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Frazzled_Barbie

Oxfam Shopping

I need some new jeans to wear whilst working outside and on very cold day they go on under my coveralls.

Years ago I would pop into some where like New Look or Primark (called Primarni round here) and buy a few of their cheaper pairs.

Now I go to the local charity shops instead, I can get a second hand pair of jeans for approx 4.99 which is about 2.00 - 3.00 cheaper than the cheapest in the high street.

Also the ones in the charity shop are better quality and last longer. After looking through my work trouser collection the ones that are still going strong are the charity purchases.

Wish me luck as I do battle with the other shoppers! I have been barged out of the way before with a shopping trolley.....
bodger

Get to it girl.
12Bore

Don't forget the body armour and optional elbow spikes - and watch out for little old ladies with shopping trollies!
kaz

The charity shops are the only ones that are busy around here
WhatCameFirst

We have great charity shops around here, both in Dorking and Reigate.  DD and I sometimes have a day mooching around them together. Great fun.  
lottie

A couple of the charity shops in Aber have started to charge fanciful prices. There have even been a couple of letters of complaint in the local paper a few weeks ago. I think some of the volunteers who do the pricing clearly don't use charity shops or visit anywhere cheap and cheerful like the local Matalan. Once the carboot season starts they'll do even less trade.
Frazzled_Barbie

Well I have returned reasonably unscathed and unbruised from the charity shop experience.

And all I can say is that flaming Oxfam are off my shopping list.....

17.99 for a pair of flaming jeans....who cares who designed them. My onions wont give a poop a scoop when being planted, my chicken's wont love me more if I clean them out whilst wearing them either.  

I wouldn't have minded if they looked like new, and you wanted them for best.....but they looked old and used. And since when am I going to pay 12.99 for a second pair of jeans from River Island either.  

I think we should all be blaming that Mary Portas woman....ever since she decided to give a charity shop a make over for her TV programme and look at their designer labels the prices have gone up.

So Age UK got my pennies today and they had a sale on too. 3 pairs of jeans for 11.50  


Sorry end of rant. Time for a cup of tea.
Christine

Well you would have returned even more frazzled had you seen the prices that are being charged in our local Scope then - at the moment it makes your Oxfam look cheap.
Seabird

As you probably know - we've got a dress shop and we've seen our stock turn up in the local charity shop the following season priced at more than we sold it for new!!
Gareth

I want to change our water supplier from Anglian Water to Oxfam ..... Well; Oxfam can supply a whole African village with water for only 2 per month          
sod

We love the op shops as do a lot of our friends
lottie

Others besides me have noticed that if they donate anything that is new or in perfect condition but has originally been designer or expensive it never turns up in the shop. By the nature of his job my brother often has designer clothes in good condition that he used to donate to his local[very upmarket] charity shop and got cross when he realised they weren't going on sale. He's started selling them on ebay instead and donating the money to charity.
12Bore

Gareth wrote:
I want to change our water supplier from Anglian Water to Oxfam ..... Well; Oxfam can supply a whole African village with water for only 2 per month

 
Hawkeye

i bought a brand new pair of working trousers on ebay last night for 99p, the postage was 4.00 though but still a cheap pair  
Frazzled_Barbie

Hawkeye wrote:
i bought a brand new pair of working trousers on ebay last night for 99p, the postage was 4.00 though but still a cheap pair


Bargain....  
Mo

lottie wrote:
Others besides me have noticed that if they donate anything that is new or in perfect condition but has originally been designer or expensive it never turns up in the shop. By the nature of his job my brother often has designer clothes in good condition that he used to donate to his local[very upmarket] charity shop and got cross when he realised they weren't going on sale. He's started selling them on ebay instead and donating the money to charity.


I've heard that story too.

On a different note, I can remember as a child that the local grapevine would flutter whan Mrs So-and-So had been seen dropping things at the Charity Shop. It was always top notch stuff and Mum and her mate would make a bee line for the shop  
Captain_Dingbat

lottie wrote:
A couple of the charity shops in Aber have started to charge fanciful prices. There have even been a couple of letters of complaint in the local paper a few weeks ago. I think some of the volunteers who do the pricing clearly don't use charity shops or visit anywhere cheap and cheerful like the local Matalan. Once the carboot season starts they'll do even less trade.


I agree, the british heart foundation and oxfam can often be ower heavy wi' the pen...

Although good causes, who will buy a used shirt for 5.99 when you can get one for 3 in Primark? Especially in this climate, those hardest hit are looking for cheapness to make do, not quality.

I like my local Scope and other obscure shops.  
Christine

Some charity shops get a list of prices from head office and are supposed to price within the band for goods.

Now I must be an upmarket shopper in that cheap and cheerful is not in my price band though I feel poor. I want something that will wash and wear for some goodly period. Even with plain old tee shirts.

Which means that things like the 3 Cotton Traders jackets and over-tops that I have picked up recently at 3.99 and 6.99 in various charity shops are a bargain for me. But you have to look.

When EWM is selling fleeces for between 7.20 and a tenner you keep an eye on this sort of thing.
milkermel

I think it depends on the shop, some of them now have employed mangers over several shops who demand that they make more of the designer wear, its crazy - Like someone else said wait till the boot sales start in earnest again.  I can actually get jeans from asda cheaper than our local charity shop - Bodmin is not an affluent area but they still try and get 7 for a pair of jeans!
12Bore

We have a BHF "superstore" which sells S/H furniture and reconditioned electrical goods, a lot of the stuff can be bought new for less, and with 12, rather than one or three, month warranties.
Frazzled_Barbie

For me its a tricky one - buying second hand which in theory should be cheaper, less stuff going to landfill etc or buying from primarni where you are stimulating the economy of this and other countries.

However the clothes being so cheap at shops such as Primarni makes me wonder if we are helping to promote the throw away culture even more. I have often heard my friends say, oh dont worry that only cost me 2.00 so that tee shirt holds no value to them whats so ever and I have even seen people leave their clothes whilst on holiday as their entire holiday wardrobe came to less than 30.00 and they needed the room in the suitcase for gifts and duty frees.

I think its also my need to find a bargain. To feel that I beat the system. Remember my days with my Nan routing through the jumble sale tables and being as proud as punch when we found soemthing that was a snip at tuppence.

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