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Post by polgara on 28th July 2010, 11:36 am

Just bought the Victorian Kitchen £2 from a charity shop. Looks good

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Post by Dandelion on 28th July 2010, 1:12 pm

That's a real bargain, Pol. We spotted The Victorian Kitchen Garden in the second hand book shop near to us, but it was £10 so we didn't buy it.

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Post by MrsC on 29th July 2010, 10:11 am

Good bargain there Pol - I'm sure St Albans must just have poor charity shops compared to the rest of the country!

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Post by Sparhawk on 29th July 2010, 11:15 pm

polgara wrote:Just bought the Victorian Kitchen £2 from a charity shop. Looks good

Coo that was a good spot, I bet it was in really good condition too...

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Post by polgara on 30th July 2010, 8:51 am

Have to give Spar the credit. He told me it was there busted

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Post by mark barker on 30th July 2010, 10:47 am

I'm a sucker for CDs (and vinyl). I'll pop into the local charity shop and come out with 5 or 6 CDs at a time... Listen to them once and add to the already overloaded shelves! There was an Oxfam "Music & Book" shop in town, and their average price for a CD is £5, DVD £6 and paperback books are £2.50. Surprisingly the shop closed earlier this year, and the organisers seemed genuinely perplexed by the lack of custom! Likewise theres a BHF furniture shop that charges £35 to collect items! The local council collect furniture for free, so who is going to pay £35 to have it collected?
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Post by polgara on 1st August 2010, 10:51 am

Well OK car booty. A Learn to Draw Anything by Marks & Sparks. A big book & reallylooking forward to using it. Cost £1.

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Post by Sparhawk on 12th August 2010, 10:00 pm

Little run of success lately:

Readers Digest book: Food From Your Garden,
£30 fleabay price, £1 charity shop price

Readers Digest book: The Cooks Scrapbook, Secrets from our grandmothers' kitchens rediscovered for todays cooks,
£15 fleabay price, 95p charity shop price.

A brand new Goodmans Personal CD player (jog proof) £2.50

Ventaxia vent to put in greenhouse 50p

A cracking Crocodile Dundee type of hat £3 reduced from £6 in "happy hour" Lady S & the Hawklets arent happy though.

Some cds, Toto, Steeleye Span, Billy Joel...

Brand new Multi coloured music stand £2...
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Post by chickenofthewoods on 12th August 2010, 10:24 pm

Excellent bargains Sparhawk, I love the sound of the cooks scrapbook.

I had a quite spectacular forage in one of our local shops yesterday. Five vegan cookbooks, two wholefood veggie/vegan cookbooks, Michael Guerras' container veg book and a breadmaking recipe book. Nine beautifully well kept books that cost me £14.00 in total. I've just checked their published price and if I'd bought them new it would have cost me over a hundred quid.

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Post by danksshady on 14th August 2010, 4:01 pm

I bought DD a brand new nail care set with loads of gadgety bitsand pieces today fo £2.50 - same sort of thing in Argos is £30
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Post by Dandelion on 14th August 2010, 10:29 pm

Mr D was very pleased to find a 'racoon in a dustbin' glove puppet in the Red Cross shop for £1 in immaculate condition. It's made by a US firm and would have been $25 new. (I don't think Mr D went shopping with a 'racoon in a dustbin' puppet specifically in mind....)
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 23rd August 2010, 9:07 pm

Freecycle rather than charity shop but just scored a heavy duty aqua roll (one of those waterbarrels with a handle that you use for camping , but a 30L one - should make taking water to the pigs a bit easier, and a set of wing mirror extensions for the yet-to-arrive landy.
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Post by MrsC on 23rd August 2010, 9:24 pm

Good work there Billy! Have to admit that I've been too busy to plough through all the freecycle e-mails here recently. Did manage to get two moses baskets and a stand before LMC was born which have been very useful. I just bought new mattresses and made covers and it saved me a fair bit. A new stand can be £25 in Mothercare!

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Post by Sparhawk on 31st August 2010, 2:04 am

Ahem, a fair bit of success recently, where to start:

Extending handle for foraging hook, £1
Tri saucepans (3 onto one gas burner) £4.50 (Brand new in box unused)
Kitchen slicers with bowl £2
Tens machine £3 (original price £40)
Big book "Managing Your Arthritis" (for Lady S) £1.50
Pair "Cotton trader" Walking/leisure boots £5 (Fleabay price upto £36)
Electric Shower brand new £5
Scalpel cutting mat £1

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Post by Dandelion on 31st August 2010, 6:17 pm

Genius!! All of that AND an extra week's holiday - can't be bad!
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Post by mark barker on 2nd September 2010, 10:07 pm

OK, so not exactly a charity shop find, but almost as good.... I've found myself with a slight transport issue for the next few weeks (no trains, can't take bikes on a bus blah blah blah), so with deep sadness I decided to bite the bullet and get a car (I had said I wouldn't buy a car, waiting to find a camper that I can afford). Having trawled ebay and the local papers, I was close to giving up, when I noticed an ad for a new auction house opening up here in Swindon. I popped along this evening and there were some seriously cheap cars! I purchased the cheapest car of the night, a 1993 Nissan Primera, MOT until June, Tax until May, runs well, £130! If the fuel gauge is to be trusted its even got 1/4 tank of petrol!

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Post by Dandelion on 3rd September 2010, 8:36 pm

I drove a Nissan Primera until it fell apart (I wasn't inside it at the time!) - hope yours lasts as long as ours did (It should be almost everlasting if you're cycling as well!)

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 3rd September 2010, 9:01 pm

We had a Nissan Primera for a while too. I think we bought it for the value of the tax disk and sold it for a £100 profit 2 or 3 years later.

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Post by Sparhawk on 4th September 2010, 10:23 am

Dandelion wrote:Genius!! All of that AND an extra week's holiday - can't be bad!
Very Happy

Well the second bit didn't actually happend in the end, they missed me... Rolling Eyes

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Post by Dandelion on 4th September 2010, 4:02 pm

Crying or Very sad

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 4th September 2010, 4:39 pm

At a fete today. Big bag of books fro £1.50. Several for the kids - Paddington and a Shirley Hughes mega edition, and some Quentin Blake and something called Captain Underpants for Leo, plus a pristine copy of 'Where there is no Doctor' and two recipe books by Claire MacDonald of MacDonald, whose books I love, and assorted general reading stuff.

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Post by MrsC on 6th September 2010, 8:19 am

Billy - Claire MacDonald of MacDonald is fab. Managed to go on one of her cookery courses once up at their place in Skye. Really really nice.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 6th September 2010, 8:25 am

MrsC wrote:Billy - Claire MacDonald of MacDonald is fab. Managed to go on one of her cookery courses once up at their place in Skye. Really really nice.

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Post by Sparhawk on 11th September 2010, 9:37 am

Ceiling light/fan brand new unused £5
Vent for greenhouse 50p
Backyard Composting, John Roulac, book 60p

101 Things to Do In A Shed, book £1
(as long as the wokshop monster hasn't been busy!!!)

Readers Digest Field Guide to the Trees & Shrubs of Britain £1
(Brand new condition, been wating for this one for a little while)

A Field Guide In Colour To Animal Tracks, 30p
(Brand new condition)
(not only tracks but identification using nests, holes, droppings, bone & meal remains...)

Really pleased with that one!!! :bigsmile:

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