Charity Shop & Poundshop Finds

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Run out of room in the Flat but couldn't resist a biscuit tin with a dimpled top. This will be filled with a real Black Forest Gateau at some stage and passed on as a pressie.

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Black forest gateau is one of those 70's desserts that must be due for a revival soon.
 

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Black forest gateau is one of those 70's desserts that must be due for a revival soon.
Saw some in a cafe (£2.70 for a latte that came in a paper cup) yesterday beside a Jaffa Cake cake. Don't think the baker realised that the gateau is named after the Black Forest 'cos it was the blackest cake I've ever seen.
 

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Can pick em up at the frozen places and they do tend to be quite nice if you defrost them properly
 

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I have made a concentrated effort to stop going into charity shops.
It is a double-edged sword.

It does stop me buying things I like but don't really need.

But it also means I may miss something really useful.

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I may miss something really useful.
I'm sure my desire for stuff does fluctuate with available funds. Not going in to be tempted is one way of managing that.

Very seldom have I seen things I really wanted and put the wallet back, thinking I had sooner eat than read!

Mercifully, I can't remember them!* So they can't have been that essential. :)

*Oh, there was that rare, English-translation of Jean-Paul Richter's Titan, I should have nabbed in Harpurhey. It was very wormy and crumbly, though and maybe passed-on for reasons of book-shelf hygiene as much as thrift. :rolleyes:
 

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I have a tendency of shopping in those shops in two ways, i will carry items around with me, or dump them on the counter, as I am sure people who frequent these places know, you tend to know the shop assistants, in which case a lot of the items will be put back eventually, then the other way is, you see something, grab it and you don't let it go, it goes home with you
 

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They are very dull now. Your chance of finding a shelf of stuff which has not been winnowed several times over for anything to match an Ebay-type asking-price is slender.

The saving-graces are first, that those winnowers are often planks with their own mad fixations and secondly, as a buyer, you may be after something that has little or no market value anyway! We keep on digging and sometimes get a prize, though our gold is not common gold! :win:
 

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There are two OXFAM shops near me that specialise in books and they know their values - so I don't visit them for a bargain but for rarity. I happily paid £10.00 for a 1925 copy of The Old Straight Track by Alfred Watkins complete with fold out maps last year. But I didn't want to pay £20.00 today for a fragile copy of the Pied Piper of Hamelin illustrated by Arthur Rackham - probably beautiful, probably first edition (it was sealed), probably will regret it when I never find another copy. My treasures these days come almost exclusively from the charity shop on-site of the local Reclamation Centre (Municipal Dump). This is deposited stuff (including furniture) that is too good/useful to be skipped but not cleaned or polished enough for the usual charity outlets - electricals and bicycles are treated separately, otherwise you get what you see and it is for pennies. I don't understand why there isn't a charity shop at every dump ?
 

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We don't, and the good stuff that gets crushed down to make more room in the skips is a true scandal.

Years back you could watch what people were about to dump, and ask them if they would put it back in their car so they could give it to you off the premises.

I acquired two old Amstrad computers and a box of about sixty LPs that way.

The staff wont let you do this nowadays. But I do know one guy who will look the other way. He's a relative.

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I like the Cat Protection League shop. Sometimes they have some interesting old computer software books. And they usually go for little money. I suspect that who ever does the pricing doesn't really know the value.
Again, in today's 'must have the latest version' World, maybe they are only of interest to balding old hackers like me anyway.

There really aught to be an on'line library of all the computer related stuff ever written. I think it would be popular amongst geeks and would-be-geeks.
 

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There are two OXFAM shops near me that specialise in books and they know their values - so I don't visit them for a bargain but for rarity. I happily paid £10.00 for a 1925 copy of The Old Straight Track by Alfred Watkins complete with fold out maps last year. But I didn't want to pay £20.00 today for a fragile copy of the Pied Piper of Hamelin illustrated by Arthur Rackham - probably beautiful, probably first edition (it was sealed), probably will regret it when I never find another copy. My treasures these days come almost exclusively from the charity shop on-site of the local Reclamation Centre (Municipal Dump). This is deposited stuff (including furniture) that is too good/useful to be skipped but not cleaned or polished enough for the usual charity outlets - electricals and bicycles are treated separately, otherwise you get what you see and it is for pennies. I don't understand why there isn't a charity shop at every dump ?
I don't know where you are but my wife and I are fanatical about avoiding waste, and we get rid of loads of useful – but not valuable – stuff on Freecycle: wooden pallets, cycling stuff that I get through my job, a cordless drill that wasn't working (advertised as such), old model railway stuff (very little decent in there), household stuff, cooking apples from our tree. The only stuff we couldn't get rid of was some old cardboard magazine folders – so they were recycled.

And Bath and Bristol, being 'wealthy' areas, you can find great furniture, good white goods and even flat-screen TVs on Freecycle. At our local tip – where they are exceptionally helpful – the 'good' stuff is separated, though what happens after that I've no idea.

I buy DVDs from charity shops and then return them when watched, like a DVD library – with pretty random choices! – at a quid a go (or 50p) compared with 20+quid for two people at our local multiplex. We do go to the cinema as well so we're not just stuck with old movies.
 

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We have a PDSA, two Lincs and Notts air ambulance places, childrens society, cancer research, Uhuru charity shop, Knights Templar, heart foundation and the one at the dump, it is possible i have missed a few
 

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we have (amongst many others) a salvation army superstore. its got a cheapo cafe in it which the bus stop brigade keep busy.

but anyhoo today i frequented the local car boot sale, which is basically charity shop level of goodies but cleaner, and got myself a nice Next dress for a quid. fits perfect, even smells washed (unlike the charity shops). i was actually after some cds, but the selection was much crappy. i've discovered poundland sell secondhand cds- just one pound!
 

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And Bath and Bristol, being 'wealthy' areas, you can find great furniture, good white goods and even flat-screen TVs on Freecycle. At our local tip – where they are exceptionally helpful – the 'good' stuff is separated, though what happens after that I've no idea.
I got a beautiful drop-leaf table for my flat from a local Helen & Douglas House (which is where a lot of my parent's furniture went after I moved), but the chairs were from the the charity shop on the Aston Clinton Household recycling Centre (Aylesbury Dump). Since watching a few seasons of Drew Pritchard on Salvage Hunters, I now see wondrous chairs everywhere - there's just no room. The TVs and electrical goods collected at the dump are sold by auction off every Thursday from one of the portakabins there but I've never been to one. Bicycles are collected from all over Bucks and sold at the charity shop (starting at £35.00) - these are serviced and cleaned first by the inmates of Aylesbury Prison (the Big House). This gives them something to do, earns them pocket money and provides them with a skill. I found this out when the wardens at the Prison went on strike took a lot of long Staff meetings in their car park last year - the inmates were locked up for 23 hours a day and the charity shop had no bikes for two weeks. The rest of the 'good stuff' comes to the shop - and I'm there at least once a week.
 

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I have had little luck at Charity shops, my stomping ground is car boots.

in the summer in Cornwall there will be one every day. (more if I go further afield)

I cannot list the treasures I have found. My place now resembles Tutenkhamens tomb.
Pick your favourites or most photogenic and let us have an oggle.
 

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I love car boots some great stuff you can pick up there, my SiL picked up a child's table, and two matching chairs all wood, the ones with the white board on you can wipe down, in darn good condition, 50p
 

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Needed a wrought iron gate for the garden at my former home and bought one early on at the Car Boot. Decided not to go all the way back to the car straight away and so lugged it about with me under my arm. Hot day, gate got heavy. When I needed to talk to a stall holder, I'd put the gate down, prop it with my forearm and leaned over it to chat. By the time I wended my way to the end of the Boot everyone seemed to know I was coming and had very friendly exchanges with total strangers - (wish I had a gate years ago to break the ice at parties).
I cut a hole in the field hedge and increased my garden by 80 acres.

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Needed a wrought iron gate for the garden at my former home and bought one early on at the Car Boot. Decided not to go all the way back to the car straight away and so lugged it about with me under my arm. Hot day, gate got heavy. When I needed to talk to a stall holder, I'd put the gate down, prop it with my forearm and leaned over it to chat. By the time I wended my way to the end of the Boot everyone seemed to know I was coming and had very friendly exchanges with total strangers - (wish I had a gate years ago to break the ice at parties).
I cut a hole in the field hedge and increased my garden by 80 acres.

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I'll remember that when I next go out socialising. Take gate...check.
 

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