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Post by Sparhawk on 17th December 2010, 9:50 pm

Aberlemno wrote:Spar - I can see I should have emigrated to the Isle of Wight instead of Wales! We never get such bargains (or even those sort of books) turning up in our charity shops, but we have had some really good buys at Car Boot Sales, so I mustn't complain. I've not even seen a copy of the Self Sufficientish book to see if it's worth having. Is it?

Yes it is worth having Abs, although I have only had a chance to skim through it...

This is the only one I've seen in a charity shop so far, I would suspect they will start arriving a bit more from about March, but as it was the only one I've seen I was prepared to go to the hideous price of £4.99 Wink ...

£5 for a book, I can't remember the last time I paid that much... Wink

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Post by Sparhawk on 11th February 2011, 1:10 pm

Brand new Kelly kettle,

£2 ... Cool

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Post by Lottie on 11th February 2011, 2:35 pm

Wow, nice find! Very Happy

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Post by Jaded Green on 11th February 2011, 3:57 pm

Wow. I've just bought a kettle from John Lewis for considerably more than that.

A word to the wise - don't bother with a John Lewis value kettle. It doesn't pour!
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Post by MrsC on 11th February 2011, 7:27 pm

I would have thought pouring was a fundamental requirement of a kettle. Maybe not...

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Post by Dandelion on 11th February 2011, 7:52 pm

Jaded Green wrote:

A word to the wise - don't bother with a John Lewis value kettle. It doesn't pour!

Do you think that some manufactureres have changed the meaning of the word 'value'??

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Post by MrsC on 11th February 2011, 7:56 pm

I've got some JL value bedding at the moment - and actually rather pleased with it. Only a fraction of the cost of a king size duvet cover set elsewhere.

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 11th February 2011, 9:31 pm

sparhawk wrote:Brand new Kelly kettle,

£2 ... Cool

Lucky, lucky you! It just goes to show you really never know what will be found & it's always worth looking.

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Post by Chilli-head on 12th February 2011, 10:32 am

Dandelion wrote:
Do you think that some manufactureres have changed the meaning of the word 'value'??

There is a common confusion of "value" and just cheap. I have just received a new mitre gauge for my workshop - it was unarguably cheap, but it is tiny, tacky, and almost a degree out. In short, useless. So cheap, but not good value - and heading back to where it came.
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Post by Jaded Green on 12th February 2011, 11:50 am

This was definitely cheap at £7.50, but not good value as it doesn't really do what you want it to.
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Post by MrsC on 17th February 2011, 1:44 pm

Today I've decided that it must just be St Albans that has rubbish charity shops. I had to go to another town today to go to a specific building society and whilst there went to visit their charity shops. Managed to pick up a lovely wooden xylophone for LMC, brand new and still boxed for £3.49. The same one sells new for £14.99! Also found some lovely children's books that I remember from my childhood. Found a nice wooden tambourine in another shop yesterday too - turning into quite a good week! One of the shops I found today even had an amazing selection of knitting yarn, a drawer full of old knitting needles (at just 79p a pair) and also a drawer full of old knitting patterns at 29p each! I know where to go the next time I need a specific size of needle.

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Post by danksshady on 17th February 2011, 2:14 pm

I got my son a loads of goosebumps books that he love to read fro a few pound a the charity shop last week
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Post by Sparhawk on 17th February 2011, 7:25 pm

MrsC wrote:Today I've decided that it must just be St Albans that has rubbish charity shops. I had to go to another town today to go to a specific building society and whilst there went to visit their charity shops. Managed to pick up a lovely wooden xylophone for LMC, brand new and still boxed for £3.49. The same one sells new for £14.99! Also found some lovely children's books that I remember from my childhood. Found a nice wooden tambourine in another shop yesterday too - turning into quite a good week! One of the shops I found today even had an amazing selection of knitting yarn, a drawer full of old knitting needles (at just 79p a pair) and also a drawer full of old knitting patterns at 29p each! I know where to go the next time I need a specific size of needle.

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Post by Sparhawk on 22nd March 2011, 8:17 pm

(Wait til Pol sees this Very Happy )...

Marguerite Patten - 500 Recipes Homemade Wines & Drinks 50p...

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Post by MrsC on 22nd March 2011, 9:18 pm

Spar - I'm thinking of planning a trip to the IOW just so I can do the charity shops there!!!

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Post by polgara on 22nd March 2011, 9:27 pm

Already got it Spar, it was one of those that I kept.

Mrs C I am sure Spar would be happy to escort you around. LOL

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 23rd March 2011, 9:47 am

Really pleased to have come across an American classic on home preserving called 'Stocking Up' (Rodale Press - 1977 HB edition) and it's been well looked after judging by the cleanness of the inside pages. Among its merits the book covers canning, which something you just don't find in Brit. preserving books.

Best bit of all, it cost me the princely sum of 50p. Big whoop!

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Post by Sparhawk on 28th March 2011, 9:30 am

This weeks hoard:

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Heritage Vegetables, A Gardeners Guide to Cultivating Diversity - 50p
Readers Digest, How To Clean Just About Anything - 50p

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A 3x CD set The Very Best of The Goons & Spike Milligan, £2.50

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 28th March 2011, 10:01 am

Who's the author of the heritage veg. one Spar?

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Post by Sparhawk on 28th March 2011, 10:17 am

chickenofthewoods wrote:Who's the author of the heritage veg. one Spar?


Sue Stickland...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heritage-Vegetables-Alan-Gear/dp/1856750337/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301303844&sr=1-1

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Post by Dandelion on 28th March 2011, 9:40 pm

I had a mosey round some of the charity shops in Hereford on Saturday, and noticed a worrying trend for the larger charities to over-organise their books, so that they are all glossy, and all a flat rate of £2.50. So no little gems for 50p. I did look at an Abel and Cole cookbook (for £2.50), and was thinking I might get it when I turned over a page which was splattered with food, and had the word 'Horrid' written next to the recipe. I would want a reduction for that!!

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Post by MrsC on 29th March 2011, 10:07 am

Dandelion - yikes, guess no one will be cooking that particular recipe then!

I too find that the smaller charity shops are often better for books as some of the "chain" ones do as you say over organise and do everything at a flat price, but then they also seem to hardly ever have any older, more tatty books if you know what I mean, and often they're the real gems. I therefore often find the smaller charities (like local hospices) better.

My find for yesterday include an old vintage ladybird book to teach pre-schoolers about the garden (20p) and seven sewing hoops (£3.99). Last week I got some great old vintage toys from one in Harpenden (pictures on my blog here).

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 29th March 2011, 8:41 pm

Thanks Spar, I'll look that one up.

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Post by Dandelion on 9th April 2011, 10:02 pm

Mr D has invented a new charity shop game. He looks for the nastiest object he can find, holds it up to me and says loudly 'You don't have to let the charity shop have it if you still want it. I'll buy it back for you'.

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Dandelion wrote:Mr D has invented a new charity shop game. He looks for the nastiest object he can find, holds it up to me and says loudly 'You don't have to let the charity shop have it if you still want it. I'll buy it back for you'.


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