Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Charity Shops



Welcome to my new followers Gwen & Sue from here http://ournewlifeinthecountry.blogspot.co.uk one of my favourite blogs, I feel very honoured to have you following.



As well as the good old car boot, I love a potter around the charity shops.







Some people just don't like the idea of second hand goods and prefer to buy new and wouldn't step foot in one.

Charity shops are brilliant, recycling all sorts of things which might have ended up in landfill.

The charity shop gives me a chance to find something at a much lower price , I do not put money in charity boxes but when I buy something from the shop I feel happy that I have helped a little to support a good cause.

 In the small Devon town where we used to live there was one charity shop and it was tiny. So to get things out the door things where priced so cheaply it was unbelievable. I am very interested in collectables and found some nice things in the past , kept for a while and then sold for a very nice profit. Now most of the bigger in town charity shops have experts come in and value items, I know they have big rents to pay, but some of the prices are just crazy, but there are a few out there which are reasonable.

I have bought lots of clothes over the years , many with labels still attached and some lovely things for the home.

I paid £2.00 for our bedroom curtains, this photo doesn't do them justice they are a light gold and have a satin feel, , they are lovely & fully lined.








I needed a new sensible/everyday winter coat, I have a really long coat and several jackets, and thinner coats which don't keep me warm enough.

My husband spotted this one it was as new it was £7.50 but still a bargain it is a lovely coat.



One shop sells any three items of clothing for £4.99, I had three items and this dress was included.
We don't go out to posh events hardly ever, At least if there is a family announcement/big occasion, I always have something nice without going out and spending ridiculous money.

The Marks and Spencers sandals were new, bought for £1.00, the bag also from M&S was £3.99 .

Those three items cost a total of £6.65, a real bargain.







We popped into a couple whilst passing today, but there was nothing exciting there, I only came home with a little purple glass vase and a plant pot for the grand total of £1.58.






So do you buy from charity shops? Have you ever found anything worth a lot of money?


33 comments:

  1. It's not worth a lot of money but I did buy a brdr furbo tea trolley for £6.99 a couple of years ago. It was being used as a shoe rack at the time but now it lives in my dining area.

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    1. Well that was a good price, I have always fancied a tea trolley.

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  2. I always go there first when I'm looking for a book or cooking utensils etc. We take the grandchildren and they've picked up some lovely toys for £1. I have donated so much over the years to the St Helena hospice which is such a worthwhile cause.

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    1. That's good , I am the same, if I can't find it right away I just wait and then eventually find it. I sell many unwanted things but there is usually something take in as well.

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  3. I always pop in and am not adverse to second hand but generally get better bargains at the car boot sales. Love the dress you picked up, lovely for an event.

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    1. Yes you are right you do get better at the car boot, but great for when the car boot season has ended. I do love that dress.

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  4. You found some very good bargains. I have found some lovely tapestries at our local charity shop.

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    1. Thankyou, I have also seen many a nice tapestry and pictures .

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  5. Some more great bargains there. Unfortunately, although I do enjoy having a good look around the charity shops, they can be quite expensive around here. However, I did manage to get Lily some good jigsaws the other week. X

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    1. Some of them are out, glad you found something for Lily, x

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  6. I love Charity Shops as well as Car Boots, but we seem to visit the Shops more often. Some shops are so expensive, usually the bigger ones. And I notice that the cheaper priced stores have a quicker turn over than the more expensive shops. I see the same items week after week. Its so obvious, but they never seem to catch on.

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    1. Yes same here Gwen, you do seem to see the same items in some, they don't get it do they,(thankyou again for following me.)

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  7. Our little town has a fair few charity shops for it's size. One of them I never go in as their prices are ridiculous and one of them is just books which I only go in when I have a lot of time to spare.
    The others are so, so.
    As I am usually only looking for books, DVD's or dessing up clothes for Ruby I don't expect I will ever find anything worth a lot of money-x-

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    1. No I think those days of finding a treasure are gone, On the Antiques Roadshow a few have bought things from the car boot worth a fortune, but no such luck for me.

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  8. I used to love a browse around a charity shop. Now they are all ridiculous prices so I rarely bother

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    1. They are just killing it for themselves.

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  9. I love a good mooch round the local charity shops. I've been known to come away with nothing, then another day there may be a few things that catch my eye xx

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    1. It is nice to look isn't it but like you I don't buy just for the sake of it.

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  10. Our tiny town has three charity shops, all are very reasonably priced, I buy a lot of my cloths from them and they are my main shop for books.

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  11. I buy lots of books from charity shops but the ones round here are really expensive. I see the bargains that people pick up on blogs and I'm always surprised at the prices they pay, no chance of any great bargains here.

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  12. I always go for a look in the charity shops. We have loads around us - some very reasonable, others crazy prices! I've had some lovely clothes from them too - laura ashley /monsoon/phase eight, etc. - I love a bargain and would rather give to charity than buy overpriced new. I do but new things obviously but enjoy buying second hand too.

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    1. Nice when you find a good label, I seem to end up with lots of M & S x

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  13. I do always take out stuff to charity shops, and I often browse, I don't buy clothes, most of my books are purchased from them, read and then returned.

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    1. They are always full of good books aren't they.

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  14. Most of our stuff is from car boots, charity shops, second hand and we have been known to rescue items from skips and the tip.
    xx

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  15. Hi I'm a great one for good old British Heart Foundation. Many goodies found clothes wise. I see it as recycling.

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  16. Our little charity shop {for local causes} used to be brilliant, but lately they only have real rubbish and you have to pick it over good and proper to get anything.
    In the past, I've picked up lots of lovely vintage linen, teacups and saucers, pressed vintage glass, and more. Wish it was as it used to be!

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    1. sorry, hit enter! Someone said the managers filter out anything of any value now and sell it on eBay at a better price. All money goes to the causes, but it does leave us adrift for finding those pretty bargains for ourselves and makes it a place I don't want to go into any more.

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    2. Yes they do I have actually seen the charity shops pages on Ebay, I think most of the volunteers probably work there to get first pickings, it is hard to find nice vintage items now .

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