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.
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.