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    Austin_Allegro
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    Charity shop tips
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    • 9th Nov 04, 5:23 PM
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    Charity shop tips 9th Nov 04 at 5:23 PM
    I'm an avid charity shopper, especially for books, clothes and bric a brac. I thought I'd share some tips:

    1. Go to shops in wealthy areas, as they tend to have the best stuff.

    2. Some of the larger charities nowadays seem to be very expensive, and they also have experts on hand to value antiques etc, so seek out the smaller local charities that have more to rummage through and usually have lower prices.

    3. Nowadays shops usually only stock decent items, but check clothes VERY carefully for staining, motholes, etc - really look over every inch of an item before buying it, especially ties - these sometimes have stains you don't even notice until you've bought them.

    4. Keep an eye open for rare books, records or good quality bric a brac that can be sold on for a profit on Amazon, Ebay or the car boot.

    5. Don't think 'I need a jumper, I'll look in the charity shop'. It's sods law that you never find what you need at the time - BUT it pays to buy stuff that you will need later, say summer clothes in the winter, or something you know you'll need eventually.

    6. Some shops have specialist branches eg bookshops or furniture shops so keep an eye open for these.

    Do any other readers have any tips?
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  • scholesy
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    • 9th Nov 04, 6:16 PM
    Re: Charity shop tips
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    • 9th Nov 04, 6:16 PM
    Quick tip for students, either trying to save money on cheaper clothes or looking for fancy dress costumes. If you show any Salvation Army your NUS card they will give you a 10% card! Charity shops are also a great place to by a cheap (20-30) Dinner jackets from as renting costs about 50 a time, and you don't even get yo keep anything!! ;D ;D

    Keep saving

    Scholesy
  • Austin_Allegro
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    • 9th Nov 04, 6:26 PM
    Re: Charity shop tips
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    • 9th Nov 04, 6:26 PM
    Good point Scholesy.

    For dinner jackets, a good place is hire shops, which often have ex-hire sales. I got my DJ at a shop in Oxford for 30, a perfect fit and near mint condition.
    • sanfly
    • By sanfly 10th Nov 04, 8:31 PM
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    • 10th Nov 04, 8:31 PM
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    • 10th Nov 04, 8:31 PM
    [glow=red,2,300][move]thank you AA[/move][/glow]

    like you I absolutely love looking around charity shops and love the feeling of grabbing a bargain ... they are my winter substitute to the car boot ... and I have got many bargains in my local shops ... and also you do actually feel like you are doing something to help the charities ...

    a little tip from Sally (my soon to be ) daugher in law if you actually get a bargain - put something in a charity bag when you get home as well and deliver it the next day

    kind regards

    sandy
  • tin
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    • 10th Nov 04, 10:20 PM
    Re: Charity shop tips
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    • 10th Nov 04, 10:20 PM
    Good point Scholesy.

    For dinner jackets, a good place is hire shops, which often have ex-hire sales. I got my DJ at a shop in Oxford for 30, a perfect fit and near mint condition.
    If we're going on about DJs. I just went to hire one from Slater Menswear (www.slatermenswear.com for list of stores), and instead they managed to flog me a brand new one for 45 notes! Including fitting!!! Bargain basement!!!!!!
  • Foxy
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    • 11th Nov 04, 12:30 AM
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    • 11th Nov 04, 12:30 AM
    i am a volunteer cook 4 days a week so i have access to upstairs in our charity shop so get to b one of the first to have a nose a lot of the time so get some brill bargains ;D
  • Jay-Jay
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    • 11th Nov 04, 12:53 AM
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    • 11th Nov 04, 12:53 AM
    Ok so this isn't about charity shops, it's about dinner jackets

    Asda have DJs for 40, pants for 15 and shirts with bow ties for about 9

    Not bad at all
  • Austin_Allegro
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    • 11th Nov 04, 1:35 PM
    Re: Charity shop tips
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    • 11th Nov 04, 1:35 PM
    Does anyone know of the official policy on volunteers in charity shops, ie are they allowed to have 'first do's' on things in most shops?

    If so, it might be worth volunteering for a few hours a week just to get the bargains!

    Of course you'd be doing good work for the charity as well! ;D
  • Foxy
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    • 11th Nov 04, 2:02 PM
    Re: Charity shop tips
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    • 11th Nov 04, 2:02 PM
    Does anyone know of the official policy on volunteers in charity shops, ie are they allowed to have 'first do's' on things in most shops?

    If so, it might be worth volunteering for a few hours a week just to get the bargains!

    Of course you'd be doing good work for the charity as well! !;D
    i know every1 in ours does i think it is prob standard policy cos u give up your time n dont get paid so it is a fringe benefit ;D ;D
  • Foxy
    Re: Charity shop tips
    [glow=red,2,300][move]thank you AA[/move][/glow]


    a little tip from Sally (my soon to be ) daugher in law if you actually get a bargain - put something in a charity bag when you get home as well and deliver it the next day

    kind regards

    sandy
    another tip is it does not matter if you think the clothes are dated as wot does not get sold goes to the rag man and they get paid for them too so just goes to show every little bit helps
    • hilstep2000
    • By hilstep2000 11th Nov 04, 6:30 PM
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    Talking about volunteers, I run a Guide Company, and whenever the Brownies or we run a jumble sale, we always get first pick! Perk of the job, we're not paid after all!
    • TaBunny
    • By TaBunny 11th Nov 04, 6:50 PM
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    TaBunny
    Re: Charity shop tips
    Does anyone know of the official policy on volunteers in charity shops, ie are they allowed to have 'first do's' on things in most shops?

    If so, it might be worth volunteering for a few hours a week just to get the bargains!

    Of course you'd be doing good work for the charity as well! !;D
    Hi A_A I volunteered in the local cottage hospice shop up until June this year, I'd been there a while and yes we would have a good nose through all the new bags of stuff being donated, however some days we got so much in I'd never of looked through it all. In the end it ended up costing me a fortune as I spent so much lol but its a great feeling helping out and was a brilliant atmosphere and loads of regular customers it truly is a worthwhile thing to do and yes you can pick up some lovely bargains. I can't wait til I can get back helping maybe sometime in the new year, until then its no secret on here I'm an avid charity shop buyer none of my clothes come 'new' so good luck bargain hunters. ;D
  • hoskins
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    Charity shops are great but they could be even better if they brought the prices down - most now are getting rather greedy, I saw a little blouse for 6.oo, I got a similar brand new one for 5.00 in BHS
    > ??? :'(
  • Foxy
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    the smaller ones end up the cheapest outside of town centre i volunteer for a local homeless shelter and our shop is one of the cheapest where i am. got a big size expensive name fleece for the boyfriend that wud have cost defo over 50 new like new for a fiver if i never told him where i got it he never wud have known
    • TaBunny
    • By TaBunny 12th Nov 04, 1:43 AM
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    Re: Charity shop tips
    Charity shops are great but they could be even better if they brought the prices down - most now are getting rather greedy, I saw a little blouse for 6.oo, I got a similar brand new one for 5.00 in BHS
    > ??? :'(
    this is so true, my experiences from working in Cottage hospice shop was we sold everything very cheap and kept prices the same whether it was 'designer' or not ie; all trousers at 2.50 and tops at 2 etc this made for a very fast turnover and profits. Other shops are too stuck on trying to make a lot on one item and it ends up sitting in the shop for ages gathering dust. Salvation army is usually pretty good around my way their prices are very reasonable too.
    • keithscott1
    • By keithscott1 12th Nov 04, 11:41 AM
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    Re: Charity shop tips
    I'm very much in support of the smaller charities' shops, rather than the large organisations which tend to be over-priced with the goods that they sell.

    I was told ages ago that some of the larger charity organisations got a rap on the knuckles from the tax man as there was an increasing amount of floor space being given to new goods (ie candles, teddies, etc) in their shops sacrificing the space that was for second-hand goods. The tax man wasn't happy as the charities were exempt from a lot of levies because of their position but the shops were over the limit with new goods.
  • Scary_Fish
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    i one of the charity shops in Alderley Edge i saw a pair of Peacocks jeans for 15...they only cost 10?????

    the shops there are pretty good bar that one...
  • kitty
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    4. Keep an eye open for rare books, records or good quality bric a brac that can be sold on for a profit on Amazon, Ebay or the car boot.

    That's not money saving. It's profiteering from the charity of others.
    • toozie
    • By toozie 12th Nov 04, 10:59 PM
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    toozie
    Re: Charity shop tips
    I live within 10 miles of an RAF base. They have a Thrift Shop, which is only open 2 days a week to the public.
    I beleive they only accept items to sell from RAF Personnel, but remember the quality of clothing purchased by officers wifes........ ;D
    After items have been in the shop for a month or so, they are reduced to a pittance. Great place to buy an evening dress etc. Some items have hardly ever been worn. It also stocks, other items such as games, household goods, etc.

    Are these sort of Thrift Shops on all RAF Bases? Are they on Army Bases as well?
  • Austin_Allegro
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    That's not money saving. It's profiteering from the charity of others.
    Kitty I must take issue with you over this. Why is this profiteering?

    The charity shop sets a price for an item that they can reasonably expect people to pay. If an LP is selling in the shop for a pound, I buy it and put it on ebay and it sells for 10, I don't see what is wrong with that- I have made the effort and taken the risk.

    It could just as easily sell for 50p, so should I then ask the charity shop for 50p back out of the pound I paid for it?

    Of course the situation MIGHT arise where the shop have not realised the true value of an item and massively underpriced it, but this rarely happens nowadays. If this did happen, I would offer the shop a fair price with a decent profit margin for myself, again because I've made the effort to sell it on and taken a risk that it might not sell.
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