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05/11/2013 at 10:05
I admit, I used to be a massive snob, and would NEVER set foot inside a charity shop.
Don't know when that changed, but I love having a mooch now. I like customising my own clothes, so charity shops are fab for unusual items/items you won't see tons of people wearing, and I can jazz them up, dirt cheap.
I buy my boys stuff from there too. Last week, I bought C a reversible fleece/waterproof, coat, with his school logo on, new with tags, for £3. They are £35 in the uniform shop...
I got J a coat from Next, BNWT, for £1.
Are you a charity shop lover or hater? I like chatting to the old women who work in there. ( I am a big fan of crazy old women, who are beyond eccentric.)
05/11/2013 at 10:27
I like going for the book and toy shelf. If I want to treat (bribe) Luke after a hospital appointment or being good for a hair cut I usually let him pick something as he can't eat sweets and chocolate. You can usually get something good for his age group for £1, compared to spending £2.99 on a magazine. I have bought some clothes but find that they are still quite expensive compared to buying new at Peacocks or supermarkets. I don't shop in expensive clothes shops. Our shops don't have big children's rails so I've never seen any good children's clothes. Maybe people sell on privately or give to friends?
05/11/2013 at 10:34
I can't do it!
I donate to charity shops a lot, and i would probably buy something from eBay at a push depending on circumstances but I can't do charity shop shopping!
I get embarrassed walking in there! My aunty works in one so I sometimes pop in to see her but I shuffle in and don't ever look around!
She's always finding good bargains though!
05/11/2013 at 11:02
I've brought from them. I don't tend to use the ones locally as they're full of crap, but if I go to a nicer town (where no one knows me) I'll pop in and have a look
05/11/2013 at 11:04
I like them for quirky house bits, some great retro kitcheny things, and have bought a couple of clothes bits for work, a decent £50 M&S skirt for £7 :)
Bought a sofa last week from British Heart Foundation, perfect colour and size, £120 delivered and looks like no one ever sat on it. It's gawjuss!
05/11/2013 at 11:05
I look in them occasionally, I haven't brought clothes tends to just be book's and bit's like that... I did buy a teddy for my doggie when he was a puppy and he still has it 2 years later... The one's we have in town are a bit rubbish and very small so don't tend to have much stuff in them! My mum loves charity shops and always finds good stuff in them!
05/11/2013 at 11:09
Love them for books for the kids and photo props. It's all the rage to upcycle stuff to make newborn hats etc out of, I've not go the time to do it but if I did then it'd be awesome. When I was in Kensington a little while ago there was a charity shop there FULL of designer clothes. I can't believe the stuff people chuck out. I don't see what's to be embarrassed about shopping in one, it's just a shop?!
05/11/2013 at 11:10
My friend bought a "gold plated" necklace from a charity shop, for £1.50. she sold that (actual) gold necklace for £260... She is amazing at that. She hunts at car boots and charity shops, looking for gold to re-sell. She makes loads.
My Dad was after a Levi denim jacket, I got him one from a charity shop for £4.
05/11/2013 at 11:25
I'm a snob and don't buy anything from the charity shop although I do give to them.
05/11/2013 at 11:36
I buy books and some clothing, but I draw the line at shoes.
05/11/2013 at 11:46
i buy books for my holidays , as they are normally 50p whereas wh smiths are 8pound each
before the wedding i was collecting vintage glass cake stands and we got the majority from charity shops
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