One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
I have had many a bargain in charity shops. From brand new items that can go in the birthday drawer to branded toys that have made up the children’s stocking fillers. One year I got all the Bob the Builder vehicles for Dylan for the cost of a few pounds.
More recently I buy Disney DVD’s for Erin as I spot them in in charity shops and I cannot remember the last time I bought myself a book that wasn’t from the charity shop. I realise libraries would be even more frugal but I like owning books!
At home I have a bottom drawer that is full of presents that can be used throughout the year. Most are bought during sales however there are some bits that are bought in charity shops – mostly new and unopened although if I see the perfect thing and it is for the children I would happily by it preloved.
This week when I was dropping off at my local charity shop I spotted a great donation that I knew I was going to buy for myself. I have since ummed and ahhed about putting it in the bottom drawer but I think I will be keeping it for myself.
This seriously cute Radley coin purse is new, it is in its dustbag and was only £8. These cost about £25 new so I was very happy to purchase it. Radley is such an iconic label that I know it will last well and won’t go out of fashion any time soon. I am still hoping to find a Mulberry Bag in a charity shop that would be my ideal find!
Tips for getting a designer bargain in a charity shop
1. Shop regularly – it may sound obvious but designer items won’t be on the shelf long. Pop into charity shops frequently to have the best chance of getting what you want. Also, make your decision there and then. It won’t be there later if you change your mind and go back for it!
2. Visit charity shops in wealthy areas. You are more likely to find star items there. Likewise, I find lots in my local charity shop which is not in the town center and therefore not as populated.
3. Look at what is being held behind the till on shelves. Often more high-value goods are in glass cases by the till points or they are hanging behind the till.
4. Look for timeless pieces.
5. Know the value of designer brands you like. You need to know what something is worth to see if it really is a good price.
What have you done this week to live frugally? Also if you use charity shops what has been your best find? I would love to know so please do join up to the linky.