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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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    • funnyfreckle
    • By funnyfreckle 13th Oct 18, 8:32 AM
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    Please don't write off all the volunteers - all your criticisms make me sad! We're not all bad!

    I've volunteered for a couple of charity shops for over 6 years. Not because I need it on my CV but because I want to help. (I can only manage a couple of hours because that's all I can squeeze in to my week but I do think every little helps).

    Like you, I hate it with a passion when donations aren't gratefully received. I try to make sure that each donor is made to feel that what they have brought in is just what we were hoping for even if there is no room at the back of the shop. In my experience it is the staff (& I hate to say this has been true of where I help too) that are the worst.

    I know volunteers are a mixed bag but please don't slag us all off! 😞
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 13th Oct 18, 8:57 AM
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    Please don't write off all the volunteers - all your criticisms make me sad! We're not all bad!

    I've volunteered for a couple of charity shops for over 6 years. Not because I need it on my CV but because I want to help. (I can only manage a couple of hours because that's all I can squeeze in to my week but I do think every little helps).

    Like you, I hate it with a passion when donations aren't gratefully received. I try to make sure that each donor is made to feel that what they have brought in is just what we were hoping for even if there is no room at the back of the shop. In my experience it is the staff (& I hate to say this has been true of where I help too) that are the worst.

    I know volunteers are a mixed bag but please don't slag us all off! 😞
    Originally posted by funnyfreckle
    I don't think anyone was slagging off volunteers across the board.
    It's a tiny minority who have put some donors off donating to specific shops.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 13th Oct 18, 3:05 PM
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    More hunting the ideal-whatever (we did have a list!) on tuppence & goodwill, and in every charity shop we went in, the staff were delightful. Some of the customers less so, but eventually we had to feed the lad a pie & shut him in a carehome as that is where he works.

    I think we got a proper boot brush, a thoughtful look at what is currently held out for sale as rubbish bins & laundry baskets & sore feet.

    Somehow I staggered home with a sewing machine. Vintage singer, red & black cabling all cropped off, to be sold as strictly decorative but with all its crannies loaded with useful spares. I have so many feet I will try being a caterpillar...
    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 13th Oct 18, 4:40 PM
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    I've usually found both staff and volunteers very pleasant in Charity Shops.
    That gentleman is the first rude person I've come across in ages (and I regularly donate and buy). Maybe he just had an "off" day, but there's no excuse for rudeness.
    I wouldn't dream of slagging off the vast majority of volunteers, I think they do sterling work and I'm sure some of the customers really try their patience!
    Normal people worry me.
    • bobsa1
    • By bobsa1 13th Oct 18, 5:43 PM
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    Today I've popped to a few Cs shops and people both staff and volunteers have been lovely so perhaps like everything its a mixed bag.

    My fab finds today were two boxed lush bath bombs for £3.95 they would be that each so not a massive bargain but a nice addition to dds stocking. I've decided I would like to make a skirt and got a brand new pattern for £1 I dont know how much they are usually but I was very happy.

    The larger bargains were a brand new winter next dress for 3rd dd with a price label of £35 for £6.50 and a brand new pair of Laura Ashley made to measure triple pleat curtains for £20. I know that is quite a lot but they would have cost a good few hundred.
    • funnyfreckle
    • By funnyfreckle 14th Oct 18, 8:29 AM
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    Sorry folks - I shouldn't have used the word slag off in my earlier post ... it was too strong. My fingers ran away with me! I hope I didn't offend anyone �� x
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Oct 18, 9:56 AM
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    Sorry folks - I shouldn't have used the word slag off in my earlier post ... it was too strong. My fingers ran away with me! I hope I didn't offend anyone �� x
    Originally posted by funnyfreckle
    Well, you didn't offend me.
    And I can totally understand where you and other volunteers are coming from.
    Hey!
    Shall we just get back to posting charity shop bargains and agree that 99.9999% of volunteers are great?
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 15th Oct 18, 10:02 PM
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    I visited a couple of lesser-known chazzers this afternoon with Mum. She found some amazing treasures, including a stackable set of Corningware saucepans (I didn't know they existed until today!) with glass lids in great condition for just a tenner. I had to make do with just 2 books, but they are good ones

    Btw, the ladies in both shops were really lovely!
    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!
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 15th Oct 18, 10:56 PM
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    a stackable set of Corningware saucepans (I didn't know they existed until today!) with glass lids in great condition for just a tenner.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Anything like the £160 set on Amazon?
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th Oct 18, 10:11 AM
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    Anything like the £160 set on Amazon?
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    No, they're not Vision - more like regular Corningware - but am sure they cost a fair bit bought new.

    Just googled and it looks more like the image below (different pattern and deeper vessels though). It looks like a set of three costs over 250!!, Mum's is four! So yes definitely into bargain territory here

    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!
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 16th Oct 18, 10:24 AM
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    I recognise that! I now have several childhood kitchens to wander through til I figure the relative(s).

    Wow & hurrah & blinking well done you & mum!
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 16th Oct 18, 3:32 PM
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    Had a productive morning meandering around the chazzas of Otley today - tho have ended up with a moral dilemma!

    I found a lovely winter coat in the 99p St Gemma's shop. As new, a burgundy colour, knee length, single breasted with a concealed fastening and tie belt and fits beautifully. Not an expensive make (Dunnes), but feels and looks like a good quality coat. Took it gleefully to the till and paid my 99p marvelling at my good fortune. Now this shop mostly sells everything for a flat price of 99p except for a few items, (designer/new/extremely good quality), which go on the 'good' rail and are priced much higher. When I got home and looked at the attached price tag the coat was actually priced at £8.99 but it was hanging on a 99p rail. I hadn't looked too closely but the volunteer had looked at the ticket and asked me for 99p. So now what do I do?

    1. Nothing, it was their mistake.
    2. Go back and explain what happened and pay the difference.
    3. Go back, say nothing and just put some squids in the donations box.

    Oh dearie me!!

    Anyhoo....then went into the BHF shop and found the makings of a glam party outfit. An M & S black, heavy, embossed fabric skirt. Just above ankle length, fitted to just above the knee then has slightly sticky out ('godets'? 'peplum'?) sort of bits inserted in v shapes all around and with a wide self belt. Will be perfect with my fitted black velvet jacket and impossibly high heeled shoe boots so long as no dancing or extensive walking is involved. Priced at £4.99.

    Following on from the recent chat about the attitude of some volunteers....I had an unpleasant experience yesterday in the local hospice shop. I became aware of raised voices and looking to see what was to do it it became apparent that three of the volunteers were having a row at the till. One of the volunteers must have claimed some travelling expenses whilst going somewhere on charity business and the other two objected saying that 'nobody ever does that, how could you take money from a charity, I find that despicable?' Things got more and more heated and I felt so uncomfortable listening to it I decided to leave. Ha! As I walked to the door one of the women asked me what I thought of the matter, (expecting me to agree with her). I just said they needed to take the matter off the shop floor and resolve their differences elsewhere. Then the woman being challenged said she was leaving and never coming back and made to get her belongings and leave when one of the other volunteers gave her a hefty shove saying 'good riddance' and sending her flying . I expect there was more to it than just the expenses grievance but it was a very nasty thing to witness!
    Remember how far you have come not how far you have to go
    • Towser
    • By Towser 16th Oct 18, 3:54 PM
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    Seasalt 3/4 length top in fine needlecord. £9.99 Oxfam
    H&M Cardigan £4.99 Age Concern
    Monsoon winter dress £12 Keech Hospice

    I am so happy especially with the Seasalt 3/4 length top.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 16th Oct 18, 4:48 PM
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    It looks like a set of three costs over 250!!, Mum's is four! So yes definitely into bargain territory here
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    If you give her the tenner for them, that's her Christmas sorted.
    Last edited by Owain Moneysaver; 17-10-2018 at 7:39 PM.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 17th Oct 18, 7:33 AM
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    miro - would you have paid £8.99 for the coat? I'll be honest, I would be feeling guilty but still wouldn't want to lose the feeling of having got a nice coat for 99p so I'm not sure what I would do.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 17th Oct 18, 12:24 PM
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    Miro, the coat could have been redirected to the 99p rail for clearance, but they forgot to amend the tag. I would just bung a few quid in the tin the next time you're in.
    They are an EYESORES!!!!
    • bobsa1
    • By bobsa1 18th Oct 18, 10:42 PM
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    I should really make sure i don't have time to pop in too cs before school p pick ups as i get lured in by the possibility of a bargain lol. Today's was a faux fur gilet by next for £5 I'm imagining it with black jeans black polo neck or indeed beige top as the gilet is very neutral. The other day i got an unopened elemis cleansing set for £3.95 which is currently for sale everywhere for £49.95. It was for sale at the same price as a baylis and Harding shower gel set ��
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 19th Oct 18, 12:07 PM
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    miro - would you have paid £8.99 for the coat? I'll be honest, I would be feeling guilty but still wouldn't want to lose the feeling of having got a nice coat for 99p so I'm not sure what I would do.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Miro, the coat could have been redirected to the 99p rail for clearance, but they forgot to amend the tag. I would just bung a few quid in the tin the next time you're in.
    Originally posted by Out, Vile Jelly
    Many thanks for your replies and thoughts. I have decided I will chuck a few squids into the donations tin next time I am in the shop. I will still have got a bargain but without the guilty conscience

    The infestation of B & H products is noticeably on the increase in my local shops
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 19th Oct 18, 1:16 PM
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    The infestation of B & H products is noticeably on the increase in my local shops
    Originally posted by Mir!
    You make it sound parastic in nature! Bear in mind that people are trying to help charity by donating this stuff, someone, somewhere must be buying it (even if only to gift it and have it recycled for years to come. Its like phoenix that won't be cremated ).
    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!
    • GreenBitterfly
    • By GreenBitterfly 19th Oct 18, 2:38 PM
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    This morning I went to the my local Scope charity shop, whilst browsing the book shelves, I spotted a hardback copy of Untold Stories by Alan Bennett. It looks to be in unread condition, there was a bookmark placed inside one of the first few pages so I think the previous owner had just started it and didn't finish it. It cost me £2, and as I've been looking for a hardback copy for about a year, I couldn't believe my eyes when it saw it.
    Last edited by GreenBitterfly; 19-10-2018 at 2:40 PM.
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