Hello Dear Reader,
I had a busy, but lovely day yesterday. In the middle of it, I went for a quick browse in what we affectionately call ‘The Dog Shop’, otherwise known as Woodside Animal Shelter charity shop. Out cat Tigger came from Woodside, so did my daughter’s cat and so did Foster Mummy’s lovely dog. I find that the local charity shops, i.e those who raise money for local charities have some fantastic donations and they sell their goods for realistic prices. Often, ‘The Dog shop’ will have sale rails, and what is not on the sale rail is reasonably priced. In our local shop, all ladies T shirts are £1, all skirts and blouses are £2 and any thing ‘posh’ is still under £5 but often sold for £4.50. You can buy a perfectly good winter coat, or gents’ jacket for around a fiver.Consequently, things don’t hang around and if they do, they reduce them to sell.
Yesterday, men’s shirts were on offer. As I approached the shop, I felt really excited to see the blackboard on the door (no expense wasted on marketing when it could be better spent on vet’s fees for a sick animal) that all men’s shirts, t-shirts and trousers were £1!!!!
I found shirts donated by some brick out house of a bloke!!! (all XXL!)Thank you sir, for giving these away as there is metres of material here. A huge denim smock, three cotton shirts. They have been laundered, hung in front of the fire to dry, ironed and today, they will be chopped up and added to my ever growing projects for the future!
My other local charity shops are equally savvy when it comes to selling off anything that lingers to make some more money. The Sally Army has a permanent 75p rail, with a 50p rail for children’s clothes. I tend to leave the girly pretty dresses on the 75p rail as I’d rather some skint mum found a bargain for her little girl than me having it for quilt making fabric. A charity shop, run by a local church, which is called ‘Aladdin’s cave’………the charity shop and not the church……. sells things ridiculously cheaply, and all men’s shirts are 50p! They also have boxes of what look like ‘junk’ that have some real gems. I kitted out my daughter’s kitchen from here and bought her casserole dishes, plates, pans, frying pan, dish draining racks and anything else she needs as and when she mentions it.
My day ended yesterday with a lovely treat. A friend organised a tea party in aid of International Women’s day to raise money for the work of Oxfam. It was such a simple but lovely idea. Anyone can find the time to pop along for an hour, have a cream tea and some cake, a few cups of tea and a lovely chat with some equally lovely people. I wish I’d thought of something like that! She did such a wonderful job as did the other lady who donated the space for it to happen.
Much Love, Froogs xxxxxxx