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Charity Shops
Mon 20-Feb-12
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Lillia
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I recommend shopping at the charity shops as one way to be frugal.

In the past year, I can count on my 2 hands all the brand new items I have had to buy at mainstream shops and stores, such as husband's underpants...

I have found most things I truly need, at the charity shops, for a fraction of what it would cost me at the stores and many times, things are new~

I have bought~

fabric, candles, sewing supplies, lampshades, bowls, clothing, mugs, tablecloths, etc...

When you are frugal you don't need as many material things anyway! ok

Mon 20-Feb-12
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i must admit that if i cant buy it from a charity shop or a car boot or second hand from ebay then it rarely gets bought, the big luxury when i did get a cheque was bras and undies for everyone...lol..didnt buy the bras for the boys i may add

Mon 20-Feb-12
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kayerunrig said:

i must admit that if i cant buy it from a charity shop or a car boot or second hand from ebay then it rarely gets bought, the big luxury when i did get a cheque was bras and undies for everyone...lol..didnt buy the bras for the boys i may add

Haha, you~~~ glad to meet another frugal shopper star

Mon 20-Feb-12
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Recently I spotted a gorgeous bag in a charity shop......beautiful caramel coloured soft leather, exquisite stitching, the attention to detail and sheer quality was superb.  I checked the label....it was a designer bag, Liz Claiborne....and the shop (who clearly knew nothing about it) had priced it at £2.25!  I could have bought it and flogged it on ebay for a lot more, or simply bought it for myself as it was so beautiful.  However, the charity shop is one that supports a local hospice, so my conscience would not allow me to.  I asked to see the manageress and discreetly told her that the bag was worth a lot more than they were selling it for, she was extremely grateful.  I noticed a couple of days later that they had the bag hanging on the wall near the till, repriced at £25.

Out of interest, when I got home I googled and found the identical bag on the JC Penney's website.....priced at $90 (think that's around £50 or £60).  I hope the shop managed to sell the bag, I'll ask next time I go in.

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Mon 20-Feb-12
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Good for you Sue! 

I'll try that again!

Mon 20-Feb-12
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Only know one charity shop here, it is 40 miles away and open Wednesday afternoons and Saturday all day.

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Aly said:

Only know one charity shop here, it is 40 miles away and open Wednesday afternoons and Saturday all day.

France isn't big on charity shops, are they?

Mon 20-Feb-12
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No, they are not very big on charity at all. Harks back to the communist era!

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Mon 20-Feb-12
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But they like a good Brocante and Vide Grenier!

I'll try that again!

Mon 20-Feb-12
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I've got one in Bulgaria....fantastic...leather coat, down jacket, knitted sweaters.....all last years models but in Bulgaria they haven't arrived yet...it's a bit like TK Max...big_laughbig_laugh and if you go to the leva shop...bit like the pound shop but a leva is about forty three pence...super bargains to be had....

 

Look after the stotinki and the leva will look after itself....kisskiss...

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Certainly do, although they are not really cheap. We have found a site, Bon coin, that has amazing bargains and a brocante called Troc that has lovely buffets and armoires cheap. We have bought a few already.

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