Some of my blogging friends have been struggling to find much in their charity shops of late, and pricing remains an issue.
Here in Sheffield, there is a definite hierarchy, with Oxfam usually the most expensive. But it also depends where the shops are. Oxfam in a posh area charges more than Oxfam in a less well-to-do neighbourhood. I don't mind particularly, it didn't take long to work out that they clearly have a policy of targeting their prices at the local clientele, and I'm happy to hit the cheaper areas!
Sheffield's hospice shops, St. Luke's, are my favourites. I have visited 3 out of the 4 this week and found treasures in each one, at reasonable prices.
1970s (I think) gold tone brooch, 49p.
Large fringed shawl/throw, £2
Gorgeous 1950s souvenir South of France/Monaco silk scarf, £2.50
Super-kitsch 1960s Dalmatian salt and pepper set, £1.50
1972 children's hardback book, "366 Goodnight Stories" (perfect for this leap year then) with wonderful illustrations throughout, 30p
My biggest spend (about my limit) at £10 - but how could I leave them behind? A pair of 1970s claret-coloured leather stack-heeled slingbacks. They are a Ladies Shoe of Quality, you know.
Fabric remnants, £1 each. The tapestry fabric (top left) is going to be a tote bag with the gold fabric (top left) as a lining. The green floral cotton is already a skirt with a zip from which someone has removed the waistband; I might reinstate it or make it into something else, who knows? And the 50s print (bottom left) just caught my eye, no plans for it yet. Don't hold your breath for these projects though, I am painfully slow....
So - I'm happy with that.
I'll put a photo of what I wore yesterday, though I wasn't going to bother as it was dark and the quality is even worse than usual. Oh well... Yes, I was twirling. Sometimes you've just got to, and wearing a fringed shawl is one of those times!
Bit of Stevie Nicks going on, I like to think - wouldn't you love to love her?!
Hope the charity shopping gods smile on you all soon.