A glamorous morning

 Hello Dear Reader,

We went for a partially successful trip to the charity shops of Wadebridge. I often think, if you go somewhere ‘posh’ the charity shops will have generous donations. Oh how wrong I am. We visited Truro a while ago and the charity shops were too expensive, today,  Wadebridge was the same. The hospice shop wanted £15 for jackets! We had a mooch around the other charity shops which were equally expensive. We ended up in the Air Ambulance shop, where everything was expensive, except the Meakin utility ware dish that I found for £1.

We did have an enjoyable hour or so, we bought a book each (£1 each from another charity shop) and I got to add a lovely dish to my utility ware collection. Open message to charity shops. We the people without enough money to go to Marksies, but more ethics than to buy sweatshop shit – would buy lots in charity shops but we can’t afford what you’re selling. I would love to know who can afford to buy what you sell. Here’s an open message to anyone in Cornwall!!!! In Liskeard, the charity shops are cheap, and the cheapest are the Woodside Charity shop and the Salvation Army shop, where everything is cheap – they need your business and you need their prices so get to them and spend your pennies!!!

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx

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25 thoughts on “A glamorous morning

  1. The Thrift stores can be expensive but I have found that you can get your best deals at garage sales. More driving around and jumping in and out of the car, but on a sunny weekend you can find 20 to 30 sales and some communities will only let their homes have sales once a year on a specific weekend, but then you can walk from sale to sale and only have to move the car a few times. Garage sales happen year round, but mostly in the Spring, Summer and early Autumn. At most places you can also “deal”.

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  2. It's a bit worrying when you can't even afford charity shops! I went around those in Wells, Somerset today, my nearest town, and went home with nothing they were so pricey!

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  3. I agree, some of the charity shops now are ridiculously expensive. We've been to Wells this morning (Wells, Somerset is VERY posh, but lovely) – one of the charity shops there had a coat….nothing special, just a plain black winter coat….for £35!!! Must have been a designer label I guess….I was so shocked I didn't actually look. The only thing I bought was the Atkins diet cookbook, for £1.50 (new year resolution!).

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  5. I have noticed that charity shops are asking an awful lot for some things. I generally walk out “muttering” that it's far too expensive. Yes they are raising money for charity but they need to remember who their customers are too.

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  6. It is the same here. I often walk out of the shops wondering how they raise money at all. It is not unusual to find things are very close to the new cost. Oh well I guess it adds to the thrill when I do find something.

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  7. We went to some charity shops in York before christmas and they were charging extortionate amounts. I suppose a place like York could be seen as posh (certainly gets lots of overseas visitors) but surely they would sell more if the prices were more affordable.My favourite charity shop is the Salvation army one near where I live, they are very reasonable and do brilliant work

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  8. I do not go into charity shops anymore because of the expensive leftovers after the charity shop helpers and dealers have had first pickings, and now they are picky in what they take in and some do not sell childrens clothes because the cannot be bothered!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  9. It is a shame, they don't pay any business rates, have volunteers and donations (so very little outgoings compared to a standard shop) and I totally understand that they need to raise as much as possible for their charity but if they lowered their prices slightly they would sell much more. Often I look and think I could buy it cheaper new in the supermarket, which I hate 😦

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  10. I agree! Thrift stores are getting mighty proud of thier wares! I stop by, but finding I'm buying less and less. Who are they hurting? People who want to shop there, and the people who depend on the services provided by the charities. A lose, lose situation

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  11. I too have noticed how expensive charity shops have got in the last few years. I wonder if any of you watched a programme with Mary Portas a while ago (the “Queen of Shops” lady). In it she was asked to revive the fortunes of an ailing charity shop, and she did so partly by making them charge a lot more for everything. And when a regular customer complained about it, she told him off, said he could afford these prices if he wanted to, and accused him of being a miser! I had a feeling then that the glory bargain days of charity shops were over.

    I am a big fan of car boot sales. We have a huge one near us and you can't beat it for clothes and toys. I just wish we could have it all year round.

    M. X

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  12. I too have noticed how expensive charity shops have been getting in the last few years. I wonder if any of you watched a programme a while back with Mary Portas (the “Queen of Shops” lady). In it she was asked to revive the fortunes of an ailing charity shop, and she did so partly by making them charge a lot more for everything. When a regular customer complained that he couldn't afford to shop there anymore, she told him off and accused him of being a miser! I worried at the time that the glory bargain days of charity shops might be over.

    I'm a big fan of car boot sales. We have a huge one near us and you can't beat it for clothes and toys, among others. I just wish we cold have car boots all year round!

    M. X

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  13. Here, Here, the charuty shops around her Mid Wales) are equally expensive, I could go to store twenty one and buy something for two pounds, we cant in the charity shops around here.

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  14. we noticed that the other day, its almost as if charity shops have become “trendy”it annoys me when i see stuff i gave freely , put up for sale for ridiculous prices £4 for a paperback???? its cheaper to buy a book from amazon!the charity shops are there to help people not to try and rip people off…such a shame..

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  15. LOL! It is the same here in Canada. Over the years stores like Goodwill and Value Village have gradually increased their prices. Somethings are now more expensive than buying new. INSANITY!!!! The Salvation Army is slowly heading that way too. There are still some little thrift shops run by little old ladies that are cheap…..but they are few and far between. Consignment shops are generally the way to go for clothes. Housewares are best found on online sites like Kijiji(similar to Craigslist…just a Cdn version).

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