Charity Shop Bargains

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by QueenOfGoths, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    Harris Arcade is a gem in an otherwise identikit town. Sound Machine has certainly had a lot of business off me over years. As has the Grumpy Goat Ale & Cheese shop:thumbs:
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  2. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby how's it going to end?

    Best bargain for me was the complete James Bond novels in excellent condition for a tenner.

    And a hardback edition of Will Eisner's Spirit for 50p.
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  3. Wilf

    Wilf Meeting few of his KPIs

    Charity shops are good at deferred gratification. If you get into any remotely popular book series - Jo Nesbo, G of T, Rebus - if you resist buying them as soon as they come out you know you'll find 'em in the charity shops.
  4. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby how's it going to end?

    Totally. Over a year or two I managed to get all 10 Malazan Book of the Fallen. Usually at £2 a pop.
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  5. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    I acquired a complete Oxford History of England - all 15 volumes - for £90 at Oxfam. Not a steal, but good value. They look dead impressive in the bookcase.
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  6. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I'm going to my nearest BHF furniture shop tomorrow to see what I can get. My coffee table from them was a great bargain.
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  7. Siouxsie

    Siouxsie Fashionable objector with a uniform fetish

    I asked the lady behind the counter in our local 'help the aged' if they had any scraps of fabric suitable for patchwork. She said there was a binbag full out the back that I could have because it was getting in the way and staff were too busy to sort through it. She said just put a donation in the glass jar on the counter...I put £10.00 in which she was very happy with.
    Looking through the bag weeks later I found 2 Moda Jelly Rolls and 4 Moda Layer Cakes, there was also Liberty and Tilda fat quarter packs....all in all there was around £300.00 worth of material :eek:...I truly was speechless.
    My conscience kicked in and I went back later and donated another £50.00....I couldn't stop smiling and they were delighted with the win situation :)
  8. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    3 red and white spotted duvet sets, £3 each, which are going to be great for making decorative stuff for the vintage festival I have been helping with. But pity the triplets who had to sleep in a room with them before they came to me...

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  9. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

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  10. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    I need to get some more shirts for work. Hopefully any I buy will 'almost' fit me but not quite so I can put them with all the others I wear rarely if at all :D
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  11. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    and they're hardback so no one will ever know - bar the dust on the top - that they are never read :p
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  12. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    Well, exactly!
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  13. Casually Red

    Casually Red tomorrow belongs to me

    Rarely ever go in them nut last year I got 2 massive Robert Fisk tomes ...Pity the nation and the great war for civilisation as well as a pretty rare book on the Manchester martyrs written in the 1960s . 2 quid .
    Last week got 5...bloody 5 ..pairs of good jeans that fitted me perfectly . All must have belonged to the one person . 3 of them perfect for work , 2 pairs more goey outy . 15 quid .
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  14. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    Today's haul
    The top was a quid, the necklace £4.00 and will probably be a present to me from the little one our Father Christmas :D

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  15. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    a pile of 60s tintin and asterix hardbacks @ £4 each. I left the french language ones. then realised they were well old, ran back but they were all gone .
  16. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    I got a Singer Featherweight 221-1 for $25. It runs, but it needs cleaned. I'll also have to either clean or get a new case for it. The case that came with it smelled of mold.


    I was pleased to get it. These, in good working order, can run into the hundreds of dollars. A lot of people I know, who sew, prefer them to new machines.
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  17. Siouxsie

    Siouxsie Fashionable objector with a uniform fetish

    I agree with your comment Yuwipi Woman
    I have many old Singer machines :oops: the stitch quality is second to none, the tension is still neat and even, no skipped stitches, just perfection.
    I have various sewing and embroidery machines ranging from £20 second hand Singer and Jones' (later to become Brother)...right through to a £3,000 Husqvarna all singing and dancing one :oops:

    My favourite one?.....a hundred year old Singer treadle machine my nan received as a wedding weighs a ton and smells of old oil but I love it :)
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  18. seeformiles

    seeformiles Lost in the wood

    9C910773-4C38-4B7A-815D-34F0ED790650.jpeg Got these for £4 in the wee community shop at the bottom of our road. All are in near mint condition apart from the Dean Martin which is still pretty great. Especially pleased with the Ella disc on Verve - not even a spindle mark. :cool:

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I've got a mint copy of the Dean Martin one. I'm popping it on Discogs.
    I can't resist mint records at a bargain price. I'm not into Dean Martin though, I only bought it because of Nancy Sinatra.
  20. seeformiles

    seeformiles Lost in the wood

    I don’t mind a bit of Dino but Nancy’s always better with Lee (another bargain..)
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  21. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    I used to have that Nancy & Lee LP (and others) - saw it in a charity shop at the weekend with £14 on it :eek: :hmm: I don't mind paying a bit of money for my records, but charity shops' optimistic pricing causes much frustration :facepalm: :D

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Only ever got one Lee album as a charity shop bargain, though I did get all the others at a decent price (around £10).
    I got the Dean Martin thing purely because he appeared on her 'Moving with Nancy' TV special (got that album too). It's the worst bit on it.

    I did grab a Lee bargain not so long ago, but it was in a second hand record shop. The LHI years. Double LP but both records were the same so it was only a couple of quid.
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Yes. There does seem to be some rather odd pricing in charity shops these days. You might expect that one to be maybe a max of about £14 in a specialist shop, people go to charity shops for bargains. These days I get better bargains down the record shop.
    The most annoying prices are often because head office has said 'these record things are cool again and people will pay top dollar for them'. I think they even do a discogs check but fail to grasp that the shitty condition a lot of the records are in make them worthless.
    Shame. I saw a warped and cracked copy of Transmission in Oxfam a little while back.
    However now and then there is gold.
    A whole box of completely mint 80s albums still in their wrappers came in once and they were being sold for 50p each. Arrrh, my biggest regret is that I only bought copies of albums I didn't already have. . . I should have upgraded. . . but at the time I was well aware of my tendency to re-buy the same records over and over again (just in case), and thought it was unfair.
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  24. seeformiles

    seeformiles Lost in the wood

    I don’t go to Oxfam’s vinyl section anymore since their ignorance of an LP’s worth is too frustrating. I don’t like that their unfair tax breaks and use of volunteers puts proper 2nd hand vinyl (not to mention Antiquarian Book) shops out of business. :mad:
  25. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    I've only recently learned to sew with some success. At one time I was convinced that sewing machines came with built-in tomboy detectors. Every time I'd get near a machine, it would jam. I did fine with chainsaws and power drills, but sewing machines were a nope. A friend of mine sat me down and we spent a couple of hours figuring out what I was doing wrong. Since then, I've made a quilt and started on another. I have learned the value of a good machine.
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  26. Siouxsie

    Siouxsie Fashionable objector with a uniform fetish

    Sewing is a lovely rewarding hobby and a great life skill to have :)
    I've always sewn, my earliest memories are of sitting on my nan's knee, her working the treadle whilst I guided the material through...I was around 3 years old.
    Your friend sounds lovely, you never forget a good teacher :)
    Congratulations on completing your first quilt, it's so satisfying when you finish the very last stitch. I hope you have added your name and the date...after all, hopefully it will still be being loved long after you've passed on. It will be a piece of history and a beautiful family heirloom :)
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  27. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    These lovely studio pottery mugs - the mark is of a Manchester potter & ceramics lecturer, Alex Mcerlain. £1.99 for these and a few other less distinguished pieces.

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  28. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    They're well nice killer b
    I love the greyish one made from mermaids.
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  29. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    11 charity shops in Beckenham iirc. No less than 9.
  30. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    That's lovely. It breaks my heart to see AllSaints store windows, all those hundreds of sewing machines not sewing.

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