My Charity Shop Luck Turns

Monday, 15 August 2011

I have had no charity shop luck for ages. A change of scenery this weekend did the trick though! I was kitten wrangling and house sitting in the wilds of West Lancashire as my brother was off having a drunken birthday weekend somewhere. Whilst I was there, what could be better than a little trip to Ormskirk and Burscough to check out their charity shops?

M&S Limited Collection shorts

An old Pentax camera case. How cute a handbag will this make? Look:


Two scarves, only £1 each. If the Aquascutum one is real then I will be as pleased as punch. If not, it's still rather fab so I don't really care.

Jewels! The beads and scarf ring were both half price at 70p and 50p respectively. The marcasite brooch was the princely sum of £3.50.

Oh and some books. Obviously.

And in non-charity shop related news, I went to a sweet shop:




And ate leftover birthday cake (triple choc fudge cake with sea salt and lime chocolate shavings on top), made with my own fair hands:

Drank some wine. Well, I always do what I'm told:


And looked after the kittens:
Oh Titch, butter wouldn't melt, would it?
Bruce has the most ginormously fluffy tail EVER:
Home now though. Ahhhhh.

38 comments:

  1. Great finds! The charity shops around my way are massively overpriced and feature way too much Primark, so I may take your tip of changing scenery!
    Aww kitties! Titch looks a lot like my Georgie, and Bruce is one of the best names I've ever heard for a kitten. My lil' sis has a cat living next door to her called Philip- I LOVE animals having human names!

    xxx Maddie

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  2. That bag makes me weep with joy! I'm not sure if we are charity shop physcic buddies or what but I was eyeing up a leather binocular case with the same idea! I didn't purchase as it still had the binoculars in so cost about £20, boo xx

    http://cateycate.blogspot.com/

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  3. Wow, these are fantastic finds! Nice work :)
    And your weekend in general looked quite relaxing.

    In other news, how have you been? I've been so busy and haven't been keeping up with your blog. What is new?

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  4. The kittens are so adorable, and look to have grown since last time you posted about them. I always find a change of scenery charity shop-wise brings up the best goodies. I must admit the shorts are very you and you know M&S quality will last it’s time. The Pentax case makes a lovely little bag there x

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  5. Great finds Alex ! I love the camera case ... what a great idea to use it as a bag (I never think of these things !)

    The cake looks scrummy ! :0)

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  6. Wow, great stuff. I've heard good things about Ormskirk charity shops. Would love to have a nosey around some time

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  7. Jolly splendid finds,darl!! Tha camera case and jewels are particularly awesome!!! G reckon's our kitties are better looking than those 2!!!Ha,cheeky!
    I'm glad you obeyed the message!!!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXLove!!!XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. Oh! I used to love my little camera case as a bag...lost in the mists of time now though. Yours is lovely, although I tend to need a massive bag these days. Am rather in love with Titch too x

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  9. Amazing finds and OMG kittens :D I love this post mainly because of that Pentax camera case which makes an awesome handbag and the multiple photos of cats. I am slightly obsessed with cats (if you hadn't realised already from Twitter!) x

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  10. You did so well with the charity shops!

    Cute kittens :) xxx

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  11. Great finds, the bag is really beautiful! I sometimes go to Ormskirk thrifting & find quite a bit :)

    xoxo.

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  12. It's so satisfying finding bargains in a new town - good work! And the geek in me finds the organisability of that Pentax case incredibly pleasing...

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  13. your finds are brilliant. That camera case is perfect as a handbag! If that scarf is genuine then wowowowow #findoftheyear if not then so what, its still a lovely scarf x

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  14. The camera bag is such a great idea, look at all the cute little compartments!! Adore the kittys x

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  15. aah I love your finds, the camera bag is perfect! Also I think I used to have those shorts... Weird! :)

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  16. I'm hoping my own charity shop luck will turn, so you've inspired me to try again this weekend!

    K xx

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  17. Wonderful finds. I got the Aussie a vintage camera case last christmas scored in the British Heart Foundation. He never uses it so I might have to commender it as a handbag

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  18. Amazing photos Alex- so clear and crisp! Love ALL your charity shop finds, especially the camera case but WHERE are the books??????
    Those cats are gorgeous! Am jealous!!!

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  19. What is Aquascutum by the way?

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  20. Loving those kitties, haven't they grown? Bruce's tail even puts Stephen Squirrel's shame.
    Fab finds. The camera case is fabulous, just the right size for a daytime bag.
    x

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  21. Fab finds Alex. That camera case will be fab!

    The kittens are sooo cute.

    X x

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  22. CATS!!! Love it. You know I love a post featuring a cat in some way shape or form.

    That camera case is making me ooze jealousy out of my pores.

    I'd better go and clean myself up.

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  23. Yum that cake looks pretty damn good. And of course it'd be rude not to drink the wine. :)
    Love the camera case as a handbag, such a good idea.

    xx

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  24. Suoer finds! What bargains.

    I love the look of the jelly babies too. Nom!

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  25. Wow! Best charity shop buys ever! The camera case as bag is the cutest thing in the world :D

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  26. I live in York and there are some fab charity shops around here, I definitely need to go and have a little shopping day sometime this month. Great pictures to. And if you're told to drink wine it's really only a favour!! Great pieces you found.

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  27. Awww, what sweet pusskas! I love the camera case, I actually have been looking for one of those for over a year so hopefully your charity shop gods visit me soon xx

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  28. It looks like such a lovely relaxing weekend with the added bonus of great finds! Love the camera bag and the trinkets.

    xx

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  29. sweet shops are my home from home!

    fabulous finds Alex! x

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  30. that camera case is the perfect handbag, LOVE it!!


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  31. Those cats are gorgeous! Next door's cat is very friendly and always fuss him when he comes into the garden to say hi. And that sweet shop is like something out of an old movie! I love the camera bag too, and it's lovely when the roses bloom like they do, it really brightens up the garden. xxx

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  32. I can't believe as amazing your charity shop finds are, I never find anything this good. I especially love the camera case.

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  33. What pretty kitties!! Fab charity shop finds and I looove old fashioned sweeite shops :)

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  34. That bag is fabulous Alex, are they Cath Kidston tissues in spy inside?
    I can't wait to see the shorts and scarf in more detail x

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  35. I love the camera case/bag and those kitties are so cute.
    I've never heard of salt in a cake before.

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  36. Great finds Alex! I have no luck thrifting. Cute kittens too, as lovely as mine are I always want to steal other peoples cats too - just for a quick hug :O)
    One must always do what one is told where wine is concerned. Rude not to.
    x

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  37. Ahhh, Titch looks like a right little poser!

    Lovely finds, loving the camera case - have seen a few actual vintage cameras in charity shops lately and wanted them so bad even though I wouldn't use them, but they were like £30!! Gah!

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