a one button dial for Himself.

    Doesn't mean I cannot & do not appreciate the patience of the hunter checking the waterholes and pouncing on the hunted critter!
    Originally posted by DigForVictory
    I'm with you on the 'it's meant for me' theory.

    If I see something in a charity shop, it'll usually be a one-off (as in I can't go on-line and order one in a different colour or size) so if I really, really want it, I hot-foot it to the cash desk.
    If I'm a bit unsure, I'll walk away to think about it and if it's gone when I go back, it just wasn't meant for me.

    I think in dolly84's example about her DD, it was a brand new book, just published, which would be available everywhere - from Waterstone's, Amazon to Tesco.
    In that scenario, I agree with dolly84 that it definitely made sense to adopt the 'All good things come to he who waits' attitude because - as is the case with dolly84 - a brand new book will generally come down in price and if it's by a sought-after author as Dan Brown is, it will quite often appear in a charity shop sooner or later.
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 8th Apr 18, 3:48 PM
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    My DD is a big Dan Brown fan and she wanted to buy his most recent book for £10 when it came out, I said it was too much but she insisted she needed the full set of hardbacks, I won and made her wait and reserved it from the library so at least she could read it. Yesterday she picked it up in hardback for £1.25, perfect condition. All good things come to he who waits.

    I have been looking for some grey curtains for DS's room, we must have awkward window drops and I have been struggling. Anyway yesterday I found a pair of Dunelm Mill ones, floor length, grey crushed velvet effect but actually velour, lined for £8.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Wow, that was a good price for the Dan Brown book. I am also on the look out for Origin. Hope I can get it for that price too.
    Last edited by Gem-gem; 08-04-2018 at 3:54 PM.
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    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 8th Apr 18, 6:05 PM
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    Lucy - read your thread the other day from before you met DH - very impressed with your determination and tenacity and so pleased for you.
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    Originally posted by silvasava
    Thank you, together five years this October, when we'll also celebrate being married for three.

    Married, house and second baby about to arrive lol. I think busy might be an understatement! This will be us done though as with my stepson, three kids for us is plenty.

    Getting harder to find suitable CS stuff for my stepson now though as at 11 and a half he's wearing age 15 or small men's stuff and needs shoes in a six or even a seven, which is bigger than my shoe size!
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    • bobsa1
    • By bobsa1 8th Apr 18, 6:57 PM
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    When I'm writing about my purchases I realise just how much cs shipping I do but I suppose it's an innocent enough past time. Yesterday dh and dad aged 14 went to the £1 cs. Dd hates cs shopping with a passion but was persuaded to come along on the promise of lunch from the posh sandwich shop! We bought a gorgeous vintage heavy glass vase, a DVD for dd a tie for dh and a pair of black trousers for work for dh princely sum of £2. I then spotted two handmade pottery goblet things on a sort of stem so I got those and a brand new pillar tea light holder and tea light also for the total of £1. I intend to paint the pottery and have them as candle holders as they are quite large. We ten popped to the everything £3 and under cs and I got dd another DVD for £1. So we had a trip to the shops and mooch about for little more than it would have cost for a large latte from a chain coffee shop
    • retiredinfrance
    • By retiredinfrance 8th Apr 18, 8:28 PM
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    Exactly, Bobsa1, CS shopping is cheaper than most hobbies, saves money, helps a good cause and is more interesting than normal shops as there is a real thrill about not knowing what you might come across. I think it is very psychologically satisfying as it is a link with our earliest hunter-gatherer ancestors.
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 9th Apr 18, 11:06 AM
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    I met an old friend at the weekend, who asked me which part of London "I shop in" these days. I realised I was puzzled by the question, as shopping to me means nearest supermarket for food, and charity shops for pretty much everything else (undies and shoes excepted). I don't class shopping as an activity these days; food is just necesssity, and chazzers are a fun bargain-hunt; a totally different experience to High St clothes stores.

    Latest finds:

    Smart black M&S formal trousers 50p
    Black TM Lewin shirt with ruffle detail £2
    Soft green linen top with lovely silk/bead neckline detail, label removed but seemed good quality £2
    Hardback collection of James Herriott cat anecdotes with lovely colour illustrations 50p
    They are an EYESORES!!!!
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