Shopping the Charity Shops

Shopping the charity shops has been a passion of mine for many years, there are five within a few minutes from my work and home.  I walk past them most days and can’t resist popping in to see if I can pick up a bargain.  More often than not, there isn’t too much on offer, but occasionally I find some gems.  I will buy anything from clothes to home wares as long as they are in good condition and are a fair price.  Unfortunately, many charities now employ “experts” to value the items.  It seems the days of retired ladies offering a few hours of their time to cheerfully volunteer are mostly past.  Although I did find the beautiful blue vase above in the Devon Air Ambulance shop in Topsham recently, which is still managed by a group of lovely ladies.

Anything nautical related is always sure to catch my eye, especially if it is white.  I found this lovely chap sitting on the top shelf of the Sue Ryder shop in Heavitree. Tucked away behind a huge ugly vase, its important that you take your time to really look around when browsing charity shops.  I have noticed recently that some of the shops I have been visiting for many years, are becoming disorganised and not very well managed.  One such shop that used to be a favourite of mine, has gone from a wonderfully displayed mix of treasure, always clean and tidy to a smelly, poorly laid out jumble, and this is after it was taken over by a new manager and had a supposed revamp!

All of the glass cloches above were found in local charity shops for less than a few pounds each and the gorgeous sky plates with different cities on them, were found in a box pushed underneath a table at a car boot sale.

charity shop magazines and books

I am always on the lookout for great interior books and magazines.  These days I find it hard to justify paying upwards of £4 for a magazine that is usually packed full of adverts, luckily there is one local charity shop that sells its magazine off for just 10p.  Its just a matter of timing.  I don’t care how old they are as long as they are in good condition.  There is inspiration everywhere and like clothes, interior fashions repeat themselves.  I found all of the above for £1 each or less !

Sometimes I get a rush when I discover an item that comes from an expensive brand.  This White Company candlestick still had the label on the bottom with a £21 price tag.  I snapped it up for £2.50.  The jug was £3.  If you love a bargain, please do keep an eye on my blog, I will be introducing a shop the post feature in the near future.  This was my first post since migrating my blog.  Its a bit of a tester to see how I managed on wordpress and hopefully will pick up any mistakes.



  1. May 13, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    It looks great to me. : )

    • May 13, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you Kitty x I’m very nervous after so many years on blogger x

  2. midlifesinglemum
    May 13, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    I love the blue vase. It does look a bit like it ought to hold someone’s ashes in it though. My other fvourite is the white jug. And I know what you mean about magazines. It’s like they get double revenue from all those adverts. All good buys. I enjoy seeing your pre-loved hauls.

    • May 13, 2018 / 10:01 pm

      Oh dear lord that is hysterical ! Ashes! I will never look at it the same way again ha xx

  3. Sharon
    May 13, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    It looks good and was a good read.

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