Friday, April 16, 2010

What makes a good charity shop?

Hello friends! I'm here in Edinburgh and very much appreciating your prayers and good wishes. My mum is resting and recovering some strength in hospital and my dad is also having some much-needed rest after a difficult few weeks. It always seems strange that we have a good time when my mum is so ill, but we all do, including my mum! It's always good to be together.
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When I'm not with my mum, she sends me out charity shopping - it's a hard life. I'll post about it soon (I'm not blogging much, of course), but while I've been exploring Edinburgh's charity shops, I've been mulling over what makes a good charity shop/thrift store. I wonder if my list is the same as yours? What are your charity shop Dos and Don'ts?

23 comments:

marigold jam said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Glad that you can all enjoy some time together though wish the circumstances were different!

Jane x

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Have been missing your regular cheery posts but know that you must give your time at the moment to getting your mum back on her feet, hope there will be many happy family gatherings and that she will soon be well.

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Sending my prayers for your dear family!!!

LissyLou said...

thinking of you and your family floss.

Charity shops that are like are: laid out well, don't smell too bad, have friendly staff and don't charge a fortune (sometimes i may as well buy brand new!!)

Ticking stripes said...

Glad you're having some good times together.
Charity shops have become very "samey". Those run by smaller charities seem better to me - not as tied to "what the instructions say". Always worth checking out the curtains. Even if they wont fit you can find good vintage fabrics to upcycle into something else.

Sherri B. said...

So good to hear from you. Sounds like your Mum and Dad are being blessed by your visit. You are all in my prayers. Hope all that ash isn't having any effect on you.
Shops should always have too good to believe prices and things that are not broken,cracked etc....
Enjoy the rest of your stay.

summerfete said...

Hello to you up there!

The best charity shops for me are rummage shops with boxes hidden away filled with old linen and wool.

Take care and have a sunny weekend Floss.

xxx

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Just now seeing this. Sure hope you Mother has a fast and full recovery. Be sure and get plenty of rest yourself.
Enjoy your weekend.

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

Hi Floss, Wishing your Mum a speedy recovery. Re Charity Shops - I always seem to do quite well at the "Posh" end of town! Always make friends with the Staff. I get some great fabric. If they know that you want it for crafting, they will put bits to one side for you - e.g. faded curtains, pretty dresses with broken zips etc. (Never turn anything down - you can always put in with your recycling.)Good Hunting! SueXX

Kelly said...

Hope your Mum is recovering well!

I think that a good CS should be realistic about prices (the ones in our high street are ridculous sometimes!) I don't mind paying a fair price but, as someone has already said, sometimes its cheaper to buy new!

Rebecca S. said...

Charity shops should really be as well ventilated as possible, and not so organized that every treasure is too easily found; there must be an element of 'the treasure hunt' left in them. I like when there are different rooms to explore and I like it when the prices reflect the fact that everything was donated in the first place.
Enjoy your mum and I'm glad to hear your dad is getting some rest, too.

beck said...

I'm glad to hear your mum is doing ok, I'm sure having you there will help her to get better asap. I'm happy to hear you are listening to your mum and being a good girl by touring the charity shops! I like a shop that isn't too cluttered but has lots of things to look at, friendly volunteers (staff) and is reasonably priced. We have a local shop that charges almost what you would pay if the item was new! Makes me cross. Hope to see some of your loot, best wishes and love to you xo

Lululiz said...

Sending a big but gentle hug to your mum and dad and hoping that they will feel a little better soon. I am sure having you there makes all the difference.

As to charity shops, the main ones seem to be 3/4 full of brand new stuff these days, apart from second hand clothes ( expensive ) and a few bits and pieces ( overpriced ). So many have started filling their premises with huge pieces of furniture and there is hardly any room for anything else. WTF? I don't even bother going in there anymore. The smaller charities away from the town centre still have that great rummage appeal, boxes full of stuff, loads of knick knacks to look through, and reasonable prices. Not many of those around though. Gimme a boot fair anyday.

Elizabethd said...

So glad you got there safely...had visions of you stuck in an airport while clouds of volcanic ash swirled around.
Prayers continue.

Flower Girl said...

For me, a good charity shop is one that will sell absolutely anything and is full to the brim with all sorts of goodies for me to rummage through! I don't want order and neat shelves and rails - you can find that in every other shop. Sensible prices, helpful staff and I'm a very happy bunny! I am sorry to hear about your mum and dad and wish them well. Thinking of you, Rebecca x

Itch2stitch.com said...

I agree with Kelly, some charity shops are ridiculous with their prices.
I am glad you are enjoying being in Edinburgh. You Mum sounds such a lovely lady, my Mum was the same, not matter what her difficulties, she always wanted to laugh and enjoy life. suzie xxx

Kissed by an Angel said...

I hope your mum is getting better!! I'm not keen on our local charity shops, they don't seem to have much - well not when I go in anyway!!!
xxxx

Angela said...

Glad Mum is going on OK. Are you 'stranded ' now, cos of the ash?
We used to play a game on long car journeys which went something like "In my charity shop you will find...." and the list always included a Royal wedding Mug, a 'thats what I call music' CD, 'The Hip and Thigh Diet Book' a Jeffrey Archer Novel....
I like the 'smaller' local charities. Some of the larger national ones now seem to have shops half full of new stuff.
I always check the china shelf as my wedding present range has now been discontinued - have picked up a few extra bits v cheaply that way.
Enjoy your stay - even if it proves longer than first expected x

Serenata said...

Glad you are having a good time with your parents, and special thoughts and hugs for your Mum and Dad.

Charity shops... hmm...that is a difficult one. The ones I'm finding more interesting at the moment are the 'littler' ones. Some of the 'big chain' CS seem to have gone a bit silly on pricing. I like to be able to rummage around, looking for 'treasures' such as buttons, wool, needles etc...

Freddie said...

I'm with Lululiz on that one. I have found CS selling clothes more expensive than the shop they originally came from!
Take care.

Carol said...
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Carol said...

Hi Floss, oops, sorry, typing errors so deleted above post!
Hope your Mum continues to improve, it must be lovely for her to have you around.
My charity shop tip - whilst pondering whether or not to purchase a certain item........ keep hold of it!
I too think the prices are getting, how shall I put it - pricey!
I went into "Save the Children" in Whitby last week, it was a branch that had had a makeover. Awful. So boring, everything colour coded. If I wanted to shop in a soulless shop I would visit one of the big chain stores. Hope they don't all opt for the "Mary Queen of Shops" style. Walked round and out in about a minute, doesn't interest me one little bit.

Purrfect Haven said...

we have been away with lots of unconnected trips, some work some play, but all have taken us away from visiting our favourite blogs (you). Just catching up. Sorry to hear of illness with loved ones your end, and wishing you all well.

Charity shopping - hey its bliss. I have charity shopped since I was 13. I like it best 'smell free', and a shop with some space to move (and not bump and squeeze against others...) and I love the 'odds and sods', china, books and the of course clothing. My best find was a Hermes jacket with gold plated buttons which I still have and wear with joy and appreciation. As a Chief Executive I tend to rush around a lot (too much) so when I charity shop I love to take time to chat with the often rather remarkable volunteers serving. Lovely to be in touch again, take care. Helen (purrs from Darcy and Bingley xxx