Finding things, Thrifty

Charity Shop Blog Hop and a few magpied marvels

21 May, 2012

I used to volunteer in a charity shop on Saturdays, it was so bad for me. I jest not, at the end of the day I would routinely walk away with AT LEAST one bin bag full of finds I couldn’t resist. I’d be in the back sorting, going “One for the shop… one for me… one for the shop…. one for me…”

Since those heady days I have installed charity shopping as the primary source for all our stuff. I just see it as totally win win – a good rumble in their jumble gets us both necessary and frivolous things in a cheap way.  But equally I love knowing the money I am spending is going to help someone or a situation AND I love knowing I am making use of someone’s leftovers. ( I realise that is not even win win, but win win WIN.)

Of course, there is the odd time a grumpy worker bites or you have a couple of weeks of thrifting absolutely NADA, or the time you see a Primark dress going for thrice the price, or the time you get something home and it reeks of someone’s armpits.  (But best not to mention these as each time you  do an old shop volunteer dies.)

I know loads of other people adore charity shops too and there is a whole bunch of bloggers dedicated to showing off our charity shop bounty. I fancy holding a bit of a parrrtaaaayyy showing off the charity shops themselves and I’d love you (Yep, YOU) to join in.

Whoever you are, if you have a charity shop you can never pass without ducking in, a route you often traipse around or have hit up a random town in a splurge of charity shop tourism then blog it and link it in ten days time on Thursday 31st May as part of the (drum roll):

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It could be a secret route, with intricate detail and a google map, or it could be an abstract poem dedicated to your local – anything goes. The aim is to have a little Tinternet soiree  for charity shop lovers and for newbie thrifters to meet the Old School,  but it might also provide some helpful info so we can all plan our holidays around scouring charity shops (What, no one else designs their breaks around that?!)

Please join in – everyone welcome! Simply write a post before or on Thursday 31st May and visit here to add your link using the linky tool. Include the graphic using the code above so people can find their way back to check out the other party people.

I’ll also do a round up of the highlights  a week later in case anyone missed the joys.

Cool. You in, yeah?

Onto a couple of things I have found lately:

Every house needs a step ladder with a plump pile of neatly folded fabric on it eh? The fabric stacked at the very bottom was a hefty £10 from my favourite Fara shop but it is huuuuuge – about 2 x 3 metres.  I am not sure what to do with it. It is a peculiar shiny material. Maybe a blind?

The top piece is about 50cm by 1 metre and is clearly quite ancient- I just love the flowers on it. It was £1.50 from a Geraniums for the Blind shop. I can’t quite bring myself to give it a permanent setting if it involves taking scissors to it. But I know it is wasted perching on a paint splattered ladder.

And lastly, I scored these five plates from the local car boot fair in East Dulwich- just £1 for the five. I love the brown and turquoise design, all the glories of the Seventies right there.

Linking up with Liz’s Magpie Mondays, of course- do have a poke around their second hand loot.

Have you found anything lush lately?

And, do you reckon you’ll join in with the blog hop?

And, how do you feel bout spending 17  seconds voting for Lulastic in the Thrift & Craft categories of the MAD blog awards? (Saying it in third person sounds much less desperate.) Unlike our electoral system, every little vote counts!

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  • Liz Burton 21 May, 2012 at 9:38 am

    LOVE the idea of a blog hop. Fear not, I also plan my trips around chazzing opportunities. What I’d really love is for peeps to add their shops to the charity shop finder app which is a great idea but sadly lacking in detail.

    Just think, a whole nationwide – nay, global – resource. *faints*

    I’m still laughing at the everytime you mention it an old volunteer dies!

    • lulastic 21 May, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      WHAT THERE IS AN APP???? When, where, how. I love it. x

      • minibreakmummy 22 May, 2012 at 10:35 am

        The iPhone app is called ‘Blind Lemon’s Vintage & Charity Shop Finder’. It is far from comprehensive, but still quite fun.

        • lulastic 22 May, 2012 at 10:37 am

          Thank you! Will find it ASAP!

  • jenna 21 May, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Brilliant idea. I will give it a go at doing the whole linky thing (always thought I was down with the computer shizzle but links? Doing your own blog banners???? *baffled*)

    It might actually get me off my butt to go a little further afield than Harrogate chazza shops! I might drive for a whole 20 minutes to wetherby. How sad that there are so many great places around and I always find an excuse not to visit them?

    Right, that’s my mission tomorrow………wetherby chazza shops here I come!

    P.S. Any luck with finding me a door? 😉 x

    • lulastic 21 May, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Ooh, dead easy it is. You come on over ‘ere next Thursday like and we’ll sort you right out with the linky, me love.

  • Lakota [Faith hope and Charity Shopping] 21 May, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Ahem…my mother has those plates…they always come out for the family gatherings/yule tide turkey curry buffet etc!

    Well up for the blog hop. I will try my best to write a new post but if I’m not organised enough I’ll link up the Limerick one


    • lulastic 21 May, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      No way! Amazing!

      Hey, new or old, we ain’t fussy here at Lulastic!

  • minibreakmummy 21 May, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    You know me I’m a fellow charity shop junkie so I’ll defo join in with your blog hop. Will try to write a special post at the weekend 😉

    I love your fabrics and your plates – hope you enjoy using them

    • lulastic 21 May, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Hurrah! So glad.
      The plates.. they are.. well, a litle chunky for my kind of dining, They are mostly for show. Isn’t that bad.

      • minibreakmummy 22 May, 2012 at 10:37 am

        chunky plates are good for use in the garden &/or for children to eat off – much nicer than plastic 🙂

  • Cody 21 May, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Brilliant! I buy most of my materials to make Mon-stors for my business, Lu & Ed, from thrift stores.

    • lulastic 21 May, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Oof, well, you’ll have to link up next Thursday!

  • jane 21 May, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    gorgeous fabrics!

  • mummylish 21 May, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Love the old flowered fabric! Curious to know what you will use it for 🙂 Blog hop sounds great – will do my best to play but we are on holiday!

    • lulastic 21 May, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Oh play, do play! If you want you are welcome to schedule a post/ do one before, then I’ll just add it to the linky. See how you get on anyway, just let me know 🙂

  • thriftshopperforpeace 21 May, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    also am still laughing about the “old volunteer dies ” comment. you crack me up. do you want links to thrift shops in Canada?

    • lulastic 21 May, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Yes, yes, yes! On the day I will suggest people add their linky with the title of the town and country so people can get an instant guide.
      But only half this is practical- the rest is just about celebrating thrift!

  • donnamarie89 21 May, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I love this idea. A quick search on reader shows few Charity Shopper blogs, and the Blogger ones I found a while back seem to have gone upmarket! I’ll defo be representing Scotland in a global quest. This idea makes charity shopping seem even more exciting!

    • lulastic 21 May, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Oh yes a Scottish contingent! Wonderful! Yep, I am excited. Let’s see how this one goes and maaaayybe it could become a regular one off kinda thing haha.

  • Jenny 21 May, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiful fabrics. I love the idea of the blog hop, will definitely be joining in!

  • singlemarriedmum 21 May, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Love your blog hop idea! Count me in 🙂 Great excuse for a little more research…

    I’ve done a bit of rummaging round charity shops and car boots in E Dulwich – my sister lives there. She’s found some brilliant stuff x

  • Alexandra Bridger (@medicatedfollow) 21 May, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Love the blog hop idea! And those are some lovely finds as well 🙂

  • JenFlan 22 May, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Brilliant, I’m in!

  • Samantha 28 May, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I’ll be there joining in, always good to see what other items people find

  • lulastic 30 May, 2012 at 9:25 pm


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  • donnamarie89 31 May, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Just posted a tour of the West End of Glasgow on my blog here:

    I’ll update it with pictures when I’m out tomorrow but I’d defo recommend the area for your bargain needs!

    • lulastic 3 June, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Hey this is ace! The blog hop is live now- can you link up your post with the in links tool? It’s at the bottom of Charity shoppers guide to streatham post.
      Also I tried commenting on yours but think it must have gone in your spam folder

  • marfakalala 17 June, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I totally missed this! Are you going to initiate another? It’s been a year…