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Charity Shop Haul

January 13, 2014

I haven’t been charity shopping for absolutely ages. In recent years I’ve just found that there isn’t much vintage to be found and the prices have gone up a huge amount. However I really felt like pottering around and seeing what they had to offer this morning.

I went to two different towns which I know have loads of great charity shops Wimbledon and Worcester Park in Surrey. Considering that in total I visited 9 different charity shops I didn’t actually find that much, but I’ve put a little haul together anyway and it was definitely a very fun way to spend a morning.

I got these vintage patterns from the 70s, I really like the trousers and for 50p a pattern I couldn’t leave these behind. I got them in the Geranium Shop in Worcester Park.

I also got these sixties patterns in the St Raphael’s Hospice Shop in Worcester Park. These were also only 50p a pattern.

Lot’s to make for both me and the girls, I absolutely love the little capes.

I got lot’s of vintage haberdashery bits in the Trinity Hospice shop in Wimbledon. These were all 50p each. When I make dresses from vintage patterns I always try and use as many real vintage bits as possible, so it’s always great when I find bits like these.

I found this gorgeous Monsoon cardigan for Lila in the oxfam shop in Wimbledon for only £2.99. I love Monsoon children’s clothes but they are really expensive so I always pick them up when I see them second hand.

Lastly I got myself this brand new skirt for £4.99 from the Scope shop in Wimbledon. It’s not a good picture but it’s a really lovely full skirt which I plan to wear with tights and my brown boots.

It was great having a good look around especially as Fay (Blog a Book Etc) came and joined me in Worcester Park for a coffee and she got a few things from the charity shops too. I think she’ll be doing a post later in the week so be sure to check out her blog.

It’s always nice having a chat with the people who work in charity shops, they’re always so friendly and helpful. I’ll definitely be doing it a bit more often.

Has anyone else found anything nice in charity shops recently?


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    January 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Some good finds, well done you.

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    January 13, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I always love finding vintage patterns in charity shops! I’m yet to actually make any of mine (oops) but the pictures on the front alone are enough for me to snap them up when I see them! xx

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      January 13, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      I put some of my favourite vintage patterns in frames, they look great. So they’re definitely not just for making 🙂

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    January 13, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    There was some good stuff out today! Totally chuffed about the books I got! On the lookout for the others 🙂 a repeat is needed with more time and bigger budget! Xx

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      January 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

      We need to go to the secret charity shop round the corner from me. xxx

      • Fay
        January 15, 2014 at 12:04 am

        Yes we do indeed – when, when, when!!!

      • vintagefrills
        January 15, 2014 at 12:06 am

        Any time, I saw some nice bits in the window earlier.

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    Emma Cherry
    January 14, 2014 at 5:54 am

    God, this post title drew me in like duck to water…….haha!
    Brilliant, I need to do a charity shop haul and very soon too 🙂
    Love the cape pattern, what a find!

    (Dear Thirty)

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    Sarah Hubble
    January 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I love those vintage dress patterns. Is there an easy way to tell if they are complete?

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      January 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Not really, unless you get it all out. I only ever buy uncut patterns as there’s more chance they are complete and unaltered. If they are very cheap I usually just take the risk.

      • Sarah Hubble
        January 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

        That’s a good tip about being uncut – thank-you.

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    January 14, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    The designs in those patterns are so beautiful. Feminine and lovely. I got most of my clothes at thrift-stores and love the gems you can find there. Nice post.

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    Jessica Cangiano
    January 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Lovely finds! The thrifting scene is, by and large, much the same way around these Canadian parts nowadays, too. Very little pre-60s (or even pre-90s quite often) and constantly higher and higher prices. I still try to hit our town’s few shops pretty often though. You just never know when you might luck out. 🙂

    ♥ Jessica

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