Magpie Monday – the joy of charity shops
I love charity shops. It was my mum who first taught me that they can be a great source of pre-loved treasure – and a really good way to declutter good quality items that are no longer needed.
I am very lucky to have a great selection of charity shops just a short walk from where I live. People just seem to keep donating fantastic stuff to these shops, especially homewares. It is very rare that I come home empty-handed from a thrift-shopping trip.
The shops tend to be staffed by an assortment of students, some of whom seem slightly dazed and confused. But there must be some good people in charge of how the stock is arranged and priced, and the window displays are usually enticing.
This blogpost is about some pre-loved items I bought for myself on Saturday, and I will also say a little bit about the charity shops I found them in.
1. Tupperware from the Oxfam shop
These were a real find and I like them so, so much. Two orange harvester round cake containers with the distinctive fan-style lids.
I am looking forward to showing them off any time that I am asked to bring food along to picnics, pot luck parties or bake sales. (I will probably bake some of this Goats’ Cheese and Potato Bread using Delia Smith’s recipe)
Tupperware like this tends to go for silly money on eBay, so I was very happy to get these two for £6.99 each (and £0 p&p of course, unlike eBay). Both cake containers are in perfect condition albeit in need of good scrub.
The Oxfam Shop in Beeston is a fantastic charity shop. People just seem to keep donating lots of good items to this shop. The prices tend to reflect the quality and saleability of the items, but in some cases I have left things on the shelf due to lack of affordability.
Here are some examples of items I have bought there:
- This crochet blanket and this crochet blanket and these two patchwork knitted blankets
- These buttons and a cross stitch kit plus more buttons and these cross stitch and beading kits
- This really gorgeous teal silk blouse
I have also donated quite a few items myself. I’ve signed up to their GiftAid scheme so that they can reclaim the tax when they sell items which I have donated.
2. Cross stitch book from the British Heart Foundation Shop
Yes I bought yet another cross stitch book. Must stop now! This one was a good buy for £2 as it has lots of great designs for greetings cards.
It is usually the display of books in the window of the British Heart Foundation shop which draws me in. As well as books, they tend to have a good selection of homewares too, but I usually resist the temptation to buy an entire 1970s dinner service. I did get this Denby Arabesque coaster though! Other purchases include this yoga kit and a Healthy Back Bag.
3. Liquor glasses from the YMCA shop
These glasses will be great for sipping cointreau in! Only £1.49 the pair. I don’t often buy things from the YMCA shop but we donated various items of furniture to them when we first moved to Beeston, and the teak bookcase in our hall came from there.
PS I also found the perfect thing for my Faith Hope and Charity Swapping partner – but I’ll wait until she has received it before revealing all the swap items.