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A Charity Shop Lover’s Guide to…

7 June, 2012

Over the last week someAMAZING thrifty sisters have linked up their brilliant posts to the Charity Shop Blog Hop. I absolutely loved reading their guides to their favourite haunts; some are incredibly practical with routes marked out on Google Maps, some describe the rationale behind their passion, and others still give a big picture- the lay of the land.

Here is a run down…

Nestled in the grassy meadows of Herefordshire is Hitchin – a place where my husband Tim once spent 30 minutes trying to thumb a ride so he could have the pleasure of describing himself as hitching in Hitchin, but also a place BRIMMING with chazza shops as Chris Tea and Cakes explains.  Chris’s ace post has photos, descriptions AND  maps- what a thoughtful soul she is!

South London got a thorough seeing to with Lakota of Faith, Hope and Charity Shopping giving a superbly entertaining run down of Crystal Palace and it’s secondhand treasures, myself detailing the ins and outs of The Golden Mile in Streatham and Bek of We are Wild Things revealing the very best bargainous pockets of South of the River,  including Bromley, Beckenham, Orpington and Petts Wood.

Fi, over at Living it Little has written a piece about York’s charity shop havens which has captured my heart. There is no way I am going to pass up a romp around those ancient grounds in search of a thrifty morsel sometime soon. Likewise with Samantha’s super helpful guide to Broadwater in the Worthing area– one of two posts combining my absolute favourite things of seaside and secondhand!
The other seaside/second hand mash-up is from the wonderful Jenny at Gingerbread house who uncovers the Alladin Caves of Teignmouth – also be sure to check out her other Charity Shop tours.

The lovely Mrs William’s has taken the WORLD as her  area of expertise in her deeply analytical comparison of UK vs America for second hand shopping.  I am massively jealous of her recent trip stateside as I dream of yard sales and estate sales!

Single Married Mum has done a beautiful write-up of her locals in Leominster – the pictures will set your heart a flutter!

And Lakota from Faith Hope and Charity Shopping has also linked up her brilliant charity shop tourism guide to Limerick, and with a hop, skip and a jump from one Celtic country to another we get to Aye Cotton Candy’s intricate guide to Glasgow – yet another ace blogger who loves to thrift.

Sneaking into the party just a little tardy is Liz from a blog that is new to me, Rose and Bird. Liz has done a fab write up of her locals in Bristola charming town I kind of wish I lived in.

Minibreak Mummy (another regular participant of Magpie Monday whose treasures always get me a bit green) chooses Beeston as the symbol of her passion for charity shopping, and shows off a recent haul too. And finally we have Jenny from Talking Up the Good who, as well as an amazing guide to the charity shops of Teddington, also expresses the reasons behind her love of charity shops – would Jesus be a charity shopper? How can you even ask? Of COURSE he would.

Right- that’s a little round up for you. You may not see me for a while as I am going to build a zeppelin, with extra storage, and and then spend the summer touring the world visiting these charity shops and a few extra estate sales.

PS- Thanks SO much for joining in. If you were like me it was hard to chose the route to focus on for this Blog Hop as I have so many favourites. Would you be up for making this an every-so-often link up? Say, every few months?

Finding things, Thrifty

A little bit of sunshine in my kitchen

29 April, 2012

We have been climbing the heights of DIY in our kitchen of late, let’s face it, with weather like this what else is there to do?

Tim has put in a beautiful sink that we found last year that has been sitting in our garden ever since, we have plastered the ceiling with a little help from some friends, painted and have gutted the chimney. There is still a bit to do to finish, but still, I plunged ahead and added some “finishing touches” today.

If it wasn’t for some of these recent charity shop trinkets shedding their light upon my sill I think this Rainy Sunday, on top of 27 other rainy days, would have driven us round the bend.

The crowning glory here is that retro blind now in front of our vevowindows. My Mum picked it up from a West Wickham charity shop last week. It is a gorgeous retro St Michaels table cloth that with a bit of sewing and a few screws was TRANSFORMED! (Jokes, clearly is just a table cloth not on a table. Don’t tell.)

Last week on the Walworth Road I found these tall tins for 75p each. What a DELIGHT they are!!

Check out the funny little tea pot, from a car boot, with his two spouts. “I’m a little teapot short and stout, here is my spout and here is my other spout”  He actually sounds like me trying to sing the songs at playgroup – those words! They ALLUDE me! But I can’t NOT join in, can I?! I probably don’t have to sing the wrong words quite so loudly, but I inherited that from the afore mentioned mum.

I had a trip to Bedford last week for work and had a half an hour wait at the station. I basically had a conniption when I discovered THREE chazza shops right there,  begging me to delve on in. I found this beauty little clock for £2.50. I can never resist wind up alarm clocks like this despite them never revealing the correct time. (In some homes I suppose they’d actually get wound up, right?)

And, last, but by no means least, in the same Bedford haul, I found this.

YES! It is EXACTLY what you think it is! A dead pheasant oven mitt! It even has his beautiful little head curled into his shoulder like he is ready to be plucked. Cute, innit!

Hope you have found some ways to get a little sunshine in your life recently.

Linking up with Liz and the Magpie Mondays! Go and have a gander at their beautiful treasures.

PS – I am so very sorry about the horrendous photos – taking pictures in this grey, cloudy world is a challenge that defeated me.