Charity shops are a bargain shoppers paradise. You never know what you might find in a charity shop and over the years I have found some right gems. I have bought second hand and brand new goods at bargain prices and it seems that I am not the only one.
I have bought things to resell, especially new things and only last week picked up a brand new salon laser hair removal system for just £5. I am going to list this on Ebay for £25 and that is a great mark up. I also picked up two small bottles of Elemis bath exlir for 25p each. Elemis is one of my favourite brands so that was a gift to myself!
Over the years I have bought countless toys for the children, a radley coin purse and expensive toiletries.
Clever money savers and money makers also use charity shops to either bag themselves a bargain or to make money selling it on. Therefore I asked some other bloggers what are their best finds from charity shops.
- Balderdash – the game. Cost me 50p and it’s our most played game. It was brand new too. www.chammyirl.co.uk
- I bought my mum the most amazing Austrian wool coat. It is an incredibly expensive make to buy new & she was thrilled with it! https://pinkpearbear.com
- I got a whole pram from the lifeboat charity shop for £4. It was in perfect condition. Https://www.mumsymidwife.com
- I got a lovely FatFace jumper recently – it was £6 which is quite a bit for chairity shop but it was immaculate and since they cost around £50 new I was happy to pay it! Www.savvyinsomerset.com
- I bought an entire child-sized china tea set for £4 (4x tea cups and saucers, teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug) and we’ve used it for countless tea parties and teddy bear picnics since – it’s such a lovely thing for the girls to do after school, rather than jumping straight on the iPad, and it makes them feel all ‘grown up’. www.mummyslittlemonkey.com
- A BatCave with lots of Batman characters, Batmobiles and more from a charity shop for £2. My boys still talk about the day when I arrived home with it out of the blue! www.mytunbridgewells.com
- I found a kitchen set for my daughter with loads of food and a kettle and toaster for £1.50. It’s her most played with toy. http://www.amundanelife.co.uk
- I bought a dress and scarf which formed the basis of a Boudicca costume for Come as Your Hero day at Sausage’s school three years ago…and then used it all again for Viking day last week! Saved me a fortune and she got picked out for looking so authentic both times! http://mumstheword.me
- A warehouse dress and a fat face dress – both £1 each! They were from a newly opened charity shop who were having an opening sale. https://www.moneysavingjourneys.com
- A bag of Disney princess dolls for a fiver. There were barbies in there too which I gave to the preschool and although the odd arm or shoe was missing my daughter does not care a bit. www.whingewhingewine.co.uk
- I bought a very boring looking wine rack, 5 holes wide by 9 holes high. I spotted it and guessed it was the right size to go in the middle bit of a very large Edwardian fireplace which is boarded up – and it does fit perfectly. It was only a few pounds. That was nearly 30 years ago and it’s still there and in use! https://debtcamel.co.uk/
- My daughter’s cot was £6. Good as new, apparently it had been a spare at a grandparents house. We just needed to get a new mattress for it. https://bobsysmum.co.uk
- I bought a beautiful moschino belt once for 50p! I still wear it to this day. Laurie http://girlandtonic.co.uk
- Temuka lunch plates, $2 each. Temuka was a New Zealand pottery. My aunt had a lovely dinnerset in the 70s, which she was very proud of, but she sold it during a tough period. She is now at Cambridge University studying theology (in her late 60s, very proud of her!). While she is gone, my sister and I are collecting Temuka as a surprise for her return. It can be a bit expensive, so was thrilled to find those plates in the Hospice shop http://www.teaontheroad.blog
- I got a lovely Jane Norman top last year for £3.50! A complete bargain. www.yourmoneysorted.co.uk
- A gorgeous camel coloured leather jacket. It was in perfect condition and was only £7!!Loving wearing it, knowing I got it at such a bargain. www. timeandpence.com
- I once found a vintage Frank Usher dress from the 70s. I wanted to sell it to make a profit but couldn’t bear to part from it www.thebloglancer.co.uk