Charity shop hobbies?


Hello Dear Reader, 

Sometimes being a bit obsessive is a nuisance: can’t go to bed with a messy house, can’t have an untidy office, and when I get into something I can’t let it go. It also has its good side. If I start something, I finish it as I can’t let it do until it’s done. Quilts, projects, study, DIY or learning something interests me and I can concentrate on it solely until I see it through.

My current obsession is learning French. Normally, I can get by with tourist French but I want to learn properly. I found this and a few other French books in charity shops along the way. If your teenagers have left school and have finished with revision books then drop them into a charity shop, not only will other students benefit but oldies like me who want to learn something for a bit of fun will find them too. 

So, I learn sat on my bed, with a dog by my side and study four pages a day. 

It keeps me busy whilst costing very little and it’s definitely fun learning something new.

Over to you, have any of you got a hobby that you supplement with cheap charity shop additions? 

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx

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25 thoughts on “Charity shop hobbies?

  1. Good on you for learning another language. Have you heard of the iPad / iPhone app Babble? It’s free, you,just choose the language you want to learn and it teaches you the pronunciation.

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  2. Could you get some CDs and play them on your way to work, I’m sure they would be some in charity shops? My son often used to have a French tape on his headphones. Helped him with his pronunciation. He also picked up small pamphlets that were lying around and he would read them.

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  3. BBC Language Course on line is an excellent source for brushing up on language skills. I have tried French and it is excellent. They start with self assessment and you can choose your level of entry. All free of charge.

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  4. Good for you! Have just started a language myself – I discovered our local library has a free languages program available online to members, which is free. I like it because it has the audio component as well.

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  5. This doesn’t quite qualify as a hobby, although I do have a large extended family who exchange gifts very frequently. I buy ribbon, yarn, and other small decorations, plus wrapping paper on the rare occasions I find it, from yard sales and thrift stores. It saves quite a bit of money as it’s always a bag full for one price. My daughter and grand-daughter are both artistic, so I have to spend some effort to come close to their lovely productions. We also re-cycle ribbons from each other—ironing them as necessary for re-use. Tissue paper and wrapping paper can both be pressed to make it look flat again. We send the same paper back and forth on ever-decreasing sizes of packages.

    I buy whatever I find useful at thrift stores. I stopped at two today and bought myself a pair of capris and a pair of shorts–name brands, total spent: $10.50 American. I bought three pair of winter socks the other day at a yard sale (for myself) for $1. Great price!

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  6. if I didn’t already have a lifetime of fabric and supplies I would search thrift shops and rummage sales for the fabrics needed to stitch quilts and hook rugs…

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  7. Bonjour ! Avez-vous remarqué qu’il y a très peu de “charity shops” en France (le mot ne me vient même pas à l’esprit en français !!) mais vous pouvez essayer les “foires aux greniers” quand vous serez en Bretagne, pour y trouver toutes sortes de livres. Bon courage en tout cas ! Claudine xx

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  8. I love upcycled furniture. I recently found a great idea for planters. I hope to create a little income after I retire from some of my things.

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  9. Good for you, Froogs! I’ve lived here 10 years but due to teaching Englih, watching English TV and having alot of English speaking friends I don’t practise French enough!! Mr FD works in a French company & his French is improving very quickly. Mind you, my laziness plays a part in my lack of improvement too!!!

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  10. I’ve started buying second hand pieces for Christmas and clothes for girls that saves me loads in charity shops. Treat myself once a month. Like saving and reusing in one go.

    Go Froogs!

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  11. Have you tried the free Open University online language courses? I have done a few courses via Future Learn but I am not sure whether they have French courses but I have accessed a couple of French courses on the OU site

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  12. My hobby is jigsaws……I buy puzzles, looking out for the ones in good condition, from charity shops complete and check them. Then sell them on eBay. I also buy new ones from clearances and charity shops that still sealed and sell them on intact as presents etc…

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  13. I’ve bought old aluminum knitting needles at goodwill and Salvation Army stores. I have a friend who turns them into recycled jewelry! I have a small box full to send her (she’ll send me a goody when she’s done)

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  14. I find “Learn French with Alexa” very good. She has many lessons on You Tube. Regarding charity shops, one opened in Poullouen about two years ago. I haven’t managed to get there yet, but hopefully it is still there. We spend a few weeks per year in our little cottage not too far from Huelgoat. I love it there! It’s very interesting following your blog.
    I wish you both well Froogs

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      • We will do that, as long as I find wifi 🤗. I like your number 29 sign! Most of this morning has been occupied with watching and listening to a most unexpected outcome,post referendum. A leap into the unknown!
        XX

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  15. I have been learning French again for the past few years… O level stuff was a distant memory.
    I refer to my 20p jumble sale dictionary often, Vide Greniers are good for second hand books when in France. I would recommend La Bescherelle, I find it invaluable. Other good ways to learn are radio stations online and TV (I can get FranceMonde on my Freeview box.) Sign up to French newsletters in your area too. France3 do this.
    Bonne Chance.

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  16. I can’t resist good quality handknitted garments…which are then undone, wound into hanks, washed and reknitted. This works well with some machine knitted garments too but watch out for garments where the knitted fabric has been cut and the seams bound!

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  17. I don’t hit the charity shops myself (too expensive here and nothing I need/want), but I’m the grateful recipient of many charity shop books passed along by friends. I have a number of friends who are readers and we pass books amongst us. Sometimes we even mail them across the country when a book is tough to find.

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