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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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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th Apr 18, 5:05 AM
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    This blog makes quite interesting reading, although I am not sure how up to date it is. The places with hyperlinked names take you to a description of the charity shops they have visited in that particular town.

    https://charityshoptourism.wordpress.com/where-ive-been/

    I wonder if between us we could have a thread with an alphabetical list of chazzers by town? I would be happy to put it together and maintain it if people wanted to contribute.
    Originally posted by C J
    I took a look at the list and have been to many, but I wouldn't consider some to be particularly good value (eg Belfast, Leigh-on-Sea) yet others are bargains galore (eg Tiverton). In which case you may as well just whip your phone out and google "charity shops near me".
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    • Flo61
    • By Flo61 16th Apr 18, 9:38 AM
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    Hi, following thread and inspired by many of your finds. I love to buy cards when I need them. Oxfam prices vary but such a beautiful choice. Most charity shops average 99p? My local sue Ryder had a large selection reduced to 50p at weekend. Another good source for cards, books, babyknits and household items can be hospital stalls sometimes alongside cafes.
    • weefreelassie
    • By weefreelassie 16th Apr 18, 11:17 AM
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    Grey Queen....
    Corbridge is something of a chazzer wasteland, it's a great place but a tad errr, upmarket !
    If you get to Hexham though, there's a canny few chapters on the high street, and some tucked away in the side streets. Because of it's close proximity to Hadrians Wall, there are often outdoorsy bargains to be had !!!55357;!!!56832;
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 16th Apr 18, 4:28 PM
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    Grey Queen....
    Corbridge is something of a chazzer wasteland, it's a great place but a tad errr, upmarket !
    If you get to Hexham though, there's a canny few chapters on the high street, and some tucked away in the side streets. Because of it's close proximity to Hadrians Wall, there are often outdoorsy bargains to be had !!!55357;!!!56832;
    Originally posted by weefreelassie
    Ohh! Excited! Have pencilled in Thirsk and now Hexham, am up in that part of the world for less than a week but am sure can fit some chazzering around museums and The Wall.

    Bit concerned that Corbridge is upmarket, was looking to make that my place for re-provisioning with groceries mid-week, does it have cheap supermarkets?

    * Rubs hands gleefully at thought of outdoorsy clothing *

    Nothing to report in terms of chazzering apart from a bundle of 8ft bamboo poles, about 2 dozen for a fiver. For the runner beans. Apart from that, and just under £2's worth of notebooks, I have bought nothing chazzer-ish this month.

    Shockingly lax of me, but I've been either at work/ at the allotment/ asleep, which has inhibited my shopping opportunites. Must. Do. Better.
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 16th Apr 18, 4:45 PM
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    Ohh! Excited! Have pencilled in Thirsk and now Hexham, am up in that part of the world for less than a week but am sure can fit some chazzering around museums and The Wall.


    Originally posted by GreyQueen

    Do visit the Sue Ryder chazza shop in Thirsk. It's in a little street, Millgate, just a few steps away from the Market Square. (I think all the others are situated all around the Market Square) There is also a fab place for coffee/cake/snacks...'The White Rose Book Cafe' just a little way along from the Sue Ryder Shop but actually in the Market Square. It has a lovely garden to sit out in at the back of the shop where the cafe is and the flapjack is to die for!
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    • bobsa1
    • By bobsa1 16th Apr 18, 7:09 PM
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    I popped to Sainsbury's local today and unfortunately for my bank account it is very near an age uk. Of course in I popped. I bought a boxed gift set of Molton brown shower gel for £3.49 and a large hold luggage size it. Lightweight suitcase in pink for £2.99. It's a little bit marked but that's par of the course with hold luggage
    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 16th Apr 18, 7:54 PM
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    Miro - a question please. As you seem to be fairly familiar with Thirsk, do you happen to know how far the railway station is from the town? When I've been through it on trains it seems to be in the middle of nowhere, and if I was going for a recce it would be a day trip by train from somewhere else.
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 16th Apr 18, 8:28 PM
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    Miro - a question please. As you seem to be fairly familiar with Thirsk, do you happen to know how far the railway station is from the town? When I've been through it on trains it seems to be in the middle of nowhere, and if I was going for a recce it would be a day trip by train from somewhere else.
    Originally posted by Bogof_Babe
    Yes it does look to be in the middle of nowhere but when you come out of the 'station', if you can call it that, (unmanned), up the steps and turn right along the main road it is about a 15 min easy walk into the centre. HTH x
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 16th Apr 18, 8:29 PM
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    Yes it does look to be in the middle of nowhere but when you come out of the 'station', if you can call it that, (unmanned), up the steps and turn right along the main road it is about a 15 min easy walk into the centre. HTH x
    Originally posted by Mir!
    That's really helpful, thank you so much. Thirsk may be going on the agenda now!
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 16th Apr 18, 8:39 PM
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    That's really helpful, thank you so much. Thirsk may be going on the agenda now!
    Originally posted by Bogof_Babe
    You're welcome. It is a very interesting old market town with a lovely cobbled market square. Lots of independent shops, (and chazzas), and a propper market on market days. Local people are generaly very friendly too. Avoid race days tho!!
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 17th Apr 18, 6:09 PM
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    A Hobbs Dress for £12

    Im over the moon, its perfect for a wedding I have coming up
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • weefreelassie
    • By weefreelassie 17th Apr 18, 8:34 PM
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    Ohh! Excited! Have pencilled in Thirsk and now Hexham, am up in that part of the world for less than a week but am sure can fit some chazzering around museums and The Wall.

    Bit concerned that Corbridge is upmarket, was looking to make that my place for re-provisioning with groceries mid-week, does it have cheap supermarkets?

    * Rubs hands gleefully at thought of outdoorsy clothing *

    Nothing to report in terms of chazzering apart from a bundle of 8ft bamboo poles, about 2 dozen for a fiver. For the runner beans. Apart from that, and just under £2's worth of notebooks, I have bought nothing chazzer-ish this month.

    Shockingly lax of me, but I've been either at work/ at the allotment/ asleep, which has inhibited my shopping opportunites. Must. Do. Better.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    Firstly, apologies to everybody for not introducing myself, it was a case of posting before I forgot to reply before I headed out the door!

    Corbridge doesn't really have any barginous shops, interesting ones for sure, but it tends to have more "artisan " shops with prices you would expect to find in such establishments

    Hexham on the other hand, has an Aldi, Tesco and Waitrose ( if you're feeling posh ) very close together for staples, a B&M next door to M&S ( opposite the Bus station) and a Poundland as well as independent shops and some damn fine eateries. At the top of the High Street is Tynedale Hospice Chazzer, good for a rummage and prices are the same for each group of clothing,e.g all trousers £3, all skirts £2.50 ( not sure of the actual prices BTW, but close )Check out the menswear upstairs as decent jackets, waterproof trousers are often in there, great if like me you are talked than average
    Across the road is the Hospice bookshop, well worth a browse. Heading back down the hill towards the town centre you will find the RSPCA, Oxfam, Oxfam bookshop , keep straight ahead and there is the Cancer Research shop in Priestpopple ( love that name !)

    Walking from the market square past the Abbey, take a left that brings you by Mrs.Miggins pie shop (really! And a good eatery !) Turn a short right then left, and you will find the Relate shop. Coming out of Relate, then left and left again down a cobbled lane, then right and it brings you out in to Fore Street, home of Scope.
    From Scope, then left back in to the Market Place ,cross over by the cross, towards the jeweller on the corner, into Market Street. There is the Save the Children shop.
    Disclaimer: I do not work for Hexham Tourist Information Board (Chazzer and Bargains Dept)
    If you do go in to Hexham Abbey, take a look in to the Undercroft, where the Canny builders recycled bits of Roman Corbridge fort , including grave markers, and the Frith Stool where a person could claim Sanctuary.

    There's loads to see up here On The Wall, ( sadly, no Jon Snow ) and I hope you have a fantastic time
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 17th Apr 18, 9:38 PM
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    A Hobbs Dress for £12

    Im over the moon, its perfect for a wedding I have coming up
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Oooh I have Hobbs envy!
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 18th Apr 18, 8:36 AM
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    A Hobbs Dress for £12

    Im over the moon, its perfect for a wedding I have coming up
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Some people might think that's expensive - but when you look at the brand and note that it's suitable for a wedding, I for one would agree that you've got a bargain.

    Well, it was a coat day for me yesterday.
    Last week I was having a whinge about one of our 3 local Hospice shops and their pricing.

    <snip>

    This same shop has a BNWT feather & down jacket by Crew Clothing priced at £40. Seems expensive to me but I've not checked the website yet.

    ETA:
    they have the identical jacket on the website for £99.
    Am I mean to think £40 in a charity shop is too expensive?
    Today is the 3rd week the jacket has been there.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    So - yesterday, the above jacket was £20.00.
    It fitted, is very lightweight, and is 90% down, 10% feather.
    So I splurged.

    And then I found a Windsmoor 100% virgin wool coat in a different charity shop.
    It's just to the bottom of my knee and a very smart style in black and winter white, sort-of dogs-tooth check with bigger hounds-tooth check bits and an overlying swirly flower in black.
    I know, it does sound hideous but it's really lovely.
    The pattern matching ( Miro ) is perfect.
    It has a front zip so the line is very smooth. The zip is double ended.
    It has a small stand-up collar and a back split.
    It's very fitted, and makes me look slim.

    It's in great condition inside and out.
    £8.00.
    I think it would have maybe been £150 new...?

    So my mission today is to choose 2 coats or jackets to make room for my new purchases.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 18th Apr 18, 8:53 AM
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    Polly - the coat sounds lovely, something I would go for ( especially as the patterns match lol!)
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 18th Apr 18, 9:09 AM
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    Some people might think that's expensive - but when you look at the brand and note that it's suitable for a wedding, I for one would agree that you've got a bargain.

    (
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Precisely Polly

    I saw it and thought it was simply stunning, tried it on and just a tad too tight so put it back.

    Went up the town, stopped for lunch and looked at the Hobbs website and theres not a dress there for less the £150 so I thought sod it, for £12 its worth the punt as I am already shedding the pounds so hot footed it back down and lifted it

    It really is a beautiful dress and whilst I cant really breath in it at the moment, its so flattering. And if I cant shift the 1/2 stone required before September, I need shooting

    Even DH was taken with it and cant believe it was a charity shop find

    They did have the shoes and handbag as well, I might go back. I took a glance at the shoes and theres barely a mark on the soles so Im thinking it was originally a wedding outfit for someone else. I don't usually go for shoes from charity shops but like I say, barely a mark. Size 4 which may just be a bit too tight though but worth the trying on ( I wear between 4 and 5 depending on style)


    Our charity shops are not cheap. Oh there are the odd ones for like the local cat and dog rescue that are, but their stuff is usually tat in the first place, full of washed out or stained primark quality. Its very rare that we find a good bargain although I trawl them all weekly.

    Both my local towns have been really hit in the highstreet,all the big names are gone or are going, so charity shops really are the only places to buy clothes now

    One of our largest, which is a Christian missionary charity ( surprise surprise ) is stupidly expensive, pricing up primark t shirts at £4

    Im going to visit family in a couple of weeks and whilst there hit their local charity shop. Last time I was there they had a whole section of bridal wear, complete outfits from hats to shoes and everything in-between.

    Im always so jealous of the finds reported on here
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 18th Apr 18, 10:32 AM
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    The pattern matching ( Miro ) is perfect.
    Originally posted by Pollycat



    The down jacket was obviously meant for you!!!

    Yesterday in the BHF shop there was a beoootiful oyster coloured dress, looked very 'classy' with intricate seaming...obviously a 'wedding guest' dress and priced at £10, (no make spotted). Perfect size and length for me so I was sorely tempted even tho I do not have any weddings on the horizon. Then I noticed that the fancy binding around the neck at the back had pulled away leaving a small frayed hole. In retrospect I'm quite pleased to have found a reason to not buy it!
    Last edited by Mirů; 18-04-2018 at 10:42 AM.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 18th Apr 18, 1:42 PM
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    Precisely Polly

    I saw it and thought it was simply stunning, tried it on and just a tad too tight so put it back.

    Went up the town, stopped for lunch and looked at the Hobbs website and theres not a dress there for less the £150 so I thought sod it, for £12 its worth the punt as I am already shedding the pounds so hot footed it back down and lifted it

    It really is a beautiful dress and whilst I cant really breath in it at the moment, its so flattering. And if I cant shift the 1/2 stone required before September, I need shooting

    Even DH was taken with it and cant believe it was a charity shop find

    They did have the shoes and handbag as well, I might go back. I took a glance at the shoes and theres barely a mark on the soles so Im thinking it was originally a wedding outfit for someone else. I don't usually go for shoes from charity shops but like I say, barely a mark. Size 4 which may just be a bit too tight though but worth the trying on ( I wear between 4 and 5 depending on style)


    Our charity shops are not cheap. Oh there are the odd ones for like the local cat and dog rescue that are, but their stuff is usually tat in the first place, full of washed out or stained primark quality. Its very rare that we find a good bargain although I trawl them all weekly.

    Both my local towns have been really hit in the highstreet,all the big names are gone or are going, so charity shops really are the only places to buy clothes now

    One of our largest, which is a Christian missionary charity ( surprise surprise ) is stupidly expensive, pricing up primark t shirts at £4

    Im going to visit family in a couple of weeks and whilst there hit their local charity shop. Last time I was there they had a whole section of bridal wear, complete outfits from hats to shoes and everything in-between.

    Im always so jealous of the finds reported on here
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Shoes and handbags?
    And you're going to a wedding?
    Go back!
    Drop whatever you're doing and go back right now to see if they fit!
    • Frith
    • By Frith 18th Apr 18, 6:37 PM
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    A White Stuff longer length too for me today.

    Also bought 2 CDs - REM and David Bowie.

    DB was supposed to be a massive collection, 3 disks. Drove off and there was 1 disk that was supposed to be there, another random DB disk and the 3rd was the !!!8220;Best of hip hop!!!8221;!!
    Verschlimmbesserung
    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 18th Apr 18, 9:03 PM
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    The down jacket was obviously meant for you!!!

    Yesterday in the BHF shop there was a beoootiful oyster coloured dress, looked very 'classy' with intricate seaming...obviously a 'wedding guest' dress and priced at £10, (no make spotted). Perfect size and length for me so I was sorely tempted even tho I do not have any weddings on the horizon. Then I noticed that the fancy binding around the neck at the back had pulled away leaving a small frayed hole. In retrospect I'm quite pleased to have found a reason to not buy it!
    Originally posted by Mir!
    That's what I always hope for when I'm dithering over something I don't need!

    I broke two of my own rules yesterday*, well three if you count the not needing it - I was drawn to a Primark Atmosphere lightweight shortish red zip-up padded jacket for £3.99. *I almost never buy Primark, and *I'm not sure about wearing red these days, but it fitted so well and weighs next to nothing, even though it isn't down-filled only some sort of nylon, and I though that for £3.99 it would be useful to add to my travelling collection. It is missing its nylon packaway stuff bag, and appears to only be £15 online, but hey I do actually like it .

    I was away in Scotland for a short break, that turned out even shorter than planned as I dashed home today because the cat had a bad turn and OH was beside himself. Anyway the place I was staying didn't provide any shampoo or shower gel, so I went out looking for travel sized ones that didn't cost ridiculous shop prices like £1.25 for a tiny bottle. In BHF, which is also where I got the jacket, on the clearance shelf was one of those hotel sets but a quite posh one, for 74p. It had shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, soap and a shower cap, all unopened in an outer plastic case. Just what I wanted, well pleased .
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